Learning how to create a weekly podcast out of my daily blog, Art of the Diet, that I’ve been writing since February, 2015 and am committed to do till February, 2016.
Let’s just say learning how to do encaustic photography is a stroll down a country lane compared to this, although, I’ll admit I don’t need a fire extinguisher in the room while learning podcasting online.
But, I’ll share a little of it just in case anyone is crazy enough to want to do their own.
I found some “free” tutorials about podcasting. There are alot of those. I chose one whose menu of choices is so high energy pow! pow! I am sure I am going to be receiving emails from him for the rest of my natural life. No sooner did I click to sign up for a podcast thingie then I was supposed to click on a webcast thingie and then click again for a podcast paradise thingie.
And, then the rotation started over. I clicked so many times I feel sure NSA thinks it’s a terrorist code signal.
The first thing I actually did, totally out of sequence of what you should do btw, is design the art for the ITUNES directory. This is my wheelhouse, after all.
And, this turns out to be very important and had I not listened to that particular tutorial I might have gone merrily off into unwise territory and over-designed it for sure.
To demonstrate why I think his tutorial helped me, look at my art in this menu. I laid it on top of another podcast’s art that I subscribe to. Since I am no where near uploading the podcast, I show you this as part of how I decided to go with this design. After every design I did, I superimposed it on this menu to see how it looked. What was I looking for?
I just wanted to see if it “popped” out of the queue. Was it readable? Did it communicate what the podcast is about? Would someone look at it and think (in a good way), “Hmmm…wonder what this is?” Or would someone who had gone to ITUNES looking specifically for it, be able to pick it out?
What do you think? I think it does what I wanted it to do. I used Adobe “Illustrator” to do it. I’m no where near as skilled in Illustrator as I’d like to be but minimal skills on some projects turns out to be all you need.
So, now I have to unpack the microphone that just arrived with a “thud” on my doorstep (I love Amazon Prime and its USPS Sunday mail delivery) and figure out “Adobe Audible” which I just downloaded as part of my Creative Cloud membership. Lynda.com has a five hour tutorial. Five flippin’ hours. The guy whose free podcast tutorial I listened to has a YOUTUBE one that lasts 7 minutes. Guess which one I’ll do first?