I started blogging many years ago. My
first post went out on the 6th of January 2010. It wasn’t the
greatest post ever written since I had no idea what I was doing. I published a
post whenever I felt like publishing one. Some posts are months apart and some
are years apart. The reason for this, is that, I didn’t know how to do blogging.
In my first year of blogging (2010),
I managed to collect 442 views and 4 likes. Of course this was pathetic. Some of those
views, were mine. Needless to say…and I am going to say it, even though it is
needless to say. I continued to produce content which was interesting only to a
very few people. I used to write very short posts and one of the friends I had
met in 2011, advised to me to write longer posts. I noticed that he had a
larger following and had many engagements on his own posts. I took his advice, thinking
that people will be miraculously attracted to my posts and there was no much
difference except that it took me much longer to write these posts and as lazy
as I was then, I just couldn’t commit myself on any form of schedule to write
and publish blog posts.
If you were to follow The Spokesdude blog then, you would have been confused as when to expect a new post. There was no particular order of publishing. If you were to ask me about the purpose for my blog posts, I wouldn’t be able to give you a clear answer. I was just passing time, or more like wasting it.
In 2014 I had an epiphany. What if I
recorded messages and the put them on my blog and share them on Facebook. I didn’t know that I was soon to be introduced
to podcasting. I must admit that prior to 2014, the word podcast made no sense
to me. I never even bothered myself to find out the meaning of podcast.
I figured out that my superpower was speech and my English which was somehow praised by many South Africans. They said my English was unlike the English that spoken by ordinary black South Africans. In that super English I began to record myself, using my phone and then I sent those recordings to my friends via WhatsApp and BBM. Later I found some computer headset which had a mouth piece for making skype calls. I used that to record my first episode of the Spokesdude in 2015. It was a work in progress. That first episode, when I am listening to it today, it sounds absolutely terrible. It carried and important message but the sound was absolutely revolting. The problem with my earlier episodes is that, I had no specific day in which I published an episode. This was my undoing. In 2016, I enrolled at a Bible college and I had to put The Spokesdude on hold for 3 years. In 2018 I graduated from the Bible and I decided to relaunch the Spokesdude Podcast. On the 20th of December 2018, I published the first episode following the relaunch.
I followed the likes of John Lee Dumas, Cliff Ravenscraft and other top podcasters who were offering free advice and free courses which are related to podcasting. One of the things they taught and practiced and I noticed other podcasters do, is consistence in their posting activity. John Lee Dumas posts one episode seven days a week. I heard that he records, his episode back to back on a single day. I decided that I will post every Thursday, as long as my podcast exists. Hence today, is the 38th episode and the 38th week since the relaunch of The Spokesdude Podcast.
I realize that in the blogging and podcasting
industry, no man or woman is an island. In order to make it you need to listen
to other podcasters and read other people’s blogs. When you make well-thought
out, meaningful and relevant comments on their posts, you attract visitors to
your own site. Based on your comments some people will wonder about who you are
and what you have to offer.
Recently I have many likes, views and
follows on my blog because of my headlines, tags and categories. Had I not read
other bloggers, I would not have known that I have to write tags on my posts as
one of the ways attract traffic to my blog posts. Last week alone the tag “blogging”
drew a large number of visitors. I was amazed when I saw this.
What I used to be 9 years ago have disappeared through the years. I have grown to focus myself on the needs of others and meet them somewhere. The thing I learn from fellow podcasters and bloggers can be applied even in business. You cannot making on your own. You need fellow human beings of like mind to help you reach your goal and also help them reach theirs.
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.