My podcast introduction experience was a positive one. I have worked with editing movies before, which requires some audio splicing and editing in addition to the video portion, so I was already somewhat familiar with the process.
I did not use Garageband, but rather Adobe Audition CS5.5, which is a similar product. Although the interface is different and a bit more complicated in comparison to Garageband, it features similar tools and was pretty easy to make the podcast once I got a chance to get familiar with it. Because Garageband is a Mac only product, but Adobe products have a Mac and Windows version, I feel as though it is useful to learn as it is not limited to one operating system.
The songs I chose in my introduction were “The Rock Show” and “I Miss You” by Blink-182. I had originally planned two different songs to use, but after considering “Don’t Stay” by Linkin Park, I didn’t think the lyrics exactly reflected a warm greeting to my listeners. I chose “The Rock Show” because I was actually listening to sports radio in the morning (WFAN 660), and in one of their transitions to the host, the song came up; I felt a sense of nostalgia and started rocking out to it. I figure I would just choose another Blink-182 song, and since it was Valentine’s Day when I made it, I figured “I Miss You” was an appropriate song. It also contrasted the fast paced, rock rhythm with a slower, acoustic sound.
In terms of potential for podcasting, I think that using Garageband or other audio editing tools are very useful as an introduction for video editing. Podcasting is a good way to produce content and keep in touch with your viewers; ideally however, I think that video blogging is probably better. But if you don’t have a video camera to record, or if you just want to simply upload a less time consuming media, using the podcast is a nice way to produce content that engages with your audience.