Podcasts aren’t a bubble, they’re a boom—and that boom is only getting louder.”
— Miranda Katz
Podcasts are shared audio files that are often streamed. Podcasting is the act of recording oneself speaking on a various topic or subject. Podcasts cover a wide range of topics, from news, to arts, to, well, just plain old weird stuff. Never has podcasting been so popular and accessible - in theory, anyone with a microphone and a way to record themselves could make a podcast. In actuality, however, it is usually more involved than that. The benefit of podcasting is that your words and opinions can be shared widely, depending on the host site.
The process of recording a podcast varies from recorder to recorder, but it typically involves one or more people talking into a mic from a quiet studio. The audio recording is then uploaded or streamed through an online hosting service for listeners/subscribers to listen to and share. Some recorders go off of a rough script, and others improvise.
The upsides of podcasting include its relatively low start-up cost and ease of distribution. They can be a great way to build up your brand and get your message out. There is also a high degree of control with podcasts due to being able to control exactly what is being said. You can always go back and listen to the quality of the recording and make edits/cuts as needed.
The essential piece of equipment needed for podcasting is a microphone that can pick up your audio cleanly and easily. You also need some form of recording software. Many computers have free versions built in, but you can certainly upgrade if needed. Some podcasters have studios with sound-proof materials for a better recording. You can also get upgraded editing software programs as well, but they may not be needed when first starting up.
Tips, Tricks, & Resources
Have a current creative practice? Try turning your passion for it into a podcast
Your studio space can make a big difference on quality. Find a space that is quiet without echos
If you're unsure of how to get started, start by listening to podcasts to get the 'feel' you're going for (tone, cadence, etc.)
Try a few different formats out to figure out what works for you. If scripting feels clunky, try a little improv