►Tell us about you and your podcast
My name is Elliot and I host this podcast myself. I have experience working in government, the legal field, on movie sets, in rabbinical study, store management and everything in between. I think it's my unique experiences and perspectives that make my pod worth listening too. I know there's a lot of them out there!
My Podcast is called "Dork&Beans", a moniker you'll have to listen in to get the origin of.
I guarantee you a heart-to-heart chat about a variety of topics. I never edit my episodes afterwards, and I certainly don't prepare for them beforehand. So everything you get is as raw as good sushi. Sometimes it gets nerdy and we talk at length about Batman's rogues gallery. Other times it could be me breaking out an accent (I can do many) to rant and rave about the topic of the day.
Whether you're a geek, dork, normy or just someone who likes their deep-voiced male ASMR content; I'm here for ya.
►Why & how did you start this podcast?
This podcast has been a long time in the making. I originally had the idea many years ago in high school, and proceeded to produce a lot of content. Though I never really felt it was worth publishing, and deleted the lot. However, many years later I'm back at it again and it's been fun. I make content mostly for myself, because sometimes when you have no one else to talk to, you become your best company. I very much enjoy audience suggestions and participation, and really live to make content that can bring some kind of a positive into anyone else's day.
►How'd you find the time and funding to do this podcast?
I record whenever I can, wherever I can. Expect an episode every week or so. But I recently had my first son, which has been amazing and a total change to my life. So recordings may be a little disrupted, and progressively more about babies, parenting and insomnia.
I fund this podcast entirely myself (whenever there is actually a cost), and do every other aspect of it solo as well. It's a labor of love, and I try to squeeze it into free time whenever I get the chance. I do work a day job for the Federal Government, often jam sessions have to come in the hours before or after a workday.
►What do you gain from podcasting?
I so far have gained absolutely nothing from this game, except the chance to get some thoughts out on paper (so to speak). Once or twice I actually had a stranger comment to me that they liked an episode, and it showed them a perspective they hadn't really considered before. That's all I'm after, and I can't express how happy those kind of comments make me. So that's a sort of benefit.
I'm obviously over the moon if someone wants to talk advertisement or sponsorship. I cover a huge variety of topics, so I can make anything work. But that's the dream for all podcasters, and lets just say I'm yet to quit my day job.
►How does your podcasting process look like?
I record an episode, convert it to the appropriate file format, write my descriptions (which I put a lot of detail, thought and length into) and bam we're done!
As I mentioned my style is very reliant on the freshness of content, so there's little to no prep for each episode, and I do absolutely nothing to edit the recording file before posting.
Hardware wise I alternate between a standard quality recording microphone, and then just using my iPhone sometimes.
►How do you market your show?
I tend to tweet out a link whenever a new episode comes out, just to make its presence known on social media. Besides that, there's not a lot of advertising besides my personal word of mouth. I always strive for a dedicated and interested viewership, not just a mass of people/bots brought in from aggressive advertising.
►What advice would you share with aspiring (new) podcasters?
The first thing I would say is to time your content. Too many times people theorize a good skit or rant, only to realize that what "feels like hours of good material" has been burnt out after just 10 minutes . Also you want to make consistently lengthened episodes, never aiming to deviate below a 20 minute size. That doesn't really give the listener something substantial enough to enjoy.
Besides that, be aware of saturation. Everybody has a podcast, so you really have to try and offer something niche that is unique to you. For example at the conclusion of Season 8 of Game of Thrones, the amount of Thrones-related podcasts was nauseatingly in the hundreds. Try to offer something that stands you apart from the crowd.
►Where can we learn more about you & your podcasts?
You can find me wherever Podcasts are sold;
Learn more about me: en.everybodywiki.com/Dork%26Beans
Updated: 2 months ago