This episode is a reflective one.

Over the last year I’ve published conversations with 27 women, and I’ve learned a few things about connecting, intentional conversations (I love them!) and DIY podcasting.

So, I thought I’d share. Enjoy!

Resources from this episode:

  • Skype
  • Zoom
  • soundcloud
  • audiojungle
  • ecamm recorder
  • Hindenberg Journalist
  • libsyn
  • Canva

Connecting with Janelle:

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Things I chatted about in this episode:

  • the reason why I created a podcast
  • why it’s a conversational interview style
  • why being selfish when you design a podcast is a very good idea
  • the importance of structure – sticking to my three questions and intro, exit. No varying.
  • why ancient stories (fairytales, myths, folktales, etcetera)?
  • why relationship with your body?
  • why relationship with creativity?
  • what have I learned from having these 27 conversations?


  • intrinsic and extrinsic value to podcasting:
  • helps promote other people and gives them a professional-ish interview they can share on their website, exposure, cross-pollination
  • helps promote my work
  • reminds me of why I do what I do – by having these conversations I’ve been hungry for


  • what do I want to change going into season 2:
  • weekly vs. seasonal publishing, etcetera
  • adding a patreon account
  • adding a couple new elements – I find place and space is important – and, living in a post-colonial world, it’s become important to me to explicitly acknowledging whose traditional lands we are on when we talk about where we are as well as an brief inquiry into interviewee’s traditional lands/languages, if they’re known.


  • producing the podcast, technical details:
  • equipment and software I use (Hindenberg Pro, skype/zoom, ecamm recorder for skype, earbuds with builtin microphone (want to upgrade to a better microphone)
  • tech stuff I’d do differently this time around – libsyn instead of soundcloud
  • creating an intro and outro, picking music for those (audiojungle), writing the intro and outro
  • usefulness of researching how others do it – Being Boss and Nicole Antoinette’s Real Talk Radio are great examples of intros, outros, show notes and more.
  • approximate time it takes to reach out to interviewees, set up the interview, interview, edit, publish, promote
  • how tech savvy do you need to be to do all of this?
  • show notes, promotion and Canva/graphics
  • how perfect does it have to be?
  • How much editing should I be doing?


  • other questions I was asked:
  • “When you began this was it intended to be ongoing or just a simple series of a certain number of episodes”
  • “How or did you prep your interviewees”
  • “I am wondering about resources you used to be succinct. In general I need to work toward brevity, and it seems like in this sort of format it’s a journalistic skill that is necessary to practice.”
  • Interviewing skill + technique and/vs. simply quality of presence + listening: what’s your take on what combination works best?” humbling experience of listening to my own voice and conversational tics… be less hesitant, be ok with being a fast thinker and slow talker, jump in with more certainty in the conversation, also really stay back when someone is on a roll in their storytelling


  • wish list: to bring in enough donations via Patreon to be able to hire people to do transcriptions to make it more accessible
  • to hire someone to do the editing
  • at some point, to have enough $$ to hire folks with the skills to integrate the fairytales into a bit more of an interview storytelling style similar to Lindsay Cameron Wilson’s wonderful The Food Podcast.
  • my personal values – wanting to pay for all creative content, hire others as well as use this as a platform for my own work