Creating a podcast

I co-host Design, Build, Test, Repeat with Eric Bailey , a podcast that discusses design and building user interfaces for web applications.

Shameless plug; our first episode, 00 Introductions, can be heard below:

A few things I’ve learned from preparing, recording, uploading, and setting up the podcast:

Prep work

Eric and I wanted to keep our podcast fairly informal, so we created a rough verbal outline of things to chat about before the show. Due to this, our preparation work was fairly minimal, as our conversation is natural and not scripted. If you have podcast that needs to be more formal or descriptive of a specific story, your prep time will be greater.

Recording matters

The audio quality matters. We recorded this as a prototype with gear we had on hand, and a quality mic that was loaned to us. We each had a microphone hooked into a mixing board, giving us each our own channel. We’re lucky enough to work with some serious audio folks, and Jeremy Brody did a great job of cutting this podcast for us. We did get some electrical interference, from some power wires enclosed in the wall, and we’re going to address that for our next episode. For a prototype, we thought it was pretty solid and wanted feedback — so we released it as Episode 00.

Uploading

We’re hosting our podcast on Soundcloud, due to their ease of uploading, sharing, and creation of RSS feed. From here, we were able to submit the feed to various locations, including everyone’s favorite, iTunes.

When naming the podcast, put your episode title first and then your podcast name, ‘00 Introduction : Design, Build, Test, Repeat Podcast’. Due to the limited real estate of the title in iTunes, you want to make sure that the title is shown. This is something I messed up in Episode 00.

Setting up

Additional sources of sharing include a website, dbtr.fm, and a twitter account, @dbtrpodcast.

The website is a simple Jekyll blog, with an _episode collection created to store each podcast. A simple list of show notes is included, linking to each topic we chat about. This list of notes is quickly put together after the show, and helps provide references for a listener. We’re currently using the base Jekyll styles with font family and colors modified; and we’ll iterate on that as time progresses. If you’d like to fork the repo, you can find it on Github.


Do you have a podcast or experience running one? Let me know what your process is and the road blocks you encountered on twitter: @mkivikoski