Rockin’ Libsyn Podcasts: Nerdology UK

Nerdology UK hosted with libsyn

This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!

Q & A with Mark Cockram from Nerdology UK Podcast

When did you start podcasting?

I started podcasting at the beginning of this year, the first episode went out on 13th of January (unlucky for some!).

Why did you start podcasting?

I have been blogging for just over a year, and have enjoyed the creative process. I was inspired to start up a podcast after listening to fellow Libsyn podcasts Doctor Who: Mostly Harmless Cutaway & The Doctor Who Book Club Podcast, I enjoyed the presenting styles of these shows and the sense of community created by the feedback from the listeners.

What’s your show about?

Nerdology UK covers pop culture, including books, movies, TV and theatre. So far we’ve covered Doctor Who, I, Claudius, Shaun Of The Dead, Vertigo & Rear Window and Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

I have a Mac and use GarageBand for recording and editing the podcast episodes, I also use a program called Call Recorder when using Skype so that I have a back up of the conversation in case there are any problems with the main recording. I decided to get a Blue Snowball USB microphone for better recording quality compared to that of the in built mic on the Mac. I also have a Panasonic RRXS400 portable digital recorder for when I’m away from my computer.

How have you promoted your podcast?

I am a big fan of social media such as Twitter and Facebook, and have used these in order to get the message out there. I recently added the Libsyn Facebook App so that anyone visiting the page can instantly listen to an episode.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

Recording using Skype is fun and allows you greater flexibility when it comes to inviting guests on to your show, however, initially I found it a little disorientating using headphones when speaking over Skype, as I could hear my guest but I could barely hear my own voice! so I opted to listen with one headphone on and the other off.

What I hadn’t counted on was my microphone picking up on the sound coming from my headphones, which meant that I spent nearly twice as long as usual editing the episode in order to manually remove the echo that my mic had recorded. I have had a vastly improved experience when recording using Skype by opting for “ear bud” style earphones which I can use at a sensible volume without getting any nasty feedback on the microphone.

So how about it peeps? Ready to dive into the Nerdology world? Subscribe in iTunes or listen straight from Facebook. If you have any questions or feedback for Mark, send it on over nerdologyuk (at) gmail (dot) com

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