27.5 hours of content Four weeks Two people One podcast
In July, a peer of mine, Austin Taylor, came to me and suggested that we start a blog-type video series based around the content for month four of Praxis. At first, it was going to end with the month, but we had amazing feedback around it, so we decided to change direction with the content, transform it into a full podcast and continue.
We named it Through the Months | Praxis and Beyond.
Before this project, I hadn’t even fully listened to a podcast before, much less try to make one. Through the Months challenged my ability to learn quickly, speak clearly, and make awesome designs.
What I learned:
Design tools- Before this project, I was familiar with Canva, but creating the podcast logo and YouTube thumbnails pushed my understanding of the program and helped me with identifying what colors go together and why.
YouTube editors interface– Austin and I used YouTube as the primary website to upload our videos. When we verified our account, I quickly learned how to go in, create playlists, add in our own custom thumbnails, channel art, and I tailored our logo to fit perfectly.
RSS Feeds- When we expanded the places we were uploading our podcast, we learned that RSS feeds are one of the simplest ways to keep all of your podcast platforms up to date by publishing it to one place. Basically, when you update the RSS feed with a new episode, it automatically signals to all the other places to update as well.
Importance of Planning- Austin and I did a tremendous amount of planning for this project. We had a planning document for every episode that we tried to have filled out the day before recording, a planning folder for the media (music and logos) and we also stayed in contact pretty much 100% of the time to make sure we were still on the same page about the podcast.
Consuming: The week started out with consuming and understanding as much of the content as we could. We’d ponder the content, come up with our own questions and answer many of the ones provided.
Planning: Every episode started witha planning document. The specifics of which changed each week, but they all had the same basic outline. The day before recording, we’d have a Zoom meeting to plan even more. During this time, we’d set up when we’d record and about how long we wanted it to be, then we’d go over our questions, come up with debate questions and wrap the content up.
Filming: Then, we’d film! This was one of the easier parts because Austin and I just sat down and talked about the content as well as how our lives relate.
Editing: Austin handled the video/audio editing (he would often condense almost two hours of content into less than an hour), while I took on the editing for the intro, as well as the logo and thumbnail designs.
Uploading: Once everything was put together, Austin would upload the YouTube channel (before the RSS feed), then I’d go through and update the Thumbnail (and title if I needed to).
Miscellaneous: This last part is where we did things like setting up the RSS feed, create the iTunes, YouTube, and Spotify accounts, and plan for what the future of our podcast would look like.
Now, we want to completely shift the podcasts focus from being a weekly deliverable to being a resource for Praxis participants whether they’re an admin, an advisor, in the Bootcamp, at their apprenticeship, an alum, or just curious to see what Praxis is.
Our thoughts (taken directly from an informal Slack message):
“We could be like the podcast equivalent of a school newspaper (but better because it’s Praxis)… Have really cool interviews with people (Cameron with what he wants to do now that he’s CEO), find out what updates are coming and give people sneak peaks, do a breaking news thing, have a Q&A, and once a week every month we talk about individual months and what to expect for whatever month and so on (that’s when we pull someone in from the month we’re talking about). We could have a part where an advisor gives advise on some things like social capital, forward tilt, building a network, starting a blog, writing a book, whatever. We’d also be able to interview people who go to the things like FEEcon. Because there might be a ton in each episode, we could have an outline of the content in the description that says ‘Interview with so&so at 12:55 seconds’ or something and the intro would just be all the cool things we have going on in the episode.”
Austin and I have been building off of these ideas so far.
We’re still working out the kinks, but we can’t wait to continue this project!