Ep003 - Jonathan Schmitz fellow podcaster and musician

Jonathan and I have always wanted to record a podcast...

But it took him moving to San Diego and starting his own, the 10 Steps Further Podcast, and me starting this show before we could get together and finally record something.

Jonathan has seen his show grow from a few downloads a month to over 1500 in January 2018.  Before this show, Jonathan has been a musician and pastor his entire life.  We've worked together in the past and have bounced ideas off each other since he performed the wedding ceremony for my wife and I in May 2012.  So yeah, we're pretty close.

We focus more on his growth in the podcast universe for this episode.  One thing I learned from this episode was to make sure the audience feels included in the conversation.  When you are talking with someone you've talked to forever, the tendency is to lock in and forget other people are listening.  So there have been episodes where I wasn't as comfortable and my input was fairly restricted, so this was the other end of the spectrum.

Jonathan recorded himself in his office in San Diego while I recorded in Spokane.  He sent me the track and I have assembled them and will be done "mastering" the audio this week.  I wanted to post the blog post because there is some exciting stuff happening for the blog.

This third post will be the minimum required for Apple News to pick up the blog and start curating a feed channel in their app.  This also allows me to market the show in more than one method besides just the blog functions with Squarespace and announcements on Instagram.

Hopefully I can start blogging some interesting content that will supplement hardcore fans of the podcast.  It is all part of the larger project that is Amalgam.  Anything that will force me to get out of my comfort zone and do something different is welcomed.


Ep001 - Dan Moffat has been published!

We have finally launched the podcast!

Dan Moffat from NY joins me and talks about his career as a musician and a freelance audio engineer.

You can find his band at or connect with him on Instagram @moffatsound or for audio engineering.

The things I learned from my first episode...

Speak up and be more responsive.
Don't try to capture everything live in the moment, take breaks when you need to.
Recording went very well but I did learn more about mastering the track in post production - Danny was super helpful there and continues to be.

Immediately after the episode I was ready to record again and again.  There was a definite rush from the experience.  Mostly I wanted to get better, put out more content and upgrade the production value in little ways immediately.

At the end of the day I was proud that it worked out and I had something to publish.  The first episode was really the last piece I needed to learn how to link iTunes to YouTube.  A couple things about that setup.  First, I'm hosting everything via YouTube because that is how you host podcasts on iTunes for free.  Secondly, because of that setup, it creates a hurdle for the user playing it back on iTunes.  I figured the youtube users would be listening on desktop or somewhere with a browser tab open, so they were easily taken care of.  The iTunes user has to deal with the video podcast because of my free hosting from YouTube.  So if they want to lock their screen, it either keeps playing the audio or it doesn't and they have to swipe up for the control center and then hit play again.

All that is to say is I'm very aware of the user experience because thats what I've had to learn in my freelance work and my current full time job.  Designing the experience for the user is all about... the user.  So know them! Thankfully, I'm a podcast listener, I have that ground floor idea of what is acceptable and what isn't.  This is why audio quality is important to me.

Check out our episode and let us know what you think.  Thanks for checking out the blog!

- CM