Since this is the first episode, I thought I’d start with something more foundational.
If you know you want to start a podcast, then what’s stopping you??? I was in this position myself and you know what, I had a lot of desire, but not a lot of confidence.
What was missing was some specific knowledge. Knowing certain things gives us the permission to go ahead and do! I saw that I didn’t really take the time to answer 3 questions that I will pose to you, and give some answers to.
Those questions are:
Answering these will give you a huge gust of wind to go ahead and do this.
A Google search will give you this definition:
“A podcast is a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or portable media player, typically available as a series, new instalments of which can be received by subscribers automatically.”
Once it starts with ‘digital audio file’, it’s good to note that the quality of your audio is very important!
These digital audio files must be hosted on the internet somewhere for people to download and listen to and are usually serial in nature. Which means there’s a consistent theme/topic being dealt with throughout the podcast’s lifespan.
The crucial bit here in the definition is that new instalments ‘can be received by subscribers automatically’.
By calling your listeners “subscribers” tells you there MUST be a way for people to subscribe to your podcast in such a way that they will either receive the new episode, or receive information about the new episode automatically. This is why just having your audio on a webpage or a link on Facebook does NOT count as being a podcast.
That’s the first question you need to understand to start a podcast. Once you know what it is, it’s easier to manage everything that comes with it.
Here, you’ll need to plan. Without planning this you’re going to struggle not only to stay on top of your schedule, but also to stay motivated to keep doing it.
Podcasting takes time, and can even take LOTS of time. If you don’t plan, you won’t manage the time, consistency, or motivation aspects of podcasting.
A willingness to keep at it will keep the plan going. This is especially because of the serial nature of podcasting. You have to be able to keep coming up with new episodes however frequently you release them. If you can’t persevere, you’ll disappear.
Technical know-how is what gives you the ability to do podcasting at all. Talking is easy, but you’re not just talking in a podcast. You’re recording your talk… you’re making sure the quality is good… You’re putting your mp3 onto the internet… You’re making sure it’s connected to a feed… You’re putting that feed into a service that can give people access to it (like iTunes or Stitcher)…
All of this is technical, and you’ll need to learn it if you want to be heard in a podcast.
And finally, depending on how far you want to go with it, you’ll need to buy equipment, apps, and even get yourself a website. It is possible to go completely free, but your quality won’t be great, and your workflow will probably be difficult to maintain.
I started learning how to podcast on a very random setup I put together below:
If I can do it… You can do it too!
Well, why should you? If you have a message you believe will benefit those you’ve targeted, go for it! If you believe you bring a unique perspective, go for it! And guess what, starting will actually help deal with the fear you’re struggling with. Once you get going, you won’t have to answer of these foundational questions ever again!
I really stress these points in the podcast, so listen to it a few times if you must. Make notes even.
What other questions can you think of that are crucial to starting your podcast? Share in the comments below and let’s push each other to do this!
You’ll never be heard, unless you speak!
Don’t just think about it, do it!