Diary of a Podcaster Part 4
Over the recent weeks, it’s become increasingly apparent that the two new podcast projects that I’m currently working on are taking too much time to produce. Like many people, my leisure time is a finite commodity. At present I am writing daily, maintaining a presence in two MMOs, as well as trying to keep abreast of several TV shows and a growing list of movies. So far, despite a lot of work, the new projects have not yielded any satisfactory results. So, rather than produce nothing, I deemed it prudent to return to my previous podcast creation. Thus, the Burton and Scrooge Podcast has been reinstated and been given a production makeover. At present, both Brian and I are well disposed towards gaming and other pop culture subjects, so have plenty to discuss. We always find are recordings are more rigorous when we are enthused, as opposed to mildly interested.
In another development, I’ve finally decided to stop using my gaming headset for recording content. The Logitech H600 Wireless Headset has proven to be a useful tool for both gaming and podcasting in recent years. However, the microphone picks up not only the squeaking of my computer chair but the creaking of the plastic headband and ear cups as I talk. So, I decided to replace it with a USB condenser microphone. A little research soon found a suitable match for my needs and budget. I now own a LynxPro SMU-1 which cost £39.99 form Amazon and also got a deal on a suitable adjustable stand. The TONOR Adjustable Microphone Suspension Boom Scissor Arm Stand with Table Mounting Clamp cost an additional £18.99 and came with a metal shock mount and pop filter. For the present, I feel this is the only new kit that I require as I’m still happy to record via Zencastr and edit using Audacity.
Once again, I’ve had to be realistic with regard to my content creation and make a decision based upon the reality of my situation. It is better to do one thing well than severally things poorly. Placing the two proposed new podcasts on the back burner means a proven and tested show while continue to be produced for an established audience. I will continue to work on the new projects but in a reduced capacity. The investment in new hardware, coupled with my current positive attitude, means that the existing show is being made to the best of our abilities and is not in any way a compromise. It is important to be invested in what you do and that your motivations are unambiguous. Therefore, we’ve several ideas with regard to broadening the content of the Burton and Scrooge Podcast and keeping both ourselves and our listeners engaged. We are also considering a new marketing strategy which I shall discuss in more depth in my next Diary of a Podcaster post.