In Episode 031, we dealt with the things you’d need to start a podcast.
Today I will speak to you about “How to start a podcast.” I feel that the items
listed in episode 31 may not be clear enough for some people. I took it upon
myself to prepare this short tutorial that will teach you how to start a
podcast with zero or very minimum budget.
To start a podcast you will need two sets of tools. These are offline and online tools.
tools, you will need:
We established that you would need a computer. It is also possible to
use your smart phone, but for simplicity’s sake, please use a computer.
Yes, you will need microphone. Ideally for a start, you can get a USB Microphone from Amazon. I use personally a Samson C01 Pro USB microphone.
It is always good to get feedback of your recording while it happens,
than to record a good 45 minutes only find that there is no recording because
the mic volume was too low. Headphones will help give you an idea on how your
recording will sound.
This is a computer software which you will use to record and edit your audio files. I use a free software called Audacity.
A Good Quiet
It is best to record your podcast episodes in a quite space to avoid disturbances. You don’t what your listeners to hear your dog barking or your neighbors fighting.
Next week will shall deal with online tools for podcasting
You may have
heard people talking about a blog before and perhaps you have been wondering as
to what on earth is a blog. If not, then you already know what a blog is and
you will agree if I say, the word blog is short form of the word weblog.
Basically a blog is website which is regularly updated with new posts on daily,
weekly, biweekly or in some rare awkward cases, on yearly basis.
Why should you want to start a blog?
many reasons why people would want to start a new blog. Some of those reasons
would be boredom. One would pass some extra time by putting a line or two out there
for others to read and hopefully to comment on it. In short blog writing can be
done as a hobby. A lot of people have started blogs as a hobby with no
particular purpose in mind.
On the other parts of the world there are people who would start a blog for business purposes. One will start a blog to promote a particular service or product, hoping that, some lonely people who have extra money would be interested in reading and perhaps end up buying what he has to sell.
write blogs just to inform the public about the events that have taken place in
their local communities. Basically, these people are the pain in the butt to
the news agencies. Instead of waiting for tomorrow’s newspaper, people will now
go to Mindy’s blog and read about a tornado which stole Mr Smith’s car and
planted it on Mrs Huckleberry’s roof top, just minutes after the events. Mindy
will even have a picture or video which was taken as it happened.
start a blog to entertain their readers. They would post fictional stories,
poems, lyrics to famous songs and more.
for starting a blog are endless.
When you have resolved to start a blog and you don’t know how and where to start, this is your day to know. I am going show what you need to start a blog and how to start a blog.
What do you need to start a blog?
You need to have a good idea what your blog will be
about and what do you want to achieve in the end. You need to determine what
kind of a blog it will be. This will help you to know what to write about on
regular basis. You may want to start a business blog, where you showcase your
work. It could also be a place where your customers can actually book your
services or make orders for the product you have on offer. My blog is where my
podcast episodes are found. It serves as a go to place for my podcast
publish your blog, you need to ask yourself these questions:
is your reader? Where is your reader located? Is your blog intended for men or
women? What is the current situation of your reader? Are they in business? Are
they employed? What value do you bring to them? Why should they read your blog?
What is the cultural back ground of your reader? In which language are you
going to write?
of the time we get a temptation of wanting to speak to the whole world, but in
reality, not everyone will appreciate what we have to say. It is better to
focus on a specific audience to which you can bring value. So, these questions
will help you to narrow down to a specific audience. They will also help you to
focus on a specific niche. Once you determine the reason for your blog and the
people it is intended for and the value you wish to bring your audience, you
will know what to write about. You will have a good idea on what to research
and then present to your readers.
Name Your Blog
blog has a name. A blog name sets it apart from other blogs in the same genre.
People cannot find your blog if you refer to it as a news blog. There are
thousands of news blogs in the internet. You need to give it a good name. A
name could be anything. It could be “Lungisa’s Blog” or “The Weed Man” or
something that is befitting and available.
You need to have a good idea what your blog will be about and what do you want to achieve in the end.
Your blog must have a domain name. A domain name will in most cases match the name of your blog, if it is available. For example, my domain name is: thespokesdude.com. It is easier for me tell people where to find my blog. When you start a blog with hosting companies like WordPress.com, the default domain name will be thenameyouhavechosen.wordpress.com and this is on their free hosting plan. In the case of my site it is thespokesdude.wordpress.com. This may work for you while you are starting but in the long run depending on what you wish to do with your site, it is better to buy a custom domain name. WordPress.com at this moment charges $18 for a custom domain name if you choose to stick with their free hosting plan.
So you have a name and a domain name for your blog, now you need a hosting service. I currently use WordPress.com. WordPress.com has five different plans for blog hosting. There is a free plan which is very basic and restricted. This one is best for just getting started. There’s also a Personal Plan for just bloggers and for personal use. Then there is a Premium Plan which best for freelancers, they also have a Business Plan which is best for small business and an E-Commerce Plan which is best for online stores. Depending on your budget and the purpose for your site, you can choose from any of these plans and begin working on your blog.
Without an internet connection you will not be able to do what I have told you. Your blog can be started using a smartphone, a tablet or a computer. These devices must be connected to the internet.
Tips For Publishing Your Blog
The Frequency of your posts
is very important to commit yourself to your blog. Decide on the frequency of
your posts. This mean you need to choose whether you will be posting daily or
weekly? If weekly, how many posts per
week? If you decide to post on Monday, it is important that on each Monday you
publish a post. Never skip an appointment with your readers. If you post on
random days, your readers will not know when to expect your posts as a result
they will be turned off and move on. Be consistent.
Stick to your Niche
It is important for the sake of your audience to be consistent with both the timing of your blog posts and with the content of your blog. If your blog is about gardening tips, then stick to gardening. Your readers will not appreciate it if one day instead of receiving a post on gardening, they find themselves reading about politics and the elections. Stick to your niche! Make sure that your posts are well researched and useful to your audience. This will build your credibility. You will be able to retain your current readership while receiving new readers.
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Today’s Episode is for those who wish to start a podcast but have no idea as to what they need in order to accomplish this dream.
To start a podcast you need these five things:
An Internet Connection
You will need an internet connection in order to have your files available online. After recording and editing your audio files, you will have to upload them onto the internet. Your listeners will access your files via the internet.
A File Hosting Service
On the internet you files will not be float in the air. They will be located on particular place. You will have to find a place where you will keep you files. Some people use Soundcloud, or Dropbox but I use Archives.org. This is because I am a cheap skate and I try my best to reduce the cost for what I do. There are some paid services which offer most professional assistance like Bluehost, Squarespace and many more.
You will need a website. A website is a home for your podcast. This is where your audience will find show notes and many other things you have to offer. A website is place where your audience get to know more about you. You can begin with WordPress.com
A Recording Device
You will need to record your audio files and in order to accomplish that, you need a reliable audio recording device. You can use a USB Microphone like I do.
The USB Microphone plugs into your Computer and you are able to use your Digital Work Station to record and edit your audio. Get one on Amazon.com
When recording or after recording your audio files, you will need a computer in order to edit your audio and upload to the internet. If you are a traveling person I would recommend that you get yourself a laptop computer. For convenience Amazon.com has wide range of Laptops and Desktop Computers.