This series is all about showcasing Libsyn 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 William Torgerson from Torg Stories
Why did you start podcasting?
I say I followed stories into digital spaces. In order to stay relevant as a storyteller and teacher of writing, I believe I must be publishing to a variety of online platforms.
I also thrive on conversation, and I see my podcasts as an invitation to talk about stories, writing, and filmmaking.
What’s your podcast about?
I share stories that catch (or sometimes demand) my attention. So that means I host interesting people to tell their stories, and I talk with writers and filmmakers about how they get their stories out to audiences.
What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.
I record with Garage Band using a Snowball mic. I don’t know what a CMS is.
How have you promoted your podcast?
I’m often out in the physical world talking teaching, digital literacy, writing, and filmmaking at a variety of events.
I trade Facebook and Twitter connections with the people I meet, and of course I’m also in those same digital places on the hunt for conversation.
What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?
I wish I knew what the podcast was going to be about, that I had the phrase “Torg Stories” to act as a lens for how I would share the stories I come across.
However, that’s something you have to talk your way into. It’s much like developing a voice as a writer. Even though I don’t follow my own advice, I think the super-niche podcasts do best. For example, if I focused on my father’s obsession of hunting morel mushrooms or what it means to be digitally literate, I think I’d develop an audience faster.
This isn’t always true though. Alec Baldwin’s Here’s the Thing and Slate’s Culture Gabfest are examples of more general podcasts with large audiences.
Story telling, diving into stories, following your passion and your interest. Does that resonate? Then Torg Stories is the podcast for you. Consider subscribing and diving into the soul of a podcast!
Bill has written two novels: Love on the Big Screen is about a college freshman whose understanding of love has been shaped by late-eighties romantic comedies. (also an audio book)
Bill’s Horseshoe is a Midwestern Gothic collection of stories set in a fictionalized version of his hometown. His documentary film The Mushroom Hunter is about his father and will screen at various film festivals in the upcoming year.
If you have stories to tell, or want to share stories, it’s your time to start a podcast! And we want to help you do it.