For almost the entire month of December 2017, I could not physically stand to look at a screen, be it computer, phone, or television. Any attempt to do so caused horrific pain in my eyes that felt like it was stabbing straight back into my brain. This was unfortunate because I had several looming writing and podcasting deadlines and I only met them because I did the majority of my writing by hand, then forced myself to look at a screen in short bursts until I'd converted all
If you have a podcast, you should have a website that goes with it. It seems obvious, but there are many that don't. If you are on the fence about creating one, consider this: When listeners inevitably turn to the internet to learn more about your podcast, what do you want them to find? The most accurate source for information about your show will always be you, so it is in your best interest to create an internet presence. As my acting teacher used to say, "Don't be afraid!
Podcasting, like acting, writing, dancing, and myriad other things, is an art, and part of what makes art special is sharing it with other people. The thing is, those other people aren't always going to like what you created. If they don't like it, they likely won't care that you cut open your heart and presented it to the world. Some of them will shrug, scowl, unsubscribe, and move on. Others will want to vent their distaste, and they will do it via email, social media, or a
I suspected I was in a good place last month when I attended the Sound Education conference at Harvard University immediately after I entered Andover Hall. I was greeted by two faces only familiar to me through their twitter personas, Ryan Stitt of The History of Ancient Greece and Aven McMaster of The Endless Knot. They swept me up into their cohort and any worries I had about spending the day alone were put to rest. As audio podcasters, we spend a lot of our time hidden beh
It is not a pre-requisite to be associated with a scholarly institution to listen to a history podcast or to enjoy a historical fiction novel, television show, movie, or non-fiction book, nor should it be. However, many historians (myself included) often bemoan the plethora of misinformation that circulates and sometimes we even shake our fists at the sky with rage because things that we in the field know to be false are accepted by the general populace as solid truth. But is
For the past few months I used my blog to host the #PodcastingHistory series, which sought to give established independent podcasters a place to discuss their methods and experiences in an unedited format. Each time an entry from a new colleague came in, I was happy to read a new perspective on why and how people podcast. Now that the series (or, at least the first incarnation of it) has concluded, I took the time to reassess what it was like to begin a podcast. When Footnoti
Welcome to the first installment of #PodcastingHistory! For the next several weeks my blog is going to feature guest posts from some wonderful podcasters. In each post a new person will take you behind the scenes, describing the process of creating one episode of their podcast from choosing the topic to releasing it out into the world for your enjoyment. I hope that by pulling back the curtain between hosts and listeners, it will help everyone understand podcasting history in
"Pass the parcel. That's sometimes all you can do. Take it, feel it and pass it on. Not for me, not for you, but for someone, somewhere, one day." -The History Boys, by Alan Bennett When I decided to start a blog, I knew that my first post should be about Footnoting History. After all, it is probably the main reason anyone knows me. If someone contacts us via twitter (@historyfootnote) I am the person who receives it, and my name is attached to over 30 episodes. In addition t