What are You Struggling to Put Out into the World?
Do you have a project that you want to get off the ground, but can’t?
Do you know why you are struggling?
What thoughts or excusing are you using to hold you back?
I’ve been asking myself these same questions. Check out this podcast to learn how iteration, curiosity** and a desire to learn and grow have all come together.
Highlights From DavoShow-020
- Reflections on this podcast, the gear I’ve used to make it and how much I love tweaking things and learning.
- This audio recording format helps me get out lots of ideas quickly. Writing, on the other hand, takes me much longer because I still lack the confidence I desire.
What Is The Davo Show?
- Examples from Living Life to the Fullest
- Connecting with Nature and the Outdoors
- Music and Rhythms
- David Bourne’s Short Form Audio Shipped from the Field
- Quick Experiments in Thought and Sound
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[0:14] I stopped to record because I heard a hawk and there’s just something about raptors that really gets me excited.
[0:37] The problem with them is they don’t stick around. Usually, they take off. They’re, going far and fast. So I might not, I might not be able to get the recording that I was looking for.
I’ve been thinking about recordings and you know, it’s pretty amazing what our devices can do.
This is every recording that I’ve made this past week and a half doing this new Davo Show. It’s all pretty much been done on my iPhone, iPhone 14, and I’ve mostly been using this very full featured but basic in some ways too, app called Voice Recorder.
[1:46] And I’m beginning to think that I’d like to record with some other devices. I’ve got tons of great microphones. Tons. I don’t have tons. I have a few great, microphones.
I have tons of like lavalier mics that cost 10 bucks a piece, wired lavalier mics. I’ve got a good wireless mic that I love. It just doesn’t interface all that well with the iPhone.
[2:16] But it’s making me think I want to bring out some of my great mics. I’ve got a great shotgun mic that picks up sound from far away and focuses in on it. So, that would be fun to play with, experiment with, which gets me thinking.
A Way to Experiment
This project has been a great way for me to experiment on many levels and you, You know, it’s been fun to tweak things, even though I’ve got the basics, which is open the recorder app, click the record button.
Save it change the name send it to the all phonic audio processing server Then it’ll send it to my podcast server and then I just make that connection from WordPress.
[3:22] Which only takes a few minutes That’s the basics, but from there I get to build, on top of that So do I use a different mic? Do I use a different recorder? Do I save it in a different way? Do I, Tweak the settings in all phonic. Do I use a different intro or outro?
And yeah, I tend to get distracted by those additions to the core idea, but that’s the fun of it and as long as I’m doing it in a way that is still fun Engaging and making it better or, Not necessarily better, but just trying different things which does make it better because you learn different ways to do things…
Experimenting, you know, there’s no one right way to do anything. They’re just different ways.
I, Wanted to be able to make quick podcasts on my website, So that I could add links and add a transcript, text, anything, or just add nothing.
[4:33] And, you know, it’s just been a really fun way to experiment and get ideas out into the world quickly.
Speaking is Faster then Writing
I don’t have a lot of confidence in my writing ability. I just, I don’t, you know, I’m working on that. I love literature.I was a literature major in undergrad. And I’m working on it.
I know I’m a good writer. I’m getting better at it, but I’m not as fast as I want to be.
So this podcast has been a way that I can get out ideas quickly.
Iteration Speeds Up Change
Now, why do I want to do it quickly? Well, this idea of iteration.
I’ve talked a lot about the change cycle.
You know, I see it so much in nature. We talked about the oak tree the other day and how it sends out hundreds of thousands of acorns over its life, and only one, statistically, only one of those turns into another great big oak tree.
And so that’s like us with our ideas, putting ideas out into the world, iteration.
And so getting things out quickly and on a regular basis and not getting bogged down, that’s really been the beauty of this project for me.
So you, the listener, why would you care about this?
[6:01] Well, I know that a lot of folks struggle with the same problems that I do.
They struggle with this idea of getting ideas out and getting ideas out quickly.
And, you know, maybe you’re like me, where you like to try it and experiment with a lot of different creative practices and different methods of doing things.
And maybe you get distracted like I do.
So my encouragement to you is to focus on the smallest part, get really good at that, focus on that, meaning, like me, it’s for this podcast, hit record, send it to the servers, then hit publish. That’s the essence of it.
I’m hearing the cicada again.
[7:02] I’m walking towards it. I think it’s getting louder. So I have talked about cicadas in two of these recordings.
Now this would be a great example of me tweaking. Like if I had my good shotgun mic and my good recorder I could get that sound and it would be really clear.
[7:28] You know at this point it doesn’t really matter. It’s not like I’m doing a cicada documentary or cicada studies or blah blah. It doesn’t have to be perfect.
I digress. So, why should you care?
I Hope You Are Doing Something You Love
Well, I don’t know. I don’t know what you’re doing, but I, hope you’re doing something that you, that excites you, that gets you out doing things that you love. Like this is getting me out in nature, observing, listening.
Find a project that gets you where you want to be, doing the things you want to do, and sharing your ideas with the world. That’s, you know, that’s It’s really important to me that we do that, that we become who we think we want to be, become the best version of ourselves.
And this practice, this idea of changing by doing things, trying things, testing things, making something new, learning from it, re-evaluating, like, okay, I can do this.
I definitely feel like I can produce a podcast today.
[8:41] And so I’m doing it. Today’s Friday, so I’m gonna send out a newsletter today.
I’m gonna talk about this project.
I’ve got a dog who is telling me something. What’s up, dog?
Oh, they’re making the sounds, what’s that mean?
[9:07] Well, I guess I got to go. The dogs are telling me something’s happening.
So, I’ll wrap it up with this question…
What are you doing? And Want to do?
[9:18] Or let me rephrase it. What do you want to be doing that you’re not doing?
How can you make it simpler? How can you do more iterations of it?
How can you make it so it’s good enough to share? How can you make it good enough to you? How can you look at it so that it’s something you can put out in the world? You know, I’ve struggled for this for years.
I’ll probably always struggle with this, but what I can tell you about this recent project is I’ve found something that works. This method. Go outside, make some nature observations and then tie it in to the creative process, to becoming who you want to be, to enjoying your life and doing the things that you want to do.
That’s all I’m doing here. It’s different every day. It’s rough.
It’s not perfect in any means, but here it is and I’m loving it. So I So I encourage you to do that.
What do you want to do that you’re not doing?
How can you do it more often?
Share it and learn, grow, become who you want to become next, and then move on to the next thing.
[10:41] I’m David Bourne. I hope to see you at DavidBourne.com.