So you’ve decided to start a podcast. Congratulations! You’ve taken the first step on a journey that will teach you much about yourself, your friends, and maybe even the world around you. But where do you start? Fortunately, I’m here to help with that. Below are six (not so) easy steps to get you started on your podcasting adventure.
6 (Not So) Easy Steps to Start a Podcast
#1 Pick a Topic
The first step to starting any good podcast is finding a topic that you’re passionate about. Whether it’s 90s pop culture, video games, or true crime, make sure it’s something you can talk about for hours on end without getting bored. Trust me. Your listeners can tell if you’re not interested in what you’re talking about, so choose wisely!
#2 Find Some Co-Hosts
A good podcast is all about conversation and chemistry between the hosts. Find some friends or co-workers who share your interest in the topic and see if they’re up for starting a podcast with you. If not, don’t worry! There are plenty of other people out there who would love to be a part of your show. Reach out to some like-minded folks on social media or online forums and see if anyone wants to join in on the fun.
Try to find co-hosts who have complementary skill sets. For example, if you’re not particularly tech-savvy, find someone who is and let them handle the logistics of recording and editing the show. That way, you can focus on what you’re good at: being awesome!
#3 Get Recording
Now comes the fun part: making the podcast! You’ll need a few things before you can start recording: decent microphones and recording software. If you don’t have any money to spend, don’t worry! There are plenty of free options that will do the job just fine. Once you have those things sorted out, it’s time to start hitting record and begin sharing your passion with the world!
#4 Edit and Upload
After you’ve recorded a few episodes, it’s time to start editing them into something presentable. Again, there are plenty of free options for editing audio (I like Audacity), so don’t feel you need to spend a ton of money on this part of the process. Once your episodes are edited and sound great, it’s time to upload them to the internet so people can listen to them! If you want people to be able to find your podcast easily, make sure you submit it to all of the major podcast directories (iTunes, Stitcher Radio, Google Play Music, etc.)
Edit and Upload Pro-Tip
Want people to love your podcast? Release new episodes regularly so people know when they can expect new content from you. Consistency is key!
#5 Spread the Word
Now that your podcast is out in the world, it’s time to start promoting it! Use social media, word of mouth, fliers… whatever works best for you and gets people listening. The more people who listen, the more likely it is that your show will take off and become successful. So get out there and spread the word about your fabulous new creation!
#6 Have Fun!
This is perhaps the most crucial step: remember to have fun! Podcasting should be enjoyable for both you and your listeners. If it starts feeling like a chore, take a break or try changing up the format/content of your show until you find something that works better for you. The most important thing is that YOU enjoy making your podcast, so make sure whatever changes you make reflect that sentiment.
In conclusion, you are starting a podcast isn’t as difficult as one might think. By following these six (not-so) easy steps, you’ll be well on creating entertaining and informative content. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start podcasting! The world is waiting to hear what you have to say.