I’m starting a DIY podcast. There, I’ve said it again so it must be true. Right now I’m working through a few of the challenges of podcasting. (My future podcast is How To Be Old.) I am devouring podcasts about podcasts and blogs about podcasts. Here are 4 points I have learned so far.
1. Quality content is the biggest challenge for DIY podcasters.
Well, duh! Content matters most. Obviously I “know” this. But that doesn’t mean my unedited content is appealing. I’m crafting the content of my podcast episodes with curiosity (what is this new-to-me medium?) and dedication. So creating content is definitely one of the challenges of podcasting: great, learning new stuff in old age is cool.
2. Liberty with consistency. Podcasts have no rules. A podcast can have any topic, any style, any length, any frequency. But the topic should be clear and focused, and consistency is important.
Consistency! That’s why I plan to record a bunch of episodes before I launch. Partly so I can keep up the pace, partly so I can streamline and record and edit faster.
3. Keep the technology as simple as possible. Don’t go down that rabbit hole. You can always upgrade later when your podcast gets 100,000 subscribers 🙂
I have obeyed. I tried a few things and settled on this low-tech DIY podcast recording studio: it consists of a MacBook Pro, a large screen, a RODE NT USB microphone, 3 clamps and a cardigan. Some use a much simpler system — for example, an iPhone in a wardrobe. But mine is simple for me because:
- I didn’t have to buy any new equipment or software
- I’m used to ScreenFlow software, which is terrific for recording and editing
- My office is a bit echoey and the cardigan helps.
I’ll start by hosting the podcast on this very website rather than going to a specialist podcast hosting company. With designer Daniel Shaw I’m testing various ways to launch a podcast from this site.
4. Don’t spend hours editing. Better to rehearse and re-record. This is good advice that I’ve already discovered from experience.
5. Start. Start your podcast now! I know, I know, I’m trying.
2 helpful resources for DIY podcasters
- How to Start a Podcast From Buzzsprout, short and clear and excellent.
- Podcraft: Honing the art of podcasting Colin Grey has courses, a newsletter, a podcast, experience, expertise, and a Scottish accent.
Newbie or guru, we can only overcome one challenge of podcasting at a time
I’m bumbling into this unfamiliar field of DIY podcasts. That’s fine. I won’t be an expert in five minutes, if ever. I wouldn’t dream of giving advice—I’m just documenting progress and reinforcing my own learning. What’s your experience, I wonder? Any tips for me, a newbie (future) podcaster?
- Why people attend longer to podcasts than blogs
- Duelling communication channels: email newsletter vs. podcast