PiercingMetal & Social Networking: Blog Talk Radio

Blog Talk Radio: Much like the fact of how blogs seemed to make everyone in the world a writer, and Model Mayhem made everyone who submitted photos a “model”, BTR in some sense has made anyone who has the grit to do it, an Internet Radio show host. The premise is actually pretty cool in my humble opinion because conventional radio is practically a dead medium at this point and not everyone feels like doling out the bucks to have a Satellite system. In contrast to this, at the end of the day almost everyone in the world DOES have an Internet connection at their home, office and some even carry it around on their mobile devices whether it be a Smart Phone or Ipad or Netbook. That makes the potential to have some interesting stuff a very high number. As a fan and supporter of the Heavy Metal and Hard Rock music scene, I made sure to become “a fan” of shows like the “Heavy Metal Mayhem Show” which is hosted by Mike Catricola. It’s an enjoyable two hours and Mike does not put on airs as being “the one resource for all things” and is instead a regular Joe who is trying to support a genre he strongly believes in. That’s never a bad thing. The service seems easy to use and you only appear to need your Internet connection and a regular telephone. From there you set up the schedule and begin hosting the show.

At the suggestion of some media associates who realize that I often have a lot “to say” by maintaining an online reviews website, I have created an account on Blog Talk Radio for PiercingMetal.com but it has yet to be used to any extent. People who wish to be made aware of when it finally goes into production can find me by clicking the logo above as that will take you over to my account. I think you need to sign up as well to “subscribe”. It does seem like fun, but once again the issue of what can be broadcast over these waves comes into question (much like what is “permissible” in YouTube land). Add to this the amount of time to be a regular host for such a program. Although I admit it would be great to be able to showcase a number of the amazing bands that I listen to each day as a Music Journalist.

If you want to learn more about the actual company and service as a whole, you can read their Wikipedia entry HERE.

2 thoughts on “PiercingMetal & Social Networking: Blog Talk Radio”

  1. I can’t endorse blogtalkradio enough when it comes to podcasting sites. And, I don’t just say that having been to the HQ to test some new programs. It’s easy to use, lots of social networking capabilities, it’s free for a basic account of a daily 30 minute show, seemingly no limit on storage. BUT, as someone who does two regular shows of growing popularity with a few hundred listeners a month(and have a defunct third that lost listeners) – it’s a lot of work. I mean, really really really a lot of work. Anyone can do a podcast but if you want to do something good it takes prep time and organization. I listen to numerous shows and the one that have lasted more than a year with growing fanbases and regular episodes, well, of the hosts I’ve talked to they all put a lot of energy into what they do.

    As for my own success. Unbelievable. I wrote a blog for about 6 months that had a few hundred views a month if that much. Today it’s around 6000 a month. Adding a blogtalkradio show caused an immediate boost in readers as they were bouncing from one thing to another, let alone I get a lot of submissions from bands that cite both media outlets. It took a few months before the show was getting a fair share of listeners beyond a handful of friends but when it did I also noticed a spike on my blog.

    Also, adding the show to itunes made a tremendous difference. Not just do all the episodes get listened to regularly (versus just the latest ones) but itunes reached beyond my circle of friends/acquaintances. I’ve since gained listeners in Canada and England (and maybe other countries, but I don’t know) because of that.

    As for the defunct show that last about 6 months before I found it was too much work for too few people (while the other shows were gaining or stable), in a last ditch effort to see if I could do anything with it I started filming myself recording the shows and putting up excerpts on youtube (so you still had to listen to get the full show). As long as one knows how to tag youtube videos you’ll be alright. In one month I got 5000 youtube views. While the podcast went from around 300 views to 800 the next month (the same month the youtube videos went up). Unbelieveable! But, I’d already made the decision to end it as I wasn’t happy with the format either.

    Again, blogtalkradio has become almost as valuable as facebook in sharing my work. It’s definetly become the primary outlet. But, with a bi-monthly show and a weekly show (at one point I was doing 3 shows a week) I’ll again repeat that it’s no small effort. And, I pay for a premium account to do longer shows which puts me back a few hundred dollars annually.

  2. Aaron And Ken You Guy’s Pretty much covered the BTR Thing. It’s Simple and Easy To Use And Allows Anyone And Everyone To Have A Voice. From The Original Live Broadcast, To The Podcast Created After The Show. The Program Is Available For Listening Anytime. Show’s Are Achived And Can Be Added To The I Tunes Store After Broadcasting. My Show Started With A Handful Of Friends Listening In 2008 And Has Grown To Over 10,000 Plus Listeners A week In Three Y With A Heavy Accent.ear’s. Not Bad For A Kid From Brooklyn

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