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See You At Podcast Movement!

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See You At Podcast Movement!

Podfly is happy to see everyone, new and old, at Podcast Movement this year. We've got some exciting things coming your way, but be sure to stop by our booth to say hi! Our two co-founders Corey and David will be at the booth along with team members Aty and Eric. 

By the way, Corey will be speaking at Podcast Movement this Friday the 8th at 9:15am in the Columbus GH hall. He will be discussing podcast editing from start to finish and will be giving you a walk through on how to take raw content and polish it into a professional sounding podcast - all under an hour. Sounds impossible? It isn't, but you won't learn the trade secrets unless you stop by his workshop this Friday! You can learn more about Corey on his Podcast Movement speaker page

See you guys there! 


About Podfly:

Podfly is a boutique podcast production company that turns amateur podcasters into professionals. We have a staff of highly skilled audio engineers and show note writers to craft the perfect podcast. If you're new to podcasting and don't know where to start, then Podfly has some great packages for newbies who want to get their podcast off the ground. Contact me personally at Ayn@Podfly.net or reach Podfly through the contact form for more information. 

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Adobe Audition for Podcasters

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Adobe Audition for Podcasters

Podfly’s Corey Coates takes you through the first of a series of tutorials on anything you might want to know about setting up a podcast. These specialization videos will focus primarily on Adobe’s Audition software, but this particular one is all about the basics and how to get started. Learn how to position your introduction, remove annoying ‘ums’, turn a few stumbling sentences into a natural conversation and much more.

With over 45 minutes of step-by-step teaching, complete with pre-recorded audio clips and examples, you should hopefully come away with a lot of questions answered. That said, the Podfly Academy Team hope it’ll also leave you itching to find out more and really get to grips with this sophisticated piece of programming which could just change your life.

Once you’ve worked through all the tutorials, you’ll be the one answering everybody else’s questions!

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Podfly Featured Client - Straight Talk for a Curvy World by Ann Peck

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Podfly Featured Client - Straight Talk for a Curvy World by Ann Peck

You know that one lady who comes to the party and everything is going great for her? She has a new, very important job, her little Jimmy was just accepted into Princeton’s Program for the Gifted and she’s absolutely bursting to tell you about her latest trip to Sonoma Valley? Well, the stories we tell others aren’t always what is really going on in our lives. Sometimes we just turned 50, our relationships are going down the toilet, our doctor changes our prescriptions and on top of that our stupid cell phone we have been looking for the past 10 minutes is right where we left it. Yet, those are the easy things. Sometimes, life throws wicked, life-altering, soul crunchers at us that pierce right through our heart, leaving us crying in our cars, feeling alone and lost.

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The Straight Talk for a Curvy World podcast serves as an outlet for, as the subtitle reads, a place to talk about the things we don’t talk about, even the messy stuff. Host, Ann Peck, gives her guests a platform to speak freely about the things people can never read in a magazine or see on a talk show. Ann’s podcast lifts up the big metal manhole cover of those society accepted forums and lets us peer into the underground systems that truly govern our lives.  

The podcast centers around one-to-one conversations with real people who have been through real ordeals, featuring many guests who are still stuck in the middle of their journeys, and brings attention to those who have been punched in the face but continue to fight through the pain.

Previous guests have openly discussed the death of their parents, some who have used and abused prescription meds and some who believed suicide was their only option. But just like real life, Ann’s podcast is not always dark and dreary. She has provided a channel of communication for those who talk to angels, those who break through their anxiety and those who have freed themselves by admitting their sexual endeavors.  

Ann seems to have found her calling realizing that even if it hurts to peel sunburnt skin there will always be new skin underneath. Because sometimes people just need to tell their story in the sun.  

 



If you are in search of a podcast production company devoted to making your podcast as human as Straight Talk for a Curvy World, Podfly is here for you. We are a collaborative team of audio engineers, writers, editors, radio producers, and professional voice actors. Our collective skills and expertise make the Podfly family a truly unique team, dedicated to the art and craft of producing and distributing high-quality audio productions. Contact us at info@podfly.net with your deepest desires and we'll take care of the inner workings needed to bring your podcast to life.


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Podfly Academy - Lesson 8 of 10 - Controlling and Validating Your RSS Feed

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Podfly Academy - Lesson 8 of 10 - Controlling and Validating Your RSS Feed

Validating Your RSS Feed

Now that we've created our RSS feed, we need to validate that feed before we submit it to any directories. iTunes is very particular, as are other directories, so we want to make sure we don't have any odd characters or anything unusual in our feed before we begin the submission process. Let's take a look first at a free service in order to validate your new feed. No matter how we created our RSS feed, we're going to end up with a RSS feed address. This URL is similar to that which you will find on a website. Starting with: Http://thenameofyourshow.hostingcompany,com/rss.

 

Finding Your Feed in Libsyn

In this case, let's take a look at one of the shows that we manage here at Podfly. We manage this particular show in Libsyn. By visiting the destinations page on Libsyn, you can see some of the quick links that are available to you. One of these quick links is the RSS feed.

 

FeedValidator.org

This RSS feed will never change as long as you stay with the same hosting provider. In order to validate this feed, we simply need to highlight the feed, copy it, and paste it into a free service called FeedValidator.org. When I copy in my feed, I simply click validate. We're looking for the first word being 'Congratulations, this is a valid RSS feed'. This means that this feed is available to submit to directories, which we'll be looking at in the next tutorial.

Following that are great recommendations from Feed Validator to make sure we don't have something that might be incompatible with a directory. Though many of these recommendations may seem inscrutable to the average user, they are valuable for the advanced user who wants to really tweak their feed. This gives an opportunity to insure that you are 100% compatible with all the directories that are available. However, for the purpose of validating your feed, we're only really looking for 'Congratulations, this is a valid RSS feed'.

 

Working With Text

Within the blogging community it's been a well known rule of thumb to never use Microsoft Word. If you're copying and pasting text from Microsoft Word into a website, into a blog, or in our case, into an RSS feed, there tends to be an issue with something called 'special characters'. Microsoft Word uses special characters and these can break our feed. Let's take a look at some of those special characters and try and remember to use the same rule of thumb as bloggers do. Never Use Microsoft Word.

No matter what type of content we're putting on the internet. It is always advisable to be working in a plan text editor. Microsoft Word is a great, beautiful, powerful tool for doing office work and creating documents. However, it is not a good tool for creating text to be used on the web.

I point to a C-net article here on tips to make sure you do not break your podcast feed by using special characters that are often and involuntarily put into your document by Word. We can see here in this article a couple of special characters that are marked as bad and good. However, again, to avoid these issues, it's always advisable to simply use a plain text editor. These are provided by your operating system whether you're using Mac, Windows, or Linux.

 

Check Your Feed With Each New Release

We've learned now no matter how we created our RSS feed, whether it be using an online service, a program such as FeedForAll, or hand-coding our own, it's important to check and validate that feed. We also advise with each update and release of a new episode, you take a moment and check that feed as well. We sometimes forget within the show description itself, that feed can be broken. Using this free service is a great way to  make sure all of your content gets out to your audience trouble free.

 

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Podfly Featured Client - Working Parent Lawcast

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Podfly Featured Client - Working Parent Lawcast

Ten Basic Facts Every Parent Knows

 

  1. Every single workplace law with regards to time off during pregnancy and postpartum.

  2. Children basically pop right out of the shoot clasping a Master’s degree in their gnarled up little fingers.

  3. How good it feels to be smiled upon with warm approval during breastfeeding time for their newborn.

  4. How wonderfully flexible healthcare plans and doctor’s visits can be, especially during the hours of 8-5.  

  5. The cost of a college education is getting less expensive every day and why it’s not important to worry about saving for it until their baby turns pre-teen.

  6. What to do in case of every single type of emergency.

  7. The best, most effective way to raise the perfect child.

  8. How to maximize their productivity at work while their teenager is texting them “UR not the boss of me”.

  9. How to properly deal with their child’s anger, fear, worry and the 800 other things their kids are feeling.

  10. How to work full-time, raise children and get the best tax benefits, all while taking a little time for themselves.

 


If you are a working parent you recognize that the list above is a farce. It would be extremely challenging for every parent to keep up with every law, every tax and every college savings plan which is why Shemia Fagan gathers industry experts on her Working Parents Lawcast podcast, supplying much-needed information to working parents.

Shemia knows firsthand how difficult it is to tackle the glut of responsibilities new parents face while working a full-time job. She is a partner in a law firm which specializes in employment law and a state representative in Oregon. In fact, she was pregnant while running for office in the house of representatives. Her hands-on experience and network of expert resources make the podcast incredibly informative and practical.   

Weekly episodes include titles like Using Inside Out to Teach Your Kids about Emotions, How Do I Save for the Kids’ College While I’m Still Paying for Daycare?, Everything You Need to Do if You Get Hurt at Work, and many more. Every podcast episode delivers practical tips and real world applications for the countless trials and tribulations working parents face while raising children.

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Are you in search of a podcast production company devoted to making your podcast as informative as Working Parents Lawcast? Podfly is a collaborative team of audio engineers, writers, radio producers, and professional voice actors. Our collective skills and expertise make the Podfly family a truly unique team dedicated to the art and craft of producing and distributing high-quality audio productions. Contact us at info@podfly.net with your fertile thoughts and we'll hold your hand while you give birth to your podcast.

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