Podcasting 101 – Part 1 – Choosing your genre >> Passion is the key!
The Beginning – Podcasting Ain’t Easy
So… your thinking about starting a podcast? That is awesome! Hopefully you’ve given a lot of thought to your topic and are passionate about your subject. Some people get into podcasting thinking they will make money from their podcast right away by selling advertising or getting a sponsor for their show. Now, this is not as easy as it may sound and a lot of new podcasters end up becoming discouraged after 5, 10, 20 or more episodes and end up quiting out of frustration. Why? because podcasting is a lot of work. Planning and organizing your episodes is time consuming. Finding and scheduling interviews can be difficult as well if that is what you are planning on doing in your show. Recording and producing your podcast is the easy part, once you have the equipment and the technical know how. For me this is the most fun part of the whole podcasting process.
Post Production Ain’t Easy
Then there is post production which includes editing out umms and ahhhs and cleaning up the audio with filters and effects. This can be incredibly tedious and very time consuming. Some podcasters prefer to record “live to hard drive” which means recording the show as if it was a live show and releasing the show as is without editing.
First Things First
To get started with podcasting you really need to work this out first. The genre you decide is going to consume a LOT of your time and if your doing it only because you are trying to make money podcasting you may not make it. You’ll have to produce your show for a long time before you build a big enough community to monetize the show. And if your not passionate and truly interested in your subject then you will struggle through the process of producing your show.
The Key To Your Success
Passion -> If you are passionate about a subject you will be talking about the subject every chance you get anyway. Regardless of whether or not you start a podcast you will find every excuse to converse with people about this topic. If you would do a show on this topic for FREE and with pleasure then you have found the right topic for your show. This is the most important factor when starting out. If your not passionate and energized by the topic you will probably podfade very quickly. By the way, Podfading is a term which refers to podcasters who have started shows and were unable to keep them going. Don’t be a podfader… pick the topic or topics that light you up when you start talking about them.
Once you have your topic, then what? First you need some basic equipment…
Coming Soon >> Part 2 – Podcasting 101 – Bla, Bla, Bla …. Bla, Bla !!!