Fiddly Bits

The hardest thing about doing this podcast has been the 900 million decisions that all interact with each other. A lot of it comes down to figuring out what I want the end product to be and then working backwards to get to the point where I am aiming in the right direction to make that happen.

I had a blog before I had a podcast and I didn’t want to lose the 400 or so regular followers I’d built there. But try as I might I couldn’t financially justify sticking with that platform as I built the podcast.

Now I’m trying to work out how to convert followers into listeners. But it seems to be a different world. That’s a decision where again I have to look at my end goal to figure out how to proceed.

Stretch and Grow! Bitch and Moan!

Episode 7 Trump Voter Lyn Barger

President Trump waving from Air Force One
President Donald J. Trump . (Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen)

A lot of people have someone in their family that they disagree with politically.  It can lead to some tense discussions.  My sister and I have had our relationship challenges, some related to politics some just from being siblings.  I’m a liberal lefty while she is a staunch republican voter with Libertarian values.  In this episode we discuss why it is she voted for Trump in 2016 and clarify some of her political views in a respectful and non-combative ways. While I do not agree with her choices I can respect that she had reasons for opinions.

 

This episode was recorded prior to the whistle blower report so does not cover that topic.

Lyn Barger is a nurse living in the pacific northwest.

Attributions:

Host: Erin Furian

Guest: Lyn Barger

Producers: Erin Furian and Anjie Furian

Sound Engineer: Anjie Furian

Music- 7th floor Tango by silent partner from YouTube free music library

Wendy and Peter Pan Promo

Evergreen High School presents

Wendy & Peter Pan by Ella Hickson at the EHS Auditorium

Friday November 15th 2019 @ 7pm

Saturday November 16th 2019 @ 7pm

Friday November 22th 2019 @ 7pm

Saturday November 23th 2019 @ 7pm

Tickets at the door are $7 for students, children and Seniors. $10 for Adults

 

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Credits:

Slightly Soiled voiced by: Logan Fischer

Curly voiced by: Jonah Beach

Narrator: Margaret Gorman

Music:

Bird Creek – Cinematic | Inspirational from the YouTube Free Music Library

Baltic Levity – Thatched Villagers by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100720

Artist: http://incompetech.com

 

I’ve Been Wrong Before

So I started a podcast.

I’ve wanted to do a podcast for a while but had just dreamed about doing it.  So how did I go from dreaming to doing?

I’ve blogged on and off since 2001 on various platforms from LiveJournal to my own website to WordPress. I’ve written stories for fun since I was in kindergarten. My fiction has ranged from good to horrible to porn to romance to science fiction. I tried a little writing for a friend that was making a comic book and discovered that I don’t appreciate the art of the graphic novel enough to make the effort to adapt my style so that was a no go.  But regardless I’ve been writing fiction most of my life.

What I’m saying is I’ve had experience with writing. I have zero experience interviewing people.  What did I want to do with my podcast?  Interview people!

Do I have any experience acting? Nope!

Do I have any experience with public speaking? Minimal!

Do I have any experience with standup? Noooooo!

Do I have any technical or radio experience or knowledge about the equipment? Hell no!

So what makes me think I can do a podcast? Well for one I was inspired by others.

The first podcast I ever listened to was the Metamor City Podcast by Chris Lester.  He managed to produce a full voice cast serialized audio book with a gripping story line. It’s great and kept me sane during a pretty dark time in my life. It’s changed a little since the full voice cast days but the story quality is fantastic. I highly recommend it. That podcast was my gateway drug. Then I discovered that NPR had podcasts also. I dove in.

It was radio without the annoying commercials. Podcasts where I could learn about stuff or hear more than just the headline of a story. And there was a ton of people talking about things I was interested in. From movies to religion to science to cosplay and making. It’s all there!

*happy sigh*

Quality varies wildly from podcast to podcast.  Podcasts also come and go with alarming frequency.  The podcastverse is filled with amateurs and pros alike. It’s still a newish medium that the big corporations are just now figuring out reaches an audience they can make money off.  That wild variety of quality is exactly one of the reasons I thought I might be able to do this thing called Podcasting.  The entry bar seemed low. I didn’t have to be good to begin with.  I could learn as I went.

So, I started researching.  YouTube was my friend. I even went the dead tree route by buying a book, Podcasting for Dummies. The authors had advertised their own podcasts on Chris Lester’s so I recognized the names. Then I actually read the book. 

This wouldn’t be quiet as immediate and easy as starting a blog or setting up a channel on YouTube.  Hosting large high-quality audio files is not something you can get for free. Making it so you can be found? Also not as easy as putting up a blog. And a big question rang in my head of “who is your audience?”

It’s possible at this point I hit information overload.  Because I didn’t think I had any experience with the technology or a clear idea of what I wanted the outcome to be I shelved the idea for a bit.  It became a desire but not something I was acting upon. 

Then I turned 50

I didn’t think it would be a big deal to me but I was also coming out of a season of depression and poverty and it turned out to be more of a big deal than I expected. I had been doing “this” all my life and it hadn’t gotten me where I wanted.  “this” being wanting something but not going the extra mile to get it. I’ve got a seriously odd set of skills that I’m sort of good at but nothing that I’d really developed past the hobbyist stage.  Then I hit 50.

I guess I had to grow up sometime

I implemented some changes.  I lost 35 pounds. I assessed my budget. I set my jaw. I buckled down and I told my fear to take a back seat while I gave this shit a try.  And that’s how I started a podcast.

Oh you wanted to hear about me magically discovering I was amazingly great at podcasting and interviewing people.  About me instantly going viral and now I have tons of listeners?

Sorry people. That isn’t how this works. Starting a podcast is work. I had to figure out my format. Get the equipment. Figure out how to record and then actually put up cash to pay for hosting all while learning 30 new things that are truly outside my comfort zone. I had to prepare for interviews. Fail at recording properly. Try for interviews beyond my friends and get turned down. Along the way I’ve discovered I enjoy this, and I am not Horrible at it.

Now I have even more work.  SEO, listener engagement, to advertise or stick with word of mouth, did I properly set up the feed so pandora will pick me up? And who the hell are those guys on YouTube with a similar show name??! it’s not easy. It’s work. Its deadlines and expectations and striving for quality.  Its not magic but it might, just might, be a little magical.

Go on, go check it out!

The I’ve Been Wrong Before Podcast

Episode 6 Where I am Wrong about poetry with Jaime R Wood

Jaime R Wood

I’ve never been a big fan of poetry. A poet friend of mine dove in and tried to help expand my horizons. She succeeds, sort of…

Guest: Jaime R Wood

Jaime R. Wood is the author of Living Voices: Multicultural Poetry in the Middle School Classroom (NCTE 2006).  Her poems have appeared in Dislocate, Matter, Juked, ZYZZYVA, DIAGRAM, Phantom Drift, Voice Catcher, and Dark Matter, among others. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon, with her cats Alistair, Phoenix, and Delilah, her teenage niece, and over six hundred thousand other people.

The poems Jaime read

Haiti 2010 by Jaime R. Wood from So Spoke the Earth

Belief in Magic by Dean Young

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/dean-young

Traveling through the Dark By William Stafford

Book Mentioned

Citizen by Claudia Rankine

Shel Silverstine

Websites Mentioned

Poets.org

The Marriage question podcast.com

Skin on Sundays/Jessica Lakritz

The I’ve Been Wrong Before Podcast Website

Attributions:

Host: Erin Furian

Producers: Erin Furian and Anjie Furian

Sound Engineer: Anjie Furian

Music- 7th floor Tango by silent partner from YouTube free music library

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Beginning of Episode promo:

Stage Left Productions – https://www.stageleftaz.com/

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence—their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief. Each day of these two dark years, Anne’s voice shines through: “When I write I shake off all my cares. But I want to achieve more than that. I want to be useful and bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death!” This is a new adaptation for a new generation.

Attributions:

Narrator: Bobby Havens

Music – A Fallen Cowboy by Sir Cubworth from the YouTube free music Library

Preview Episode 6 Where I am wrong about Poetry

The I’ve Been Wrong Before Podcast – https://ivebeenwrongbefore.blubrry.net/

A quick preview of our upcoming episode on Poetry with Jaime R. Wood

Look for the episode to come out on Sunday October 13th 2019

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Attributions:

Host: Erin Furian

Producers: Erin Furian and Anjie Furian

Sound Engineer: Anjie Furian

Music- 7th floor Tango by silent partner from YouTube free music library

 

Stage Left Productions – https://www.stageleftaz.com/

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence—their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief. Each day of these two dark years, Anne’s voice shines through: “When I write I shake off all my cares. But I want to achieve more than that. I want to be useful and bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death!” This is a new adaptation for a new generation.

Attributions:

Narrator: Bobby Havens

Music – A Fallen Cowboy by Sir Cubworth from the YouTube free music Library