Tried making an episode in 90 minutes. That seems like a realistic chunk of time to create a 20 minute episode from start to finish including outlining, recording, and any post-production (of which there isn’t much).
Got inspired to just get stared recording again because of Pat Flynn’s episode “EP 438: How to Start a Podcast and Why You Should!”. Just want to get into the swing of things again. So I made an episode about Ford vs. Ferrari.
I also don’t want to stop overthinking this blog. I’m going to start writing some a bit of a journal as I try to put some effort into improving both Active Recall (which right now amounts to getting back on a consistent schedule with Wally) and The Notepod (which will take more deliberate creative effort, since it’s harder to make a solo show interesting if you aren’t starting from being a professional entertainer in the first place aka if you’re not a standup comedian).
Here’s how I did the episode outline:
Oh yah so here were the steps depicted in the notecard I drew.
- Outline in Figma — A somewhat unconventional option for putting an audio show outline together. I like it, well first because it’s a tool I’m very comfortable with. It could be a hammer/“everything looks like a nail” sort of thing, but it really does help me mimic having some printed out notes in front of me while recording. There’s very, very little friction when compiling notes from Readwise emails in my inbox, Evernote, and Kindle highlights by just screenshotting everything and pasting it onto the Figma page.
- Descript — Again, I’ve gotten pretty comfortable using Descript from correcting a bunch of podcast clips to write my newsletter (which you should check out!) There’s so little friction for me to get to recording, remove “umms” and “uhhs”, close any large silences, and then get the audio file out. It also takes out so so much tedium from adding chapters. Though I still use Forecast to add the chapters, having text search in Descript makes it 10x easier to find sensible places for timestamps.
I’ll keep trying this and I’ll see if it works on an episode with Wally as well. In the meantime, check out the episode: “Notepod – Ford vs. Ferrari”. Actually, I just remembered I can embed it right here: