Tonight’s Recovery Topic is Barefoot, The History of the Podcast
Since none of our guest hosts were available, Mark decided to publish a solo podcast, the first one in over a year.
In 2007, I first started experimentation with recorded voice in response to an especially difficult sponsee. I used the podcast as a way to talk to myself and I discovered I didn’t know what to do. It was good thing that I just recorded these conversations rather than give this advise, since I didn’t know what I was doing. This was apparent when I listened to the play backs. These recordings were never published and I destroyed all evidence.
I started the early recordings using the software package: Castblaster. I purchased an inexpensive dynamic microphone from Radio Shack and I was off and running. By listening to other podcasts, I learned that Libsyn was the best place to have my audio files hosted. This is the actual place that stores the audio files and they also established and control my RSS feed. Libsyn provides a primitive Website and I used that feature to host my website as well at first. The next step was to improve the website by moving to Blogger.
The next step in the show’s evolution was the upgrade in microphone and the purchase of a mixer. These improvements made the audio quality better. Podcasts I was listening to included: Nobody’s Listening, The Cardinal Arize Podcast, Monster Cookies, The Daily Source Code, and No Agenda.
The addition of Bill as Co-Host marked a significant point in the podcast history. Bill’s presence, his story, his sense of humor, and his microphones all added to an improvement in the show and was reflected in an increase in listeners.