How to Start a Podcast

Ben Kim with Maximum PC has written a very general article on How to Start a Podcast. While he focuses on a DIY approach, don’t forget that we can help with the production side including podcast recording, podcast editing and embedding meta tags into the final MP3 file.  Give it a read below.

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The ABCs of Podcasting

Car rides and long commutes have been mitigated by the immense popularity of podcasts. What’s great about podcasts, unlike radio, is that they’re largely democratic endeavors. Anyone and everyone is free to record, edit, and publish their own podcasts.

In an effort to help out any aspiring podcasters out there, we’ve decided to outline the process in a guide. Now’s probably a good time to plug our kickass No BS Podcast, because it’ll act as our benchmark for what we’re trying to accomplish. We can’t guarantee that your podcast will be the next Serial, but we’ll teach you how to get your finished product out to the masses.

Planning the Podcast

The first thing you’ll want are some compelling talking points. What’s your podcast going to be about? Will you talk about a specific game or community? Brainstorm some ideas and try to avoid direct overlap with existing podcasts.

Once you have a great idea in hand, you’ll need to gather up some people to talk about it. Friends and close colleagues work best because you’ll want to do everything you can to avoid awkward silences and people talking over each other. Podcast listeners tune in to be a part of the discussion—despite the lack of actual input. Try to find participants that have good chemistry to keep things conversational.

Set up a date and time to record your first episode and then get cracking on some rudimentary show notes. You want to establish a basic outline (and some specific details) of what you and your guests will be discussing on each episode of the podcast. Think of this as a sort of script that guides you through the show, but don’t read from it verbatim. The show notes can also be published alongside your podcast as a visual guide for listeners with links to specific products or websites mentioned during the show.

Recording the Show

Now that you’ve got everything ready—speakers, show notes, and talking points—you should be good to sit down and actually record your show. For a professional production, you’d probably want a microphone for each person hooked up to a mixer, but for amateurs it’s easier and cheaper to go with one quality microphone.

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