As promised, I am going to give you the lowdown on how to start a podcast. Remember – this is the easy version. You can get all technical if you want. But I’m going to tell you how to get started without a bunch of equipment and with just a little cash.
1. Make Some Decisions – You need to decide what the general topic of your show will be. Since you’re reading a craft site, I suspect that it will be somehow crafty… but will it be general? Or do you want to get specific and focus on a particular craft? Will it be a “how-to” type of podcast, or a podcast where you give industry-related news? Will you interview people or will youÂ just give your opinion?
2. Decide How To Record – You can record yourself for free with a computer microphone headset and the free software Audacity. If you want to record interviews, you can use Skype and the Pamela plugin. I also enjoy Audio Acrobat, because it will host your audio for you on their site. Audio takes up a lot of room and if you have a lot of downloads, you may exceed your bandwith,which means you’ll end up paying your website host extra money. The service also makes it very easy to put your podcast into iTunes.
3. Take Action! The above info is the “basics” – the stuff you need to know to get started. So go for it!
Here are some extra things you may want to take note of… but you don’t need them to get the ball rolling:
- A Theme Song – Create one yourself with royalty free loop music (Google that term and you’ll find lots of websites to peruse), or hire someone to make one for you.
- Custom Graphic – If you put your podcast in iTunes, you’ll probably want to create a custom graphic. This will be displayed along with your podcast and it will help your podcast look more professional. If you’re not gifted with graphics, hire someone to do it for you.
- Flip Video Camera – If you want to venture into the world of video podcasts, I suggest getting a Flip Video Camera. They are easy to use, affordable, and uploading your videos is a snap!