My Guide to Starting a Podcast

As many of your know, I’ve had a podcast called Flinteresting since September 2016. Since starting it, I’ve talked with many people who are interested in starting their own. So, I decided to put together this quick guide to help them and others getting started.

Recording Tools

I currently use Garageband v6.0.5 since the current version of GarageBand doesn’t have podcast-specific features. However, that version of GarageBand is showing its age, so I’ve been thinking about trying Audacity soon. We record with two Blue mics — one Yeti and one Snowball. Additionally, I use Skype with Soundflower to call and record our remote member of the crew, Mike. Check out this link for details on setting up remote guests that way.

Hosting

While I initially used SoundCloud for hosting our podcast, I recently switched to Liberated Syndication (aka LibSyn) since it’s more tailored to podcasting. I may write more about the differences after a few months on LibSyn, but for more on hosting solutions, check out the iTunes Hosting Partner Comparison.

Distribution

Once you’ve uploaded your first episode(s) to your hosting solution, you’ll want to take that RSS feed and get your podcast on all of the services! Here are the links:

Also, one of the great things about using LibSyn as your hosting solution is that it’s easy to distribute to all of the services from their user portal.

“Destinations” in LibSyn

A Few Lessons Learned

  1. If I could do it again, Flinteresting would have been about evergreen content from day one. Listeners know that Flinteresting was pretty topical for the first eight episodes, and as a result, old episodes are less relevant (who wants to listen to thoughts on Trump’s prospects from September?). We’ve since changed things as of episode 9, and the feedback has been great.
  2. Recording a podcast is easy…editing it is a pain. Unless you really enjoy the intricacies of audio engineering and look forward to spending hours listening to your own voice, you should find a good audio engineer/editor.
  3. I’ve read that optimizing for getting lots of subscribers in the first month or two really increases your profile in iTunes. To do that, many podcasters start with a backlog of material to release during those first few months. Some also release an “episode zero” that serves as a preview or commercial for the podcast.

Additional Resources for Podcasters of Color

Submit to the Podcasts in Color Directory

Twitter Hashtags: #podsincolor #supportblackpodcasts

Here’s how to get in the Black Podcast Callout section of Buzzfeed’s Another Round’s Newsletter:

  • Name of the show
  • Host/s of the show
  • Description of the show
  • How to listen to the show (iTunes? Stitcher?) WITH LINKS
  • How to follow the show (Twitter, email, Facebook, etc.) WITH LINKS
  • A picture of the show’s logo (if applicable)

Want More Tips?

I’ve been planning to create a Google Group for sharing podcasting tips and tactics. If you’re interested in joining the group, email me at don@flinteresting.com! Also feel free to email questions about any part of the process. Good luck in becoming a podcast star!


Originally published at www.aguycalleddon.com.