Latest PodCastNorm blog/cast

Well… It’s Memorial Day and it’s time again for the latest blog/cast from my nascarfansview.com site. This is one of the fun things I get to do and, as an old racer, I love NASCAR too.

imageHope you enjoy the production and just wanted to let you know the microphone I use for making the podcast is a Blue Yeti and I love it. Been using it for a while now and I can tell you it is a very good quality USB microphone at a great price on Amazon. com (Notice I’m not even giving you an affiliate link to it on Amazon even though I do have one. That’s because I want you to check it out for yourself and see what you think of it… )

(Oh yeah, I do still use TwoBuckThemes from Mike Stewart and there is a link to them in the banner ad below. If you do click on the ad and check out TwoBuckThemes it is possible I could make a commission from your purchase but they are worth checking out and judge for yourself whether it is a great deal or not…)


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Charlotte’s The Place For NASCAR’s Longest Race

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Memorial Day is a day we remember the men and women that made the supreme sacrifice while serving in active military service. It is celebrated in several ways by people across the United States but probably two of the best known ways are the Indianapolis 500 in Indiana and the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Of course there are those that don’t even think these two items have anything at all to do with Memorial Day and remembering our fallen military heroes and they may have a point; but it is a day that both places take time to remember and honor them and that is a good thing.

For Kurt Busch, this Memorial Day will be quite possibly “The Longest Day.” He intends to run in both the Indianapolis 500 and in the Coca-Cola 600 and that means if he runs every mile in both races he will have driven 1100 miles before the day is done. I don’t know about you but from this fan’s you that’s covering a lot of miles in a very short period of time.

Danica Patrick has been drawing attention to herself lately for her performance on the track at Kansas and her performance in qualifying at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. I’m not saying she’s going to win the race on Sunday afternoon and evening at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but it is good to see her showing some improvement in areas. Constant, steady improvement is what she’s been showing but I don’t think anyone expects her to run off a string of victories anytime soon.

Dale Junior is looking to put many years of frustration behind him at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend and would like nothing better than to beat his teammate, Jimmy Johnson, and take his first cup victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Honestly, from this fan’s view it is awfully hard to believe that Dale Junior has never won at CMS in the cup series. I don’t know what the future holds but I do know that barring any unforeseen circumstances Dale Junior will make a good showing Sunday evening when it comes down to the last laps.

Jeff Gordon is another one that hasn’t really had all that good of luck at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Even though it is the place that he had his first Sprint Cup Victory, if my recollection is correct, he hasn’t won there since 1998. If anyone is due to win again at CMS in this fan’s opinion it would be Jeff Gordon.

Jeff has been having a stellar year even though he has had some bad finishes. It’s been a good season so far with mostly top fives and top tens. It has been interesting to say the least, to see him not only get a victory but also sitting in the top spot of the points for The Chase this year. Until he had a victory it was almost imperative that he stay on top of the points if he wanted to make the Chase.

Fortunately for him (and his fans) Jeff is a force to be reckoned with this year and a very strong contender for winning the Cup Championship as well as possibly making this the year he takes his fifth. Of course I do have to mention that he has a lot of work to do with his 27th starting position in the Coca Cola 600.

This fan also finds it interesting how much talk has been going around about how long it’s been since Jimmie Johnson won his last race. Sometimes, it just becomes completely wearying to listen to people go on and on about how long it’s been since somebody won a race. In Jimmie Johnson’s case, he may silence all those voices this weekend since he is starting on the pole. I guess it just remains to be seen if he will be at the front when the end of the race comes around and the checkered flag drops.

Kevin Harvick is one that might make it difficult for Jimmy Johnson to come home with the trophy this weekend. There is no doubt that Kevin Harvick likes Hendrick horse power and his new place of employment at Stewart/Haas racing. He is another that is been having a stellar year so far in 2014 and I expect he will be a contender for the Cup Championship also. It still remains to be seen if after traveling 600 miles he can take home his third Coca-Cola 600.

In fact, I’m sure you’ve noticed that much of the talk this week has been about the strength of the Hendrick power plants. They have definitely been a force to be dealt with almost on a weekly basis in this 2014 season. I really don’t expect that to change much this weekend but I do have to admit the Fords and the Toyotas have also been showing a little bit more muscle especially from the Michael Waltrip camp and Clint Bowyer.

I guess this is the place where I should mention the Joe Gibbs camp also. Kyle Busch has a very good chance of ending up In Victory Lane, Sunday evening and possibly even Matt Kenseth.

The Coca-Cola 600 is a long race. That extra 100 miles does seem to add to the fatigue from a rigorous race such as the Coca-Cola 600. As for which of the forty three drivers will end up in Victory Lane… that’s a good question and not one I’m ready to answer at this very moment even though I do have a few favorite choices. I think it’s pretty obvious that those that have shown strength so far this year will show that strength once again Sunday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It could be that we all get to witness history being made as a driver might win the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day, but then again… well … probably not…

See ya next time…
All views expressed are strictly the opinion of the writer
© May 24, 2014 – all rights reserved
Rusty Norman, Nascarfansview.com and Justafansview.com
All audio productions by www.podcastnorm.com and PodCastNorm Productions

Just Another Day Doing The BlogCast Thing

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Yeah, I know, I know… you’re wondering why I’m doing this and that is still a good question and what is “BlogCasting”anyway? Well, for me and from my view, “BlogCasting” is just another way of reading an article for those that may not be able to see or just want to have it read to them while they work, rest or drive down the highways and byways. I guess you could say it is an audio article…

If you’re interested in podcasting/blogcasting/webcasting like I am then you’ll probably understand that’s why I do it. This is just another day of doing something I really like to do and I have fun doing it. This is what I am all about here at Podcastnorm . Com Check it out here or at justafansview.com or nascarfansview.com.

Hey, Just enjoy the ride… it’s what life is all about and this is part of mine…

By the way, I use TwoBuckThemes royalty free music by Mike Stewart.

The Sprint All Star Race At Charlotte
from a NASCAR Fan’s View


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Tonight’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is all about the All Stars. No… wait a minute, that’s not quite true… It’s all about the money. It’s not about the points (because there are none), it’s not about who runs second or worse (because in the end it won’t matter) and it’s not about catching a break.

Oh, I know that doesn’t come as a shock to anyone familiar with the All Star race and everyone knows it can get pretty aggressive but, it does make for an interesting night of racing and can get a little rough at times. I guess that is what we as fans should expect when the only thing on the line is winning over a million bucks and how you do it is limited only by how – uh, how shall I put this? – “nice” you may be when it comes to moving someone out of the way that might keep you from it.

I guess the next question would be whether or not it’s a race that’s all about having fun or not? There are those that say that it is all about fun and then there are others that say is definitely all about the money! I don’t know which side of the fence I come down on because it does look like they have a lot of fun but racing for $1 million… Well, that does seem like there might be a bit more involved than just fun.

From this fan’s view (along with many others) the Sprint All-Star race is unique to itself and highly unpredictable as to how it might progress. Just because you’re an All-Star doesn’t mean you’re going to win the All-Star race and usually, the winner is a surprise even though any of them can win on this night. It is highly likely that tonight’s winner could be someone that hasn’t won this year, like Jimmy Johnson. Two things could possibly be in his favor for winning and the first would be how well he performs at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The second would be he’s going for his third in a row and that isn’t likely although possible.

Personally, I’m not sure that the winner will be that obvious until at least halfway through the competition tonight. It could be Jamie McMurray, Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards or any number of the others. I’m not even sure that it will be Hendrick horsepower that leads the way even though they have been showing strength throughout this 2014 season. There are just too many variables and one of them is the aggressiveness of the drivers. Some would say that aggression, or aggressive driving, will rule the night and that could very possibly be true. It could also spell trouble for any of the possible winners if they don’t keep their heads on straight.

Both Clint Bowyer and AJ Allmendinger had a little extra practice last night as they finished one -two in the All-Star Showdown. Is it possible that Clint Boyer’s #15 team could begin this weekend to turn things around? In listening to Clint talk about his season so far, it’s been very disappointing for him and his team. It’s not that they haven’t had good cars but it is because they just haven’t been able to finish the way that they qualified or run so far this year. It is this fan’s opinion that tonight could be different for him but I’m not willing to say he’s going to win tonight.

AJ Allmendinger and his #47 team would like nothing less than to finish out front at the end of tonight’s race. It wouldn’t be just about the money for him although it would be somewhat about the money. What it could mean if they do win is that they have a possibility of winning the 600 next weekend and that would be very good for the #47 team. Judging from seasons past I’m sure the driver, crew and owners of the #47 team could use that boost in their confidence level.

You’ve probably noticed I haven’t talked about the Fords very much so far and there’s a reason for that. Although I could be quite surprised by tonight’s outcome and they might actually finish up front, I’m of the opinion they’re just not quite there yet. Does that mean there is no hope for the Fords at all? Not at all… What it means is most of the Fords just haven’t been as impressive as the Hendrick Chevys whether actual or associated teams, and Hendrick horsepower has ruled lately. Of course now that I’ve said that, this could be the night that any of the Fords or the Toyotas could outshine the Chevys whether it be Hendrick or Earnhardt-Childress horsepower. From this fan’s view, when it comes right down to it this could be another one of the most exciting races we’ve seen this year in Sprint cup much like last week was at Kansas.

Since the qualifying won’t take place until just before the race tonight it’s hard to tell what the starting order might be. I do think track position will play a big part in how tonight’s race may go but you have to remember that they’re only running in 20 lap segments until the last 10 laps. I expect this race to be flat out and aggressive, especially near the end. Whether it be a Ford, a Toyota or a Chevy that ends up in Victory Lane, it won’t matter much who finishes second because tonight is definitely, “All about the money… !!”

See ya next time…
All views expressed are strictly the opinion of the writer
© May 17, 2014 – all rights reserved
Rusty Norman, Nascarfansview.com and Justafansview.com
All audio productions by www.podcastnorm.com and PodCastNorm Productions

Latest BlogCast from Podcastnorm at NascarFansView

Every once in while I like to remind you of a couple of my other sites where my BlogCasts appear on a regular Weekly basis (at least during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season) and today is one of those days…

Here is the article and blogcast for tonight’s race at Kansas. Check it out… You’ll like what you hear and read!!

Back In Kansas from a NASCAR Fan’s View


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IMG_0131Yeah, I know this will sound a bit cliché, but contrary to what Dorothy said to Toto, NASCAR is back in Kansas once again but this won’t include a trip to the Land of Oz. However, there may be some gremlins that show up when it comes down to actual race time and it may be fortunate this is going to be a night race.

Yes, it is possible there may or may not be trouble ahead once again with tires even though nothing has happened yet and the drivers seem to be relatively happy with them. With the way Goodyear has struggled to get a grip on the increased down force of the new car for this year, it appears tire trouble could be something that could be a question all the way into summer (and maybe beyond.) Then again, this could be the weekend where it all begins to turn around for more than just the tire company.

Even though he took a big hit in points last weekend, Jeff Gordon still sits at the top of the points even though by the slimmest of margins. His finishing near the rear of the field at Talladega wasn’t his fault (well, that is other than deciding to run at the back of the pack for a while) but it did cost him the small cushion he had built up to that point. Up to that point his worst finishing position was thirteenth. As we move closer to summer, it is likely he will need to win a race or two to make the Chase unless he can hold onto that first points position until the fall.

From this fan’s view, Kevin Harvick goes into this race tonight with a lot of confidence. His taking the pole in qualifying shows that he should be a contender for the victory tonight and judging from his performance so far (and his history at this Kansas track) this fan thinks he just might walk away with this one.

Of course now that I’ve said that, I’m sure there are more than a few drivers that expect to press him on that. Taking a quick look at qualifying shows the Fords making a strong showing and they might have something to say about just who ends up in Victory Lane. Carl Edwards, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski and Greg Biffle would top the list, at least from this fan’s view. All of them are fast and once again Logano and Keselowski are starting in the top four. That could put them in a very good spot, at least for starters, when it comes down to possible winners of the 5 Hour Energy 400.

Surprisingly, the Toyotas haven’t looked that strong this weekend but that could be very deceptive when it comes down to the end of the race. Clint Bowyer did show a bit of speed for Michael Waltrip Racing and Brian Vickers did too. It is true they didn’t show that well in qualifying but when it comes down to the race, this fan thinks several of the Toyotas will be mixing it up near the front.

Even though they haven’t been making a lot of noise so far this weekend, the Joe Gibbs teams have a tendency to show up competitive when it comes down to the final laps of a race. I’m sure they will all race better than their 24th or worst qualifying positions but whether or not they will press the Chevys and Fords for the top spots remains to be seen.

This fan finds it interesting that none of the actual Hendrick Motorsports teams qualified all that well, but once again this weekend, Hendrick horse power made a very strong showing. The Stewart/Haas teams in particular all qualified in the top ten and some are saying this is the weekend Tony Stewart begins to turn around his 2014 season.

I’m not willing to go that far out on the limb just yet but, I don’t expect him to continue on in the same rut he’s been in so far. After all, he did have a major setback last year with his sprint car accident and I think he is still recovering from that. I am sure there are many that will disagree with me on that but it takes time to fully recover from something like what he experienced. I also think he discovered something very important after his experience with that severe accident and that is that he is not indestructible. Sometimes, (and I stress that word, “sometimes”) that mental adjustment takes a little time to adapt to. Don’t misunderstand what I’m saying here… Tony Stewart is still Tony Stewart and I expect he will be making noise in Victory Lane sooner than later.

When it comes right down to it, this fan thinks this is going to be one of the better races of the season so far and it almost certainly will have a more exciting finish than the race at Talladega did last week. I can’t think of a worse way for a restrictor plate race on a Super Speedway to finish than under yellow. It was a complete let down and an uneventful finish since things were just about to get interesting when it was over. For Denny Hamlin, it turned out well but this fan sure hopes he isn’t counting on the same thing happening again tonight…

See ya next time…

All views expressed are strictly the opinion of the writer

© May 10, 2014 – all rights reserved

Rusty Norman, Nascarfansview.com and Justafansview.com

All audio productions by www.podcastnorm.com and PodCastNorm Productions

 

 

Welcome to the Updated PodCastNorm . Com

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Well, it’s been a while and it’s still a work in progress but, we’re finally getting the new year started here at PodCastNorm . com. I have to admit that I’ve been working very hard but not only on this particular site. In fact, I’m updating all of my main sites and trying to give them all a new look and feel as well as plenty of updated information.

One of the first things you’ll notice on the newly updated PodCastNorm .com is there might be a bit more advertising than in the past and we’ll be talking about several more of the items and people were associated with by affiliations. Trust me, it never has been and never will be about the money but, I do need some income to help pay for the sites. I hope you don’t mind and, in actuality, it is highly likely that you will be receiving some great offers on some great software and equipment as well as some very good information.

Let me tell you right up front, that I refuse to advertise anything that doesn’t impress me or that I don’t believe in. You can rest assured of that. However it does mean, should you follow any of the links on this site that it is possible I could make a few dollars should you decide to invest in one or more of these items.

While I’m at it I would just like to say that I generally only invest in things myself like I list or mention on this site to improve myself, help my business or just gain a better understanding of the things that I love to do.

Look, Technology is changing all the time and very quickly. It is at times difficult to keep up with all of it but here at PodCastNorm we intend to continue to make it our mission to present information and products to help the newbie get started or the old Pro discover something that they might have missed along the way. I’ve been around a while (and I know this may be hard to believe) but I learn something new almost every day.

Hopefully, you won’t be offended by the fact that we do offer items and information that could be a benefit to us financially but could also be of the same benefit to you as well. In fact, it is my hope that as we continue this journey together that you and I both gain insight, knowledge and encouragement and that we both benefit from this in numerous ways.

See ya next time… Rusty
All views expressed are strictly the opinion of the writer
© February 4, 2014 – all rights reserved
Rusty Norman and Podcasting Resources
(All audio/video productions by www.podcastnorm.com and PCNProductions.com)

The S3 Media Player: A Small Investment Can Make A Big Difference for Podcasters and Others

Okay, I know you’ve heard me say all this before, BUT, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make things easier for yourself or turn out a good product. The idea these days is to save yourself time and money when it comes to turning out your production or product. So if you’re looking for something that can do both, plus someone that can continually provide you with good, usable information, maybe you should think about trying the S3 Media Player from Mike Stewart.

S3 Media Player Software and Subscibers Only Music Training Website

I know I talk about Mike a lot and there is a reason for that. First and foremost, Mike is a wonderfully talented person that is not stingy in sharing what he knows about audio and video production and recording equipment, software and techniques.

You see, when I was just entering into this new adventure called podcasting several years ago, I had a lot of experience with live and studio production recording, editing and turning out final products, but I knew very little about doing the same thing on the internet.  You might say I knew enough to be dangerous and, to tell the truth, I struggled to do even some of the simplest things.

At first, most of what I did was experiment with what I knew and honestly, I didn’t have  a lot of money, so I tried to find less expensive ways of accomplishing the tasks of recording, editing and posting my final productions. I just tried different things until I started finding better ways to produce and distribute my original audio podcasts and, to tell the truth, although I know a lot about the equipment and software I turned out my productions with, I don’t use most of them anymore.

It was during this time that I first encountered Mike Stewart. When I would listen or watch him explain things, it seemed so simple and he always seemed to be a step above the rest in the quality of his productions. Needless to say, that was one of the first things that attracted me to him — the quality of his audio and video productions. Even with his input, still I struggled to put audio or video on my websites simply because I wasn’t computer literate enough to do it.

With the S3 Media Player, it is a totally different experience now. The S3 Media Player from Mike Stewart has greatly simplified how I add audio or video to my websites and blogs. In fact, it has made it extremely easy and quite inexpensive to produce and deliver audio and video from my websites. I guess you could say, now I am spoiled; and it’s true… I am. I use it and several other things I learned from Mike for everything in audio or video I add to my sites and pages.

It doesn’t matter whether you are just a beginner or experienced at adding audio and video to your pages or sites. The S3 Media Player can simplify the process for you affordably. I use it and highly recommend it, but, the best way to find out if I am right is to give it a try yourself.

So, stand by immediately after this audio and you will be taken to Mike Stewart’s video about the S3 Media Player and how you can simplify adding audio and video to your pages or sites AND a whole lot more From Mike Stewart.

See ya next time …

Rusty

(all views expressed are strictly the opinion of the writer)

© July 2009 – all rights reserved

Rusty Norman and  Podcastnorm.com


Music Makes It Better (and Mike Stewart’s “twobuckthemes” makes it affordable)

If you pay attention to advertisements on TV or Radio (and on the internet) you will hear music playing. Music is used to lead into a spot or play underneath the talk of an advertisement and it usually tries to set a mood or get you to pay attention to what’s coming up.

I know you’ve all heard this type of music and it is very effective. There is no reason to not start building your own music library specifically for this purpose. (Click here to signup for Two Buck Themes!)

Believe me, you don’t want to go through the hassle of using music without people’s permission because it can very expensive and cause you unimaginable grief. Many people think that professional, royalty free music is expensive and they don’t think they can afford it. I’m here to tell you two things:

  1. You can’t afford not to use legal, royalty free music. If you think using music without permission is okay and you won’t get caught, think again…It will cost you a bundle if you use music without permission (especially if the artist is hungry) and
  2. I know of some great royalty free music that is great quality and, most importantly, AFFORDABLE.

If you’ve visited Podcasting Resources before, you’ve heard me mention Mike Stewart numerous times. I highly recommend him for just about any need you have when it comes to equipment or software for recording, editing and delivering the final product(s).

He is not only knowledgeable but is also a musician and makes royalty free music. The product is already in one minute spots and can be used as is or altered for your purpose.

What I mean is he has tutorials available to show you how to use his products. When you buy products from him your investment pays off better with him because he over-delivers. He gives you a lot of usuable information that helps you get started with the equipment and software you purchase from him.

His two-buck-themes are some of the most affordable and usable royalty free music available. In my opinion, you can’t go wrong by trying them, Click here to signup for Two Buck Themes!

PLUS you can cancel at any time (even though I don’t think you will want to for a long time).

Go ahead, give Mike Stewart a try…I think you’ll be surprised at just how valuable he and his products and services are.

See ya next time…

Rusty

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Beginner Podcasters – You Can, and Should, Make Your Own Audio Templates For Your Productions

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The way of  software and the internet today is toward making things easy for even the most casual users of the technology. Everything is moving toward software and techniques using templates. Templates allow the user to, basically, only need to know how to fill in the blanks (or overwrite what’s there) which makes what they want to accomplish much easier. I think templates are a great idea and I use the ones I have made to make my podcasts.

I make a couple of podcasts and have a couple of  more in the planning stage.  Using a template makes my job of editing and turning out my podcasts go much faster.  I can make them either way — with or without templates — but using them makes things go a little faster, especially after I have decided on the type format I want to follow. (You see, I like to have a plan and follow it. It doesn’t mean I can’t bend it a little; it just means I have a type of map to follow.)

For the purposes of this article, I will be talking about using Audacity 1.2.6. If you don’t already know about Audacity, it is an open source  audio recording and editing program that is free and it has a pretty fast learning curve to make it do what you want it to.

Now you may ask why I use the version 1.2.6 instead of the beta 1.3.7. Without going into a lot of detail, it is because it is the most simple and is fairly glitch free. (The newest version 1.3.7  is also good, but, has a lot more features and I don’t think they’re all necessary for the beginner.)

You see, I’m a firm believer in not spending more money than you need to spend for accomplishing the same ends. With what I am going to talk about today, you will find that you still don’t have to spend money to make your own templates for your audio productions (except for maybe the music). What you will have to do is learn, or become more familiar with, your free “Audacity” program and some recording/editing techniques. (Believe me, a little practice goes a long way to getting a good start.)

What equipment and software will you need to make your own templates? That’s pretty simple and straightforward. You will need:

  • Audacity (an open source recording/editing program from www.sourceforge.net)
  • A way to capture your voice (a microphone or recording device of some sort)
  • Some original or “royalty-free” music
  • Willingness to learn some simple recording techniques
  • The ability to use what you know and learn from this and others

Okay, now that you know what you need, do you know where to get started?

If not, let’s talk for a moment about the technique to use to make an audio template. The purpose we want to accomplish is to make production much easier and less time consuming, especially when you do something repetitive.)

I’ll to be right up front with you. I am not going to go into a long winded discussion right now of how to use Audacity to make a template. I am going to tell you why and how I do it.  On another day, I will offer a screen capture video tutorial (on using Audacity and making a template) available for simply leaving me your first name and email address or joining my soon to come membership site. (As I said, that is coming soon, so if you don’t want to leave me your info at that time, I will also be making it available for a small donation.)

So … let’s talk about this. In fact, just take a quick listen to the audio below. It was made with the same template I use for my “Just A Fan’s View” Nascar podcast. I made this short one to tell people I had moved from one website to another. (Just click the play button below)

“Just a Fan’s View” HAS MOVED TO ITS NEW SITE at www.justafansview.com

I actually use that template to make my podcast over at “Just A Fan’s View” and used it to slightly doctor that little audio file for the old site. I can tell you I can make my completed podcasts in one quarter the time now, (that is not counting the time it takes to write them. That has always taken more time time than I like to admit.)

Okay, now quick overview of why you should use a template.

If you think about making a podcast in a type of format, (or a planned form), then there is every reason why you should consider making a template for it. If you have heard some of my other discussions on this matter, you already know that I like a certain type of format. You don’t have to use that type format, but, you may want to have something similar.

Here is my simplified format:

  1. I use a statement of copyright for my programs because, although I don’t mind sharing information, I don’t particularly relish the thought of someone profiting from my hard work unless I want them to. In other words, I want them to ask permission
  2. I start off with music of some sort just because I like it. It can either fade out after 10-15 seconds or it can play as a musical floor beneath my podcast. (I have done both.) It adds so much to the presentation and besides, most people like to have either a musical beginning or some sort of multi-track concoction to either get the attention of their listener or give a signature, (so they know it is you.) If you don’t believe me, just listen to some other podcasts, radio programs and television shows.
  3. I use “Royalty Free” music for the same reason I make a statement of copyright. This is because I believe that the people that make the music deserve what they ask for it because they work hard to make it happen. There is no reason to steal from a person and there is a lot of  “Royalty Free” music available. (At the end of this article I will tell you of a great source for some very affordable “Royalty Free” music.)
  4. I have a canned close that I can insert at the end of my talk or show. This is because I want people to remember who I am and where they can find me in the future. It is also where I can make verbal disclaimers of the material contained in my podcasts. (This protects me and the listener.)
  5. After a template is put together, all that remains is to add the latest talk or interview. If you have planned your template properly, this is merely adding the edited version of the file you want to use to a track in the template. Now, you may be moving a few items around so they fit better with the new track and the close, but that’s very easy, too.

That sounds simple … doesn’t it? Believe me, it is with a properly planned and constructed template. You will be amazed at how easily you can turn out your podcasts on a continuing basis.

There is no reason why you cannot learn how to make templates and use this process quickly and easily.  Who knows, you may find you actually have more time to do other things.

Well, I’ll talk more about it next time, but, I mentioned I would tell you a great source for “Royalty Free” music.  Click on this link,

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and it will take you to the most affordable sources on the planet.  Not only that but some other great things, too.

See ya next time …
Rusty

©March 2009 – all rights reserved

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Hey everybody, this is podcastnorm, maybe better known to you as Russ and I just wanted to tell you about a presently little known fact. I’ve been busy working on my twice-a-week podcast I like to call, “Just A Fan’s View” and that is exactly what it is. It is about Nascar from “Just A Fan’s View” and I have to admit it is something I am really having a lot of fun making. It gives me a chance to have a little fun amongst all of the stresses of life. In fact, I’m having so much fun I just had to let you know about it and what better way than right here on Podcasting Resources.

I can tell you from personal experience that making a podcast can be a lot of work, but it can be a lot of fun if you can make a podcast about something you really like and then it doesn’t seem so much like work. That is why I am telling you about this now. As beginner podcasters, I’ve been telling you a lot of important information about getting started right and how to make your podcasts a cut above the rest, but there comes the time when you just have to take your idea and make it happen.

You see, I enjoy Nascar racing and I’ve been a fan for a long, long time. I just decided I would like to make a podcast about Nascar from a fan’s view so that is what I did. I’ve found out what I already knew and that is what this is all about. That you can:

  • take your idea,
  • think about what you want to accomplish with it,
  • consider whether it is worth the effort
  • do a little short range planning
  • at least consider some long range planning
  • be sure you have the equipment and software you need
  • and then make it as good as you can with what you have

Now, you can find “Just A Fan’s View” where it temporarily resides at:

www.rustynormanblog.com.

I definitely want you to check it out. It is on my main blog site and the blog is called “Rusty’s View”. That’s where I can talk about any subject I want that affects and interests me. It’s my view … It’s the way I see things. (But that’s another story for another time…)

“Just A Fan’s View” will soon be on its own site at, “www.justafansview.com” and I can’t wait until it is. Now don’t go looking for it because it’s not quite there yet, but trust me, I intend for it to be up and running all on its own on or before December 2nd. In the mean time, (and I know I’m being a little repetitive here), you can listen or read “Just A Fan’s View” at my other site :

www.rustynormanblog.com

What I want to do today is include the podcast in this post/blogcast and give you a taste of what it is like.

Go ahead … Click this link or Press the Play button below and listen to it right here.

Check it out … you never know, you may find you like it.

See ya next time …

Rusty

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Beginner Podcasters – The Next Three Questions You Need To Ask Yourself Before Starting A Podcast

Click the play button below for a message from podcastnorm – Rusty Norman

Click link to go to #0044 at mypodcast.com

Wouldn’t it be great if there were just three “magic” questions you could ask yourself and then immediately progress to producing your first podcast?

Well … yes … in a way that would be nice, but, it seems as though there are many questions on getting started and then you work through to the normal nuts and bolts questions so you can make your podcast as good as it can be technically.

Why can’t you just sit down and start talking into your microphone or recording device?

Well … the truth is … you can, but, I personally believe, if you are really serious about being a podcaster and turning out a podcast with regularity, you need to consider several things before you jump in with both feet. You need to fully consider what I call ‘the broader picture’ in this adventure called podcasting. Before you go to the all the trouble and possible expense, why not think about your full, long range, plan and intentions.

Does that mean you can’t have any fun and that everything has to be set in stone, serious and perfect from the beginning?? Of course not, it merely means that you should think further down the road than next week, (unless one more week is all you intend your podcast to be around for.)

A couple of weeks ago, I presented you with three questions you needed to ask yourself before starting a podcast. Now that you’ve had a chance to think about your real reasons for producing a podcast, here are the next three questions that would be good to consider before you actually invest your time and hard earned cash in equipment or software to make it happen.

Question one – Uniqueness

  • What makes your podcast unique?  Just what is it that separates yours from others and what is it that will keep you and your listeners coming back over and over again? Is it your personality? Is it the subject matter? or is it just because it is so much fun?

Question two – Niche Knowledge

  • How well do you know your chosen niche subject or subjects? This goes back to the question of, “just because you know a lot doesn’t mean you  know it all.”  If you are an expert in your field and have lots of shortcuts, tips and general, as well as specific, knowledge then you can probably be the authority on the chosen subject.  If not, you may want to consider …

Question three -Type of format

  • What type of format will your podcast be? Will it be an interview type? Or possibly a monologue type? Perhaps you will just depend on your ability to express yourself with your gift of gab.  Maybe you will choose a disc-jockey style with all the bells and  whistles as well as with playlists. May be you will simply talk about your subject with mood setting musical underlays or adding commercials and any number of technical complexities.

Look, I’m not trying to hold you back by asking a bunch of senseless questions or beat the preparation thing into the ground.  I just want to see you turn out the best podcast you can.  These questions don’t in any way cramp your creativity.  If anything, they will enhance your ability to accomplish your end results.

You see, I want you to accomplish your goals and not be disillusioned by the pressing demands over the long run by your continued involvement in this exciting way of communicating. I hope it is your intention to always be learning and striving for excellence with your production while at the same time having a great time and thoroughly enjoying creatively expressing yourself or your subject.

You can have a lot of fun podcasting and you can teach or inform others about your subject and also learn and hone your craft at the same time.  The sky really is the limit and the only thing that can hold you back is lack of preparation and planning.  Sure, there will be times when it is difficult and there will be times you may be disappointed, but, if you “take the time it takes to think it through” before you run across those times, you will succeed beyond your wildest dreams.

See ya next time …

Rusty