What is your username on ykyz? My username on ykyz is SmartMoney.
What do your friends and family call you? I prefer to go by Becky.
Where are you from? I am originally from the Pennsylvania Area. However, I now call Nebraska my home.
Do you have an occupation outside of microcasting? I do. It’s one of the hardest jobs there is. A stay at home mom!
What got you into microcast on ykyz? It’s a quick alternative to blogging, and you get to actually interact with people.
What does your microcast focus on most? I try to focus on saving money and spending it smart. It’s been a passion of mine for quite some time, especially after I got married and we wanted to buy a house.
Do you have any kind of creative process for your episodes? It depends. Sometimes the topics come easily, other times I really have to think. I try to stay relevant and address topics like investing as well as tips to save money in small ways.
Do you use scripts when recording episodes? For me, it’s a must. It’s nice to have a transcribed copy in case I ever want to use these notes, and if I talk “freestyle” I say “um” way too much.
Any other facts you want us to know about? Well sure! I like fries, my favorite color is blue, I can play the clarinet, and I spend way to much time watching clips of Brooklyn Nine-Nine on YouTube. That’s me in a nutshell.
THIRD PRIZE: 116. Pilsners for Boris The Blade – A Brewtiful Mind by A Brewtiful Mind In this packed episode, Micah takes us on a quick tour of the world of pilsners, from their home in the Czech Republic to their new world versions. For my own part, I’d highly recommend heading to Prague, finding a patio, and sipping a punch-bowl sized glass of the local favorite, Pilsner Urquell. You’ll never want to drink beer in a can again.
SECOND PRIZE: 26. Swear Words by Hilarious History Hannah hits her stride with a SFW episode about NSFW language. In this episode we learn how Saxon words became vulgarities with the help of the Anglos. Hannah leaves us with the polite admonition, “Thank you for listening, and don’t get conquered”, which seems like the perfect advice for this moment we are in.
FIRST PRIZE: 200. Air Signs As Jazz Music by Astrocast By Diz This was a tough one to pick. Not because we wondered who to give the top prize to, but had a hard time picking which episode from Diz deserved it most. In the end, we’re choosing her intriguing 200th cast, wherein Diz connects the astrological Air Signs with jazz, giving a surprisingly rich introduction to both in under 75 seconds. We also highly recommend you have a listen to her episode 203. Story Time: Bia. Come for the story of Prometheus, stay for the perfectly timed sound samples.
We had lots of great microcast episodes this past week! But before we get to the winners, I want to highlight a few non-microcast Bleats. The most interesting conversation starter of the week was Amandalotta’s “iPhone for littles?” which drew lots of strong opinions about kids owning expensive cellphones. Feel free to check it out for yourself.
Special mention also goes to ThatOneGirl for her 4-bleat series on “The Demon Midwife”, a fascinating story that just missed the deadline for last week’s Cast contest.
Runner’s up for CotW:
Ep.4 Life Bites – Story Idea by Life Bites Podcast Conner presents an interesting dilemma, Do you wake up a sleeper only to tell them that the world is about to end?
EP4 Travel Skincare by Brown Skin Pearls Clare provides practical, specific advice about skincare and travel. Solid, informative, interesting.
Ep. 19 YouTube by IAmMillennial IAmMillennial swears he doesn’t fall down YouTube rabbit holes, then takes us down his most recent YouTube rabbit hole, babies sneezing. Who knew that was a thing?
EP35.Homeschool vs Public School by ILoveEveryone ILoveEveryone presents a single strong, well researched argument related to equity and state funding of public school, vs the lack of support for home school students.
Ep29 Music and Peace by Music and Peace Addie gives an impassioned, yet calm and thoughtful meditation on gatekeeping in music. Perfectly scripted and well recorded, Addie’s plea for opening up the musical garden to all those who want to admire it, is worth listening to at least twice.
Some final thoughts this week about the microcast. Some of you are beginning to get the hang of the format, and to dominate it. As you go about producing your episodes, keep in mind the distinction between microcast episodes and Bleats generally. General Bleats are about conversation. Microcast episodes present information and perspective. They may ask for feedback, but they aren’t just topic starters to kick off a conversation. Note in particular how The Broken Down Starship’s outstanding “Biggest Disappointment” episode introduces a topic, then does much more by going into details about the topic generally, and outlining a specific case of disappointment with well-thought-out context.