So, you have a shiny new MP3 file sitting on your computer—a completed podcast—your first episode. What do you do with it? You publish it. Publishing your podcast is the process of making it available via the internet so that listeners can find it and listen to it. The first thing you need is a … Read more Publishing Your Podcast — Podcast Hosts
The final step you need to take in the recording phase of your first episode is exporting. Exporting is simply converting your raw recording into an audio file format that listeners can easily download and listen to. By far, the most popular audio file format on the internet is mp3. It is the standard form … Read more Your First Episode: After Recording — Exporting
Now that your first episode is recorded, there are a couple of things you have to deal with before it is ready to present to the world. Editing While recording, it’s natural to make mistakes — stuttering, stammering, clearing your throat, or saying something you didn’t intend to say. Often, these mistakes are small enough … Read more Your First Episode: After Recording — Editing Your Podcast
With your hardware and software in place, you’re almost ready to actually hit the record button. First, you need to secure a quiet place where you can record undisturbed. Ideally, This place should not have a window facing a busy street This place should not be a room that is heavily trafficked. You may want … Read more Your First Episode: Ready, Set, Record!
Now that you’ve got your hardware squared away, you’ll need some software to record your first episode. Software is the program(s) that work with the hardware on your computer and the hardware attached to your computer. Audacity By far, the simplest and most popular podcast recording software is Audacity. Compared to other programs, it is … Read more Your First Episode: Podcast Recording Software
Now that you’ve passed the planning stage of your podcast, it’s time to record your first episode. Just for review, make sure you have the following: A name for your podcast A purpose statement for your podcast A topic you want to talk about in your first episode A script (It doesn’t have to be … Read more Your First Episode: Podcast Recording Hardware
A final thing to consider when planning your podcast is whether or not your podcast will be scripted. Almost everything you see on TV — from the news to network dramas — is scripted. News anchors read from a teleprompter; actors memorize their lines. Most people would not think of podcasts as a scripted medium, … Read more Planning Your Podcast: Scripted Or Not?
Now that you’ve settled on the purpose of your podcast and the name of your podcast, it’s time to think about the format your podcast will take. There are several options to consider. The Monologue The monologue is just what it sounds like. It consists of one person, the host, talking for the entire length … Read more Planning Your Podcast: Selecting a Format
Now that you know the purpose of your podcast and have settled on a suitable title, it’s time to address another important question: How often should you podcast? Every day? Every weekday? Once a week? Once a month? There are no hard and fast rules here. You simply must consider how much content you can … Read more Planning Your Podcast: How Often Should You Podcast?
By now, you probably have plenty of ideas about possible topics for a podcast. It’s time to decide what your podcast will be about. (Of course, you could create multiple podcasts, but for now let’s focus on one.) You need to define what your podcast’s purpose is. The more specific the purpose, the better. You … Read more Planning Your Podcast: Decide What You Will Podcast About