This One Podcast Announcements

Some exciting things are happening to This One Podcast!

For starters, we just finished Episode 100! Pretty crazy that our little show has continued to plug along for so many episodes, so the three of us hosts are very pleased to have the milestone behind us. I guess next would come Episode 1000, right?

TOP LogoAlong with that, we’re announcing a few changes not to the format or anything, but to our hosting. From the inception we have hosted This One Podcast on a local WordPress installation and Amazon S3. We switched to using YouTube to host the video recording and then Simplecast for hosting the audio not too long ago and today we’re announcing that we have switched everything (but video) over to Simplecast.

Simplecast just rolled out their website hosting for podcast sites and we have gone through and cleaned up the descriptions for our old episodes and now everything is being hosted over at Simplecast. We are really pumped about this because it will just make things easier for us in both the long-and-short terms.

Because of the change, if you have subscribed to our RSS feed with your podcast client, I would recommend re-subscribing just to make sure you are getting the up-to-date feed. I’ll be turning off the old site later today.

We are going to be changing the format of the podcast a bit as well … by introducing a book club of sorts. We don’t have a book chosen yet, but we will let everyone know when the time comes.

Thank you everyone for listening!

Simplecast

I have a friend trying out Simplecast right now for some simple podcast hosting and from what he has been telling me, it sounds like a really good service with a bright future if people support it.

If you are looking for a dead-simple way to host your podcast files, this would be something to toss at them. I have heard that they are planning on adding podcast sites and after the nightmare that is trying to host your own podcast using many of the WordPress plugins, will be something I look into for future shows I might do.

Missing Podcasts

I listen to podcasts as a primary form of both entertainment and education. Recently, however, I’ve found myself unsubscribing from various long-time subscriptions because the feeling I was having was this:

Oh no, another episode just showed up. I know I should listen to it, but man … it is such a chore.

Does that make any sense?

No.

So I’ve whittled my subscriptions down to three to five shows I still find quite interesting. However, I have noticed that there is a lack of podcasts I am really interested in within a few sectors the technology industry: SUSE/openSUSE, higher ed technology (campus technology), and IT service management.

Because of this, I am putting out the clarion call for your podcast referrals in those three areas. I know where to find many development and Apple-centric podcasts, I don’t need help with that. SUSE/openSUSE, higher ed tech, and IT service management … those are the three I am looking for.

A Year of Podcasting

I probably should have written this up earlier, but I’ll go ahead and toss it up now because … well … I’m lazy.

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Over a year ago my friend, Phil Wels, and I started a podcast called This One Podcast. I just posted Episode 55: Unjump the Shark and it is crazy to think we have 55 episodes out there for the world to listen to.

Frightening because we keep doing it and we still have no idea what we are going.

We’ve added another host, Jonas Leyrer, and have also upped the quality of the program’s audio by having Phil handle the editing. He has a lot more experience than I do and I think he’s done an admirable job handling out audio that we toss at him.

We have also been working with a multiple-Skype setup recently to see if we would be able to centralize the recording at a single station where the mixing can happen instead of each of us recording out own audio and then sending it, via Dropbox, to Phil where he needs to import it into his editing program of choice (I think either Garageband or Pro Tools) where he can edit things for us.

I’m using a Blue Snowball microphone for most of my recording and it has worked very well. I would like to purchase something a little more “high end” in the future, but money is too tight for that right now.

The hardest thing for us has been keeping the topics lively, especially because we need to record in the evening when we have all put in a full day of work. While every show hasn’t been phenomenal, we continue to record because it is fun to get together with your friends and see where things go.

If you are considering trying out your own podcast here are my recommendations:

  • Start with what you have because you can always get something better. If you have a microphone on-hand, just go for it.
  • Amazon S3 has been really nice for hosting the files. I don’t have to worry about transfer speeds ┬ábecause that is on Amazon and using Transmit, from Panic, to upload the files couldn’t be easier. The only problem is that I haven’t been able to figure out how to let Phil also upload the files.
  • If there is more than one host, just try out having each person record their own audio and then mixing it together in Audacity or Garageband. You don’t need to get too fancy.
  • Download Levelator and use it.
  • Keep at it. Set a schedule and keep to it as best as you can.

I don’t have any affiliate links or anything because this is mostly a brain dump. I’m hoping, though, that within the year I’ll be posting about Episode 100 and the delicious cake my wife is going to bake for us.