You know, up until tonight, I had absolutely nothing bad to say about my podcast hosting service Podbean. It’s fairly inexpensive and easy to operate when it comes to my recorded episodes. So far this year, two thousand listeners have successfully downloaded my episodes and enjoyed them with the simple click of a button. Then, I had the bright idea to host a LIVE episode…
For those who don’t know the Butterflies Make Me Angry podcast, we introduce audiences to an indie author every week (mostly horror authors like myself). We read the first chapter to one of their books and leave it up to the listener to decide whether or not they would like to purchase a copy and finish on their own. After all, you can’t judge a book by its cover, but you most certainly can tell where in the hell it’s headed by reading the first chapter. We’re like a public service. We prevent people from reading shitty books. Luckily, everything we read on BMMA is freaking awesome!
Tonight, we decided to trust Podbean’s live stream abilities and read Book of the Dead by Oscar Mendoza. If you don’t know who Mendoza is, check out the episode titled “Born Cursed” on the Netflix television series Haunted. If you watch that show, you know for sure the book version of Oscar’s paranormal experiences would be crazy! Truthfully, it was! Gave me the damn creeps! Twenty something people tuned in to hear it with us…and that’s all who will ever get to listen.
When the live stream finished, none of our audio was in the recorded episode. Pressing play, all we got was Podbean’s shitty theme music they offer and a few crap sound effects. Our voices were completely gone from the track! Now, there’s no hope of uploading an hour long episode onto our Spotify, iTunes, or YouTube channels! So, what’s the solution? Do it all over again? Fuck no! It’s the equivalent of writing a chapter in a novel and then having a hard drive crash! The magic is gone! I know this for a fact because I’ve lost five entire chapters to a novel before and had to rewrite them. It just wasn’t the same. The book never felt right after that and bombed completely.
So, the moral to this story, if you’re planning on hosting a podcast, is to pass on Podbean before they pop you in the pooper dry style. They do exactly what they’re supposed to do with episodes you record and mix on your own, but don’t trust their live stream service unless you plan on never listening to the episode again or sharing it with any other site. I’m sure there are a dozen other services out there who won’t leave you dangling in the wind with shit technology in the year 2020. You’ve been warned!!!
Feel free to listen to my recorded podcast episodes here: https://howlgrowlsnarl.podbean.com/
I promise they sound way better than dead fucking air!
C. Derick Miller is a dark fiction author, Gonzo journalist, freelance A&E journalist, screenwriter, poet, ordained minister, and ASCAP songwriter born in the town of Greenville, Texas. A seasoned paranormal investigator and administrator for the fine art industry, his influences include Hunter S. Thompson, Kevin Smith, Shawn Mullins, and Del James. He is currently signed with Death’s Head Press and is Sr. Writer/Jr. Producer for AtuA Productions. Chad is also an active member of the International Thriller Writers organization, the Horror Writers Association, and co-host of both the “Butterflies Make Me Angry” and “American Justice” podcasts. He resides in the Bishop Arts District of Dallas, Texas and has a price on his head for his short story “Hell Paso” contained in the #1 Amazon Best Selling Death’s Head Press Anthology “And Hell Followed”. He wishes he was making up that last part but…it’s nice to be wanted.