This series is all about showcasing Libsyn podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!
Q & A with Dustin Hartzler from Your Website Engineer
When did you start podcasting?
I started my podcast journey in December 2010
Why did you start podcasting?
I’ve always enjoyed getting behind a microphone and when I was in college I was a DJ / Sports Broadcaster.
I had a ton of fun sharing with others over the airwaves and didn’t think much about it after I graduated.
When I graduated, I started my full-time job as an engineer with an hour long commute. A friend introduced me to the wonderful world of podcasting and I was hooked.
I listened to podcasts to and from work. Eventually when Apple introduced the 2x feature to listen to shows in double speed, I was hooked!
I was consuming 4 hours worth of content a day.
While I was listening to such great content, I kept thinking to myself, what could I podcast about?
Three years went by and I finally figured out my niche: WordPress.
What’s your show about?
I share WordPress news, resources to use to get ideas for websites, answer listener’s questions and discuss WordPress related topics.
I bring on developers or plugin creators to talk about how their service will help other WordPress website owners.
I’m a WordPress developer and that majority of my project leads come from my podcast.
Even though each week I give away free information and advice, plus how to implement things, a lot of people don’t want to deal with the technical aspects and hire me to do it for them.
What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.
I didn’t start with all of the equipment I have now. When I started in December 2010, I had a MacBook Pro, a small mixer (Behringer 802 Mixer) and a Shure SM58 microphone and recorded directly into Garageband.
Slowly, I’ve upgraded my equipment and today’s set up is a MacBook Pro Retina, a Mackie 1402-VLZ mixer, an Edirol digital recorder, a Heil PR40 microphone.
The software I use is:
- Adobe Audition (editing files)
- Soundboard (cueing up audio clips)
- ID3 Tag Editor (tagging each episode with appropriate album art, etc)
- Mou (Markdown Editor to write show notes)
- WorkFlowy (online service where I compile the outline for my show)
- Acorn (editing images for show notes page)
- WordPress (of course my website is running on WordPress)
How have you promoted your podcast?
I’ve promoted my show by being guests on other people’s show. I’m a great guest on podcasting shows and small business shows because WordPress is a perfect platform for those two markets.
I also have my show listed on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, and a whole handful of smaller podcast aggregators.
Additionally, I try to meet people at local events and talk about my podcast.
I speak at local WordPress meet-ups and traveled to New Media Expo to talk to others about blogging / podcasting / websites.
What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?
I wish I would have started earlier and didn’t wait until I had everything figured out.
Even if I would have started a podcast about WordPress when I first found out about WordPress, I’d have two more years of experience under my belt and I feel that I would be a better developer than I am now.
Having said that, I’m extremely grateful that I started when I did as now my show is consistently the top ranked WordPress shows on iTunes!
If you have a WordPress website or are even interested in creating one for yourself, subscribing to Dustin’s podcast is an absolute must. Have podcasting questions or even WordPress questions, feel free to connect with Dustin by following @DustinHartzler or sending him some feedback to Dustin(at)YourWebsiteEngineer(dot)com.