Where to start?
By reaching out! If you don’t know how to start or what you need – ask! You will need to know about software, microphones, headphones, recording, editing and promotion. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel and you don’t need to know everything all at once!
We had never podcasted before starting Turbitt & Duck but we were ready to learn as we went along, making mistakes and figuring out how to fix them. We have used Facebook podcasting groups, YouTube tutorials and Lynda.com to learn how to record, edit and promote our podcast – and you can too!
- Choose your topic.
- Choose your name.
- Choose your format – conversation, interview, book discussion. Listening to other podcasts on the same topic will help you figure out what your format is going to be.
- Choose your length – most podcasters agree that right length for a podcast is what works best for you!
Be brave and reach out to people who you want on your podcast. In our experience, people are more than happy to share their story and are excited to be involved. Turbitt & Duck have contacted guests through social media, email and in person at events.
Recording & Editing
There are many ways to record, and podcasters have their own preferences – Turbitt & Duck records locally at each “end” (so, 3 individual recordings if we have 1 guest) and combine and edit the 3 files using Audacity.
Use Audacity (free), Quicktime (Mac), Sound Recorder (Windows) or BossJock Studio (iPad) to record and Audacity or GarageBand to edit and create your episodes.
YouTube is your best friend when it comes to figuring out how to edit and produce your podcast. Or if you or your local library has a Lynda.com subscription, there are many courses on GarageBand, Audacity and podcast creation for you to utilise.
Microphone and Headphones
You’ll need a microphone and headphones. You can use smartphone headphones (that have the microphone on the cord) but your sound will be better if you have a microphone and headphones that cover your ears. This is because the sound can leak out of smartphone headphones and cause echo.
If you’re purchasing a separate microphone, have a look at recommendations online and buy according to your budget. You don’t need to buy expensive equipment to create a podcast. Keep it simple, there’s plenty of time to upgrade if you need to.
You need a podcast host, this is where you upload your audio files. A good podcast host will make it easy to connect your podcast with iTunes, Spotify and other podcast services. Some services like Blubrry have a WordPress plugin that makes sharing to your WordPress site very easy.
All podcast hosts charge different amounts, some are free, like Soundcloud. When researching podcast hosts, make sure there aren’t strict limits on how many uploads you can make in a month, this is especially important if you plan on recording long episodes or releasing episodes every week.
Make sure any music or sound effects you use are Creative Commons licensed and add a link in your show notes or outro.
Now that you’ve done all the hard work and created your podcast you need to share it with as many people as you can! Tell everybody!
There are many platforms you can add your podcast to that will help listeners find you, the more platforms the greater chance being found. Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, Podbean, Spotify . . . the list is long!
You have put so much work into creating your podcast, now it’s time to share it with the world so people can listen! You don’t have to sign up to every social media platform but choose the one or two where you know your potential audience are. Post often, share links to new and past episodes, industry news, fun things and create an engage community of listeners.
Sparemin is another great tool you can use to share sound bites of your podcast episodes called audiograms on your social media.
This blog post compliments an article written in the May/June issue of INCITE magazine by the Australian Library and Information Association. This is the first open access issue ALIA has released and you can download the issue as an interactive PDF or epub3 here.