A Quick Bit on Tools and Flock
I am going to try and start getting down on paper things I have learned from podcasting, doing game captures, and streaming. The hardware, software, and services pieces anyway. I can't tell you how to be more entertaining. That's not my bag.
On the topic of podcasting, I figure that most of you will be doing a podcast with other people. There is certainly space for the monologue-podcast; it's a good way to learn how to just riff or vape and keep a line going by talking into empty space without direct feedback. But if you are going to do your podcast with other cast-members, like most do, then you are going to need a way to collaborate and communicate. You'll need virtual space to work out complex problems, pitch ideas, and arbitrate those new concepts in an asymmetric manner.
For the team at E2KG, we are all full-time salaried employees. We work 9-to-5's and frequently over. We have families, house maintenance, cars to repair, yards to mow, and so on. We often have to work things out when there is just no way to wait until late at night to have a phone call. Our solution for a Team Collaboration tool was "Flock". I had used Slack, GroupMe, Ventrilo, Skype, and other team tools and wanted a chance to try something that looked promising but was most importantly, different.
Once everything was set up, team usage was pretty swift (we are a small team of only about 5 people). We draft our podcast agendas in a note which can then be attached to the conversation, and have multiple channels as topics (channels) set, so that the rooms where we collaborate on the agenda are pretty much just about setting the coming schedule and the rundown for the upcoming show.
Adding team members is pretty easy. Just shoot them an invite from within the app. I tend to experiment with lots of different applications, including text editors and note takers. Having the ability to craft Notes inside the app is so much better than doing it in a different pane of glass, although you can do that, too, and bring it into Flock in several ways.
We don't use the in-app audio and video meeting and recording capabilities. After using several tools on many different teams and projects, I've been pretty happy with Flock. Simple to pick up and use, powerful in its persistence and scalability.