After three hours, five cups of coffee, and 300 edits, I am finally finished my interview with self-published children’s author CJ Smiles. Although I am happy with my final product, this podcast didn’t run as smoothly as I planned. Setting up the podcast was a complete nightmare: the application Soundflower, which splits a Skype conversation into two separate audio tracks, refused to open. I was ultimately forced to uninstall the program and reinstall it again. After about ten minutes, it finally opened. I then ran into problems with Skype. Apparently, Skype gave me a software update without notifying me of the change. The biggest problem with this update is it combines both audio and video into one preference option. I wasn’t able to customize both the audio input and output through Linein. Normally, I set up all my audio settings the night before recording, but I forgot because I’ve been under the weather this week. Another important lesson to beginner podcasters: don’t wait until the last minute to do something, especially when you’re depending on programs and applications that are new to you.
Once everything was finally up and running accordingly, I began my interview with CJ. He was great for not having done a podcast interview. CJ’s answers were not verbose and he stayed focused on the question asked. My biggest gripe with the interview was me. I was too formal and listeners can tell that I followed a prepared list of questions, which me seem too reserved. In the future I need to have more fun with the quest and develop a rapport that sound more like two long-time friends talking rather than two complete strangers. Unlike Joe’s interview which was too all over the place, this podcast lacks my personality. I’m not sure why though. CJ was a nice guy and, unlike my previous interviews, I started a correspondence with him days before the interview. I’m afraid that people that listen to this podcast will not be interested in reading my blog because they don’t get a sense of who I am. For tomorrow’s interview with steampunk writer Michael Coorlim I need to be less reserved and have fun with it.
The editing process hasn’t gotten any easier or faster. On average it still takes approximately about a hour to edit the “ums,” “likes,” and dead air out of a ten minute segment. Unlike any of the other podcasts, I sent CJ a preliminary set of questions for the interview. I did this mainly because of how disorganized Joe’s interview was last week. I didn’t want CJ to ramble on for minutes at a time because it would’ve been too much to edit down and result in a less compelling show. I was careful to eliminate questions that CJ indirectly answered to make the podcast less redundant. After listening to the podcast for the third time, I am still amazed at how professional CJ Smiles was for conducting his first interview. CJ, if you’re reading this, good job.