Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Journal of Curious Things....The Podcast!


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I've had a secret ambition now for a while.  And today, I bring it to fruition.  I've made a podcast!  I've never made one before, both my audio and technical skills are lacking and I now know more about FTP than I ever wanted to.  (No, I'm not really sure what it is either).  But I've done it!  I made a podcast!  And I really enjoyed it!

The content is very similar to this blog: scrapping, crafty goodness, storytelling and the odd cup of tea.  I'd love it if you'd give it a listen: I reckoned it was about time there was another Scrapbooking podcast, especially one on this side of the pond.  Please go easy on me, but do take a listen, as I feel I could turn this into a regular series.  If it works.  It may not :D  Consider this my introductory episode and there may be more, better structured things to follow.

This is what I have learned how to do as part of New Skill Saturday.  If you want to know more about that, check out the link to Shimelle's class below.  But I'm very grateful for the inspiration and the metaphorical kick up the bottom.


Show Notes

This is the first of the two pages I discussed (can you discuss with yourself?)  Anyway, more info here.


And here is the second hexagon page which you can read about here.


Cavallini and Co: Lovely stamps in a pretty tin.

Learn Something New Every Day: A lovely class from Shimelle.com

A Playful Day: A delightfully playful podcast of all things knitting and lovely


I would hugely appreciate any feedback, so do leave a comment here, or send me an email to journalofcuriousthings at gmail dot com.  And if you feel like sharing my efforts, I would love that even more - the more opinions the merrier and if I'm honest, I quite want to make another one!

Miss Smith, over and out
Kisses xxx

P.S. I'm working on getting the podcast into iTunes but I'm terribly confused and it might take a while.  I'll have a biscuit first, and then worry about it. -ETA: Now you can find it in the iTunes Store!  Just search for 'Journal of Curious Things' and you can download it for free!

P.P.S. Massive thank yous if you made it this far :D

33 comments:

  1. Wow, what an exciting project :) I've listened to the first part but will return to listen to the rest - my computer can't cope with a long podcast in one go 'cos it's a bit rubbish, and I can't manage it anyway 'cos I'm frantically busy!! So, I love what I've heard, and it's fascinating to hear your voice - sort of a bit like I thought you'd sound but not quite really?! (You sound a bit more posh than I thought!!) You sound very 'you', if you know what I mean... I'll comment more when I've listened to the whole thing :)

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  2. LOL - not sure which is funnier - Mel's comment or 'since I'm used to talking to myself anyway'. BTW I assume you haven't met Mel and she sounds posher than I expected too!

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  3. I loved your first podcast and look forward to hearing more. I hope you do make another. It would be great if you could get it on itunes, then I could listen on my phone anywhere. How cool. I'm very impressed, what an excellent new skill to learn!

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  4. Well done on learning something new! Love the podcast and would like more please? It was my before bed listening with a cuppa and it was very relaxing. Fingers crossed you crack ITunes.

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    1. iTunes officially cracked. More on the way.

      Thanks so much for your lovely comments :D

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  5. Very nice. It was quite enjoyable listening to you and your lovely accent. Looking forward to hearing more. Oh by the way, I absolutely love your hexagon page with the blue background!

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    1. Thanks for your comments. I'm glad you like the page and I... almost like the hexagons. I just don't think they're for me at the end of the day. Never mind; it's always good to have a rant about them on the internet!

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  6. I loved listening to you, it was very clear and well presented. I look forward to hearing more and agree with you about The Proms!!

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    1. Love the proms! Thanks for your feeedback, it's good to know that it comes across OK.

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  7. I am currently listening to this! Lovely to hear you again - brings back memories of when we were at the Gogo Getaway drinking all of the tea, haha! Congrats with this Kirsty!

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  8. PS I'd love to contribute if you are looking to have any guests by the way!

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    1. Good times! And you can certainly be my first guest, as long as your patient through what I'm sure will be many, many technical difficulties :D Get in touch and we'll sort something out!

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  9. fantastic layouts. love your style

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  10. I enjoyed listening to your podcast. Thanks!

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  11. i need to invest in some headphones!!

    I've started to listen and got asked so many questions by my three.....mum who's that.....mum why you listening to someone talking about scrapbooking.....mum do you know her.....mum can you help me with my maths homework, funny enough!! think i best wait until i have some peace and remember to put those headphones on my wish list.

    Great idea though and fantastic layouts x

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    1. Lol, headphones sound like a must-have! Thanks for listening and sharing your thoughts (and good luck with the maths homework!)

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  12. I enjoyed listening, though my husband also wanted to know what it was about and what you were saying! Well done on your first podcast - I look forward to the next.

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  13. Oh wow, this is great. I too have been looking for podcasts and I also realised that I could make one. I dismissed it almost immediately, but gosh i'm glad you didn't and that Shimelle got you going on it. I think you have bags of potential here and I would happily subscribe. You have a nice (quite posh lol) voice and would enjoy listening to you at bedtime, which would make a change from the book at bedtime on r4. A massive well done.

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    1. Thanks for this - there can never be too many podcasts! Me and my (quite posh) voice are going to give it another go. Quite enjoyed it!

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  14. Really enjoyed the podcast, it was really good. Looking forward to hearing the next one.

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    1. Thankyou! Hope not to disappoint -there'll be another one this week :D

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  15. I loved it......I listened during my PPA this aft and it really chilled me out after a mental week. So if I could have a new one for next Friday ;-) xxx

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    1. Maybe for this coming Friday :D Thanks for this - and I totally listen to podcasts during marking time. Glad to hear I'm not the only one!

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  16. Hexagons: personally, I love your layouts :)

    Black inkpads: I have several but mainly reach for the Archiver's one, so I guess that's the one I'd recommend.

    LSNED: Totally, totally agree :)

    Audio: sound quality was really good and clear.

    Generally: (i) The Tomboy has been helpless with giggles several times during this podcast... (ii) definitely not for the 'fail' list (iii) particularly love your thoughts on constructing layouts (but I wouldn't want you to lose any of the other stuff!)

    Tiny suggestion: I did love the whole thing, but sure enough my laptop shut itself down part-way through. Would it be possible to have the segments available separately please? So each one is a max of 10 mins? When I re-loaded up the naughty laptop I found it quite tricky to find my place again! And I often don't have a 30+ minute time slot available but can find several 10 minute time slots OK... But that would be my only negative, and it's not really a negative, only a possible way to make it even better :)

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    1. Ooh, I've never heard of Archivers. I'll look out for it.

      Thank you so much for the detail here - it's hard to work out what works myself.

      Response to Tiny Suggestion: I don't know how to upload in pieces. But as it's now available in iTunes, you can download the file and listen to it on your computer instead of the internet. No live streaming, you can pause when you like and the naughty laptop should remember where you are. It's a compromise, I suppose.

      Thanks for your thoughts Mel - it really helped!

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  17. Really excited to see (hear?) a new scrapbooking podcast, I love Paperclipping too. Loved to hear you talk about your layouts and products. It was very clear and the perfect length.
    Please do more!

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    1. Thanks very much for letting me know. Glad you enjoyed it - and Paperclipping rules :D

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  18. Yay, I am so glad you made a podcast! Your blog is immensely enjoyable and it was delightful to hear the voice behind the posts. :) The audio quality was brilliant; no complaints whatsoever. I enjoyed the subject matter (although I am a fan of the humble hexagon) and I'm thrilled that you're being a pioneer in British scrapbooking podcasts. I may be based in the US but I'm a born-and-bred Londoner still clinging to my accent on the other side of the Pond from my origins. Keep 'em coming, Miss Smith!

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    1. I'll try! Thank you so much for your comments, and I'm glad the sound was OK. My recording equipment is definitely not very sophisicated.

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    2. And nor is my spelling of 'sophisticated'

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  19. Fun to hear a UK based podcast. Have to confess, except for a few scattered on cards or cushions occasionally... I'm not a fan of hexagons either - nice to hear your voice. Look forward to meeting you in March. :)

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  20. I discovered you through Shimelle, and I am really glad I did. I am also a teacher (in my PGCE year at the moment)I live in London too, but south and I am around the same age as you (currently 25). Well done for your podcast, it is true that we don't have much of them UK based !!

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  21. Just found your podcasts and have listened to your first one. Now can't wait to listen to the rest! Why have I not seen your blog before?! Love your posts, layouts and your ideas for journalling cards etc. will definitely be adding your blog to my reader :-)

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