Podcasting entered my life as a content marketing strategy for my novel Love’s Troubadours in 2007. When I held my first online book party for the novel, I used my radio experience as a volunteer calendar reader for WPFW 89.3 FM to develop a podcast series with Gcast, a free mobile software application. My podcasts featured excerpts from the novel, reflections about my writing process, and event notices about book readings and author talks. The more I recorded and posted podcasts, the more connected and engaged I became with my audience.
Through my active participation in Black Author Showcase social networking site, I learned about Talkshoe.com and BlogTalkRadio, web-based radio platforms, and was inspired to create two Talkshoe shows, BAP Living Radio and Go Green Sangha Radio in 2008. That same year, I decided to strengthen my podcasting skills by attending the Podcasting 101 workshop taught by bloggers and podcasters Fanshen Cox and Heidi Durrow, founders of the Mixed Chicks Chat, at the Blogging While Brown Conference. The workshop exposed me to Utterli, a mobile micro-blogging tool I began using to post weekly audio blogs about my creative adventures as an artist and author. I also used Utterli to live blog and conduct interviews with social media leaders and tech professionals at events. In 2009, I began using BlogTalkRadio and Cinchcast, a micro-blogging tool, to host author chats and promote my books. In addition, I launched Digital Sisterhood Radio on Talkshoe. Currently, I use SoundCloud, Talkshoe, and VoiceBo as my podcasting platforms.
My Current Podcast Series
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