If you spend any time at all surfing the internet, then you’ve learned about podcasts.
Podcasts are like pre-recorded talk shows, Some of them tell amazing stories, others are simply one or several people talking about a topic. Whatever the podcast, it gives people a chance to record something that interests them, and share it with others across the world.
Naturally, this makes you curious. You want to try making your own podcast. But if you’ve never done it before, you likely have no idea how to even start. So how do you do one?
Sound Editing And Recording
First step is to get good at audio technology. There are a number of recording and editing programs available on the internet, some of which are even free. You’ll also need to learn how to rig up a proper studio. This can be done by hanging squares of foam from the ceiling, or if you have a carpeted room, that will work as well. Essentially, you want to make sure you don’t have any echo.
Once you record, you have to go through and edit it. It’s tempting to try publishing a “stream of thought” podcast, but those don’t tend to become very popular. You want to make certain your podcast makes you sound knowledgeable and interesting, and that there are no awkward pauses or digressions from the main point.
Speaking of, what is the main point of your podcast?
Writing Podcast Episodes
There are a number of podcast ideas out there. There’s the popular “Welcome to Nightvale”, which has stories told about a weird, supernatural desert town in the format of a community talk radio show host. Then there are podcasts like Half-Glass Gaming, which talks about retro gaming, video game history, and how history led to modern video games.
Whatever the topic, keep in mind that the more specific it is, the harder it will be to create new material. This is fine if you only want a limited run of podcast episodes. Maybe you have a specific story you want to tell. But if you’re hoping for the podcast to continue on into the foreseeable future, you’ll need to make sure your topic is broad enough for novelty, but narrow enough to cater.
Lastly, know your niche! Don’t make the podcast too broad, or you won’t attract anyone. For more info check out the video below!