I wrote a review after episode 1, giving my take on what we did right and wrong. I’d like to do that again for episode 2.
I’m not sure if these posts will become a permanent tradition of mine, but I’d like to do them for at least the first five episodes. Why five? Almost every source I’ve read agrees it takes about five episodes to get the format and creative voice of a podcast straight. Sure, you need to improve all the time to stay on top of your game, but your first several episodes is when you have to work the hardest to get things right. You can research yourself silly, but some things just come best through trial and error.
Before I dive into my comments on episode 2, I’d like to thank everyone that’s been giving us feedback. Some of the things you guys said just confirmed what we already knew, while some was completely new information to us. Regardless, all of it was important since it’s hard to notice these things from our side of the mic. So please keep the compliments and concerns coming in!
On to the review…
I hoped episode 2 would be a big improvement over episode 1, and without a doubt I got that. We made a few improvements to the sound quality, implemented a new outline for the show, and covered some good material. There’s also broad agreement in our feedback that we have a great mix of personalities, making the show fun to listen to.
Despite these leaps forward, we still have things to fix for episode 3. I think we need to be a little more informational, especially during the review and advice portion of the show. I’d also like for us to balance our perspectives with more positive affirmations. Sure, like most gamers we’re pretty cynical, but let’s talk more about what we like and what works, not just the things that annoy us.
We’re going to kick off episode 3 with a discussion of the feedback we’ve been getting, followed by some tips on character creation. I have the show notes in front of me right now, and this is shaping up to be an awesome episode. I look forward to making it!
One last tidbit before I sign out. A few paragraphs up, I mentioned we have an outline for the show we started using in episode 2. It worked well, so we’ll likely stick to that for many episodes to come. In case you’re wondering, that outline is…
a. introduction of hosts and topics (1 – 2 minutes)
b. thoughts of the day (5 – 10 minutes)
c. product review (5 – 10 minutes)
d. gaming advice (15 – 30 minutes)