This update includes work I did on the broader Shinecast project, as well as specific tasks related to Birmingham Shines podcast, during the week of June 14 – 20, 2015.
I decided to expand the scope of this update (at least to some extent) because I put in a lot of work on an another component of the Shinecast this past week.
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Reviewed raw interview files from interview with David Weigel, the guest for bonus episode 8, wrote the script in Google docs from my notes during the review, wrote and recorded my intros and outros for the episode, posted it as a private job on Elance, invited selected audio editors, and began uploading the files to Dropbox.
I’ve been working with a local audio editor on the preview and first 7 episodes, but he’s pricier than I can really afford at this moment. I want to support local businesses, but until I get some income coming in I have to find something more affordable or start DIY’ing the editing, or at least split up the work to bring down the overall average cost-per-episode.
Sent an invitation and message to my previous editor explaining the budgeting challenges (I’d already alerted him from the beginning that this would probably happen). My first hope is that he could accommodate my need for lower rate, at least on episodes that were clean and required minimal editing, which was largely the situation for the bonus episode.
So I also spent about 45 – 50 minutes Sunday morning reviewing proposals for transcribing two episodes of Birmingham Shines.
Replied to email related to Birmingham Shines.
Reviewed shorter interview file with guest for first episode of a new podcast that I’m about to start related to Alabama tech and related start-ups.
Confirmed that I’d transferred two sets of interview files from SD card to external drive for upcoming episodes of Birmingham Shines. Labeled those.
Since I was in a time-crunch to publish the bonus episode on Tuesday, I selected a new editor for the bonus episode—at that point, I’d not heard back from the regular editor. It was, of course, Sunday so that is understandable.
I awarded the job to someone in Sweden at about 25% lower price than I would have paid if I continued using the original editor. =I hate to outsource out of US for this project, but I can’t do it at the higher prices, at least until I can at least break-even on the cost. The Shinecast project is a business and I must be making a livable profit within 30 days.
Answered a few questions from the new editor about teaser quotes and the structure of intro segment.
Reviewed half of audio files for episode 9 of Birmingham Shines.
Downloaded the edited files for bonus episode 8 of Birmingham Shines. Previewed and sent message with some corrections that I needed. Downside to saving money initially is that it required more work on my end because the issues were things that the regular editor and I had already worked out in earlier episodes. But the new guy was fast and I needed the files completed by end of the day on Monday.
Wrote last week’s blog post documenting the work I’d done on Birmingham Shines for June 7-13, 2015.
Spent 2 hours creating a Storify of tweets from Y’all Connect. Had to review about 1100 tweets to create it.
Sunday was, for the most part, a 14-hour work day.
Monday, June 15, 2015
Since I worked until 10:35 p.m. Sunday night, I had trouble sleeping. Tossed and turned. Do NOT like to be on the computer after 7 or 8 p.m.
Downloaded the revised version of episode 8 and previewed the two spots were revisions were previously needed. Those were OK, so I messaged the new editor accordingly.
Replied to message from the previous, regular editor.
Around 10:45 a.m. I began reviewing the full revised version of episode 8. I like to listen to the whole thing after any round of editing (before uploading to publish), just to make sure nothing weird happened. In one previous episode edited by the original guy, I did discover a random audio file in the middle of the episode so that final review before publishing had saved an embarrassment. [And the caught the same mistake this morning—by new editor—when reviewing the revised version of episode 10. Seems to be due to a workflow shortcut that audio editors are using.]
While reviewing the revised edited version of episode 8, I used Photoshop to resize the pictures of my guest, then uploaded those shots to Canva to create graphic for ID3 tagging.
Created the episode-specific album art in Canva, then ID3 tagged episode 8.
Uploaded file to Libsyn, created basic show notes for the Libsyn post and published immediately, since the Alabama Summer Skies program started on Tuesday.
Uploaded episode 8 to Soundcloud and shared the SoundCloud file on Planetarium’s Facebook page. Shared the SoundCloud file on Twitter, as well, and replied to earlier tweet from David about the status of the episode.
Replied to another series of tweets from one of my former students and invited him to the podcaster’s meetup Monday evening.
Released Elance escrow funds, left feedback for editor, began uploading files for episode 9 while continuing to review the last 1/3 of the raw files.
Recorded my intro and outtro for episode 9 with André Natta, uploaded those to Dropbox, created script for editor, created a private job in Elance to edit this episode and invited the new editor and previous editor with a Wednesday hard deadline.
Transferred the Shine Springs Farm Shinecast files to my external hard drive for audio/video elements (to enable me to use the Yosemite version of Garageband without having to convert the existing Garageband files on my computer–a process that would apparently take hours).
Replied to several tweets and Elance messages.
Began creating additional Birmingham Shines episode 8 graphics in Canva.
From 4:30 until 8-something I was tied up with the first Birmingham Podcasters meet-up that I’d organized.
When I got home, I quickly created the website project art for episode 8 and got that published with a basic blog post for episode 8.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
When I woke up, the edited version of episode 9 was ready for download and review. Preliminary review sounded good, at least at the beginning segment. Didn’t have time to listen to the whole thing.
Logged in to Canva to finish creating Twitter and Facebook graphics for episode 8 and shared the blog version on G+, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Uploaded the new graphics to website media library and added to the episode project post.
With that, I shifted my attention to honeybees for most of the rest of the day.
Before going to sleep, I listened to the full revised version of episode 9 and then released the funds for that job.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
While having coffee and journaling at the farm, I worked on my to-do list for the next show and overall Shinecast project vision, mission and how those are served through the related business ventures.
When I got back to Birmingham late in the evening I ID3 tagged episode 9 and uploaded it to Libsyn, with a simple blog post. Scheduled it to publish at 1 a.m., Thursday, as usual.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Began the morning focusing on creating graphics for episode 9 using Canva, uploaded to media library and website, and published the blog post associated with episode 9.
By 8 a.m., I had shared episode 9 on I Believe in Birmingham Facebook page, with Facebook-specific graphic. Also by 8 a.m., I had shared on Twitter, LinkedIn and G+. At that point that I did all that, I hadn’t checked the morning news (or the news from the night before) and didn’t know about the mass murder in Charleston at Emanuel AME.
Uploaded episode 9 to SoundCloud, created SoundCloud-specific episode art and added that image to SoundCloud.
Had a lunch meeting about possible consulting work. Wasn’t very fruitful, at least not at this time. But I gave lots of guidance, for free, and tried to be as helpful as I could be. Might lead to something in the future.
Spent the mid-afternoon on life-management stuff.
Attended a business ribbon-cutting that relates to my broader business goals for the Shinecast. Opportunity to renew some old acquaintances and network with new business execs in Birmingham.
Friday, June 19, 2015
Worked on more of the vision/mission side of Shinecast® and specific business components.
Wrote tag lines for Ignite Alabama podcast and tag lines for Shine Springs Farm Shinecast. Posted two jobs for those to Elance, awarded the work.
Replied to email to schedule next interview for Birmingham Shines.
Had the audio files back on SSF Shinecast by mid-day and the first version of Ignite Alabama by mid-afternoon. Reviewed the Ignite Alabama work and decided I needed a revision for one of the key lines for that show.
Opened Creative Cloud and discovered the apps needed complete updates, so I started that process and went out to mow the grass.
Later in the afternoon, I used Photoshop to resize some photos for upcoming podcast episodes.
Treated myself to an expensive solo dinner for working so hard all week and then went to bed and was asleep by 9 p.m.
Saturday, June 20, 2015
I woke up with something of a structural concept for two related but distinct business components of the Alabama Ignite part of business.
Between 11:30 a.m. and 8:50 p.m. I worked pretty much nonstop on creative design concept and iTunes cover art for Alabama Ignite podcast and simple logo.
In addition to finalizing the color scheme for the project, I experimented with various fonts and visual elements. Finally began to come together around 7 p.m. Glad that I didn’t stop working in early evening.
Shared a small version of it on the Shinecast Facebook page, without any fanfare. Just a “coming soon/stay tuned” announcement.
Disclosure: I wrote this post on Tuesday morning, June 23, 2015 based on my journal notes, and back-published to June 21, 2015 to remain consistent with previous similar updates.