🏆 Milestone #51 ·
It took a bit of planning, and a couple of late nights planning things out - and today we've got the first-ever Makerlog Todcast going live on Twitter. Huzzah!
When this idea first germinated and took shape, I had to make a decision on how much time I could spend on it. Which worked out to about an hour or so a day - not much time at all, so I knew I had to be super structured on the workflow.
After some research on Reddit, and armed with a general idea of what a typical podcast production process looked like (for shows involving guests), I broke it up into bite-sized chunks:
Day 1 Research, research, research. Learn as much as I can about the guest, the product(s) they're making and other fascinating bits of info about them or their work. Twitter's a great resource, checking out their tasks on Makerlog and just browsing about their websites to learn.
Day 2 Based on research done on Day 1, build a list of questions that you'd want to ask the guest. By this point, the material compiled should have generated a ton of questions that I was keen to know about and to learn from the guest.
Tip: I tried to stay away from "cliche" questions, and tried to make them as open-ended as possible. This avoids boxing the guests in, and will be flexible enough to generate other side conversations as well. This is important, since Makerlog Todcast is happening on Twitter - and we wnat to try and create as many conversations around the guests' answers as possible.
Day 3 A bit more of gruntwork: today's about compiling all the assets needed in the Todcast invitation video. Stuff like the guest's profile pic, product logos etc. Today's also the day we assemble slates that will be used in the video - mainly the opening title screen.
For the Makerlog Todcast, I challenged myself to do it all on my mobile phone! Weapon of choice: Canva!
Day 4 The most nerve-wracking day: recording the invite video! This is where the output from days 1-3 come together. A basic script is assembled, using a simple structure:
Assembling the video was done on mobile, using the GoPro Splice app. It's an awesome piece of software.
Day 5 Episode launch day! Correction: Day 5 is the most nerve-wracking, because you don't really know if the chosen guest will actually participate! It's like a shot in the dark... but since this is done by the community for the community, I'm pretty sure guests are more than happy to participate.
The invite video is posted at 2100 GMT+0800 (0800 EST), since I'm based in Kuala Lumpur :)
Days 6-7 Buffer days, so we can spread out the question-and-answer session over a couple of days and not burden the guest too much. Everyone's busy making and shipping, so best to make this as unobtrusive as possible!
What went well
What could have been better
Well, with Episode 1 done, it's time to start thinking about a couple of things:
As always: onwards and upwards! Faiz