International Podcast Day (2018)

Did you know today is International Podcast Day (#internationalpodcastday)? A day to celebrate this thing we call podcast. Check out @intlpodcastday for more info. But first, an introduction. Hi, I’m Eric, host of the Longbox Review Comic Book podcast.

I talk about comic books I’ve read, comic book news, and the like. I also do a couple “imprint” shows: The Gutters (stuff relating to or outside of comics) & The Legion Project with @peterjrios about the Baxter run of the Legion of Super-Heroes.

I love podcasts! They keep me entertained & informed. I listen to them while driving, working, cooking–pretty much all the time. I don’t listen to much radio or watch much TV anymore because I get what I want/need from podcasts.

I’m subscribed to 76 podcasts currently, but only about 25-30 release episodes regularly, which is to say daily, weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. Some are professionally produced, while most are just fans of something like myself.

Of course, I listen to many comic book focused podcasts, but there are politics/news shows I’m subscribed to, as well as scripted shows, TV show discussions, interviews, & personal diaries. Pretty much, if you have an interest, there’s a podcast for you.

Hey, Eric, you may be saying, I like to talk, but I don’t know anything about “podcasting”. How do I do it? Great question! You can Google it, and there are some wonderful resources (such as Podcasting 101 by Ray Ortega), but if you have a microphone (I use an ATR 2100 or a Zoom H4N), Internet access, & some software (I use the free Audacity), you can be podcasting very quickly. But most important is the content. Listen to Peter’s advice about that here:

If you have any specific questions about the technical aspects of podcasting, I would love to share my experience & advice, but I am a novice with my own style & workflow & that may not fit you.

My fellow podcasters, what are your favorite podcasts or what is your advice to newer or aspiring podcasters?

International Podcast Day

Today is International Podcast Day, and because I am a podcaster, I wanted to help spread the word. In case you don’t know, a podcast is like an on-demand radio talk show, usually about a very specific subject.  The IPD website has a more detailed explanation. Perhaps you recently heard about the Serial podcast, detailing the murder of a young woman and examining the evidence against the former boyfriend who was convicted of the crime? It made national news and brought podcasting to the forefront of pop culture. That is only the tip of the iceberg.

I first heard about these things called podcasts back in late 2005, and I began listening to shows that talked about subjects that I loved, such as comic books (via Comic Geek Speak) or TV series like Buffy or Star Trek. In the last ten years, listening to podcasts has become my primary source of entertainment. In 2010, I became a podcaster myself, starting my own show (which of course you know about, right? ;) ).

Besides my show, there are many other great podcasts out there–I am confident that you can find one that’s right for you. To get started, try this overview, or you can ask me. :)