Stephen Jondrew is a man of many talents much boredom. Stephen often fills his spare time co-hosting and producing several podcasts, maintaining/administrating a variety of websites and yet somehow he also keeps a full-time day job and even has a wife and son.

Stephen enjoys all things geeky including tech, comics, sci-fi, podcasting and a bunch of stuff in between.

OsX vs Windows? Windows... for now. Star Trek vs Star Wars? Star Trek, every time.

Podcasts: GonnaGeek.com Podcast and WTWD Radio Free Woodbury

SP as he is known to his close associates has dedicated his life to working within the system to bring geeky humor and science fiction points of view to the mindless minions in charge of providing the freedoms, security and infrastructure to our lives. Given the opportunity, SP would gladly slip through the Stargate to begin colonizing a new planet and living the Little House On The Prairie life or suit up to mine the solar system's asteroids for precious metals, gems and hidden signs of ancient advanced societies. SP has a lifelong fascination with geeky shows, advanced technologies, revolutionary science and apocalyptic tales.

Podcasts: GonnaGeek.com Podcast, Voices of Defiance and Legends of SHIELD

Better Podcasting #198 – What Turns Us Away From A Podcast?

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From time to time we find ourselves in conversations with people talking about things that they don’t like within podcasts – today we want to talk about some things that turn us off of a podcast immediately. After we go through some of these, we’ll also talk about some things that we’ve heard others say turn them off – but doesn’t actually turn us away. As we go through we’ll explain some of the reasons why these items bug us, and some suggestions we have.

In this week’s Better Podcasting Download, we talk about some data on podcasting on smart devices.

Finally, we take listener feedback in the Better Podback.

Find full episode information including links referenced in
this episode at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/198/.

If you want to follow us elsewhere, you can find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/betterpodcasting, you can follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/betterpod or email podcast@betterpodcasting.com. The full back catalog can be found at http://www.betterpodcasting.com.

Want to join in to some geeky chatter? Check out the GonnaGeek Discord Server at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/discord/

This podcast was recorded on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 – Streamed Live to Geeks.Live.  Audio/Video Production by Stephen Jondrew of GonnaGeek Productions, proudly Canadian.

Main Topic: Things That Put Us Off Of Podcasts

  • Stephen’s List of items that turn him away from a podcast
  • SP’s List of items that turn him away from a podcast
  • Stephen’s list of items that may turn them off, but not him.
  • SP’s list of items that may turn them off, but not him.

Better Podcasting Download: Smart Speaker Podcast Consumption

Better Podback: 

  • People defy Apple’s rules
  • Maintaining WAV files

Links Discussed

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Better Podcasting #197 – Building A Podcast Community in 2019

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Back in May 2015 (in Episode 81), we tackled the idea of building a community around your podcast. However, since recording that, a lot has changed with both community structures, our experiences and community platform availability – that means it was time to revisit this topic. In this episode we’ll talk about the considerations for building a podcast community, some best practices if you’re going to, and our personal suggestion of platforms to try to build a podcast community in.

In this week’s Better Podcasting Download, we revisit last week’s discussion on Libsyn’s IAB certified statistics to share the further details that SP mentioned last week on the show, and some new information received after Libsyn’s Rob Walch reached out to us.

Find full episode information including links referenced in
this episode at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/197/.

If you want to follow us elsewhere, you can find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/betterpodcasting, you can follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/betterpod or email podcast@betterpodcasting.com. The full back catalog can be found at http://www.betterpodcasting.com.

Want to join in to some geeky chatter? Check out the GonnaGeek Discord Server at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/discord/

This podcast was recorded on Friday, September 6, 2019 – Streamed Live to Geeks.Live.  Audio/Video Production by Stephen Jondrew of GonnaGeek Productions, proudly Canadian.

Main Topic: Creating A Podcast Community

  • Deciding if you want to build a podcast community
  • Benefits to building a podcast community
  • Difficulties with building a podcast community
  • Choosing a platform for a podcast community
  • Open/closed podcast communities
  • Shaping the tone of the podcast community
  • Podcast community moderation
  • Our recommended platforms for podcast communities
  • Making your community center around your podcast community

Better Podcasting Download: Follow-up about Libsyn’s IAB certified podcast measurements

Better Podback: 

  • New Podcasters
  • iZotope RX vs Other Suites

Links Discussed

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Better Podcasting #196 – Learning From Events Without Attending Them

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Whether related to podcasting or the niche that you podcast about, as a hobby podcaster there are probably events that you wish that you could go to, but might not be able to. In this episode we discuss how you can identify events that you think have a take-away for you and how you can pull information from them remotely. We’ll also talk about some of the things that you miss out on by not attending in person.

In this week’s Better Podcasting Download, SP shares some metrics from the podcasts that he has hosted on Libsyn, and how they were impacted by the new IAB certified stats.

Finally, in the Better Podback we talk about a recent firmware update to the Rodecaster Pro.

Find full episode information including links referenced in this episode at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/196/.

If you want to follow us elsewhere, you can find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/betterpodcasting, you can follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/betterpod or email podcast@betterpodcasting.com. The full back catalog can be found at http://www.betterpodcasting.com.

Want to join in to some geeky chatter? Check out the GonnaGeek Discord Server at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/discord/

This podcast was recorded on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 – Streamed Live to Geeks.Live.  Audio/Video Production by Stephen Jondrew of GonnaGeek Productions, proudly Canadian.

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Better Podcasting #195 – Creating A Short Run Podcast

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Do all podcasts need to be launched with an indefinite end point? No. It’s absolutely ok to create a podcast with a short-run timeline, and there are a variety of benefits that can come with this. In this show we’ll discuss some of these benefits, some reasons you may want to do a short run podcast and some of the unique challenges of creating a short-run podcast.

In this week’s Better Podcasting Download, we talk about a Podcast Business Journal article titled “The Podcasting Space Is A Bit Of A Mess.”

Finally, we take listener feedback, including a voicemail from a listener who has feedback following up to our episode from a couple weeks back.

Find full episode information including links referenced in this episode at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/195/.

If you want to follow us elsewhere, you can find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/betterpodcasting, you can follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/betterpod or email podcast@betterpodcasting.com. The full back catalog can be found at http://www.betterpodcasting.com.

Want to join in to some geeky chatter? Check out the GonnaGeek Discord Server at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/discord/

This podcast was recorded on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 – Streamed Live to Geeks.Live.  Audio/Video Production by Stephen Jondrew of GonnaGeek Productions, proudly Canadian.


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Better Podcasting #194 – Organizing Your Podcast’s Plan For Improvement / Magix Vegas Movie Studio 16 Review

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As we slide in to the back half of the year, it’s a great time to reflect on any goals and plans that that you have for improving your podcast. This week in our featured segment we discuss ways that you can capture, organize and execute your plan. Before we get to that though, we have a How I Saved My Podcast story from an anonymous listener about some challenges with their podcast network.

In this week’s Better Podcasting Download, we review Magix Vegas Movie Studio 16 Suite (disclaimer – we were provided copies of the software for review purposes).

Finally, in the Better Podback including some love for our previous week’s guests.

Find full episode information including links referenced in this episode at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/194/.

If you want to follow us elsewhere, you can find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/betterpodcasting, you can follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/betterpod or email podcast@betterpodcasting.com. The full back catalog can be found at http://www.betterpodcasting.com.

Want to join in to some geeky chatter? Check out the GonnaGeek Discord Server at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/discord/

This podcast was recorded on Friday,  August 16, 2019 – Streamed Live to Geeks.Live.  Audio/Video Production by Stephen Jondrew of GonnaGeek Productions, proudly Canadian.

Main Topic: Organizing A Podcast Plan for Improvement

  • Creating the start point for your plan of attack
  • Considerations for improvement ideas
  • Pairing down your list
  • Strategy for selecting items to start on
  • Example ideas on what you may want to improve

Better Podcasting Download: Magix Vegas Movie Studio 16 Suite Review

  • 24:30 – Movie Studio Review Begins (Overview of Review)
  • 27:00 – Major changes between Version 15 and 16
  • 29:00 – Why we recommend only purchasing the Platinum or Suite versions
  • 29:15 – Minor noteworthy changes
  • 35:00 – SP’s list of challenges encountered
  • 42:30 – Stephen’s list of challenges encountered
  • 48:40 – SP’s overall product summary
  • 49:30 – Stephen’s overall product summary

Better Podback: 

  • Submitting to Pandora
  • Feedback on previous week’s guest

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Better Podcasting #193 – Audio Drama Podcasts: Interview with Sarah Werner

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This week Stephen and SP sit down to interview Sarah Rhea Werner about her history with creating Audio Drama podcasts. Sarah discusses her experience getting in to audio dramas, some of the challenges that have faced her over the years, and some general advice for creating Audio Dramas.

In this week’s Better Podcasting Download, we discuss Deezer taking submissions for podcasts, and some of the technical specifications they’ve outlined.

Finally, Stephen crawls out from under the bus to give Damian the podlove he deserves.

Find full episode information including links referenced in this episode at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/193/.

If you want to follow us elsewhere, you can find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/betterpodcasting, you can follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/betterpod or email podcast@betterpodcasting.com. The full back catalog can be found at http://www.betterpodcasting.com.

Want to join in to some geeky chatter? Check out the GonnaGeek Discord Server at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/discord/

This podcast was recorded on Wednesday,  August 7, 2019 (Interview on Tuesday, August 6, 2019)  – Streamed Live to Geeks.Live.  Audio/Video Production by Stephen Jondrew of GonnaGeek Productions, proudly Canadian.

Main Topic: Interview with Sarah Werner about Audio Drama Podcasts

  • What is an Audio Drama
  • Difference between Audio Drama podcasts and other podcasts
  • Audio Drama planning
  • Writing a script
  • Audio Drama Creation Toolkit
  • Challenges with creating an audio drama podcast

Better Podcasting Download: Deezer Podcast Submissions

Better Podback: 

  • Damian the DM

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Better Podcasting #192 – Maintaining a Hobby Podcast for 12+ Years

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Stephen is away on vacation this week and so we have special guest Jen Rhodes (from Anomaly Podcast) here to talk about her experiences with running a hobby podcast for 12+ years.

Jen if half of the duo behind the sci-fi/fantasy podcast Anomaly Podcast which was created in 2007. Over the run of the show, Jen and her co-host Angela have undergone a variety of changes both to do with their hobby podcast and in their personal lives.

In this week’s Better Podcasting Download we talk about an article called “The Three E’s Of Podcasting” and discuss whether or not we think it’s applicable to podcasting.

Finally, we take listener feedback in our Better Podback we discuss chapter markers.

Find full episode information including links referenced in this episode at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/192/.

If you want to follow us elsewhere, you can find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/betterpodcasting, you can follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/betterpod or email podcast@betterpodcasting.com. The full back catalog can be found at http://www.betterpodcasting.com.

Want to join in to some geeky chatter? Check out the GonnaGeek Discord Server at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/discord/

This podcast was recorded on Wednesday, July 31, 2019  – Streamed Live to Geeks.Live. This week’s Audio/Video Production by Stargate Pioneer. This week’s Audio/Video Editing by Stephen Jondrew of GonnaGeek Productions, proudly Canadian.

Main Topic: Experiences Running A Hobby Podcast for 12+ Years

  • Starting a podcast without podcast advice shows that exist now
  • Being (politely) kicked off a podcast network
  • Working through a hobby podcast with personal health issues
  • Maintaining a podcast while becoming moms
  • Podcasting with your kids
  • Loaning your show to other co-hosts
  • Standing out from other podcasts who later start using the same name as you
  • Co-host struggles
  • Evolution in the podcasting space since 2007
  • Consistency isn’t always the top consideration
  • Regrets with not balancing personal life properly
  • Difficulties podcasting while pregnant
  • Handling challenges trying to podcast while having kids around

Better Podcasting Download: The Three E’s Of Podcasting

Better Podback: 

  • How Long Does It Take To Edit an Episode?
  • Editing Using Time Code Notes
  • Stephen is Live Streaming Edit

Links Discussed

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Better Podcasting #191 – Difficult Cohost Conversations

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As much as everyone hopes they won’t find themselves in this situation, sometimes in podcasting difficult conversations can come up and they can be hard to have productively. This week we’re going to discuss how you can best handle these situations including some considerations as you approach the situation, some specific situations that often come up with podcasters, and some ways to handle these situations. Before we get there though, Stephen had a CRITICAL HARDWARE FAILURE THAT ALMOST STOPPED HIM FROM PODCASTING FOR weeks…. which means that he has a HOW I SAVED MY PODCAST story.

In the Better Podcasting Download we chat about Squadcast going through an update, Apple Podcasts categories being in effect, and a study about how audio quality has an effect on public credibility.

In the Better Podback we take listener feedback including someone who asked if we have ever dropped a podcast based on poor audio quality. Finally, Stephen and SP talk about their first experiences with the Rode Podmic (1:00:00).

Find full episode information including links referenced in this episode at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/191/.

If you want to follow us elsewhere, you can find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/betterpodcasting, you can follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/betterpod or email podcast@betterpodcasting.com. The full back catalog can be found at http://www.betterpodcasting.com.

Want to join in to some geeky chatter? Check out the GonnaGeek Discord Server at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/discord/

This podcast was recorded on Friday, July 26, 2019  – Streamed Live to Geeks.Live. Audio/Video Production by Stephen Jondrew of GonnaGeek Productions, proudly Canadian.

Main Topic: Difficult Conversations with Your Co-Hosts

  • Considerations as you enter in to difficult podcast conversations
  • Common difficult podcast conversation scenarios
    • Prep work challenges
    • Microphone technique
    • Timeliness/scheduling issues
  • Impact on personal relationships
  • Impact on business relationships

Better Podcasting Download: Podbean Streaming Service / Apple Podcast Originals?

Better Podback: 

  • How Long Does It Take To Edit an Episode?
  • Editing Using Time Code Notes
  • Stephen is Live Streaming Edit

Other Points:

  • How I Saved My Podcast Story: Stephen’s Motherboard Died
  • Stephen and SP are using a Rode Podmic’s this week (1:00:00)

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Better Podcasting #190 – Podcasting Isn’t For Everyone

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This week in the show we take a bit of a left turn from our usual points of conversation, to talk about why podcasting isn’t for everyone. Yes, you read that right.

In this week’s Better Podcasting Download we chat about a new live-streaming feature that Podbean is launching and how Apple might be getting in to podcast originals.

Finally, we take listener feedback, including one person who requested we handle their email in a certain way. We also have an answer to the Bossjock Studio / Backpack Studio confusion.

Find full episode information including links referenced in this episode at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/190/.

If you want to follow us elsewhere, you can find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/betterpodcasting, you can follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/betterpod or email podcast@betterpodcasting.com. The full back catalog can be found at http://www.betterpodcasting.com.

Want to join in to some geeky chatter? Check out the GonnaGeek Discord Server at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/discord/

This podcast was recorded on Wednesday, July 17, 2019  – Streamed Live to Geeks.Live. Audio/Video Production by Stephen Jondrew of GonnaGeek Productions, proudly Canadian.

Main Topic: Podcasting Isn’t For Everyone

  • Reasons why podcasting isn’t for everyone
  • Ways that you can help keep your podcast going when you think podcasting isn’t for you
  • It’s ok to close up your podcast

Better Podcasting Download: Podbean Streaming Service / Apple Podcast Originals?

Better Podback: 

  • How Long Does It Take To Edit an Episode?
  • Editing Using Time Code Notes
  • Stephen is Live Streaming Edit

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Better Podcasting #189 – How Long Does It Take To Produce An Episode?

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Inspired by a recent discussion in our Discord community, this week we dedicate an episode to analyzing all of the steps that it takes to put together a well produced episode.

We’ll break down the steps in to the main categories of Prep, Recording, Editing, Publishing/Promotion and Misc. From here, we break down all of the components you may find yourself doing within these categories, and we’ll share our personal experiences as we go through these.

In this week’s Better Podcasting Download, we chat about iHeart Radio Podcast charts, and contemplate the future of charting.

Finally, in this week’s Better Podback we’ll review the Discord conversation that actually started this whole thing off – how long does it take people to edit their show?

Find full episode information including links referenced in this episode at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/189/.

If you want to follow us elsewhere, you can find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/betterpodcasting, you can follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/betterpod or email podcast@betterpodcasting.com. The full back catalog can be found at http://www.betterpodcasting.com.

Want to join in to some geeky chatter? Check out the GonnaGeek Discord Server at http://www.betterpodcasting.com/discord/

This podcast was recorded on Tuesday, July 9, 2019  – Streamed Live to Geeks.Live. Audio/Video Production by Stephen Jondrew of GonnaGeek Productions, proudly Canadian.

Main Topic: How Long Does It Take To Build An Episode?

  • Prep
  • Recording
  • Post-Productions
  • Promotion/Publishing
  • Misc
  • Our Personal Experiences on Better Podcasting

Better Podcasting Download: iHeartRadio Charts / What does the future of podcast charts look like?

Better Podback: 

  • How Long Does It Take To Edit an Episode?
  • Editing Using Time Code Notes
  • Stephen is Live Streaming Edit

Links Discussed

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