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When you submit your RSS feed to YouTube, YouTube will create videos for each podcast episode that you choose to upload. YouTube will use your podcast’s show art to create a static-image video and upload it to your channel on your behalf. When a new episode is added to your RSS feed, it will automatically upload to your channel and we’ll notify your eligible subscribers. 

Source: Deliver podcasts using an RSS feed

More possibilities associated with RSS with the ability to publish to YouTube.

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Bookmarked Podcasting. Doing it Right. Doing it Wrong. As if Binaries Exist. (CogDogBlog)

I realized another problem with either/or approaches to doing this. Being able to see each other in conversation adds much to the dynamic, especially to see the people we are talking to, and, where, if they are okay to share, their immediate surroundings. And they can easily choose to participate without the camera, that is always an option for me.

But is that the “right” way? The “best” way?

Alan Levine reflects on the use of Zencastr and Zoom to produce podcasts.
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Convert Any Online Article Into a Podcast With
Welcome to, a still-in-development service that promises to automatically create “a personalized podcast feed for you to listen to” from any articles you’d otherwise put on your to-read list for later.

In creates an audio recording of a boring ol’ computerized text-to-speech voice reading whatever articles you send the site’s way.

I’ll start recommending this to students that would rather create an audio feed of readings from my courses.

At the moment I use Pocket for this on Android. However, it does not read everything. It will be interesting to see if have somehow overcome this.
Bookmarked Anatomy of a Podcast (

This is the story of a podcast. My podcast. It’s not a universal story, it’s a personal one. But I can’t pin your podcast to the lab table and dissect it like a frog; I can only do that to mine. In the years I’ve spent working professionally in the podcast industry, I’ve consistently wished that more people wrote/spoke on the behind-the-scenes grind that is making a podcast, so now that I have a discrete, finished case study, it’s time to gut that amphibian.

Nick Hilton reflects on the experience of putting together a documentary podcast. He discusses the starting point of focusing on an idea for which he has some prior knowledge as this helps with pre-production and preparation. In regards to production, he talks about the choice of equipment, software and audio platforms used to capture interview material. On the other side of things, he unpacks his branding, advertising and release strategies.

Hilton concludes with five key messages:

  1. Don’t think that just because you’re a solo podcaster, with very little support around you, that you have to make an interview show.
  2. Be professional, even if you’re not.
  3. Know your KPIs.
  4. Don’t think there’s any great secret to indie podcasts doing well. There’s not.
  5. Don’t invest your life savings on a dice roll. Indie podcasts are a risk, creatively, but they don’t need to be financially.

via Andrew Davies


Bookmarked 11 Best Microphones in 2020 for Your Home Studio by Andy Cush (Pitchfork)

The two most important mic categories you’ll want to get acquainted with are dynamic and condenser. Though there are always exceptions, you can chart the differences between them in a few key ways. Dynamics are well-suited to handling loud sounds; condensers are more sensitive to the nuances of quiet sounds. Dynamics require no power source to operate; condensers run on Phantom Power, a feature that comes standard on nearly all home-recording audio interfaces. Dynamics tend to be more rugged; condensers more fragile. Finally, dynamics tend to be cheaper; condensers more expensive.

Andy Cush unpacks everything you need to know about finding the right microphone. This is useful alongside Aaron Parecki’s tips for remote presentations and Philip Sherburne’s guide to home recording.
Replied to The Most Shocking Audio Stat of the Year and What it Means by Tom Webster (

Our commutes were not “taken away;” our commuting time was given back to us. What really changed was what the late Clayton Christensen, one of our most influential thinkers on business and the man who literally wrote the book on disruptive innovation, would call jobs to be done.

Morning radio is not about a block of time. It’s about what jobs we need it to do in that block of time. A typical morning radio show generally does well because it does those jobs. But today, in July of 2020 and maybe in July of 2021, fewer of us need those jobs.

Tom, I really enjoyed this newsletter. I have found that the change in work and getting back the commute time really interesting. I am no longer stressing about waking at six and rushing around frantically in the morning trying to the kids and I out the door. However, as you touch upon, this has not necessarily provided more time, but instead a different set of jobs to be done. In regards to audio, I no longer listen on my commute, instead I have found myself listening to podcasts as I do the morning rounds (something that used to be the afternoon rounds).

Now, starting our audio day at 8:30 instead of 7:15 doesn’t necessarily mean we are sleeping in later, but I am sure that’s true for many people. I’m not getting any more sleep, I can tell you that, because… [gestures broadly at the outside world.] But one of the many things COVID-19 hath wrought is a drastic reduction in the Great American Commute. On any given day, work can throw you a curveball, kids and family can have their issues, but the commute is ritualized behavior. It’s one of the reasons that AM/FM remains the leading source of audio in the car—it has been expertly designed to serve that ritual.

In April, most of the country (and the world) was shut down, and EVERY form of media had a dramatic consumption shift. Podcasts, AM/FM Radio, even Audiobooks, all went down. “Tiger King” went up (man does that seem a long time ago?) We didn’t just lose our commutes—we lost the gym, we lost our “lunch hour,” and we lost something crucial for listening to many podcasts and audiobooks, Me Time. If you thought quarantine was going to give you more Me Time, you didn’t think through the impact of being a 100%-on-duty spouse, son, daughter, mother, or father, in addition to whatever your job entailed for those of us lucky enough to still be working.

Gradually, however, overall audio consumption has returned to something approaching pre-pandemic levels. We might be starting our audio days 75 minutes later, but COVID didn’t permanently rob us of 75 minutes of audio listening. Comparing Q2 2020 to last year, we are down about 10 minutes per day, not 75. We’ve settled into the this that is whatever this this is. Podcasts are fitting back into our lives.

I think that what I have come to appreciate about podcasts as opposed to radio (although many of my podcasts actually are deduced from radio) is that they allow me to steal time when it may arise.


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  1. I’m making reading sexy
  2. I have a voice for mime
  3. It would interfere with napping
  4. TED used up all the ideas
  5. There is no return-on-investment
  6. I waste all of my time on Twitter
  7. Circus monkeys at least get a banana and no one expects them to build the tent
  8. The Deep State
  9. My iPod broke
  10. The world needs fewer monologues and more dialogue
More gold Gary. My favourite:

The world needs fewer monologues and more dialogue

Replied to Podcast Listening Notes by john john (

In normal times I listen to podcasts. As I do this on a commute I’ve only listened to 2 episodes since schools shut. I miss it.
When listening I often want to remember something for later, perhaps for a blog post or like, usually this ends in frustration as my memory fails. I imagined a podcast pl…

I really wish there was a way of automating the podcasts I listen to on Android. One of the other issues is that they actually reference the canonical link.
Bookmarked Tips and Tools for Improving your Remote Meetings and Presentations on a Budget (Aaron Parecki)

Lots of people are suddenly finding themselves working from home, and need to join video conferences from their living room or home office. Here are several tips to improve your virtual meetings and presentations on a budget! I’ll start with some things you can do for free to improve your Zoom meetings. If you’re recording virtual conference talks from home, or hosting live webinars, you’ll definitely want to upgrade to a nicer camera, so take a look at my recommendations for the best video kits under $500 and under $1000!

There has been a lot written about the various applications that allow you to connect online via video. However, Aaron Parecki addresses the various tools which can help improve the audio and visual quality of recordings.  The only thing I wonder if I would add to the list is a portable green screen to mask the background? I remember someone sharing a sleeve you could put on the back of your chair, not sure what impact all of that has on sound and lighting.
Liked Setting Up Your Webcam, Lights, and Audio for Remote Work, Podcasting, Videos, and Streaming (Matt Stauffer)

I’ve started live streaming and publishing videos on my YouTube Channel again recently and it made me realize just how much work I’ve put into getting a good hardware setup—not just for the streams, but also just as someone who works remote and sits on video calls every day.
I’ve spent quite a bit of time obsessing over lights and camera, and I wanted to help you—new streamer, podcaster, new remote worker, or someone trying to level up their setup—see a few different types of option for your remote work or streaming setup.

Note: I’m on a Mac, so most things will be biased in that direction. Other note: these are all affiliate links. Please feel free to bypass those if they make you uncomfortable!

What’s here?
First, I’ll cover each section, starting from the cheapest options for each:


Then, I’ll tell you my setup, and a few suggested full setups at various price points.

My setup
Bare bones
Entry level remote work and podcasting
Mid level remote work and podcasting
Pro level podcasting

Only you really know what level of clarity you want from each piece of your setup. Are you happy with what you have? Please, dear Lord, don’t spend any money. This is intended to be a resource if you want more and don’t know how to do it, not a stress or a judgment to anyone happy with their current setup.
And while it’s a lot of fun to have a really high-quality webcam for my remote work, would I have bought it if I didn’t have a more intense need for high quality video for my YouTube stuff? Hell no. Get what you need, in your budget. This is just a resource.
Podcasters need much nicer mics. Streamers need decent mics and cameras, but lighting probably matters the most. YouTubers need the best cameras and light, but audio still matters a lot. Remote workers have the least strict requirements. Do what works for you.

The basics: $free
Let’s start with the simplest option. Your computer likely has a built-in webcam. It’s also probably awful.

As you can see, even on a Mac, the picture is low quality, and, especially in low-light situations like my room when I don’t turn on my streaming lights, it’s very flat and hard to see.

(Nothing needed, use your built-ins)

Minor upgrade: Logitech’s cheap webcams ($18 or $33)
I’ve never used it but I’ve heard the Logitech C270 recommended as a minor upgrade to your built-in camera. This will certainly be an upgrade to the built-in camera, but whether it will be enough for you depends both on your needs and whether you’ll have a sufficient light source; cheaper cameras are very dependent on having enough light.

Logitech C615 ($33)
Logitech C270 ($18)

Classic Medium upgrade: Logitech webcam ($50-100)
Most folks at Tighten have chosen to upgrade to a Logitech webcam. There are a few options but most recommendations will be something in and around the 900 series. Mine is the C930e, but Wirecutter now recommends the c920s, which is cheaper and adds a privacy

Replied to What happens when you steadily ramp up the speed at which you listen to podcasts (Boing Boing)

Human speech averages 150 words/minute, but human thoughts run more like 400 words per minute. Steve Rousseau decided to try “podfasting” (listening to podcasts at faster-than-normal sp…

Cory Doctorow builds on Hannah Reich’s discussion. The only time I listen at 3x is when I am trying to find something within a podcast that I have a vague memory of, but cannot remember exactly where it was.
Replied to It’s On! Direct Audio Recording into a SPLOTbox Site (CogDogBlog)

I’ve thought earlier this year I broke some new SPLOT ground, with a working TRU Writer as a pure plugin, with removing the need for secret special accounts, adding more media support to SPLOTbox … but this is big, right?

With support for podcasting feeds, moderation options, and now recording, this could be a one site podcast studio. The thing you get with this… is an ability to have people contribute content.

This is pretty awesome Alan. I can see this as a useful way for somebody to leave thoughts and feedback on my ‘calling card‘ site. It would also be an interesting addition to an ask me anything page.
Replied to Six uses for Huffduffer • The Pilcrow (The Pilcrow)

I keep thinking of new and creative ways to use Huffduffer. If you haven’t heard of it, or used it, let me explain what it does.

My favourite ideas was the suggestion to use Huffduffer to create a custom playlist:

You can create a specific topic-based playlist to share. Like a “best-of” list on any interest you have. Curate a list from many different podcasts and content creators in one place and share under a specific tag or account.

It’s like the old fashioned mixtape on steroids, but for other things than music.

Bookmarked Want to make a podcast? Here are five things we learnt at OzPod 2019 (ABC News)

It seems that 2019 will be the year we say podcasting truly arrived.

The ABC hosted the fourth annual podcasting conference Ozpod recently and the hot topics locally reflected the energy in the global podcasting space.

Here are five things we learnt at Ozpod 2019:

Kellie Riordan highlights five takeaways from OzPod 2019:

  1. Podcast listening continues to grow in Australia
  2. Fictional podcasts and scripted dramas are the new black
  3. The more the merrier, says Pocket Casts CEO
  4. Smart speakers and voice technology will change podcast consumption
  5. True crime still dominates
Liked My Podcasting Workflow with Amazon S3 and PowerPress (Adam Croom)

I’m putting a summary at the top with my entire workflow:

  • Record podcasts with mics, board, and Adobe Audition.
  • Mix, master, and bounce files with Adobe Audition.
  • Upload audio files to AWS Amazon S3 bucket.
  • Write a blog post in an self-hosted instance of WordPress and added power of the PowerPress plugin.
  • Create a social media card using Adobe Photoshop.
  • Track podcasting analytics using PodTrac.