Do you want to learn how to start a podcast? You’ve come to the right place: Welcome to “Podcasting 101 in 2020!”
First thing’s first. Begin by asking yourself why you want to start a podcast. Do you want to make people laugh? Do you want to comment on the daily news? Do you want to educate your listeners with experts in a particular field? Spend some time brainstorming on what you want to communicate with your listeners.
It’s also important to consider who your listeners are. Are they close to your age? Do they live in a particular place? What do they enjoy doing? By narrowing down who you are talking to, you can determine how to deliver your message in a way that they will respond to.
Your answer to the above questions will help inform what format your podcast should be in. There is no “best” format. Choose the format that makes the most sense to you and that will best communicate your message.
Some popular podcast formats are:
- Fictional Storytelling
- Non-Fiction Storytelling
For a detailed breakdown of podcast formats, check out this blog post!
Naming Your Podcast
Every podcast needs a name. Ideally, you want to come up with a name that is unique, easy to remember, and gives some information on what the show is about.
Brainstorm ideas, and then give them time to sink in. Are you feeling anxious to get started? There’s no need to rush! The last thing you want is to decide on a name, and then halfway through your first season realize that you’d rather have something different. Once you’ve started with your podcast, changing your name isn’t impossible, but rebranding does put you at risk of losing audience members.
When choosing a name for your podcast, keep in mind that podcasts are only searchable by the podcast name and the creator’s name in Apple Podcasts. Does your name align with your subject matter? Will it be easy to find if someone is looking for it? Do your best to make your show as easy to find as possible.
Once you have a name that you like, do a search to check for podcasts with similar names. If there’s an existing podcast with a substantial audience or if the domain and social media handles are taken, it might be a good idea to tweak your name. You want your listeners to be able to find your show without confusing it for another.
To record your podcast, you’ll need some basic equipment. There are many options for fancy equipment, but the truth is – you don’t need the most expensive option in order to have a high quality podcast.
- Laptop / computer
- Additional microphones
- Boom arm
- Shock mount
- Pop filter
- Audio interface
If you are planning on doing a solo show or recording guests online, then a simple USB mic that connects directly to your computer will be sufficient. However, if you are planning on recording multiple hosts or in person guests, then you might need something more advanced.
Dynamic Mics vs Condenser Mics
Dynamic mics focus on your voice and block out other sounds. These mics are a great option for spaces without a lot of sound proofing. For those recording out of a home studio, a dynamic mic is probably the way to go.
Condenser mics pick up a larger range of sound. Condenser mics are great if you want the full depth and dimension of a voice. Put simply, condenser mics are very accurate and will pick up even the most delicate sounds. Condenser mics are best suited for podcasters with a full studio setup. Although they can be used in a home studio, they do not work as well in high density areas ie: larger metro cities since they will pick up the sound of traffic and emergency vehicles.
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Ready to move on to the actual recording? Check out Podcasting 101 in 2020 PART 2!