Fireside 2.1 ( Two Nerds, Maybe More Blog Thu, 27 Feb 2020 15:00:00 +0100 Two Nerds, Maybe More Blog en-us Constructing A Podcast Part 2 Thu, 27 Feb 2020 15:00:00 +0100 3fccfbfb-7434-4f1f-8f38-a147d14dfb4d Show notes: Check. Intro music: Check. Time to record the show and release it. How hard can it be? Let's have a look. In the last post I talked about how we came up with the idea and how the intro got created. So it seems like we have everything in place except a show. So let's get into recording.

Recording Day
Both Mike and I have been podcasting together for some years on our old show The Blue Recluse. So we know each other's way of podcasting quite well, so jumping into a show and record it was easy. Almost like riding a bike.

So on the evening of the 16th we started recording the show. We use a service called Squadcast where you login and you can invite guests on there to have a call. The service then record all the participants on their own computer and when the session is over, it uploads these files for the editor. I might do a seperate blogpost about this service later.

So we jumped in, pressed the record button, and basically just started talking. About an hour later we had a recording of our show. After the show we had a quick talk about small details, and then that was it. It felt like we had never been on a break at all.

Editing, Website, Graphics, And Lots Of Waiting
The next day, after I finished work, I started editing the show. We know each other's way of podcasting quite well, so the flow of the show came quite natural to us. Which resulted in me barely having to edit anything.

I only had to clean up a mistake I made (swearing on the show, oops), and add the intro/outro to the recording (and some smaller adjustments. I will do another blog post later where I talk about small tips and tricks to improve your podcast, so if you should be interested in that, be sure to follow us here on the page). I also cleaned up the intro a bit to make it fit the show a little better.

With the final show exported and ready to go, we just had to release the show, right? Well, since everything had been done so far, we didn't have anything ready yet. So we created an account on Fireside to host our podcast. It's this very website you are looking at right now.

Once that was created and the show was uploaded we could sign up for all the places we wanted the show to be available. So we signed it up for Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, and a few other places, so be sure we were out there and available to the most possible people. Now we just had to wait for approval from these services.

So while we were waiting I had an idea for graphic elements for the website. So I asked Mike for some pictures of him and with some photoshop I created what you can see at the top of this page. I also had some old not used logo ideas lying around, and one of them fit the idea with the show perfectly. So a shined it up and a logo was ready.

By then Spotify had approved our show and it was searchable on their platform. So we released the show to the public and we were officially out there on the internet.

What's Next?
So as you can see, we threw everything together really quickly. Within a week we had everything ready for the first episode to be launched.

That also means there are most definitely some things that we haven't figured out 100 % yet. But like with any creative idea, Rome wasn't built in a day. So we will try to adjust and refine the show over the next many months.

We don't have a specific goal as of yet, but I think one thing we would love to do, is to have guests on the show. So if you have any suggestions to who it might be, hit us up here on the page on the contact page, or find us over at 2nerdsmaybemore on Twitter.

And remember to check out our latest episode To Own or Not To Own.

Photo by Thom Knight

Constructing A Podcast Part 1 Thu, 20 Feb 2020 15:00:00 +0100 f2fb422e-6a0c-4b96-b4de-7b6839485d53 What considerations did we go through before starting the podcast, and how much planning and preparing did we do? Let's have a look. We have now released the first episode of 'Two Nerds, Maybe More' where we talk about everything gaming, and maybe more. But let's have a quick look at all the things that happened before that. How was this podcast constructed, and maybe more importantly, where are we headed?

One And a Half Week Ago

Mike and I had a virtual meet up on Sunday the 9th were we talked about getting back into the game of podcast. Well, to be honest, we had been talking here and there over the months on WhatsApp about what we wanted to do, IF we returned to podcasting.

As some background it's probably important to know that we used to co-host on the podcast The Blue Recluse, which was a podcast about the games and news from Blizzard Entertainment.

So on this particular Sunday we finally decided to finally just do something. So initially we just decided to try and pretend we were going to record the following Sunday and prepare some show notes.

During the week we compiled a set of show notes and we figured out a couple of possible names for the show. Towards the end of the week we talked and compared notes, and then decided to just record the episode. In worst case scenario we could just decide to not release it, right?

An Intro Song Emerges

During Sunday the 16th I had my sister visiting and we had planned to record some music. She has been working on a cover song and I had recently taken a course in music production. So we decided to try and combine forces and see what would happen.

After a few hours of recording and mixing, we took a break and then decided to just fool around and make up a song on the spot. We created a loop that sounded fun, but we didn't initially think much more of it, besides labelling it let's save it for later.

But we did end up showing it to my girlfriend who said it could potentially work as an intro for the podcast. We ran with the idea instantly and I recorded a quick voice line for it, and we layered it on top and voila. It sounded okay.

But I decided I wanted to try something else out. I wanted us all to say it in unison as a sort of choir, so we did that. Or we tried at least. Nobody was able to start at the same time or someone started laughing. But my sister did something amazing. She said her lines in a monotone voice. We recorded it and loved the weirdness of it. We shipped the intro idea off to Michael, who also loved it.

So like that we had an intro for our yet unrecorded podcast.

To Be Continued

That's it for now. In the next post I'll get into the recording phase, and all the other stuff that happens after that.

I hope you enjoyed this little blog post, we might do more of this kind of content in the future.

And be sure to check out the first episode of our podcast where we chat about Dracula on Netflix, The Race to World First in World of Warcraft, Wolcen: Lord of Mayhem, and maybe more.

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