Podcasts from Podcamp

From a brief googling, here is a brief list of podcasts from podcamp thus far.

  1. This Week in Geek
  2. Buffalo Live! Music Podcast with Doc Wu
  3. Geek.Farm.Life
  4. dicksnjanes podcast with the Scarborough Dude
  5. Librivox Community Podcast hosted by ductapeguy
  6. Country Music Podcast by Bill Deys
  7. DeysCast Feb 26 2007 – PodCamp TO Wrap Up by Bill Deys
  8. deys Feb 23 2007- Road to PodCamp by Bill Deys
  9. Podonomics by Leeza Barnes
  10. City TV News report by Amber MacArthur
  11. Financial Aid Podcast with Christopher Penn
  12. The Safety Guy – Industrial Machinery 101 hosted by Doug Nix
  13. The Closet Geek Show- Episode 56 by Brent Morris
  14. Canadian Podcast Buffet 54: PodCamp Toronto, Vancouver Meetup and Podcasters Across Borders
  15. Hot Fossils and Rebel Matters No 89 – Not So Oscar Fever and Podcamp Toronto 2007 hosted by Ninja and Special K
  16. Librivox Community Podcast 26 hosted by ductapeguy and Jim Mowatt . Direct Mp3 link
  17. LX7#30 We Vote with Our Ears hosted by Vergel Evans mp3 link
  18. Trafcom News Podcast #52 hosted by Donna Papacosta
  19. Buffalo Live! Music Podcast – Doc Wu features Sean McGaughey
  20. Ramble with Russell Podcast#39

Please add your podcast from podcamp to the comments and I will add it to the list.

Update: I’ve taken off the direct audio players in this post because all the flash players were slowing down Firefox way too much. You can still get to all the podcasts from podcamp in the links.


The conference ends, the conversation continues…

Podcamp Toronto began for me on January 2 when I started contributing to this blog.  At first I felt like I was speaking to myself, but then Connie came on board, and we started to build the community around podcamp.  Now the weekend is over, but the conversation has just begun.  We will continue to update the blog and the Google group and Wiki remain active for all your contributions.

Thanks to all the organizers and sponsors for putting on a first class event.

All Podcamp Video is now posted

This afternoon, Jay Moonah prepared a page on the wiki of all the archived video of all the sessions at podcamp.

It would be great to add links to all the archived mp3s on the wiki.

Also, if you have prepared a podcamp themed podcast (say that fast 3 times), we would love to link to it here.  Just let us know in the comments or on the google group.

Here are the links to the archived video.

PodCamp Toronto Media Archive

If you have additional links for any presentations, please add them below.


10:00 AM

10:45 AM

11:30 AM

  • It Isn’t Just a Video Game: Second Life for Events – Jay Moonah & Bryan Person
  • Building a community – Mark Blevis, Bob Goyetche and Chris Brogan
  • Corporate Podcasting Tactics (panel) – Leesa Barnes, James Harris, Richard Sharp, Christopher Penn, John Wall

1:00 PM

  • Video Podcasting out of the Box – Jenni Hayman, Heath Milo
  • Giving Your Podcast A Google Presence – Julien Smith
  • Podcasting Adds Personality to Employee Communications – Sabita Singh 

1:45 PM

  • How to Get 2,427 People to Podcast for a Common Cause – Hugh McGuire
  • PodPresence (aka “Awesome Sounding Podcasts”) – Peter O’Connell
  • Expanding the Conversation – Michael Bailey and Jeff Persch

2:30 PM

  • Using Podcasting in Secondary, Elementary and Middle Schools – Nina Silver
  • Editing Techniques and Decisions – Mark Blevis
  • Award Winning DIY Special Effects – Casey McKinnon and Rudy Jahchan

3:15 PM

  • Citizen Journalism: Getting Started with Videoblogging – Tari Akpodiete
  • Making a difference: What Return on Influence (ROI) really means – Whitney Hoffman, Chris Brogan and Mark Blevis
  • Podcast Marketing: Five tools and strategies to grow your audience TODAY – Christopher Penn

4:00 PM

4:45 PM


10:00 AM

  • Teach Me Podcasting! – Heartless Bitches International
  • WinAmpCast and Google Gadget Podcast Kit 1.0 session. – Christopher Penn
  • How to Make Money In Podcasting as a Journalist – Leesa Barnes
    • Quicktime Video (no audio…will fix soon)

10:45 AM

  • Community Building Through New Media – Chris Brogan
  • Stream Link Atwater Digital Literacy Project – Hugh McGuire and Julien Smith
  • Should Your Company Be Podcasting? (panel) – Mitch Joel, Michael O’Connor Clarke, Luke Armour, Donna Papacosta, Michael Seaton

11:30 AM

  • Trust Economies: What they are and how to be a part of them – Chris Brogan and Julien Smith
  • Banking on a Podcast – Michael Seaton
  • Will Podcasting Kill Radio? (panel) – Leesa Barnes, Heather Vale, Bill Sweetman, Jay Moonah, Tim Posgate, Steve “Snowball” Saylor, Mike “The Birdman” Dodd

1:00 PM

1:45 PM

  • Recording and Editing Audio Podcasts with Your Windows-Powered Pocket PC or Smartphone – Tari Akpodiete
  • The Name Game: How and Why to Develop a Catchy Podcast Name – Bill Sweetman
  • Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Going (panel) – Casey McKinnon, Rudy Jahchan and Julien Smith

2:30 PM

  • A Quick Introduction to the Concepts of Mind Mapping and “Getting Things Done” (GTD) – Tari Akpodiete
  • Monetizing Your Podcast – Mark Juliano from TalkShoe
  • 3 Ways To Beat PODFADE – Vergel Evans & Brent Morris

3:15 PM

  • Web Tools For Podcasting Success (panel) – Bob Goyetche, Julien Smith, Brent Morris, Michael Bailey, Jay Moonah, Steve “Snowball” Saylor, Bob Goyetche

4:00 PM

  • Whisper to a Scream: making Compression, Limiting, Normalization & Noise Reduction your Friends – Jay Moonah

4:45 PM

We Get Messages

We had a very nice MyChingo message from Dean Whitbread in the UK who was trying to catch us via livestream over the weekend.    It is good to hear from you, Dean!  I hope you were able to see some of the live feed. Fortunately a good part of it has been captured for posterity over on the wiki.

We encourage others to leave voice messages via MyChingo, comments here on the blog, or post your photos to the Podcamp Toronto group over on Flickr  .

Wrap-up Thanks!

Thanks to our engineers here at Ryerson University for doing the livestream video and posting it to the wiki!!

And thanks to our fabulous organizers:

Leesa Barnes of Podonomics – Organizer, Media Liaison.

Jay Moonah of Uncle Seth and Online Music Marketing – Organizer, Event Logistics.

Brent Morris of The Closet Geek Show – Organizer, Volunteer Liaison.

Julien of the In Over Your Head hip hop podcast – Organizer, Tech Guru.

Mitch Joel of Twist Image – Organizer, Publicity/Promotions.

Our sponsors get special  thanks:

Other Podcamp Toronto Bloggers

My co-host for this blog, Sean (ductapeguy) will be posting more.  He hasn’t had connectivity during Podcamp but has been gathering lots of content.  Stay tuned!

Bob LeDrew has been liveblogging as well over at Flacklife  (he is currently sitting beside me so I have been watching over his shoulder.  Heh)

Kevin Baggs has a nice post over at IN*ovation summarizing Podcamp and thanking our fine organizers!

Bitterstuff at Strange Duck Media gives us 20 Hot Podcasting Tips that she picked up yesterday.

Chris Clarke of Student PR Blog is here.  We’re hoping Chris blogs learnings from the weekend!

Joseph Thornely, sadly, was on his way to Podcamp Toronto but his flight was cancelled.  Check out his blog post at Pro PR.  We did our best to live blog it, and the streamed video should be posted soon to the wiki if it hasn’t been already, so hopefully you will still get the content even if you didn’t get the chance to be here for the f2f and networking aspect.

Q&A Panel: Web tools

Liveblog of panel session with Brent Morris, Jay Moonah, Steve “Snowball” Saylor, Michael Bailey, Julien Smith, Bob Goyetche

Brent Morris:

  • WordPress for his website and his blog; all his show notes are in WordPress
  • took little work to set it up
  • used by a lot of people, so large community so there are a lot of themes you can choose or you can edit it on your own
  • archives material automatically
  • plug-in architecture e.g. AudioPlayer – puts a flash player automatically into his blog post; he never has to do anything extra to turn this on.
  • Feedburner: easy to configure; no extra work to set up RSS feed
  • Myspace
  • Facebook

Jay Moonah

  • Other ways to create blogs: Blogger, Drupal
  • You don’t have to have a blog to put out a podcast, but it is a “best practice”
  • Blogger lowest barrier to entry
  • WordPress installed is easy compared to other installs, but can be challenging (wordpress.com is hosted; wordpress.org is the version that needs installing)
  • There is now automatic install for WordPress on many web hosts – one-click install
  • Overall, WordPress is probably the ideal solution
  • website domain name – no matter what web tool you are using, you can map it to your own domain.
  • web hosts Go Daddy
  • a lot of bands are only using MySpace account – can be pre-empted by bigger corporations if they have something else to promote
  • he has one URL that links to the website, blog, podcast, and all other web presence – don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

Steve “Snowball” Saylor

  • likes to store everything in one place so he can customize
  • get your domain name as quickly as possible Go Daddy, Dreamhost $10 per month or less – massive amounts of storage and it increases over time as storage becomes cheaper
  • Drupal – high end of CMS tools – more complicated than Blogger, WordPress – as you learn it inside out, learn CSS, move up to something like Drupal
  • Feedburner for his feeds –
  • Feeder – reinventedsoftware.com/feeder – can have multiple feeds, can see what feed it going to look like in iTunes
  • w.bloggar -ability to connect to any kind of blog

Michael Bailey

  • getting audience comments –
    • case comments dial-in service [blogger note: Does anyone have a link to this??]
    • K7 service and J2 service – paid service for your own area code
    • Skype voicemail
    • BabyTel (woo hoo! one of our sponsors!)
    • Vonage
    • MyChingo from Mobasoft (woo hoo! Michael’s company!) – all podcasters have microphones, and should be leaving comments on this blog.

Julien Smith

Bob Goyetche

  • it has gone out of style, but he likes Frappr – allows your listeners to pinpoint themselves on a map
  • social networking plug-ins – Ultimate Tag Warrior – make it easy for people to interact with you and about you

Questions: has anyone ever used digg? del.icio.us? Technorati? stumbleupon? Most hands went up for Technorati

Vanity checks – Google alerts – every time your show shows up on a directory.

Jay Moonah checks these for his band “vanity checks”:

Snowball works with CommandN.

Use the ego surfing to return comments when people have commented on you; a great way to build your community. You can take this back to the community who is creating the content and help build them up, energize the community who are putting out content.

Use stumbleupon to find people for interviews.

Moving from Blogger to WordPress – can export and import back into WordPress. There is info how to do it on WordPress.org . It can affect your search ranking if you do not have your own domain. You could set it up inside the template inside Blogger to redirect to your site.

Audience comment: Podcasters for WordPress called Podpress

mightyseek.com has a link to it

Getting started? Just use WordPress and starting hacking/customizing. Worse case, hire someone to style the site for you initially, set it up so you can maintain it.

3 Ways to Beat Podfade

Liveblog of session by Vergel Evans & Brent Morris

How to avoid running out of content, avoid “podfade”.

Three [sic] things they have figured out to prevent podfade:

  • take some time to think about the technology you are using. If your technology is too difficult to use on a regular basis, figure out how to simplify it.
  • at some point you become obsessed by the statistics. You may change the direction of your show to follow the stats. If you engage with people commenting and get to know them. This gives you a responsibility to not fade.
  • if you can’t get a show out, put out a “best of” show to at least get something out to your listeners to keep things going while you are trying to figure things out.
  • change things up! if you are doing a podcast; want to keep going but don’t like the topic any more, change the subject. Instead of fading, he did podcasts (audio) in between video podcasts to keep himself going.

What about committing to a limited run? That gives you an objective so you are less likely to fade out unexpectedly. You set up that expectation for your listeners. A lot of people podcast without a set goal.

Changing things up – E.g. CSI, CSI Miami, CSI New York – they create a new location for the show to change things up. Star Wars spin-offs.

Ask your listeners for ideas. Work with your audience, let them know if you are having a hard time. Perhaps they will have solutions for you. Interact with your audience, respect your audience, value your audience. They will help you through. People won’t resent you if you disappear. Be up front and honest if your interest has waned. They don’t feel betrayed if you disappear on them.

Why is it important to overcome podfade? The time you have invested in your podcast, your audience has spent a fair amount of their time to absorb what you have put together. If you respect and value your audience, they hope you give a little extra to keep things going. If you started it as a daily show, and decide to change to weekly show, let your audience know. It also gives you a chance to engage with your audience.

Even if you have nothing specific to talk about it, the audience still likes you to talk about that. We are in a world, unlike TV, where there are no rules of engagement; however, your audience are real people. As consumers, they have those expectations.

You have to be passionate about what you are talking about. If your interest changes, change things up. As long as you are passionate about connecting with your audience, try something new. Brent Morris changed his format – now breaks his show up so that he has music episodes, talk episodes – he told his audience he was going to break things up, and it is now easier for him to get more shows out.

Do a “best of” episode. Do a “how to” show, how you do what you are doing.

Two kinds of content:

  • time sensitive (e.g. Rocketboom – lasts about 2 days)
  • “evergreen” content – always relevant

If you do evergreen content, people can refer to it again later.

If you are doing video and don’t feel like turning on a camera, put audio with PDF for example – explore new formats. You may find more things of interest to your audience as you experiment.

If you are prolific at one point, save some of it for later for the times when you don’t have time. Create content that isn’t live that can be shelved for later.

Audience comments: you have to keep your energy up:

  • instead of sitting down, stand up
  • switch everything to Castblaster – everything timed, keeps the energy up
  • get a new piece of equipment or new interface – buy, borrow – try new things in your set up
  • if you are busy/on the road, put together a short piece talking about where you are, what you are working on, that you are gathering great material for future shows – just be honest with your audience
  • interview someone confrontational/combative to wake yourself up

Record yourself when you are fresh, not when you are tired. If it is late, go to bed and get up the next morning when you won’t sound so tired. Your audience will pick up on the difference.

If your circumstances have changed, e.g. you have a show about being single when you have just gotten married, you can bring in experts OR better pass it along to someone else.

If you plan on ending a podcast:

  • let your audience know
  • give them an alternative (CSI ended; they made CSI Miami)
  • package your content – make it available as the final result – gives your audience closure and they are more likely to listen to your next show.

Q&A Panel: Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Going

Liveblog of panel session with Casey McKinnon, Rudy Jahchan and Julien Smith

Casey and Rudy – have their own sit-com show Galacticast; consistently featured on iTunes under comedy/video blogs.

Julien – 2 1/2 years has been doing a show called In Over Your Head – based on hip hop but is more. On Sirius Satellite Radio every week. 24 minutes – all music, or talking about other things – highly diverse.

Things that Julien regrets: never tried to talk about his show, almost avoided it.

Casey and Rudy: they tried to be too ambitious at the beginning, wanted to have too many types of segments. You have to stumble around a bit at the beginning to figure out what you want to do, what you want to enjoy doing. You have to just get out to do it. It doesn’t matter the quality; just do it.

They didn’t clue into search engine optimization until later. Once they added that element in, they suddenly got a whole other audience via Google.

Make episodes beforehand. When you are starting, try to get 4 episodes made before you start because you will get busy and won’t be able to keep to the same schedule. Hold some back.

As podcasting becomes more professional, everyone has it, individuals become afraid to make mistakes and want a perfect podcast from the beginning. Don’t wait – put it out there, make those mistakes or you won’t get it out there. The big corporations can’t move as quickly as we can. They are spending a lot of money and aren’t necessarily doing the best work out there.

Even if you put something low quality out there, people are forgiving. The more authentic you are, the more forgiving they will be.

Julien’s connection with Sirius Satellite – he works with Podshow; working with an organization can make you less nimble but allows you the big media contracts. This is changing, so that the average person will soon get big media contracts more easily.

There are tools out there for people to donate and financially support your podcast. If people love what you do, they may be willing to help off-set some of your costs.

Podcasters are able to leap ahead in our careers because they reach people in a more intimate way. They sky is the limit as to what people in podcasting can do. He is amazed at how his “stupid little show” has led to opportunities to take him where he has gone. People doing it now are forging a path for people in the future.

This is not an opportunity ladder. The world is flat. We are all our own personal brands. People are becoming brands on their own, just by being themselves. This was not possible in the past.

They don’t like mass emails, being added en masse into networks. Send them personal messages.

They believe in the “long tail” concept. They are not targeting a mass audience; no Brittany Spears is going to come out of podcasting, unless it becomes part of the mainstream.

Julien just makes sure that Google finds him. He takes care of “his people” so they think of him as the go-to guy. He starts a dialogue with people whom he has exchanged business cards. Casey and Rudy respond to email, comments on the blog as much as possible. This is part of building relationships, networking.

It is all about people, helping people, reaching out to people. Web 2.0 is all about people. Even before Time magazine said so, it was “all about you”.

They have put themselves out there, they are on numerous social networks e.g. Twitter. There is going to be more of that out there, it is just going to get bigger and bigger. E.g. Zefrank is HUGE, and it is just going to get bigger. People like Zefrank and Amanda Congdon, there are going to be more of them.

Everyone will have their audience. Up and coming generations will care more about these things and more personalities will come out of it, even though older generations don’t think they have “made it” until they are in the traditional media.

Têtes à claques
is one of the top websites in Quebec, an ex-PR guy decided to do his own thing out of his basement. Word is spreading outside of Quebec.

Things are evolving – record executives are now talking about dropping DRM.  Bare Naked Ladies are just putting their things out there.   They are struggling, the audience is coming this way:   Sirius and XM are having to come together, merge to survive.

Battlestar Galactica – mostly being watched as downloads; even though they are not watching the advertisers on TV, they are paying to download it from iTunes so it has to continue.

Branding – they approach it just as real individual people, not branding Galacticast.  An actor is not just known for one movie (hopefully) but for many.