The Independent Creator

Josh Bailey

Exploring the world of alternative platforms and services for the independent creator. We take on the mission to find those nuggets of information many of us look for as we journey on our path to being truly independent creators.

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AI and Content Creation - Embracing the Future
Mar 20 2024
AI and Content Creation - Embracing the Future
Welcome to the Independent Creator Podcast. In this episode, Josh dives into a topic that's been on everyone's lips: Artificial Intelligence (AI). He demystifies AI, explaining how it can be an asset rather than a threat to our jobs, especially for content creators.Key Points Discussed:Understanding AI: Josh breaks down what AI is and its relevance in today's digital landscape.AI in Video Editing: Tools like Descript are highlighted for their ability to streamline video editing, making it as easy as editing a text document.AI in Live Streaming: Services like CapCut and Rivr.stream use AI to create engaging clips from live streams.The Cost of Convenience: While AI services save time, they come at a financial cost. Josh discusses the pricing of various AI tools and weighs them against the value of time saved.AI in Podcasting: The use of AI for generating transcripts, summaries, and even blog posts from podcast episodes is explored.Riverside.fm: A browser-based service that integrates AI for recording and live streaming, offering transcription and editing features.Writing with AI: Josh talks about using AI for writing assistance, including title generation and content ideas.The Human Touch: Despite the efficiency of AI, Josh emphasizes the importance of human oversight to ensure quality control.Memorable Quote:"AI is not to be feared. Just use it to help yourself make better content than you normally would do and to not overburden, burn out, and to make better content." - JoshResources Mentioned:DescriptCapCutRivr.streamPodiumRiverside.fmMagi AI00:00 - Introduction05:07 - Talks about how Descript uses AI to copy voice mannerisms.06:13 - Discuss DaVinci Resolve's one-time payment for video editing.07:07 - Mentions CapCut and others that use AI to make highlight clips from live streams.08:45 - Reflects on AthenaScope's shutdown, an AI service for streamers.10:03 - Stresses that AI is a tool, not a threat or a replacement for human creativity.11:15 - Suggests smartly using AI, like CapCut for short videos.12:25 - Explains AI's help in podcasting, like making transcripts and chapter markers.14:03 - Describes Podium's podcast features, such as summaries and keyword lists.16:33 - Compares AI service costs to the time they save in making content.18:44 - Highlights how AI processes podcast episodes fast.19:45 - Advises that creators still need to edit and ensure quality, even with AI.21:24 - Recommends Riverside.fm for those with limited computer power for podcasting.25:31 - Talks about Riverside.fm's affordable plans and features.28:40 - Introduces Magi AI for writing help and content ideas.33:00 - Encourages using AI to better workflows and content creation.36:07 - Warns against letting fear of AI control how we create and interact.39:16 - Shares how AI helps him with tasks like summarizing and finding keywords.41:03 - Asks listeners to subscribe to the Weekly Waffle newsletter and review on Apple Podcasts.Call to Action:Listeners are encouraged to embrace AI as a tool to improve their content creation process. They're also invited to subscribe to the Weekly Waffle newsletter for insights on content creation, alternative platforms, and indie gaming.Remember to leave a review on Apple Podcasts and share your thoughts on the episode using #IndependentCreatorPodcast.Thank you for tuning in, and catch us next time on the Independent Creator Podcast. Later, taters! ★ Support this podcast ★
Elevating Your Creative Brand with Personalized Merch and Exclusive Content
Feb 21 2024
Elevating Your Creative Brand with Personalized Merch and Exclusive Content
Ever felt like the digital tides are changing for content creators? Get ready to navigate the vast ocean of possibilities with FourthWall, your new beacon of monetization! Our latest episode is a treasure map for creators and live streamers looking to craft a distinctive brand that stands out from the sea of first-party services like Twitch. We're spilling the secrets of customizing your website with ease, diving into print-on-demand merchandise to keep your inventory as fluid as your content, and sharing how to integrate platforms like LiveSpace and Owncast into your strategy. Plus, we've got the scoop on personalizing those special touches that make your fans feel like part of the crew.Ahoy, mateys of merch and membership! Set sail with us as we explore the uncharted waters of creating a unique product line without the anchor of minimum orders—well, except for those exclusive treasures like lapel pins and plushies. We're charting a course through the creation of tiered membership systems, complete with Discord integration and subscriber perks, that will have your community hoisting the sails of engagement. Ready your spyglass, because we're also spotting how fellow creators are using these strategies to connect with their audience on a whole new level.Finally, it's all hands on deck as we steer into the business horizon with innovative strategies to maximize your earnings. We're navigating the currents of catchy discount codes, email campaigns, and the vital logistics of shipping, ensuring not a single piece of Eight is left unclaimed. With a sprinkle of AI magic for product descriptions and a dose of personalization, learn how to balance the art of automation with the human touch. Join us, and let's set forth on this thrilling voyage to turn your content into gold!00:00 Monetize Content With FourthWall11:58 Exploring Merchandise and Membership Options20:31 Membership Strategies for Content Creators32:42 Maximizing Business Opportunities Through Fourth Wall ★ Support this podcast ★
Shaping the Future of Digital Communities and Content
Feb 7 2024
Shaping the Future of Digital Communities and Content
Navigating the labyrinth of content creation and community building can feel akin to orchestrating a symphony with a hundred instruments, each vying for attention. I've walked this path, grappling with self-promotion and the dizzying array of skills it demands, and today I'm peeling back the curtain to share the raw truths of this journey. We take a hard look at the fallacy of a universal blueprint for success, shattering the illusion that virality is just a catchy hashtag away. Instead, we advocate for embracing a tailored, realistic approach, one that honors the unique trials and victories of every independent creator.As we steer the conversation toward the realm of streaming platforms, the episode becomes a testament to the art of perseverance. Finding a home for your content isn't about hopping from one platform to another at the first sign of struggle. It's about setting roots, nurturing your space, and giving it time to flourish. Whether it's dissecting the significance of Twitch's multi-streaming policy or reflecting on my odyssey from Twitch to Mixer and the subsequent shifts that followed, this episode is a reminder that the quest for the right fit is as personal as the content itself. Ending on a note of celebration and solidarity, the episode zooms out to the broader picture of fostering an indie creator community. I recount the technical tribulations and triumphs of integrating disparate platforms like PeerTube with S3 storage, and the joy of watching a community come alive, connecting creators from game developers to animators. I also discuss the personal challenge of juggling multiple domains, before expressing heartfelt gratitude to you, our listeners, for joining us on this adventure. The conversation isn't over; it's just getting started, and I can't wait for you to tune in to the next bi-weekly broadcast.00:00 Lessons Learned in Building a Community11:57 Explore Streaming Platforms, Find What Works17:39 Content Creation and Finding Your Platform32:40 Reflections on Trying Different Streaming Platforms39:44 Building an Indie Creator Community56:06 Multiple Domains and Future Episodes ★ Support this podcast ★
The Forum vs. Discord Debate and the Future of Digital Interaction
Jan 24 2024
The Forum vs. Discord Debate and the Future of Digital Interaction
Unlock the secrets of thriving online communities as we traverse the evolving digital landscape, contrasting the enduring value of forums with the dynamic nature of Discord. Discover why forums like SMF remain essential archives of knowledge, while Discord's fleeting conversations risk losing decades of community wisdom. We delve into the RuneScape community's shift from forums to Discord, probing the broader implications of such a move on content preservation and accessibility. Moreover, we dissect the intricacies of various forum software, evaluating their design and functionality to reveal how each shapes the user experience and community engagement.Journey with us through the nostalgic pathways of internet forums and their transformation over time, guided by the steadfast dedication of volunteer developers. We scrutinize popular platforms such as MyBB, SMF, Discourse, and Invision Community, each with its unique fingerprint on the web. The discussion further illuminates the latest updates to phpBB, the accessibility of one-click installs, and the challenges of theme installation, all while comparing the communal support structures that underpin these platforms. Our conversation extends to modern forum systems like Discourse and Flarum, spotlighting their integrations with blogging platforms and the allure of customizable themes and plugins.In our pursuit of the cutting edge, we examine the premium offerings of ZenForo and Invision Community, which boast media galleries, resource management, and a hybrid posting model. Sharing personal experiences with these paid software solutions, we highlight their frequent updates and integrated services such as e-commerce and custom CMS. As we wrap up, we cordially invite you to partake in the live recording of our next episode, where your insights will enrich the narrative. Catch the continued dialogue on your preferred podcast platform or YouTube, and join us as we navigate the fascinating world of online forums and community-building.(00:00) The Importance of Forums vs Discord(13:32) Comparing Forum Software(20:05) Comparison of Forum Platforms(36:42) Comparing Forum Software(43:01) Comparison of Forum Software(01:00:41) Episode Release and Future Expectations ★ Support this podcast ★
The Rise of SharePlay and LiveSpace in the Streaming Realm
Jan 10 2024
The Rise of SharePlay and LiveSpace in the Streaming Realm
Welcome to the first podcast of the year, where we navigate the turbulent waters of live-streaming platforms. The tides are shifting, and content creators are actively seeking new harbors away from the likes of Twitch, with its growing ad demands, and YouTube, which often sidelines live streamers. Remember the fleeting success of platforms like Mixer and Glimmish? As history cycles, we’re now turning our gaze to the new kids on the block: SharePlay and LiveSpace. Listen in as we explore what these emerging services are bringing to the table in their beta phases, and how they might just become the sanctuaries streamers are searching for.In our journey through the digital sea, we cast our net on SharePlay, scrutinizing the features that have become the bedrock of live streaming. Striking the right chord between the comfort of the familiar and the allure of innovation is a balancing act, and it’s one that Trovo has played well, but what about SharePlay? I share my first-hand experience with their beta testing, tackling the non-OBS streaming challenges, and the importance of a platform’s quick response to user feedback. Discover how analytics tools and payment system integrations like Stripe are crucial for creators who are charting their course through these international waters.But the expedition doesn’t end there. LiveSpace beckons with its unique fusion of streaming and social networking, creating a tapestry of interaction that rivals Twitter. For those who prioritize stability and a robust community feed, this might just be your port of call. We’ll navigate through their various content categories, subscriber perks, and the implications of the shift from PayPal to Stripe for transactions. Anchoring our discussion is the user-friendly dashboard, which sets a course for essential streaming analytics without the stringent targets set by giants like Twitch. So hoist your sails, join the conversation, and let’s set sail towards the horizons of SharePlay and LiveSpace, the potential new stars in the streaming constellation. ★ Support this podcast ★
The Emergence of Independent Networks in the Age of Connectivity
Dec 20 2023
The Emergence of Independent Networks in the Age of Connectivity
Sometimes change is a quiet revolution, humming along in the world of technology while we carry on with our daily tweets and scrolls. But have you stopped to consider the digital exodus from mainstream social media to pioneering platforms? Our year-end retrospective takes you through the leaps in alternative platform technology made in 2023, with a special focus on the rise of federated networks like Mastodon and the innovative strides of platforms like Blue Sky and OwnCast. We marvel at OwnCast’s evolution, from 1.0’s transformative features to the nifty 0.1.2 updates, all aiming to craft a more personal and engaging online haven.Do mainstream platforms leave you longing for more control over your content and how you connect with your audience? Our latest chat delves into the game-changing PeerTube 6.0 release, which brings a suite of features set to empower creators like never before, including password-protected videos and video file replacement sans the re-upload hassle. We unpack the intricacies of setting up a PeerTube instance and discuss how this and other platforms are reimagining monetization, breaking away from traditional ads and towards direct fan support and diverse payment models. And amidst our exploration, we offer tips for creators and viewers navigating these new waters, with an emphasis on community building and the richness of an ad-free experience.As we peer into the crystal ball towards 2024 and beyond, we find ourselves at the precipice of a new era for independent content creation. We share our experiences with platforms that prioritize creator autonomy and discuss the importance of diversifying content to attract and sustain a wider audience. The conversation turns to the promising future of federated services and our role in nurturing a varied and dynamic content landscape. All this while pondering the evolving ethos of platforms like Live Space and SharePlay, and approaching new contenders with a mindful balance of curiosity and caution. Join us as we map out a path through the evolving ecosystem of digital connection and creation.nAX3Ai7nETS7gZGgsnSq ★ Support this podcast ★
Holiday Gift Ideas for Creators and Essentials of Livestreaming
Dec 6 2023
Holiday Gift Ideas for Creators and Essentials of Livestreaming
Are you looking for the perfect holiday gift for the content creator in your life? Or maybe, you're the creative genius yearning for new equipment to boost your production value! Either way, we've got you covered! We journey through a plethora of microphone options suitable for every budget, from the affordable Fifine USB microphone to the top-tier Shure SM7B. We dispel the myth that great audio quality equals a hefty price tag and discuss the trap of "gear acquisition syndrome" that plagues many creators.For those just dipping their toes into the vast ocean of content creation and live streaming, we break it all down to the basics for you. Start small, be patient, and manage your expectations - our mantra. A phone, with its built-in camera, can be a great starting point. But beware, you wouldn't want to damage your precious device! We also touch on the perks of an audio control interface, assuring you it isn't paramount for a successful stream. And we don't stop there - we give you the lowdown on some super user-friendly software options too.Finally, we move on to the visual side of things - the webcams. We traverse through options for everyone, from beginners to seasoned pros. But hey, why not think outside the box? We introduce the idea of using retro tech like old camcorders for a unique streaming aesthetic. Remember, finding your niche and enjoying the process is key. To sum it up, this episode is packed with insights about the joys of tinkering with equipment and patience, vital traits for every content creator. So, tune in, whether you're a veteran, a newcomer, or shopping for one, we've got something for everyone. ★ Support this podcast ★
Streaming, Gaming and Indie Adventures: My Personal Content Creation Journey
Oct 24 2023
Streaming, Gaming and Indie Adventures: My Personal Content Creation Journey
Welcome back to the Independent Creator Podcast! I'm overjoyed to share my latest episode with you, where I peel back the layers of my journey as a content creator. Starting from my humble beginnings as a Twitch live streamer under 'Schrodember', I dive into my unexpected transition into Mixer, my eventual progression into the co-host role for Zero Point Report, and how my passion for indie games resulted in 'The First Two Hours' video series.Throughout the episode, I pull from my experiences and offer perspectives on different streaming platforms. Whether it's the nostalgia-filled rides on Twitch, the rise and fall journey with Mixer, or my mixed experiences with Trovo, Glimish, Share Play, and Live Space, every stage has shaped my creation path in its unique way.This episode, however, isn't just filled with storytime and platform analyses. I also go tactical in it, sharing my favorite software tools, how I love the combined functionalities of Ecamm, and why OBS stands tall despite adversities. While I discuss the fantastic built-in tools that these platforms offer, I also touch on the Streamlabs Desktop and why it might not be the best fit for everyone.Looking ahead, there's a ton of fun stuff coming to the channel! Yes, there'll be more specific instructional content, more live interactions with all of you, and continued sharing of my streaming schedule (every Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. Eastern). Your feedback keeps the channel buzzing, so send in your questions, ideas, or suggestions for streaming encoders, and let's explore this exciting world together!So, dive in, tune up the volume, and join me as we explore the world of streaming and podcasting. Enjoy the ride, folks! And remember, every like, share, and subscribe goes a long way in supporting the channel. Thank you! ★ Support this podcast ★
Maximize Your Live Streams with Effective Music Choices
Oct 3 2023
Maximize Your Live Streams with Effective Music Choices
Welcome to another episode of the Independent Creator Podcast where it's all about helping you navigate the tricky world of content creation. This time around, I'm tackling an essential, yet often misunderstood, component of live streaming and video creation - music.Today, I shed light on how to navigate the minefield of copyright-free and DMCA-free music. I break down the various options available for content creators who need music for live streams or YouTube videos.An integral part of this episode revolves around the potential pitfalls of using non-copyrighted music from YouTube playlists. The risk of your content being hit with demonetization, copyright claims or strikes is real and could have irreversible consequences for anyone who doesn't take copyright seriously. If you've ever wondered what could happen if you play copyrighted music without permission, I go into detail about the potential repercussions on platforms like YouTube and Twitch.In this episode, I discuss a few reliable sources of DMCA-free music, including Epidemic Sounds, and highlight the importance of ensuring that the music you use is genuinely free to use.This is not just a discussion about the legalities of music copyright, but a discussion about the initiative. The episode explores how content creators can take ownership of their content, ensuring that their hard work isn't wasted due to copyright claims. I discuss specific examples, outlining strategies and providing tips on how to keep all the rights to your content.No matter whether you're a small or mid-sized content creator, understanding music copyright is crucial in the thriving world of content creation. This episode is not just a lesson on copyright, but an eye-opener for anyone who wants to protect their hard work.Make sure you tune in to find out how to diversify your content, why proof of permission is important, and what you can do if your content gets flagged. I will also share some great sources for free and copyrighted music to keep your content flowing without obstacles.Hope you're ready for an enlightening discussion about music, copyright, and content creation. Let's dissect the complexities of DMCA, copyright law, and content creation together. ★ Support this podcast ★
Escaping the Algorithm: Why You Need to Own Your Audience and Content
Sep 26 2023
Escaping the Algorithm: Why You Need to Own Your Audience and Content
As an independent creator, it's crucial to take control of your content rather than relying solely on platforms like YouTube and Twitter. In this episode, we discuss the importance of owning your creative work by building your own website, diversifying your content distribution, and monetizing directly with fans. Learn why you should centralize your videos, posts, music, and more on your own site to escape algorithms and potential censorship. Discover how to leverage social media to drive traffic while retaining control of your content. We talk about various options for building your creative hub from WordPress to Ghost and beyond. Don't cede power as a creator - own your distribution, audience, and destiny by taking charge of your content ownership.00:00 Introduction: Owning Your Own Content00:30 The Problem with Centralized Social Media04:22 Relying Solely on Social Media Platforms05:22 Taking Ownership of Your Content06:19 Creating Your Own Website or Blog07:18 Using Social Media as an Advertising Method08:45 Limiting Interactions on Social Media09:44 The Benefits of Taking Ownership10:43 Considerations for Marginalized Creators11:38 Creating Your Own Website or Blog (Continued)12:39 Exploring Different Platforms: Ghost, Substack, WordPress13:37 Finding the Right Platform for You14:34 Diversifying Content Hosting15:33 Utilizing PeerTube for Video Content16:02 Using CastoPOD for Podcasts18:59 The Challenges of Competing with YouTube20:27 Exploring Other Hosting Options22:21 Diversifying Content Hosting (Continued)25:16 The Importance of Taking Control28:45 Conclusion: Controlling Your Content Destiny ★ Support this podcast ★
Exploring Owncast: A Unique Alternative to Twitch for Live Streaming
Sep 19 2023
Exploring Owncast: A Unique Alternative to Twitch for Live Streaming
This week I explore Owncast, an open source self-hosting solution for live streaming. Owncast gives creators like me complete control by allowing us to set up and run our streaming server. I walk through the simple setup process - from signing up for a VPS provider like Hetzner to completing the one-click Owncast install in under 10 minutes. Then we dive into customizing every aspect of the platform from the admin panel. Options include setting your instance name and description, uploading a custom logo, tweaking video quality presets, and more. I also cover social features and how to interact with followers, as well as accessing advanced customization through CSS and scripts.By the end, I've transformed a default Owncast server into a fully customized live-streaming platform tailored to my needs and style. For any independent creators looking for alternatives to centralized services, Owncast provides a powerful open-source option worth checking out. Tune in to hear my full review!00:00 Introduction to OwnCast01:02 Overview of OwnCast05:24 Integration with the Fediverse07:53 Alternatives to OwnCast09:21 Setting up OwnCast on Hetzner13:42 Creating an Account on Hetzner19:03 Logging in to the Server19:33 Setting up OwnCast on Hetzner22:31 Customizing Your OwnCast Instance23:31 Changing the Password and Stream Key25:30 Configuring Video Settings27:00 Adding a Logo and Offline Message28:57 Filling Out Instance Details32:21 Hiding the Viewer Count33:50 Controlling Search Engine Indexing34:20 Indexing and Directory Listing35:19 NSFW Content and Directory Visibility36:18 Customizing Flavor Text37:42 Using Markdown Syntax39:09 Taking Time to Familiarize with Owncast40:08 Chat Settings and Join Messages41:36 Established Users Only42:33 Blocking Offensive Names and Spam43:02 Rocket Chat and GitHub for Help44:27 Custom Emojis and CSS Theming45:34 Configuring Social Features47:51 Browser and Custom Notifications49:20 Blocking Instances and Domains50:49 Adding Social Links53:04 Viewer List and Chat Log54:35 Customizing Appearance with CSS and JavaScript55:34 Integrations and WebHooks56:34 Customizing Notifications58:30 Managing Followers and Blocking Users01:05:28 Conclusion and Q&A ★ Support this podcast ★
The Power of Online Communities for Independent Creators
Sep 12 2023
The Power of Online Communities for Independent Creators
In this episode, we dive into the power of online communities for independent creators. We start by exploring the influence of forums as platforms for gathering and sharing information, highlighting how they shaped audiences and provided easily searchable resources. Next, we delve into Discord, a popular modern community platform, and its effects on information sharing and collaboration among creators and their audiences. While Discord offers great features, we also discuss its limitations, such as the inability to be searched from the outside web. We then introduce Guilded as an alternative platform to Discord, discussing its advantages for content creators and their communities. Guilded provides a solution for those looking to move away from the Discord silo, offering unique features and benefits. But we don't stop there! We also explore the Matrix protocol as another alternative to Discord and Guilded. We discuss its decentralized nature and how it provides greater control and privacy for content creators. We analyze the benefits of using the Matrix protocol for building communities and how it addresses the limitations of other platforms.In conclusion, we emphasize the importance of online communities for independent creators and encourage listeners to explore different platforms. Whether it's forums, Discord, Guilded, or the Matrix protocol, finding the right community platform can help creators thrive and connect with their audience on a deeper level.00:00 Introduction and History of Online Communities01:25 The Decline of Forums and Rise of Reddit07:44 Zenfuro and Envision PowerBoard27:27 Gilded as an Alternative to Discord37:59 Matrix as an Open-Source Alternative45:46 Joining the Independent Creator Community ★ Support this podcast ★