Better Podcasting (Main Show)

This is the Better Podcasting podcast that you’ve known for years – the main feed if you will. While the show originally ran from 2015 to 2019 in a weekly format, in 2020 we changed to a bi-weekly schedule so that we could help free up some time to create other resources for hobby podcasters. Of course, you may see the occasionally bonus episode during our “off weeks”.


All Episodes

Better Podcasting #260 – Our Gear 2021: Combined Edition / Update About Better Podcasting

We release our final episode of 2021 with an update about our hiatus, why it’ll be longer than we anticipated, and some self-reflection on how our recent situation affects hobby podcast endeavors.

We also have a combined (condensed) version of our annual Our Gear tradition discussing our equipment purchases over the past year..

In our Better Podback, we ask listeners if they have any gear purchase plans for 2022.

Find full episode information including links referenced in this episode at https://www.betterpodcasting.com/260.

If you want to follow us elsewhere, you can find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/betterpodcasting, you can follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/betterpod or email podcast@betterpodcasting.com. The full back catalog can be found at https://www.betterpodcasting.com.

Want to join in to some geeky chatter? Check out the GonnaGeek Discord Server at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/discord/

This podcast was recorded on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 – We usually stream live to Geeks.Live, but not this time. Audio/Video Production by Stephen Jondrew of GonnaGeek Productions, proudly Canadian.

Main Topic #1: An update about Better Podcasting and why our hiatus will be a longer

Main Topic #2: Our Gear 2021: SP and Stephen Edition

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Better Podcasting #259 – Taking A Break From Podcasting

Sometimes the best way to save your podcast, is to take a break from podcasting. This week we talk the concept of taking a break from podcasting, why it can be important to take a break from podcasting, how you might utilize taking a break from podcasting, and recognizing when it might be time to take a break from podcasting.

We also have an important announcement at the end of this segment – we will be taking a break from Better Podcasting.

In this week’s Better Podcasting Download, we tell you why we are changing our position – and can NO LONGER recommend Magix Vegas Movie Studio.

In our Better Podback, we have a listener who purchased a PodTrak P4, and our Discord might be experience a Mandela Effect about it.

Find full episode information including links referenced in this episode at https://www.betterpodcasting.com/259.

If you want to follow us elsewhere, you can find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/betterpodcasting, you can follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/betterpod or email podcast@betterpodcasting.com. The full back catalog can be found at https://www.betterpodcasting.com.

Want to join in to some geeky chatter? Check out the GonnaGeek Discord Server at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/discord/

This podcast was recorded on Tuesday, September  – Streamed Live to Geeks.Live.  Audio/Video Production by Stephen Jondrew of GonnaGeek Productions, proudly Canadian.

Main Topic: Taking A Break From Podcasting

  • In 2021, the podcast industry is better positioned for taking a break from podcasting
  • How seasons have helped prepare consumers for a break in podcasts
  • Hobby podcast priorities may be different than professional podcasting
  • Hobby podcasters should always consider personal fun as a top priority
  • Why might you consider taking a break from podcasting?
  • Determining the difference between needing a sustained break and just having a difficult week to get through
  • Life changes that might impact your need to take a break
  • Personal life events can cause you to take a break from podcasting
  • What about if you need to rework HOW hobby podcasting can fit in to your life balance
  • How changes in your podcast passion that might indicate it’s time to take a break
  • Taking a break may be required for you to keep hobby podcasting sustainable for you
  • Recognize that some of your audience might not come back to your podcast
  • When you announce your break, only share what you’re comfortable with sharing
  • You don’t have to share the reason why you’re taking a break, and once you’ve shared, you can’t unshare
  • How to set things up for a return to your podcast
  • How announcing a return date can be helpful
  • What to do if you don’t have a specific return date
  • If you decide not to come back, close up the show officially (don’t leave your audience in limbo)
  • What should you do while you’re taking a break?
  • If you need time to recharge or need to take a break due to life changes reasons –  take the time for your own personal needs
  • Some people need to dedicate time to focusing solely on non-podcasting activities
  • As podcasting is your hobby, perhaps you want to try new hobbies while you’re taking a break?
  • You can successfully take a break from podcasting, while also slowly working on revising your podcast

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Other Links of Relevance

After recording this week’s episode, we saw on the Vegas Community Forum a couple posts that we thought were important to link to:

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Better Podcasting #258 – Comparing Rodecaster Pro Alternatives

Tascam just released a new recorder/mixer called the Mixcast 4, and it reminds us a lot of the Rodecaster Pro. This episode we run down the specs on the Mixcast 4 and then summarize some other mixers/recorders, what we think is their pros/cons, and how they stack up against eachother. We hope this episode helps you navigate what is rapidly building to be a sea of options in this space.

In our Better Podback, we have listeners answer polls including what they’d like to see for funny podcast awards and what SP should do with his spare time. We also have people comment on new gear and price increases in hardware.

Find full episode information including links referenced in this episode at https://www.betterpodcasting.com/258.

If you want to follow us elsewhere, you can find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/betterpodcasting, you can follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/betterpod or email podcast@betterpodcasting.com. The full back catalog can be found at https://www.betterpodcasting.com.

Want to join in to some geeky chatter? Check out the GonnaGeek Discord Server at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/discord/

This podcast was recorded on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 – Streamed Live to Geeks.Live.  Audio/Video Production by Stephen Jondrew of GonnaGeek Productions, proudly Canadian.

Main Topic: Comparing Rodecaster Pro Alternatives

  • Mixcast 4 Announcement
  • Our understanding of the Mixcast 4 specs
  • What we each link (on paper) about the Mixcast 4
  • Questions we have after reading the Mixcast 4 specs
  • Comparing similar equipment:
    • Zoom L8 / L12
    • Zoom PodTrak P8
    • Rodecaster Pro
  • Stand out features of each that we think might help you determine which is right for you

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Better Podcasting #257 – SP Experiences Podcast Movement As A Hobbyist

SP recently attended Podcast Movement 2021, and he set out with a few goals. In this week’s episode, SP recounts his experience at Podcast Movement and how he felt about it attending as a hobbyist.

In this week’s Better Podcasting Download, we follow up on previous discussion about Discord threads.

Finally, we take listener feedback, including listeners who had questions about Stephen’s recent Elgato Wave Arm LP experience.

Find full episode information including links referenced in this episode at https://www.betterpodcasting.com/257.

If you want to follow us elsewhere, you can find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/betterpodcasting, you can follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/betterpod or email podcast@betterpodcasting.com. The full back catalog can be found at https://www.betterpodcasting.com.

Want to join in to some geeky chatter? Check out the GonnaGeek Discord Server at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/discord/

This podcast was recorded on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 – Streamed Live to Geeks.Live.  Audio/Video Production by Stephen Jondrew of GonnaGeek Productions, proudly Canadian.

Main Topic: SP Experiences Podcast Movement

  • What SP’s goals were when attending Podcast Movement
  • Did SP meet his goals?
  • Does SP feel there is value after attending as a hobby podcaster?
  • What sessions did SP find most valuable?
  • Questions SP has about a session
  • Who SP thinks Podcast Movement would be best for

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Better Podcasting #255 – Hobby Podcasting Isn’t Free Podcasting

If podcasting is your hobby, does that mean that it’s free? The answer is no, hobby podcasting isn’t free podcasting. This week we discuss some of the challenged that make it hard to try to podcast for free, and where it might benefit to try to pay a little money, and where you can try to save a buck or two.

In this week’s Better Podcasting Download, we discuss how Automaticc is buying Pocket Casts, and we speculate what this means for the future.

Finally, we take listener feedback, including a listener who encountered an issue with their recording this week, and we have a listener who was invited by Facebook to turn on their new podcast feature.

Find full episode information including links referenced in this episode at https://www.betterpodcasting.com/255.

If you want to follow us elsewhere, you can find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/betterpodcasting, you can follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/betterpod or email podcast@betterpodcasting.com. The full back catalog can be found at https://www.betterpodcasting.com.

Want to join in to some geeky chatter? Check out the GonnaGeek Discord Server at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/discord/

This podcast was recorded on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 – Streamed Live to Geeks.Live.  Audio/Video Production by Stephen Jondrew of GonnaGeek Productions, proudly Canadian.

Main Topic: Hobby podcasting isn’t free podcasting

  • How podcasting is much more accessible to hobbyists
  • Why the easiest/cheapest way to podcast isn’t always the way we recommend you podcast
  • Areas of podcasting that will cost you money when you podcast
  • Related podcasting expenses (such as a web presence)
  • Reasons why you may need to be ok spending money on your podcast
  • How spending money on your podcast can be helpful
  • How podcasting for free can negatively impact your podcast
  • Areas where you might be able to save money on your podcast
  • Other hobbies that cost money, and how they stack up against podcasting
  • Reasons why you think you should be ok with spending money on podcasting (if that’s your primary hobby)
  • Podcasting is a great value hobby for what you get out of it

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  • Automaticc purchased pocket casts

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Better Podcasting #254 – Starting a Hobby Podcast Network

This week we break down some of our learnings from running the GonnaGeek Network and provide some recommendations that we have for hobby podcasters that are thinking about starting a hobby podcast network.

In this week’s Better Podcasting Download, we discuss some recent news that came out about the latest Audacity terms of service, and what we think that means for hobby podcasters, and how you might want to keep your eyes out for changes in the future.

Finally, we take listener feedback, including a follow up to the previous episode of Better Podcasting, and a listener question about Headliner.

Find full episode information including links referenced in this episode at https://www.betterpodcasting.com/254.

If you want to follow us elsewhere, you can find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/betterpodcasting, you can follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/betterpod or email podcast@betterpodcasting.com. The full back catalog can be found at https://www.betterpodcasting.com.

Want to join in to some geeky chatter? Check out the GonnaGeek Discord Server at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/discord/

This podcast was recorded on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 – Streamed Live to Geeks.Live.  Audio/Video Production by Stephen Jondrew of GonnaGeek Productions, proudly Canadian.

Main Topic: Starting a hobby podcast network

  • What you should consider before starting a hobby podcast
  • Finding the main goal of the podcast network
  • How you can leverage help when starting a podcast network
  • Challenges that can come up running a network
  • How running a network is a lot easier in 2021 than it used to be
  • Extra expenses and time commitments when running a podcast network

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  • Audacity terms of service changes

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Better Podcasting #253 – Our Biggest Podcast Regrets To Date

We’ve both been podcasting for while now, and so today we wanted to share some of our biggest podcast regrets – to hopefully help save you some in the future. We’ll break our regrets down into a variety of categories including both hardware and production regrets. As we go through we’ll discuss some of the benefits that we got out of it, and also what we would do differently.

In this week’s Better Podcasting Download, we discuss a couple changes with Anchor and what we think it means for hobby podcasters.

Finally, we take listener feedback, including a listener that has a question about how to use give aways to help promote his podcast.

Find full episode information including links referenced in this episode at https://www.betterpodcasting.com/253.

If you want to follow us elsewhere, you can find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/betterpodcasting, you can follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/betterpod or email podcast@betterpodcasting.com. The full back catalog can be found at https://www.betterpodcasting.com.

Want to join in to some geeky chatter? Check out the GonnaGeek Discord Server at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/discord/

This podcast was recorded on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 – Streamed Live to Geeks.Live.  Audio/Video Production by Stephen Jondrew of GonnaGeek Productions, proudly Canadian.

Main Topic: Our biggest podcasting regrets

  • Hardware
  • Production
  • Misc
  • Recent Regrets

Better Podcasting Download: Changes with Anchor

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Better Podcasting #252 – Embracing Your Age In Your Podcast

You don’t have to be a certain age to podcast. This week we discuss some of the ways that age doesn’t matter when it comes to hobby podcasting, some of the ways that age might matter to your listener, and some of the ways that you can embrace your age when it comes to hobby podcasting.

In this week’s Better Podcasting Download, we discuss an article that takes the position that interesting in clubhouse is fading away.

Finally, we take listener feedback, including a listener that notices an odd promo from Zoom about their new podcasting device, and we have a listener who is looking to start a new podcast network.

Find full episode information including links referenced in this episode at https://www.betterpodcasting.com/252.

If you want to follow us elsewhere, you can find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/betterpodcasting, you can follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/betterpod or email podcast@betterpodcasting.com. The full back catalog can be found at https://www.betterpodcasting.com.

Want to join in to some geeky chatter? Check out the GonnaGeek Discord Server at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/discord/

This podcast was recorded on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 – Streamed Live to Geeks.Live.  Audio/Video Production by Stephen Jondrew of GonnaGeek Productions, proudly Canadian.

Main Topic: Embracing Your Age In Your Podcast

  • Leveraging age in podcasts
  • How age can impact what your listeners hear
  • Age considerations for your podcast
  • Challenges with age

Better Podcasting Download: Is Clubhouse dead?

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Better Podcasting #251 – Biggest Challenges Facing Hobby Podcasters in 2021

This week we discuss what we think are the biggest challenges that hobby podcasters face in the year 2021 – and how we think hobby podcasters can make the most of it.

In this week’s Better Podcasting Download, we discuss an article that compared the financial future of Apple vs Spotify in the podcasting game.

Finally, we take listener feedback, including one loyal listener who is feeling SP’s Apple Podcasts pain.

Find full episode information including links referenced in this episode at https://www.betterpodcasting.com/251.

If you want to follow us elsewhere, you can find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/betterpodcasting, you can follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/betterpod or email podcast@betterpodcasting.com. The full back catalog can be found at https://www.betterpodcasting.com.

Want to join in to some geeky chatter? Check out the GonnaGeek Discord Server at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/discord/

This podcast was recorded on Friday, May 28, 2021 – Streamed Live to Geeks.Live.  Audio/Video Production by Stephen Jondrew of GonnaGeek Productions, proudly Canadian.

Main Topic: Biggest Challenged That Hobby Podcasters Face in 2021

  • Starting a Podcast
  • Initial Technology
  • Creating a Team
  • Promoting Your Podcast
  • What we wish we knew before we started

Better Podcasting Download: Apple v Spotify

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