So, are you someone who has thought about doing their own podcast but are hesitant because you think you don’t have the money or technical expertise? Are you afraid you won’t be able to complete the full process? Well, I’m here to tell you to stop hesitating; even those who have minimum tech knowledge can do a podcast.
I’ve decided to do one myself, though I haven’t edited anything together yet. (I will definitely post a link when it’s completed.) I’ve been playing with the idea for the past six months and have kept putting it off. But this week, I’ve decided to finally throw in the towel. And it ends up that it’s not anything complex.
You don’t need a $300 microphone, although you may want to eventually upgrade from the built in microphone on your MacBook, the microphone on your headset, etc. I’ve been using the microphone on my Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700, and the sound is good, especially since Bose blocks out so much background noise.
You can use your phone, but it’s better to have a laptop. You can usually connect your headphones and mic from your smartphone to your laptop. If you use your laptop, you may want to use a wired connection that’s included with some Bluetooth headphones for better sound quality.
You can record your voice using such software as GarageBand, Adobe Premiere Pro, or any other voice recording package. But it’s better using a specific service made for podcasts, especially if you are going to be talking to another person remotely. I find that Riverside FM offers the best services for this.
The picture shows a video podcast, which you can do if you want. However, most people prefer audio, and it is easy to do this. Whatever you choose, Riverside FM gives you a separate file for each person participating in the podcast. Then, you can edit everything with an audio editing program such as GarageBand (Mac), Adobe Premiere Pro (Mac or PC), or Adobe Audition (Mac or PC).
You can easily publish your own podcast on your YouTube channel, but how do you get it on big podcast platforms such as Spotify? You can actually do it for free using Anchor. I haven’t arrived at this place yet, but if you made it this far in your podcasting efforts, this seems like an easy process.
Podcasting seems like something that too many people are doing. However, you can make your podcast stand out by applying the content to a specific audience on a specific topic. If you are a Phil Collins fan, just doing a general podcast on Phil Collins may not make you stand out. However, if you make it on something specific, such as Phil Collins’ movie music, your podcast will attract more listeners. Give it a try before podcasts become out of fashion.