According the the album art Coffee & Cigarettes is unconventional wisdom best served after dinner. According to his iTunes description, “Cigarettes is hosted by Jeremy E. Sarber. Listen to new episodes every weekday–Monday through Friday–at 5:30 PM ET. Follow Jeremy as he travels through the epic journey of life, seeking balance and striving to understand the meaning of it all. Listen as he shares his mild obsession with freedom. Learn from him as he learns from the written Word of God. Observe from a safe distance the way in which the attention deficit mind works. Explore the world with unconventional perceptions. Life as you know it…will be pretty much the same but at least you’ll have some intriguing entertainment.”
Main Idea of This Episode
In listening to this episode, the main idea was to take a hot topic in politics and create a blog post about it. Whatever the Internet is a buzz about a post about that single issue. It will describe it in an unbiased way. Then it will record what the main media will add (Rush Limbaugh, politicians, etc). Then make the website searchable. You can possibly provide a tool so people can compare quotes. You will have a convenient way for people to see their hypocrites, inconsistencies, etc.
Politics and Sports Coverage
He does make an interesting point as he plays clips from political coverage in the media, and then some clips from sports coverage.
His website has a very clean interface, and he obviously has a community going over there with over 1000 people on his email list. His posts have comments, and he is interacting with his audience. His titles of his episodes and descriptions entice people to click when viewed in iTunes. Your audio quality was fine and consistent.
1. The name of the file I was downloaded was simply some numbers. I would recommend something like cac133_032612.mp3 so people know it's coffee and cigarettes episode 133 and then the date. You never know what people are downloading it, and if you see people's desktops you will know that file management is NOT something everyone possesses. Make your files easy to identify without typing the name of the episode.
– This is something that buzzsprout does. I tried them for this episode and DO NOT like that they rename my file.
2. The first thing you spoke about was your sponsor. I could consider doing this as a preroll. This way when the show “officially” starts the first thing they can hear about is you.
3. I wasn't sure when the plug for the world according to Bobby ended and the beginning of your podcast began.
4. While your delivery is not monotone, I wouldn't say its full of passion, and I can tell you're reading. For me the pauses became distracting.
5. When I looked at your ID3 tags in MP3tag, they were in Japanese. While they looked fine in iTunes, I would revisit whatever you're using to input your ID3 tags.
6. You are missing your album art in iTunes. This is a pretty big no-no. Go into feedburner and make sure the location of your album art is correctly listed.
7. If this was a new podcast, I would try to get a domain name that ties in with the website location. It appears you are promoting yourself as the “brand” here so pointing at your website is fine.
Listen to Coffee and Cigarettes Now
I tested the free media host he was using and that is the cause of the whacky ID3 tags (so I did not use them for this episode as it did the same thing to my episode).