I upgraded to a better microphone and recorded a second podcast, with music by Voices, Akercocke, Temple of Void, Vallenfyre, Mortad, The Meads of Asphodel, Gevurah, Bolt Thrower, and My Dying Bride. The embedding widget seems to be a little bit wonky, so I'm just going to throw a link on here: http://www.mixcloud.com/wendyshaffer/stumbling-in-the-dark-episode-002/
On the theory that two whole podcasts makes Stumbling in the Dark a going concern, I created Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/StumblingInTheDark
) and Google+ (https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/110198761682549458565/110198761682549458565/posts
) pages for it. I'm starting to get people following and +1'ing the G+ page, although this doesn't seem to actually translate into people listening to the podcast. Social media, how do you work?
However, laying aside the question of whether anyone is listening, the discipline of recording my voice and having to listen to it during edit/playback is good for me. I think I sound more natural/less stilted in Episode 2 than I did in Episode 1. Also, I sound less like I'm speaking from the bottom of a well, but that's just the microphone quality. Also, I'm learning to tame my habit of making little clicking sounds with my tongue against my upper teeth/palate during pauses. I can spot the distinctive shape that makes on the recording waveform, and I can generally edit them out, but it saves work for me if I don't do it in the first place! Once I've thoroughly tamed that habit, I can work on eradicating the "ums".
I also ought to start keeping a blooper reel. Alert listeners may notice that I never say the name of Temple of Void's demo in the final edit, because I deleted a couple of takes where I just couldn't get out "Demo MMXIII" intelligibly.