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I’ve worked with world-class organizations like the Washington Post and Dell Inc., amazing scrappy startups like Dipsea and Defendify, and I’ve met and worked with truly incredible people like Joan Lunden, David Walton, and Joe Lockhart (to name just a few). I’ve enjoyed, also, speaking on a few small stages, teaching over 1,000 students through my online courses, being a featured instructor on, and consulting with dozens of large brands across the U.S. There is nothing about this life which I haven’t loved. Well, except one thing.

I’m an idea man, and an engineer at heart.

I am happiest when I’m getting people excited about what’s possible, or…

In this week’s free Monday episode of Podcasting Sucks! I talk about whether or not a podcaster should be concerned with ensuring that their RSS feed is submitted “everywhere.” Below is an embed of the episode and my key takeaways.

What “everywhere” means.

The good folks at Buzzsprout give us some insights into what “everywhere” means.

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Let’s start with the most broadly accepted definition: The law of attraction is a philosophy suggesting that positive thoughts bring positive results into a person’s life, while negative thoughts bring negative outcomes.

I’ll admit, to a slight degree, that I agree with what is suggested in that definition. That slightness isn’t related to “positive thinking will result in xyz” but is instead related to something more like “positive thinking is more likely to result in xyz” — and I feel this is an important distinction.

Suggesting positive thinking will result in something is a guarantee, and it is a premise…

Anansi, the spider trickster of West Africa, and later the Caribbean at large, is often depicted as selfish and greedy in addition to being ever-lazy and painfully clever. Anansi is always quick to hatch a plan to swindle another person (or animal) in order to get something for himself. Often, that something is an easy meal, or free labor for a job he doesn’t want to do himself. Most times Anansi is successful, but in rare instances, as may be the case with this story, he is outwitted by a more clever someone. …

Sound is dynamic, unless it’s a droning single sustained note, and that includes your voice. Compression is the process by which you reduce dynamic range and then raise the overall loudness of your audio. The end result is audio which meets emerging loudness standards in the podcasting medium and which ensures your listeners don’t need to fiddle with the volume knob during the listening experience.

What does a Compressor look like?

The can take different forms, and, keeping in mind that we are talking about virtual compressors you run as “plugins” (not physical compressors you mount in a rack), below are some examples.

The native compressor of Presonus Studio One

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Imagine that human beings are nothing more than the unlikely outcome of the events following The Big Bang. All the universe over, our unique brand of sentience exists only on Earth, and we are simply the uncommon outcome of a natural and ancient process.

What would that mean?

The most obvious answer would be that every construct we’ve ever manifested has had no true connection whatsoever to how we came to be — other than the fact those constructs were enabled to exist only as a result of our existing to form them. In this way, we are the gods of a great many…

I don’t care if you’re recording in a dumpster in an NYC alley on New Year’s Eve at three-seconds-to-the-ball-drop — you don’t need a pillow fort to reduce your noise problems (though in that situation, pillows would be appreciated for myriad reasons), you just need good mic technique.

If you want this entire presentation on Mic Technique, click here.

If you can just do that, you’ll increase the Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) and minimize the perceivable noise in your space when you‘re speaking. As far as when you aren’t speaking, that’s what gates and expanders are for.

Your recording space may not be as shitty as you think it is…

It may only be shitty enough to require an improvement in mic technique…

I don’t care what success you’re already seeing. Passing on Facebook Ads is like telling someone you don’t need 50 more listeners because you’ve already got 50.

Podcast growth requires an incredible effort. You already know that.

Organic growth requires a genuine character, regular interaction with fans, constant and meaningful presence on social media, great content, a knack for successfully converting listeners on calls-to-action (like “share this podcast” or “leave a review” or “send us feedback”), and an understanding of SEO fundamentals so as to increase you domain authority and content relevancy to various topics. The list goes on.

And you may already be a total ninja at this stuff 🥷

And so you might already be getting new listeners every month…

The most recent episode of Retold featured a story from colonial New England, dated roughly 1730, and starred a goose… kind of. You may read, or listen to it below.

If you have the time, and if I may, I’d like to introduce you to Nicholas Van Wempel of Flatbush was a short and rather rotund man who, as it happens, is also what we call, “henpecked” — meaning that he’s told by his wife, Vrouw Van Wempel, rather frequently in fact, exactly what to do, how to do it, and by when exactly it must be done.


The podcasting community does not have enough data to answer this question conclusively and, given that the medium is archival in nature, I don’t believe there is one.

One of the most common questions I get from new students, and I mean every single new student, is one you’ve no doubt heard before:

“What day should I release my podcast? What day is the most popular?”

Sometimes this includes “…and at what time?”, but not always.

Here’s the deal: there’s no correct answer to this question for most podcasts.

Even if the “meta landscape” of podcasting determined, tomorrow, that 8am Monday mornings was the best time to release your podcast — it would…

Tanner Campbell

Podcast producer, engineer, teacher, and thought-leader.

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