The Ebbs & Flows Of This Alcoholic

Travis C
Jan. 25, 2019 - "I guess that if I want people to listen them I need to make the listeners a priority. Like I need to speak clearly so they can understand me."
Since 2017
Personal Journals

►Tell us about you and your podcast

Travis C, emotionally wounded artist trying to find light in despair. I'm kidding.

I have no idea. They're mainly in the US but I do have a fan in Spain and another in Australia.


►Why & how did you start this podcast? 

I've had a blog forever and had recently started turning that into a magazine. I'm seriously behind the times and nobody's interested in print anymore. So I thought I'd give podcasting a try.

I don't really set goals. That creates some kind of accountability. My motivation was purely expressional.

I started in August 2017, maybe a couple of hours. My podcasts are generally short. They range from maybe 10 seconds to 20 minutes. I just do my own thing I guess.


►How'd you find the time and funding to do this podcast?

I'm on a roll now where I'm releasing 2-4 a week.

I work fulltime but just work the recording/editing in as real life allows. If we're passionate about and dedicated to something we'll make the time.

7-10 hours a week and it's fully self-funded.


►What do you gain from podcasting?        

I haven't so far. I doubt if Squarespace would be interested.

622 so far this month, 856 last month.

My episodes are just me talking about what's going on in my life. Often times when I'm struggling with something, writing and talking about it helps to clarify and bring closure. It's purely a self-seeking benefit.


►How does your podcasting process look like? 

I record/edit in GarageBand with a Blue Snowball USB microphone. I try to keep things simple. Complications tend to get in the way.

I interviewed my youngest daughter once when we were driving home. That's been the only interview.

I dictate thoughts into my Notes on my phone. Then I rewrite and rewrite. And then I verbally practice. Again, I try to keep it simple and not let the obstacles creep in.


►How do you market your show?

I don't really pay attention or don't really know how listeners in the here and now are finding my show. 75% of my listeners use Overcast and another 10% use the Apple Podcasts app. The rest are apps like Pocket Casts, Castro, Stitcher, etc.

I ran a couple of ads on Overcast in late 2017. I've also used social media and Google AdWords for promotion but the Overcast ad was the most effective.


►What advice would you share with aspiring (new) podcasters?

I guess that if I want people to listen them I need to make the listeners a priority. Like I need to speak clearly so they can understand me. Or if I go off on a tangent that doesn't add value to the episode then I cut that segment out. People can always find something else to listen to.

I watched a handful of videos on YouTube and read a handful of articles. I just searched for "Podcasting best practices" because I had no idea what I was doing in the beginning. I learned things like When mixing an episode it's helpful to listen to it on a variety sources, like headphones, in the car, on Alexa, etc. A wide range of devices will help to find the level's sweet spot.


►Where can we learn more about you & your podcasts?

Here's a handful of links:

Updated: 8 months ago