I don’t write about podcasting on this blog much anymore, but since it *IS* a creative endeavor, it felt appropriate to do so in this case.
Since I’ll basically be a couch-surfing vagrant for about eight weeks between finishing work in Madison and moving to Saint Paul, I’m glad that I have my “mobile podcasting” equipment, ready to set up anywhere that I can find electricity and an Internet connection. There is still quite a bit of stuff that I need for any given show, though, so I also needed a good way to carry it around.
Some time late last year, I got an old briefcase from my brother-in-law. It’s a fairly standard-sized briefcase, faux leather on the outside, combo locks, and a few folio pockets on the inside. My test run of using the briefcase came a few weeks ago, when I wrapped up my equipment in old t-shirts and found out that it would indeed all fit in the case. The move prompted me to finally complete the idea I had when I first acquired said case…
Without even measuring the case to be sure of what would fit, I bought 2 sets of Pelican Pick n’ Pluck foam for a 1200 case. Since I was buying the foam for a briefcase, I figured I wouldn’t find an exact fit, anyway. I went with something that I *knew* was smaller, and hoped to make it work. The other options that I found online were unbelievably expensive.
Working with this perforated foam lining was pretty easy. The two “main” compartments fit pretty nicely inside my case, with a little room to spare in the back. That worked out perfectly, with my “fragile” components going into those main areas, and cables/power packs tucked in the back. Take a look at the pictures — I thought the whole deal turned out pretty well.
Haven’t been spending a lot of time with photo and writing in the last few days, as I transitioned the podcast blog from wordpress.com over to a hosted wordpress installation. I found a great deal on hosting with 1-click WordPress install, unlimited storage and bandwidth, unlimited domains, for $5 a month for three years. If you want to check them out, they are the #1 recommended host on wordpress.org.
So anyway, moving BKORadio.com was a significant task, but I feel like it was a good way to test out the host and see if I would ultimately want to move my personal site there as well. Probably won’t *right* away, but it is coming. Moving this one should actually be easier, as it’s already a self-hosted wordpress site and essentially copying it over it what I would be doing.
I made a “banner” image for BKO Radio using my phone camera, GIMP, and Snapseed. I like the way I was able to push the background out of focus with the various filters used, since the background in my apartment is kind of a mess.
Got back to podcasting with Bryan yesterday after taking a couple weeks off while he’s been in play rehearsals, and other stuff conspired against our regular schedule.
I thought it was a pretty good show; we mostly went over the Oscar ballot and chatted about the movies that we’d seen.
One of the tough things about podcasting for me is sort of similar to the issue that I think I’ve had with the blog in the past: how do you come up with enough material to talk about without being all over the board? There are times that I feel like the BryGuy show is a bit scattered, but that’s been the nature of program we wanted to do. I think we’re at our best when we sort of branch off-topic and have some good jokes to tell.
Podcasting is a fun hobby for me, because I always enjoyed working at the radio station in college, and it lets me continue to scratch that itch without having to be too responsible for anything. The editor/producer in me always wants to critique our work and improve the product, but how much time would I need to do that? How much better could the show(s) get? Why should I stress myself out about an activity that’s just supposed to be fun?
It sort of makes me wonder about other people’s hobbies. Obviously, with every activity a person does, you can either be good, bad, or so-so at it. I think we’re generally so-so podcasters. But maybe that’s OK. Who’s judging?