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CastKit 1.0

CastKit started out because on a whim I booked the Apple Podcast Studio at WWDC. I didn’t know what I would talk about, who would be on the show, how it would be hosted or published, or anything about audio editing for that matter. I had a couple friends, and made some new ones, at the conference who I somehow got to agree to spend an hour in a room talking to my about the week, and by the end of the day we had a show!

I put together some rudimentary show art, just my website favicon with a different background color and some radio waves, and a manually written RSS feed, but it was enough to publish before heading out for the evening. I was able to find my new ‘show’/episode in Apple Podcasts a few days later. It was cool. It reminded me of the first time I saw my name in the App Store search results.

Over the next few months I experimented a bit with the format of this new show. I tried a solo show diving deep into an iOS 12 API, I brought on my web dev friend Austin to talk about Apple’s market cap and missed opportunities, and after the September event I brought on my local iOS Dev friends to talk about the new phones and watches. That felt like a good format, so I invited them back a few times. It was fun.

All the while I was learning a lot about podcasting and audio work. I bought a decent mic, then an arm, then an audio interface. I invested in Audio Hijack and Ferrite so I could improve the flow of my pre/post production process. I learned how much easier editing was when I didn’t try to cut every pause, ‘um’, and breath, not to mention how much more natural the result sounded.

I had been (accidentally) been hitting a once a month pace, and that felt good! Not too much work, plenty of time to plan guests and edit a show, and there wasn’t much pressure to speed things up.

Well it’s a new year, and I’m ready to kick things up a notch. In December I asked Bob and Steve to come on as regular co-hosts, and I’m ready to do the thing I didn’t back in June and actually ‘launch’ this show. I spent some time making some new show art, I’m going back and editing out swears so people can listen around their kids and I don’t need to have an explicit tag next to my nice new art, I created a new twitter account, and I’m in the middle of a mini-marketing blitz. It’s a fun oppertunity to get out of my comfort zone and do a little self-publicity for a bit.

So all this to say, thanks for reading my blog, and if you have, thanks for listening to CastKit. It’s really been a labor of love and I’m becoming more and more proud of it, and I hope that it’s something that people, even just one person, can enjoy. I’ve got some fun ideas on where to take the show for the next year, and I hope you come along for the ride! Keep an eye out for new episodes on our new schedule, every 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month.

Promo Image for CastKit with new show art