As we are preparing for the launch of season two of The Spokesdude Podcast on the 19th of March 2020 and the new Bible Study podcast in April, I have decided to put the Run Yourself Crazee Podcast on hold. The dates of the next-well structured Running podcast will be announced before June.
I would like to apologize to everyone who is affected by this change. We endeavour to bring to you high quality and engaging content. In the process of improving we are working on trial and error basis. We are slowly getting our game together. By God’s grace the best is yet to come.
Be on the look out for the Bible Study podcast called Bible Near You to be launched in April 2020. We shall go deep into the Bible and together learn it’s content. Not only will you be listening but you will also get a chance to ask questions, no matter how difficult they may be. We will get them answered for you. The Bible Near You podcast will have it’s sister called Bible Near You Q & A where we will be answering questions from you.
This episode is not scripted. Lungisa Joctrey is just talking freely about the ease of starting a podcast.
If you have a voice and you wish to be heard, start a podcast. You may think that starting a podcast is expensive but it is not. The basic need for starting a podcast is a recording device and you don’t have to look further than your smartphone. You can use your phone to record your podcast episodes. After recording them, upload them to sites like Archive.org or Soundcloud and start promoting your show episodes on Facebook and other social media platforms.
Some people would prefer to record on a microphone instead of a phone in order to achieve high quality sound. If you are one of those people, I recommend the Samson C01U Pro Condenser microphone. This microphone connects directly to the USB of your computer. I recommend this because it is a Microphone I am currently using. You can also try the Heil Sound Pr40 which is a very popular dynamic microphone.
Just give it a shot. It only takes that first step of getting out of your comfort zone and start recording your first episode. Come on just do it, you’ll thank yourself later.
After you have recorded and produced your audio file, you will need to upload and make it available on the internet .
A website is a home for your podcast. This is the address where people will come visit and hangout. They will find show-notes, affiliate links and much more. It is advisable that you always send traffic to your website first before you send them anywhere else.
Some people are able to host their audio files on WordPress. Since I am on a WordPressplan that limits the amount of stuff I can upload, I host my audio file at Archive.org. There are many other paid solutions out there if you are careful to check. After I have uploaded my podcast’s audio file, I take the link and place it on the show notes so that it can be accessed by my audience.
This may be a bit technical. You will need to submit your podcast to podcasting platforms like Apple Podcast (iTunes), Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and many more. To do this you will need to have an RSS feed for your podcast. This will update these platforms every time you publish an episode on your websites.
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
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.