Welcome everyone I want to introduce you to my new podcast called “The AudioCast” I am excited to be launching this new format. I have dabbled in podcasts a bit here and there. But in the past several years podcasts have only grown in reach and popularity. It seems that podcasts are the new blog. I hesitated to get into the podcast space because there were so many podcasts already.
I have to admit I’m not a huge podcast listener. I am more of an audiobook listener, but my wife and I were talking about me potentially doing a podcast, and together we touched on something that I found interesting. I always want to try and do things that have never been done before sometimes, that’s a good thing, and other times it doesn’t work out so well. This is one of those things. It may be good it may not. But I definitely think it will be different.
My wife thought that since I love audiobooks so much. What if I turned my blog into an audiobook in the form of a podcast. That idea intrigued me. I liked it because it seems unique. I liked it because I still prefer blogging, but know that so many people don’t read blogs but do listen to podcasts.
So what would this look like?
Each podcast episode would be anywhere from 5-15 minutes depending on the length of the post. I would then add some additional comments that I had when I was working on my blog post and may mix in a few surprises from time to time.
So there you go—the birth of The AudioCast (half audiobook half podcast). I hope you find it helpful.
I love listening to podcasts. The problem I had with listening to lots of podcasts is the workflow of how Apple sets up podcasts is very cumbersome to say the least. Lots of time in iTunes which is what they want ultimately so you buy more music, books and videos. I listen to 3-6 hours of podcasts a week in the summer that could spike to 10+ so finding a better solution than iTunes.
I found two apps that would do the job. Downcast and instacast are the two biggest apps out there that provide full podcast functionality. Both were great here is why I chose Downcast.
You have the choice to download, stream live or mark for later.
You can subscribe to whatever podcasts you want directly from your phone.
It remembers where you left off in the podcast you are listening to like an audio book
You can create separate playlists.
The customization features are fantastic.
Because you can stream the content it frees up space on your phone for other things.
You can share the podcast you are listening to via email, twitter, facebook, evernote and many more.
If you regularly listen to podcasts say 2 or more a week you really need to look into downcast. I love it.
Here is a full list of current features.
+ Search, subscribe to and download audio and video podcasts of any size
+ Video and audio AirPlay support
+ Manually subscribe to podcasts via URL
+ Sync podcast subscriptions, playlists, settings and episode information via iCloud
+ Download podcasts automatically (including resuming downloads)
+ Continue podcast downloads in background (per iOS restrictions)
+ Browse and download older podcast episodes
+ Auto-update podcasts
+ Settings for auto-download and episode retention (globally and per-podcast)
+ Import podcast feeds via OMPL
+ Export podcasts and OPML files to your computer and other 3rd party apps
+ Support for password-protected feeds
+ Play audio in the background (for supported devices)
+ .5x, 1x, 1.25, 1.5x, 1.75x, 2x, 2.5x, 2.75x and 3x speed playback
+ Chapters support for enhanced podcasts
+ Stream episodes without downloading
+ Control audio with Bluetooth or other headphone remote controls
+ Create and edit “smart” playlists
+ View podcast details and episode show notes
+ View embedded images in podcast episodes
+ Rename podcasts with long or unwieldy names
+ Gesture support
+ Integrated help
+ Sleep timer
Many of you know how much I respect Andy Stanley. I love how he speaks practical truth to people far from God. How he creates environments that people are attracted to once they are there he shares biblical truth with them.
Another leader I have been listening to a lot lately is Dr. Timothy Keller. To say he is brilliant is an understatement. What I love most about Keller is how he preaches the Gospel in a simple yet very intelectual way. He is one of the best distillers of the Gospel I have ever heard. If you don’t know who Keller is do yourself a favor get one of his books download a podcast. His grasp of the gospel is gripping. I can not say enough about Dr. Keller.
Here is one of my favorite video clips of Keller
I had a short lived idea to do a video podcast that I called TakeTen. It would TakeTen minutes to make and TakeTen minutes to listen to it. My idea was to interview different people in kidmin for ten minutes and release it as a podcast unedited and uncensored. The video aspect didn’t work so well so I thought I would turn the idea into a podcast.
In this episode I had a great conversation with Jared Massey who is the associate pastor at Warsaw Assembly of God. Jared went to school and received a degree in Children’s and Family ministry from North Central University in Minneapolis, MN. In addition to working as the children’s pastor at his church he also oversees music, and youth. Jared has recently started blogging and does a great job talking about what ministry looks like in a small church, he also is bi-vocational meaning he works a secular job fulltime and works ministry full time. Bi-vocational ministry is no easy task I grew up in a how where my dad was a pastor but also worked fulltime in a secular job. Jared shares some great insights in this episode of TakeTen that will help you be more effective of a leader no matter what size church you are in.