WordPress Community Interviews
As part of the WordPress TV team, one of my current duties (recently) has been to create webcast which are interviews with people from around the WordPress world.
It really isn’t a chore for me. Actually it is kind of a dream come true!
For ten years I have wanted to start a podcast or webcast. I had talked on more than one occasion with Daniel Lewis of Audacity to Podcast. He recommended that I find something that I am passionate about and run with it.
I started out publishing two interviews per week on the WordPress TV Blog page but the general consensus was that having two videos were detracting from each other. So, we started to publish one video per week and the traffic has increased.
The setup that I am using is pretty basic. I have a Macbook Air (not the best for working on videos, I know but that is what I have). I bought a Blue Snowball microphone which has worked out very well.
The majority of interviews are done remotely, so I use Skype or FaceTime. To record the calls, I purchased an app from ecamm. This has worked out very well.
To edit the video I needed something more versatile than the Shotcut program I have been using to process WordPress TV videos. I tried out a trial version of ScreenFlow and ended up purchasing it. It has plenty of features and is fairly easy (for me) to use.
Yes, the most important part has been the people.
I must say that contacting people around the world has been the easy part. Most times it will take a couple of weeks (or longer) to get schedules to fit and make time for the interview. Everybody that I have contacted have been excited about the interview.
The length of the interviews has been running between 10 and 12 minutes (after processing). I do like to chat for a few minutes before and after, so the total time spent on a call might be 20 minutes or more.
This has been a great experience for me and something that I look forward to each week. I learn something new each day, get to talk with interesting people and make my little corner of the WordPress world bigger.
You can see some of the interviews here at WordPress TV.