Recently, I’ve been doing some thinking as to how I do things online. Originally, I started off with all my podcasts and content being hosted up on my 1.21 Studios site, http://1.21studios.com. It worked for simplicity and making sure that everything was in one simple place. However, I felt that the name and URL was hard to brand and promote. Is it http://1.21studios.com, or http://1point21studios.com? (Technically its both) So, as my most regular content was OCD – Obsessive Comics Disorder; I took those podcasts and threw them up on a newer site over at http://ocdcast.com — which is a lot easier to say to people. While this blog and my other shows remained on the 1.21 Studios site, OCD moved over to its new site, with the idea that it would become more than a podcast website, but a destination for comics reviews, news, and other opinions.
Well, the time has come to mix things up again. I hate the fact that I am splitting my potential internet traffic between my two sites. Therefore, this will be the last blog/podcast posted here on this website. After this, you’ll be able to find every “In The Knerd” blog post and every episode of my other two ongoing podcasts “My Video Game Buddy” and “The Nerd is the Word” over on the Obessive Comics Disorder site http://ocdcast.com. All of the content may not particularly be comics related; but every person that I’ve found that is into Comic Books is also interested in other nerdy/geeky topics, which is what my other content is about. This way, ocdcast.com will be your one stop shop for all the great stuff that I do, in addition to stuff from Cathi and DrQuest.
Please give me your feedback on what you think of this change, post below and offer any comments/suggestions.
I’ve done one of these posts before, but it was on another website and it was a long time ago. So I thought that I’d update everyone on all the things I’m into. Hopefully, I can introduce you guys to some new shows that you may not have heard of yet. There will be a couple of these posts, and I’ll post them over the next few weeks at random. So, with that, away we go!
The Audacity to Podcast - Daniel Lewis does an awesome show giving people advice on “putting the POD” (passion, organization, dialogue) into podcasting. Unlike some podcasters who use expensive programs like Adobe Audition, Daniel uses the free program Audacity to record his shows. In this podcast, he not only gives general podcasting advice but offers tips on how to utilize Audacity to podcast.
Chicken Pop Pod – A retro comedy podcast featuring 4 awesome friends, this was one of the first podcasts I ever started listening to and I’ve been a pretty constant listener for 2 years. These guys pick a retro topic each week and completely tear it to pieces, make fun of Paula Deen and Justin Bieber, and invent new slang at the same time. They are currently in the process of “rebooting” the show, and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.
Nobody’s Listening – The very first podcast I listened to, James and John are “telling fun life stories” and having a blast doing so. The show originally went away for awhile, but recently the two have brought the show back with a new format that is staked fun of awesomeness.
Podcast Answer Man – One of the most knowledgable podcasters on the internet, Cliff Ravenscraft is a man making a living off of podcasting and helping people improve their podcasts. Although people pay him to help them; he still produces a show each week giving out free advice to people on common issues facing podcasters.
Podcast Starter - Another James Kennison podcast, this is another show about helping people improve their podcasts. However, James focuses on people who are podcasting as a hobby, offering tips and tricks to people on how to get started and get going–knowing full well that not everyone can afford a $500 microphone. I’m somewhat biased on this show as I produce a segment at the end of the show that you’ll hear every other episode or so.
The Super Secret Podcast for Young Husbands – Robert from the “It’s Just Us” podcast and Mike from the “Too Much Information” podcast come together to give tips to young husbands to keep them from sucking. I’m not a husband yet (but I will be soon!), but I keep listening to learn new things to keep me from being a bad husband when Ashley and I do get married.
The Watchtower - The podcast that helped fuel my obsession into comic books, Jeff and Donnie talk about everything that’s important in the world of comic books. Between news, reviews, and covering the various issues, you wont find a better comic book podcast out there (except maybe at http://ocdcast.com)
- Remember, this is just a small portion of podcasts, I still have many others that are on my iPod that I’m saving for a future post!
If you’ve been visiting this site or following me on Twitter/Facebook in the past few weeks, you’ll know that I’ve started a new podcast called “My Video Game Buddy” with my 7 year old future stepdaughter Chloe. In case you haven’t listened to the 2 episodes out, we sit around and talk for about 10-15 minutes about a specific video game that we play together. The other day I was thinking about how many episodes we could do before we had to start buying new games and I realized we’ll have content for a good couple of months
Another thing I’ve realized is that podcasting with a child requires a lot more effort. On Obsessive Comics Disorder or The Nerd is the Word, I hardly do any editing if any at all. Most of the time I take what I record, mix it down and upload it to the internet. Then I might listen to the episode after the fact when it has been downloaded on to my iPod. However, with Chloe involved, I’m more heistant to do that due to a couple of factors, mainly that sometimes she can be a little shy in the beginning or can get confused about what I’m doing. So I make sure to listen to each episode and cut out any big mess-ups or anything, which she doesn’t mind as I told her I can do that. It makes her more comfortable putting herself out there knowing I can cut out pieces.
The biggest obstacle I’ve had to overcome though, is the simple fact that it is impossible to keep a 7 year old still. She likes to move around and as such, she comes in at different volumes as she is never the same distance from the mic for very long. I don’t fault her, because do you know any child that likes to stay still? The first episode was the worst, as she insisted on standing up during the episode and she would stand in one spot but move all around the microphone. She started to do it again for the second episode, but I quickly realized she needed to be sitting down to help keep her near the mic. You can tell that its better in the second episode, and its even better in the third.
Wait, what? Third episode? That’s the last lesson I’ve learned when recording with Chloe–recording episodes in advance. You may have noticed there was a two week gap in between the first and second episode. Chloe was asking me after the first episode if we could record another one, but I was trying to keep to a weekly schedule like I do with OCD. However, that next week she ended up being very busy with schoolwork and other things that we never got time to record. So I’ve realized that I need to be willing to record when she is free and willing–even if we just put out an episode. For example, last Friday when we recorded episode 2, we had enough time afterwards that she wanted to know if we could record another one, so we did. Now if we don’t have a chance to record this week, I have an episode in the can waiting.
Chloe and I are still very young in podcasting together, so I’m sure I’ll have much more lessons learned as time goes on. In the meantime, if you have young children and are thinking of podcasting with them, here are a few things to think about. I think you’ll find it a wonderful experience, as your kids will love participating in one of your hobbies.
This week, Chloe and I talk about Angry Birds–one of our favorite games on the iPad/iPod Touch. We’ve also got a website set up now at http://myvgbuddy.com and an email where you can give us suggestions for new games or talk about games that we’ve discussed at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks to Deci (DeciTM on twitter) for the new album art!