The Mistakes I Make in Producing “My Favorite Mistake”
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I make a lot of mistakes. Maybe that's one reason why I started a podcast called “My Favorite Mistake。”
Changes (or attempts at improvements) sometimes lead to mistakes.
There is actuallyan origin story to that quote。
是的 - 如果它没有破坏，请修复它。我想认为我的错误很好地处理......是成功之路的一部分。或许我只是邋and和错误的易怒。
Improve What's Not Broken
But to those of us who are continuous improvement practitioners, we are driven to improve things that aren't “broken.” Things can always be better — but is it worth the effort?
For a few years now, I've been using Zoom to record podcasts with guests. Using Zoom was, to me, an improvement over Skype — and this was before Zoom was ubiquitous.
I've started releasing more podcasts in video form在YouTube上。I think that's an improvement, since some prefer watching (or even just listening) via YouTube. But, some people don't think watching talking heads adds much or any value. But, it's not difficult or time consuming for me, so I release them there.
Zoom works well for meetings, but there are a few issues when it comes to recording a podcast:
- The sound gets compressed as it's streamed to my computer for recording, sometimes with bad affects (if there are internet speed issues)
- If one of us is talking and the other laughs, sometimes one side of the sound (usually the laughter) doesn't really get picked up well in the Zoom recording (and this seemed true when recording two separate tracks)
Zoom has some background noise cancelation features that solve some problems and create others. I've seen, in the video, a guest lean back and laugh (a natural thing to do) and the sound cuts out because Zoom perceives that as background noise.
我确实尝试了一些Zoom高级音频设置，他们称为“original sound” (without the processing and noise cancelation, etc.).
但是,我开始研究其他平台re designed specifically for podcasting.
As with many changes, there are pros and cons with Riverside:
|基于Web的||Only works in the Chrome browser|
|No account required for guests||Have to warn guest to not immediately close the browser when done recording.|
|Better sound and video quality||每个人都知道在这一点上如何使用缩放，因此新系统可能是可怕的|
Many of the cons can be addressed, such as using Zoom still for guests who can't use or don't want to use Riverside.
Changes Lead to Mistakes?
When I first started using Riverside, I changed some of my workflows to send out the Riverside link to guests instead of the Zoom link.
Thankfully, she called me and I figured out my mistake and we were able to record the episode.
People are usually pretty gracious when you admit a mistake, and that was true with my guest there.
One other mistake, that affects listeners more, is that the first two times I recorded with Riverside, I mistakenly was using myApple AirPods Pro作为麦克风when I was intended to use them just as the扬声器。The Bluetooth-based connection of the AirPods is not as good as我正常的USB有线麦克风。
So, in the与Krista Hughes的集that I released last Friday, her audio quality is really good — mine, not so much.
我一直using Anchor.fmto host some podcasts, including My Favorite Mistake for about two years now.
I often upload the audio a few days (or up to a week) before an episode is released.
When I do the initial upload, I often just have a placeholder title and description. Once I write the show notes, I put that into Anchor, which includes setting the real title.
My workflow includes clicking “Save as draft” or “Update saved draft.” But, that button is very close to the “Publish now” button.
I was mortified and a little panicked to see this (look for the My Favorite Mistake logo):
题为“亚当劳伦斯草案41”的一集 - 哦不！
The audio was fine… but the title was wrong and there was really no description. I don't think the episode flowed through to everybody's podcast apps. My wife subscribes and listens and she didn't get the episode, because I went back into Anchor and clicked “Revert to draft.” Thankfully, I didn't click “Update episode.”
These are minor mistakes. No harm was done. It's OK to admit making mistakes.
Here is the real, fully-released插曲with Adam (it was recorded with Zoom, by the way).
As my guest from Episode #40, Krista Hughes, said… if you don't think you make mistakes, then “oh gosh, bless. your heart.” :-)
Covid Vaccination Process Improvement
Shout out to “The Lens” (from Catalysis) by the way, and这种关于Covid疫苗接种过程改善塞勒姆健康的优秀剧集。That's the episode I listened to.
If you're doing process improvement work related to Covid vaccination, you might want to check out this免费协作平台that I've helped launch:
I'll probably write more about this tomorrow…
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