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WordPress Photography Podcast – BTS – Episodes 1 and 2

January 6, 2016
Rachel Avery Conley

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I love podcasts. I really like the accessibility and portability of them. I love how easy it is to pull one up on my phone and listen to exactly what I want, when I want, wherever I am. I’ve wanted to participate in one for a long time, but Fotoskribe has kept me busy creating blog content. :-)

So when Scott Wyden Kivowitz from Imagely reached out several weeks ago to talk about his idea for a WordPress for Photographers podcast, I sort of snuck my way in and said, “Do you need that friendly female geek perspective? I’d be happy to do that.” Because talking about WordPress and Photography is my favorite thing to do. And the new WordPress Photography Podcast was born, with Scott as the host and me as his co-host.

Then, a few days after episodes 1-4 were released publicly on iTunes, the podcast was featured as “New & Notable” in the visual arts category. Since we are generating some interest from people beyond our collective circle of friends and colleagues, I wanted to share some Behind-the-Scenes (or BTS) perspective here on the blog. I truly believe podcasts are the a big part of the content marketing in the future, and I’m just so excited to be a part of it now.

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The first episode was a conversation between Scott and I, with no guest. Although I was nervous at first, I thought it worked really well. We hit our stride a few moments in, and the talk just flowed. You can tell we both care about WordPress and helping photographers, and I think that’s the main message that resonates throughout. I was really happy with how we both were able to share a lot of tools for photographers, and sort of break down some of the WordPress speak, like WordCamps and WordPress.com versus WordPress.org.

It’s definitely hard to listen to yourself on a recording, because you hear those things that the audience catches, but you may not register the first time around. I know personally I’m not very good scripted. In the first couple sentences, we were reading a script, and I stumbled on the words and remember thinking, “What is wrong? You know how to speak!” Then, fortunately, the podcast gained momentum as it came off script and really became a conversation.

After the discussion with Scott for episode 1, I was so looking forward to episode 2 with our first guest Christine Tremoulet, and it did not disappoint. Christine has some remarkable business and blog insight, and I feel like I learn something every time I speak with her, but I was most excited to hear the  story of how she named WordPress. (Yes, really) You’ll have to listen for the full story, but it was fascinating to hear about Matt Mullenweg at the inception of WordPress.

(Matt Mullenweg is the founder of WordPress and CEO of Automattic. My favorite interview with him is this Tim Ferris Podcast Episode.)

I also really enjoyed the conversation with Christine about the pros & cons of WordPress vs. Squarespace. Now, I love WordPress (obvi) but I wholeheartedly agree with Christine that there is a need for an easy-to-use, beautifully designed site that has a blog attached, and I think Squarespace fills that void. Thank you, Christine, for a phenomenal discussion, and for being our first guest!

I also have to thank Scott, for envisioning the podcast, and for doing all the setup work, and for being an awesome co-host! We have now recorded episodes 1-6, with 1-4 being live. My next BTS will catch up on episodes 3 & 4 (with some of my favorite photography people – Tamara Lackey & Jared Bauman), then hopefully have a BTS post for each podcast as they are released.

Please feel free to leave any feedback or comments on things you would like to hear. We really want to adapt the podcast based on what questions you may have.