Krystal Speaks Geek on She Podcasts!

Krystal Speaks Geek on She Podcasts!

I had the opportunity to join Elsie Escobar on her show, She Podcasts, to talk backups.

backups.

What does that even mean?

Backups to podcasters means the traditional, running fully system backups, incremental backups, up to the cloud or to an external hard drive, backups in the traditional sense of having a snapshot of your system should it ever break. But, backups to podcasters also means managing a large number of very large files, and which of those files they need to keep and which ones they edit and which ones they produce. Backups to podcasters also means making sure they are maintaining backups of those particular files, and not using their media host as their backup.

I also get to geek out a little bit on iPad Pro’s, apps, and ‘carry purses’ for carrying my gear wherever my son takes me, so I can still get work done.

Thanks so much to Elsie for having me on, it’s always a fun time!

Be sure to check out the full show notes for links to all the apps and services that were discussed on the episode. Also be sure to subscribe, especially if you are a podcaster, on iTunes.

The Podcasters’ Roundtable: PR062: RSS Feeds

The Podcasters’ Roundtable: PR062: RSS Feeds

I was, once again, invited to join the Podcasters’ Roundtable with the mighty Ray Ortega and the venerable Daniel J. Lewis, this time to chat RSS feeds.

OH MY!

RSS feeds aren’t as scary as they use to be, mainly because there are so many services out there that will help you create your feed. It’s a pretty rare thing to find a hand coded RSS feed. OUCH! Blurry, Libsyn, Spreaker, Feedburner, why would you waste your time?

We are content creators, not techs (well, I’m not speaking for myself since I float between the left and right brain, but hey).

Anyway, we don’t get to heavy on the tech. You want that? Go visit me over at Libsyn Live. We talk about different services, how to pick a service for you, even what you should focus on when trying to pick a service. Oh yea, and does Google really hate RSS?

Like the show? Go subscribe to the Podcasters’ Roundtable like, right now.

Why you still reading? Go! Go! Do it! Now!

The Show Radio: Episode 279 – Destiny The Taken King Impressions

The Show Radio: Episode 279 – Destiny The Taken King Impressions

So the other evening, one of my good friends Andrew Alliance kicked up a Blab with Gamertag Radio’s oAndrew Alliance and I at Podcast Movement 2015wn Parris (@parris on Twitter). As Blab sends me notifications when a friend kicks up a convo, I jumped on to watch.

After the awesome conversation between Andrew and Parris, Andrew asked if I wanted to jump on and talk also. What I didn’t know was he was including me in the episode. In Andrew’s words… that’s dope.

We talked about the game Destiny and the new expansion, The Taken King. I’m a player, though much lower level than Andrew or Parris. I’ve been playing coop games like this since Final Fantasy XI and WoW (though, I am very much NOT a fan of WoW), and I absolutely love being able to join a party of different character types, chatting, and the like. Destiny falls right into that obsession for me (much to my poor husband’s chagrin, as I ask him to YouTube different quests I’m struggling with).

Thanks so much Andrew for having me, always a blast (even though I’m not a pro) and honestly, if you aren’t already subscribed to his show and your into tech and gaming, DO IT NOW!

Enjoy 🙂

Leveraging WordPress for Your Podcasting Website

Leveraging WordPress for Your Podcasting Website

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In August of 2015, I gave a session at Podcamp Pittsburgh X called Leveraging WordPress for your Podcasting Website.

WordPress has become one of the most popular blogging and content management systems on the web, and it’s become almost prolific in the podcasting community.

Why the heck not? With thousands of themes and plugins, free and for pay, available on the web, just about any functionality you could wish for could be easily fixed with the installation of a plugin.

There are many plugins, connectors, and themes available specifically for podcasters. Themes specific to media sites will usually include built in players. Give the post a media file URL and BAM! You have a player for your visitors on your site. This site uses such a theme, and often utilizes the built in player specifically for audio. There are plugins for publishing podcasts, plugins for SEO, plugins for stats, plugins for players, outside connectors for automatic publishing.

With all these options, there are plenty of ways a WordPress user could get themselves into trouble. Themes and plugins are silly easy to install, which means many users tend to just install away, never uninstalling or cleaning up that which they aren’t using. This adds lots of overhead to the site which can slow it down. There are also issues of security, some plugins aren’t compatible with others, some plugins are not properly developed, they can add overhead or security holes, and so on. The same goes for themes.

In this seminar, I cover this and I cover some of the more popular plugins and some awesome (and vetted) themes worth considering. For example:

  • Appendipity (Themes)
  • The Yoast Family (Plugins)
  • Wordfence
  • Mailchimp
  • Libsyn’s Podcast Plugin (in Beta)

Enjoy!