Ep. 21 - All Things Tangential a.k.a. Memesode
Our inability to stick to a topic needed a meme, so made one up
In this episode, we talked about a few really good podcasting topics like cookie-cutter pre-recorded intros and outros (meh, we don’t like those) and podcasts that evolve to include more hosts and ruin it to the old-time listeners.
We got a little technical and geeked out about managing our podcast publishing workflow in GitHub, which involves scripts, a Kanban board, and a lot of manual work.
Someone’s got to figure out how to simplify the publishing workflow. It sucks.
This is what our board for this episode looks like.
This is a slice of the checklist from the “Publish” task. A lot of steps are needed to produce a simple indie podcast like ours.
Then this happened 👇
We ended up talking Back to the Future, video codecs, memes, music (Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Judas Priest), and finally Tony Fadell’s book “Build,” which both of us have read. The book is awesome, we raved about it and the Nest thermostats for a few minutes. I think it was my favorite part of the episode.
With that, I will stop excusing ourselves for not sticking to an agenda. That’s who we are and, if you like it, here we’ve got a subscribe button right below this sentence 👇
Introduce yourself in the beginning of every episode. Even though it gets old to say your name every single time you record an episode, your podcast is not the only thing in listeners’ lives. They may need a reminder and also you don’t know if someone is listening to your show for the first time, so they don’t have all of the context you’ve built up in the last 100 episodes. Say your name.
Copy-paste intros/outros are meh. Don’t be lazy, introduce your podcast and yourself every time you do a recording. Make it a little different every time. It adds a lively vibe to the show.
If you change hosts of a podcast, it becomes a different podcast. We discuss one of our favorite corporate podcasts that changed the hosts and it wasn’t the same anymore. People build connection with people and changing hosts can totally ruin it for old timers.
Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products by Leander Kahney
Build: An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worth Making by Tony Fadell
We Don't Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy by Caseen Gaines
No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram by Sarah Frier
This episode was produced by Mike Semashko
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