My name is Bill Smith. My co-host, Dan Davidson, and I host Trek Geeks: A Star Trek Podcast which examines Star Trek through the lens of our almost 25 year friendship. Trek brought us together as friends and it's been a common theme in both of our lives since we were children.
Our listeners are Star Trek fans who enjoy conversation sprinkled with humor and analysis.
We started Trek Geeks because I thought that the conversations that Dan and I have would be entertaining to others. We laugh constantly but we also talk about serious topics when we talk Star Trek.
I do listen to a lot of podcasts myself, and when I approached Dan with the idea of doing Trek Geeks, initially he said, "No, I'm not interested in doing a podcast. What's a podcast?" It took a good six months of working on him to help him realize it would be fun and an amazing extension of our fandom.
We started Trek Geeks in January of 2015 and we still refer to our first episode as "The Hostage Tape" in general conversation. From the time we recorded it to releasing the content was only about ten days.
We release Trek Geeks weekly and it takes about 90 minutes to record each week's episode and another couple of hours to edit.
We record either on a weeknight or on a Sunday morning and I typically edit on Sunday afternoons. Having a day job typically makes this schedule the best option for us and making sure we can get the content out for Tuesday release.
We host on Libsyn and self-fund the podcast. We figure this is part of our fandom and our love of Star Trek and we don't feel right asking other people to pay for that. We have no problem with others crowd-funding or using a patron based service, it's just a choice we didn't want to make for ourselves.
We don't have a sponsor on Trek Geeks, nor has it been a priority for us. We love doing the show and love it as it is right now.
Podcasting has grown our "Trek Family," and we've met so many people who love Trek as much as we do--and people from all over the world. It's been an amazing experience, to be honest.
Our process has changed a lot from Episode 1. Today, we use Zencastr for most recordings, especially since Dan and I are typically in two different locations. We use Zencastr for most guests, but for those who are more comfortable with Skype, we use that assisted by VoiceMeeter to allow us to record the conversation.
Trek Geeks is produced on Windows, with Audacity as the editing tool and the MP3 is generated using iTunes. The goal was to have a quality sounding product without spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on equipment and I think we've achieved that.
Each episode typically has three segments and is prepared using an outline of bullet points that we share via Google Drive. We don't script Trek Geeks at all.
Typically, we've only marketed on social media. We're doing this on our own dime, so we're not purchasing ads. We post episodes in a few groups that make sense on Facebook and we use appropriate hashtags on Twitter and Instagram. We have an amazing core audience that interacts with us and shares our content--something we're extremely grateful to have.
Stop waiting. If you've been thinking of starting a podcast, get off the fence and start recording. It doesn't have to be perfect. Have fun. Your audience will know if you're not, so enjoy the process and enjoy the ride.
Ask other podcasters. I look at podcasting as a community and I try to pay it forward when people ask me questions--because I know I asked these same questions of others. I've advised at least six other podcasts in getting off the ground. Some have succeeded and some have podfaded, but it's been great to see the passion of these other podcasters and helping them has been a joy.
Don't be afraid. In the words of Star Trek, "Boldly Go."