Creating a podcast is easy. We will begin by addressing hardware and software issues and then introduce you to the world of recording, publishing, and promoting your very own podcast!
- Hardware: To begin podcasting you will need a microphone and a headset. It would be best to purchase an all in one unit. You can try using the comparison shopping website Froogle to shop around for the best deal. Try to get the best system you can afford because the greater the quality of the headset and mic the better your podcast will sound. Also, needless to say, you'll need a computer. Nothing too fancy, but I'd advise at least Windows 98 or, better yet, XP-at least 128 MB RAM and of course a sound card. Now to software...
- Software: If the best things in life are free, Audacity is the best audio editing software around. Well, maybe not, but it is free and even if I had enough to get one of the higher end programs I'd still go with Audacity. Better yet, it's available for Windows, Mac, and even you Linux users. You will need to install an MP3 encoder yourself to create mp3s. You can get instructions for this here or get answers to any other questions here. OK, you can now breathe a sigh of relief that your new-found hobby won't break your bank!
- Recording: You are now on your way to creating the next podcast sensation. Well, maybe not, but at least you can try. It's all in the idea. Hopefully you already know what your topic is but if not, don't be dismayed-just pick a subject and say something interesting about it. The average podcast should be anywhere from 10 minutes to 40 minutes. When recording be sure to speak clearly, enunciate, and use a speaking style that will entice people to continue listening. While doing so try to let yourself be as natural and creative as possible. It may be best for you to speak in a conversation-style manner with a friend or relative.
- Publishing: Now you have completed the first episode and want the whole world to see what you have created. First let close friends review it and tell you what needs to be improved. Once you have a finished product you can then publish it. If you have a blog you can upload the mp3 and link to it from the blog. Then submit your blog if you haven't all ready through FeedBurner. If you don't have a blog either set up one or simply use a podcast hosting solution.
- Promoting: Here comes the fun part, telling everyone about your brainchild. You should use every avenue available to tell people about your podcast. Tell your friends and family and coworkers. Talk about it on your website(s) and blog(s). The possibilities are endless and if your podcast is that good it might just take off on its own.