There are people who are natural writers and then there are people who struggle with words.
To be fair, good writers practise and practise until they get to where they are now. My philosophy is there is no shortcut in life.
Nevertheless, if you have concluded writing is truly not your forte nor passion, you can try podcasting. If you can’t pen it, then tell the story as they say.
In fact, this is one of my upcoming projects for my website. I am going to try incorporate a podcast.
In this blog, I am going to share what I learnt about podcasting, why you may want to start your own podcast and how you can do it.
Without any prior experience in podcasting, how do I teach all that? Well, I have a mentor. His name is Pat Flynn and he is the founder of this awesome resource known as Smart Passive Income. I am a big fan of his podcast and over time, I came to realise how powerful podcasting is as a medium to share valuable information that can help your subscribers.
Advantage Of Podcasting Over Blog Post
In podcasting, you can tell a story and emotionally connect with your audience better.
The pen may be mightier than the sword but nothing beats that emotional connection when you go under the mic and get into the head of your listeners.
With a podcast, you can share more details than a written article since humans absorb the verbal language faster than reading chunks of text.
Setting Up For Your First Podcast
Things to Prepare:
- A Microphone. Pat recommends the Audio-Technica ATR 2100. It is a great microphone for anyone starting their podcast because it is inexpensive and it plugs straight into your PC/laptop USB port.
- Script to help you guide the flow.
- Software to edit your recorded podcast (audio file) – Mac users can go for GarageBand and PC users can try Audacity. Both are freeware.
- You may not be able to afford a studio right away but a quiet environment away from busy roads is a good start.
- Naming your Podcast Channel + Album Art for your Podcast Channel (at least 3000 x 3000 px)
With your first audio podcast recorded, the next step is to upload it so that people can find and download it.
There are different ways to do this. iTunes is of course where you eventually want to setup your podcast channel so that listeners can subscribe and receive fresh content each time you publish a new podcast.
Pat Flynn has a great tutorial for doing this and I am sharing the video link here. It is a wonderful video tutorial and is part of a video series for podcasting 101. Through it, I also learnt why it is important not to publish your first podcast to iTunes until you got at least 3 podcasts pre-recorded. Amazing sharing and tip from Pat himself!
Alternatively, one of the best places to put up your podcast is on your website so that your subscribers can download it.
How Podcasting Can Improve Your Blog Content
Perhaps you are someone who excels at podcasting as opposed to writing blogs from the get-go, I have good news for you.
Your podcasts can be turned into masterpiece blogs. By transcribing your podcasts yourself or through an outsourced freelancer, you can publish your audio podcast in written form as blogs.
Commonly known as show notes, this is a perfect way to get your content out through different medium (podcast, blogs etc.)
The reverse is also true. If you have a great blog article, you can also turn it into a podcast.
What do you think of podcasting, is it your cup of tea? Share your thoughts and experience and I personally love to hear from you ideas on how I can start my own podcast.