Tag: Podcast Midwest

Podcast Consistency – #15

Podcast Consistency

Where in the world has PGT been? No, we didn’t podfade, we pod-vacay’ed. On this week’s episode, we’re talking about podcast consistency.


  • Registration is now open for New Media Expo 2016. The conference will take place April 18-21 in Las Vegas. Registration is now open and if you’re planning on attending the conference, now is the time to get your tickets.
  • Podcast Movement is just a month and a half away and they continue to announce speakers.  The three of us will be attending Podcast Movement and we’d like to do some sort of PGT meet-up.  Stay tuned for details.

When we started this podcast in the winter, we knew that the months of May, June and July were going to be tough. The three of us coach 4 kids sports teams, our kids are involved in other spring activities, we have family vacations and the months are just hectic. We thought we’d be able to just roll with it and find time in our schedules to record PGT episodes. Obviously, that didn’t happen.

So on this episode, we talk about the idea of releasing episodes on a consistent basis. We talk about how important we think it is as podcast listers and in the role as podcast producers.

We also share a few tips on muscling through periods in your life when finding time to get behind the microphone is difficult.

App of the Week

This week’s app of the week is WordSwag. Wordswag is one of the apps that Tawny and Beth discussed in their Podcast Midwest presentation. This is another app that allows you to create stimulating images without Photoshop skills. Wordswag steps things up and allows you to do a few more things than some of the other options, though.

Picks of the Week

Tawny: Podcasters Roundtable #52, Spotify Happy Hipster Playlist
Corey: 11/22/63 (affiliate link), The Audacity to Podcast #222 – The Future of Podcasting, The Gimp Show #30
Nick: Grace and Frankie

Monetizing with Patreon – #14

Monetizing with Patreon

If you’re a hobbyist podcaster that wouldn’t mind covering your costs, upgrading equipment or putting a few bucks in your pocket, you might want to consider starting a Patreon campaign. On this week’s episode, we’re talking about one of the methods that any podcaster (including hobbyists) can use to monetize.


  • On last week’s episode, we talked about Spotify adding podcasting to their service.  This week, it was announced that Libsyn and Spotify have partnered in this endeavor.
  • Podcast Movement makes a huge announcement: Glenn Beck will be keynoting at their conference this summer in Ft. Worth, Texas.  The response to this announcement was very mixed and we share our opinions on Mr. Beck’s involvement with the conference.
  • On this episode, we also share that the three of us will be attending Podcast Movement.  We’re very excited because this conference has lined up top notch speakers and you know the networking will be incredible.

Listener Feedback

Joel from Me and the Geek and Pod on Pod talks about how he’s using Overcast.


Nick and Corey use Patreon to help fund their podcasts and that’s what we’re talking about this week. We’ll talk about what Patreon is and how we set our Patreon campaigns up as far as levels and perks. We share how we present our Patreon campaigns to our listeners and encourage them to support the podcast. Then, we talk about how our podcasts have benefitted from the Patreon campaign and how we’ve been able to improve our podcasts through this support.

We’ve love to hear your thoughts on Patreon or how you are using the service. You can email your audio clips to feedback@podcastersgrouptherapy.com

App/Service of the Week

On this episode, Tawny talks about one of the services she and Beth will feature in their Podcast Midwest presentation this weekend, Canva. Tawny explains Canva and how you can use it to create engaging images for your podcast.

Picks of the Week

Tawny: Nerdette Podcast – Cards Against Humanity episode
Corey: Drake Shake and The Grapes of Rad
Nick: Turn

Recording Your Podcast on Location – #12

Recording Your Podcast on Location

Nick missed last week’s episode because he was preparing for his live, on-location recording of Inside the Jungle at Lachey’s Bar in Cincinnati. All three of us have done on-location recordings of our podcasts and that’s what we’re talking about this week, recording your podcast on-location.


  • Soundcloud opens it’s podcasting features to everyone. You can find the TechCrunch article here. We talk about what this means for podcasters. Neither of us use Soundcloud, but we talk about how other podcasters in the PGT G+ Community use the service.
  • Podcast Midwest is just a few weeks away. This one-day, single-track event is in Chicago on May 23rd. Tawny and Corey will both be presenting at this conference. If you’d like to attend, use the promo code “IvyEnvy” to get $30 off registration.
  • Nick shares that he recently heard about a Podcamp event that is supposedly taking place in Canton, Ohio. However, he hasn’t be able to find ANY information on the event. We use this opportunity to share Addy Saucedo’s Podcasters Unite directory. If you’d like to learn about the online and offline events that might just be happening near you, check it out.

Recording Your Podcast On-Location

Doing a public recording of your podcast with a live audience can be exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. In this discussion, we talk about the reasons that podcasters might want to consider doing one of these recordings.

The three of us have each done them for our podcast, Nick as recently as last week. We share our experiences, as well as tips for doing them. If you’d like to read a blog post Corey wrote on this topic, you can read it here: 8 Tips for a Successful Public Podcast Recording.

App/Service of the Week

This week’s app of the week is the Ivy Envy iOS app through Libsyn. Corey talks about the app and how thrilled he is about the app and it’s features. We talk about the different ways you can use a Libsyn app with your audience.

Picks of the Week

Tawny – Quantum Leap: The Impossible Dream
Corey – Left, Right and Center
Nick – Health app on iOS

Next Week’s Episode

Next week, we’ll be talking about stats. That’s a pretty broad topic. If you have any thoughts on stats, or if you have any thoughts about any of the topics we discussed on this episode, we’d love your feedback. Email us your audio clips – feedback@podcastersgrouptherapy.com

Podcasting Influences – #8

Podcasting Influences

Most podcasters don’t have formal training before they get behind their microphones for the first time. We learned and were influenced by people who were already podcasting. We all have our podcasting influences. On this episode of Podcasters Group Therapy, we are joined by the Director of Podcasting for New Media Expo and the man behind The School of Podcasting, Dave Jackson.


Regional one-day podcasting conferences are starting to pop up, and the group responsible for most of them is the Podcast Movement guys, Jared Easley and Dan Franks.

  • Podcast Midwest was recently announced.  This will be taking place in Chicago, Illinois on May 23rd, 2015.  Jared and Dan will be hosting the event and a few speakers have been announced: Colt Cabana, Vernon Foster and co-host of this podcast, Corey Fineran.  Early-bird tickets are now on sale at the website.
  • Podcamp Western Massachusetts is scheduled for April 25, 2015.
  • There will be other regional podcast conferences announced and when they are, we’ll share them here on Podcasters Group Therapy.

Podcasting Influences

For the main portion of this week’s episode, we’re talking about the people that have influenced as podcasters. We are grateful that Dave Jackson took time out of his busy schedule to discuss this topic. We each share our podcasting influences and we play a listener clip that Bob Zerull from the I Hate Critics Podcast.

With New Media Expo just a few weeks away, we use this opportunity to talk about the conference with Dave, who is the Director of Podcasting for NMX. He highlights a few of the sessions in the Podcasting Track that you will not want to miss. He also gives some tips to people that will be attending the conference for the first time.

App/Service of the Week

We’re not talking about Meerkat! But, we’re talking about Periscope, which is Meerkat’s competitor. Nick and Corey both game Periscope a couple of test-runs and had some issues. We share our thoughts on Periscope and hope to never talk about Twitter video streaming apps again.

Picks of the Week

Tawny – One Bad Mother Podcast
Nick – About Sports Radio
Corey – The Houston Baseball Coach Podcast

On Next Week’s Episode

Next week, we’re talking about listener reviews. Why would a podcast want them? How do you get your listeners to leave you reviews? What do you do when you get a bad review? We’ll cover all of these topics and more, next week. Have you found creative ways to encourage listeners to leave you reviews? Have you received a bad review? How did you handle it? We’d like to hear from you. You can send us an audio clip to feedback@podcastersgrouptherapy.com or you can call our voicemail line – (309) 517-0624.

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