This post is a continuation of prior posts where I document the steps I took to launch a new podcast, Birmingham Shines.
The official, yet quiet launch of Birmingham Shines began on April 30 when I set up the show on Libsyn and submitted my feed to iTunes. The preview and first interview episode went live on iTunes around mid-day May 1, 2015.
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Writing Blog Posts
I spent about 90 minutes Sunday morning writing last week’s Teach Social Business post documenting the work I’d done to launch Birmingham Shines the week of April 27 – May 2. (my journal says that time does not include adding the graphics to the post, which I did later in the day).
I spent another 80 minutes or so writing a second blog post (for Birmingham Shines website) about choosing Wade Kwon as my first guest for the Birmingham Shines podcast.
Other Sunday Tasks
Checked SpeakPipe to see if I had any voice mails for the show (none).
Set domain forward on shinecast.info to shinecast.tv
Checked Facebook and did a screenshot of Saturday’s post to the I Believe in Birmingham group to use as a graphic for last week’s action-items update post.
I spent several hours reviewing the audio files from my interview with Tripp Watson, the second guest for Birmingham Shines, and creating an outline or script for the editor to follow in putting together the second episode.
I used Google Docs to create the script and noted each audio file, the points for edits, and where to insert music stingers for transitions.
Since Tripp listed the Foo Fighters as one of this favorite bands, I logged into neosounds and purchased an additional music stinger that was a bit more in the nature of a grunge guitar. I love the Foo Fighters myself and knew that I would need a stinger with a different style than jazz or acoustic for some of the shows.
Around 9:30 p.m., I recorded my intros and outros for episode 2. That was too late in the evening for me, at least in the current circumstances. I was very tired at that point and could hear it in my voice, so I had to do several takes and I also broke the components into several short intro segments. As a result, I think the intro for episode 2 is very choppy.
I created a new private job on elance for editing this episode and invited Alex, the engineer I worked with on the preview and episode 1.
Uploaded the entire package of files to Dropbox in anticipation of awarding the job to Alex or inviting someone else to bid.
Went to bed Sunday night around 11 p.m. Very tired and also “keyed up” from working on the computer until immediately before bed. I don’t like that. I prefer to be “off-screen” and “offline” at least an hour before I go to bed.
Monday, May 4, 2015
Today was mainly focused on my teaching responsibilities. Very little work on Birmingham Shines or any other aspects of my business vision.
Shortly before my work day officially began, I checked elance and noticed that Alex had not logged in yet to see the invitation so I sent him a text alerting him to the job. I got a reply that he had just seen the invitation and had submitted a proposal. I didn’t have time to review the proposal until after my first class ended but I accepted his proposal. We had a short window to get episode 02 edited so I could publish on Thursday. No time to negotiate.
Replied to email from someone at ArcLight stories about doing an interview for the show. I had sent an email to ArcLight the week before asking if they would be interested in being on Birmingham Shines.
Monday night I posted a link to the iTunes listing in a private Facebook group I’m part of. It’s not really a “mastermind” group, but we are all pursuing some type of business idea and it’s a place where we can share what we’re doing and get feedback, inspiration, etc.
While eating dinner Monday night, I spent a few minutes looking at social plugins again. Still no decision.
I also sent an email to a friend in northwest Alabama about how I planned to add a second show called Alabama Shines and revive the Shine Springs Farm Shinecast. I said I wanted to interview her for those shows and asked for her help in connecting me with others who would be good guests for those shows. Nice reply from her about that, with several names of prospective guests.
Went to bed Monday night at 8:40 p.m. because I was exhausted.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Woke up at 2:30 a.m. and couldn’t go back to sleep. Tossed and turned, but stayed in bed until about 5:45 a.m.
Downloaded the edited first draft of episode 002 before work.
Also before work I sent an email to Daniel Drinkard of Seasick Records confirming our Friday interview and included a PDF of the appearance release.
Listened to the edited version of the show and identified a few more simple edits. Sent note to engineer with the additional changes.
The rest of the day was spent on work for my teaching job.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Downloaded and, after morning class, I listened to the second edited version of episode 002 and sent Alex a note that it was good. We closed that elance project out and I released the funds to him.
I overdid it with a few of the additional stingers I’d added in the second round of edits, but I didn’t want to ask him to take one or two of those out, so I let it go. One of those times where I have to let go of desire for perfection and go with “good enough.”
Wednesday afternoon and evening was spent installing 2 packages of honeybees at the farm, including driving there and back.
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Before work, I set up the ID3 tags for episode 002 of Birmingham Shines, created an updated version of cover art for the specific episode and uploaded to Libsyn with abbreviated show notes and link to the website. Also uploaded to SoundCloud with the updated cover art.
Episode 2 was live on iTunes within about 30 minutes of the Libsyn upload. I downloaded to my iPad so I could listen in the car while driving to work.
Thursday afternoon I had an interview with Javacia Harris Bowser to talk about See Jane Write Birmingham for episode 003. That conversation was at my house and went well, I think. I almost forgot to get her photo for the promotions and I did forget to get her to sign the appearance release, which I’d previously emailed her. I haven’t yet listened to the files, but I think it went well.
After the interview, I had to go back to campus to make a final exam before the next morning. I could have made the test from home, but since I’ve been having to use my personal laptop charger on the Samford computer (they would not replace the charger when the cord became frayed from the box) I accidentally left my charger in the office. So frustrating to have to personally provide the tools I need to do my “job.”
When I got back home from that 2-1/2 hour project, I transferred the files from Javacia’s interview to my external hard drive.
Friday, May 8, 2015
Two interviews today. That was the main focus for my Friday.
Woke up with feelings of a returning cold. Tickle in my throat from drainage. Tired.
At 10 a.m. I met Daniel Drinkard at the soon-to-be-new location of Seasick Records and we had a nice conversation about vinyl and Birmingham’s music scene. I did a bit of promoting/previewing that on Instagram and Twitter.
I spent about 30 minutes before driving to Seasick prepping for the interview and noting out some comments to help make the interview more conversational.
After the interview, I dropped my gear off at my house and drove to campus to do a few things before the afternoon interview.
Came home at 2:30 p.m., gulped down a Red Bull and grabbed my gear and drove to the offices of MotionMobs where I interviewed the company founder, Taylor Peake Wyatt. We had a very nice conversation during and after the interview. Excited to see where her tech startup goes. I think it can be a big player in mobile software / app development.
Today reminded me to create a checklist of equipment needed for my interviews. I had all the basics, but forgot to take desk stands to MotionMobs. I didn’t have them with the gear, since I couldn’t use them when I met with Daniel earlier in the day.
Driving home from interview with Taylor I pondered some of the ideas that came to me during the after-the-interview conversation. Those got me very excited.
Very tired Friday night, but ended up goofing off, mostly, on Twitter at first and then YouTube.
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Definitely feeling the return of my cold when I woke up this morning.
Spent the early morning, between 7 and 9:30 a.m., creating several types of graphics for Birmingham Shines, including Twitter in-stream photos and new “project cover” graphics for the website. To do this, I used Canva. I uploaded the graphic elements I’d previously created in Adobe Illustrated and used Canva to quickly create variations-on-a-theme graphics.
So busy working on my graphics that I almost ruined a pan when I let the water boil dry. Must stop multi-tasking. I hate multi-tasking and know it’s a waste of time.
At Pepper Place, I spent a few minutes getting acquainted with someone I want to feature on an episode of Alabama Shines.
I also stopped by Yellowhammer Creative’s swap meet to scope out prospective interviewees for Birmingham Shines. Got some ideas, but didn’t specifically talk with anyone about the show. By that point in the day (1 p.m.) I was tired, hungry and feeling awful with the return of my cold.
Afternoon, I did a bit more work in Canva for graphics for episode 003 and made an updated Twitter header for my personal Twitter. I’ll update it later, because I don’t like it, but it will do for a change for now.
Feeling crappy all day so that’s pretty much all I got done.