(Update July 9, 2012: the website Business Blogging Show, to which this series of posts refers, was closed some time ago – just a matter of how many sites I could handle and it was one too many. DW)

After several stops and starts I feel I am really now on the way forward with my podcasting.

Last year I was lined up to host a podcast show on one of the networks, but the onus was on me to get all the technology together and I just kept running into obstacles. Without any experience in sound recording, mixing etc, I was at sea. I interviewed a few people but the recordings were not up to snuff – again, I believe, because of my lack of experience.

It wasn’t that I didn’t want to learn some basic technology. Just that I was more interested in just getting on with producing content. After all, wasn’t that the message about Web 2.0? Anyone can do it? Hah!

Anyway, one of my New Year’s resolutions was to get into podcasting this year. So in recent weeks, in between other activities, I’ve been checking out various networks, services and tools.

I looked at and in some cases tested, services such as Podomatic, Talkshoe, BigContact, Gabcast, libsyn, Clickcaster, and even the service for which my company is a reseller, Quick Podcast.

I realised that what I was looking for was a simple system that, for the moment at least, I could test without forking out money.

My friend and colleague Robyn Tippins is very knowledgeable about blogging and put me onto Podserve – which has the curious tagline “Your Podcast Can Be Big in Japan”, explained here.

This is a tool which frankly requires either some knowledge of how these tools work – or a ten year old to figure it out experientially. It was not intuitive for me, but eventually I figured out that this is a hosting service and does not provide the tools to actually create the podcast.

Fortunately, on my last, abortive foray into podcasting I had spent hours (days?) working with the free audio software program Audacity. I had a fair idea of how it worked and decided to give it a go again. There were some problems with the first recording I did, mainly about the plosives, the”exploding” sound you hear on a recording when the speaker uses a word starting with “p”or “b”. I have solved that and will explain in another post how I made a “popper stopper”.  I’ve also discovered some great features in Audacity and am starting to realise why a lot of people recommend it.

Then I thought I really needed some intro and “outro” music to top and tail the program, so I spent hours checking out royalty-free, “podsafe” music. I’ll go into that in another post, but eventually found some music I liked, Proteus, by George Wood, and, following a clarifying email exchange with the composer, have incorporated that into my new program.

And the new show, on Podserve (see update March 5 below) is Business Blogging Business Blogging Show, with the show description as follows:

Des Walsh on the blogging of business: i.e. how business – especially small business – can access and use blogging and other social networking tools.

(Update: The changes in the previous para are an outcome of my learning curve with Podserve – I thought I’d inadvertently deleted the original show and went ahead and set up Business Blogging Show: apologies to anyone who was inconvenienced.

Further update March 5: as subsequent posts indicate, I was not able to get Podserve to work for me, but now use BYOAudio for recording and have a dedicated site for the Business Blogging Show, with its own url – http://www.businessbloggingshow.com )

I’ve started with a several part recording on my learnings and impressions from ad:tech Sydney.

And as it’s Chinese New Year tomorrow, I feel I really am starting the year as a podcaster – Kung Hee Fat Choi!

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