Podcasts are becoming more and more popular every day. Research shows that in 2017, close to 67 million people were monthly podcast listeners. Today, that number is probably even greater. The interest in podcasts has risen greatly in the last few years, and the results are starting to show with the release of new podcasts each and every day. There is so much content out there in the world and we are finding new ones that we enjoy every single day. There is always something for everyone. No matter what your interests are, what genres you like, and particular topics you want to talk about, there is definitely something out there for you to enjoy and experience. At some point, you want to stop being a listener and start being a creator. There is always room for more content in the world, so there is no reason to be shy or hesitate in creating. So let’s talk about how to make a podcast.
One of the first things you have to keep in mind when thinking of creating a podcast is what you want to talk about. Content is one of the most important aspects of making a podcast, so think about your interests and things that you enjoy, and see what you can pull together. While there is already so much content out there in the world, you can find something that is special and niche to you. Something that not everyone is talking about. Something that can be yours that you share with everyone, that you can share your views and experiences on. You just have to find that one specific thing that will make it special, and get to creating your podcast. This might be the hardest part about creating a podcast, but once you have your special idea, the rest of it is the fun part.
Next you’ll want to think about some of the contextual things like demographics. Who is your target market (do you have a specific one?), what are they interested in, how old are they, how do they listen to podcasts, etc. All of these things and your topic go hand in hand, so if you have a specific direction you want it to go in, it would be best to try and figure that out beforehand. Maybe you want to discuss politics, or art and movies, or our ever changing society. So who exactly would you be trying to reach with these broad topics? There are a few ways that that could go, but it all depends on what very specifically you will be discussing, as your content will draw your demographic, and your demographic will influence how you discuss your topic. How you want to record your content is something to keep in mind too. Do you want to stick with the old stereo format, or do you want to try something a little different like 3D podcasting, something no one else is thinking of with their podcasts?
When you have all of this figured out, how exactly are you going to publish it? There are tons of ways to get your content out there in the world–there’s Apple, Spotify, Google Play and Soundcloud, to name a couple big starters. Each platform has its ups and its downs, so try and think of the one that you use the most. Do you listen to all of your music and podcasts on your phone or your computer? On Apple or Google Play? How you listen to your podcasts is how you might make yours available to others.
How are you going to record it? What kind of podcast equipment are you looking for? Is this something that you are doing just as a hobby? Or is this something that you are taking seriously and want to continue as time goes on? Where are you recording most of your content? All of the answers to these questions will influence the kind of podcast equipment you are going to get for yourself. The type of podcast you are doing, where you are recording the content (and how), who is working on it all should be taken into account when you are choosing equipment. Your podcast environment is an important aspect of creating a podcast and producing your podcast. Do you need a rugged, portable microphone set-up? Do you need something that you can just plug right into your computer? Are you looking for something that will help you get the most bang for your buck, and the best quality sound? Recording your podcast shouldn’t be a massive headache, and we don’t want it to be for you, either. So when you are thinking about what you might need to create a podcast, check out this piece on the best podcast recorders, too:
Finally, something to make your podcast especially unique is your cover art. Make something that stands out! If you aren’t too savvy with graphic design, get a friend and collaborate on it to get the best art that you can for your podcast. But don’t save the collaboration just for the cover art–podcasts are a great way to grab a few friends together and make something fun. They are a great opportunity to get different views and ideas together and discuss them in a fun and safe environment, and then share them with the world.
Podcasts are great for a variety of reasons. They can be funny, informative, educational, soothing–a myriad of things. They are a new form of a social community that has come up in the last few years, and it’s only natural to want to become a part of it. Podcasts can be about anything and everything, but the tough part will be figuring out what you want yours to be about. It should never be a stressful process either. But whether you are doing this as a side hobby, or for fun, or you want to put out real content, there will always be an ear that will want to listen. Something to keep in mind when you think of ‘how to make a podcast’, is that making a podcast should always be fun.
Keep on listening and keep creating,