So, what the heck, I thought I'd go ahead and give podcasting on Anchor.fm another try.
I think I made the wrong decision, trying to turn my podcast into a Shakespeare-only theme. I realized I still wanted to talk about other stuff that interests me: Sherlock Holmes, dictionaries, language, the Bible, and more. So I've rebranded, hopefully for the last time, and brought back The Corybantic Podcast! We'll see how it goes...
Well, I've got three full episodes of my newly revamped Corybantic Podcast under my belt. So far, I'm mostly happy with how the episodes are turning out. Anchor.fm is considerably easier to use, and looks better, than the original version on Podbean did. There are a few little difficulties that I still haven't completely worked out to my satisfaction. While it is easier to add music to the podcast, the problem is that any background music I add continues to play through out the whole episode, unless I divide the audio into smaller clips. Currently there seems to be no simple way to do what I used to painstakingly do on the Audacity app in my Podbean days, which was to have opening music that gradually faded out as I began, and that I faded back in as I wrapped up the episode. In short, I haven't really gotten the music exactly where I want. I may end up editing most of the audio in Audacity, uploading it to Anchor, and then adding ad breaks as necessary. It will be a little more work, but I think the result will be better. I may be able to do most of the initial recording using the Anchor app, then download it for editing on Audacity. However I end up doing it, I would like to have a bit more control over how the music works.
The other difficulty at the moment is that I've been trying to use the feature on Anchor that automatically shared podcast episodes to a website on Wordpress, and for some reason, it always ends up sharing the previously recorded episode to the website, instead of the one I've just finished. That makes absolutely no sense, so I may end up ditching the Wordpress podcast website. If it worked the way it's supposed to, it would be pretty cool, but so far it's been pretty wonky.
Meanwhile, there are some people listening...not many, but some. Thus far, including ads in my episodes has brought me a whopping <does some quick calculations>...$0.55. Wow. It hardly seems worth the extra work it takes to leave a space for the ad in the recording, recording the ad myself, and following the trickle of revenue. Still, I keep thinking, what if? What if people do start listening to the podcast with any regularity? Could it eventually become a modest source of income? Eh, probably not. But I intend to stick with it for a little while, just to see if I can make it work.
Now if I can just figure out what to talk about each week!
(adj.) wild and frenzied; from Greek κορυβαντες (Korybantes)