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Anybody know anything about making a podcast?

Sometimes when I get going posting all this old music I love, I think maybe I should be doing it as a radio show, but then I think this is after all the Twenty-first Century in the land of the interwebs, and so maybe it would be fun to create a bunch of podcasts. I don’t know anything about doing that at all, of course. But then again, I didn’t know anything about blogging when I started doing that either (I know, some of you think I still don’t, haha).

Sometimes not knowing what you’re doing is a good thing. Sheila Gregory and I, along with a few pals, did a lot of work over the years organizing large-scale group art exhibitions on a shoestring budget in unusual venues. If we knew what we were doing, we would have quickly come to our senses and never taken that plunge.

So I’ve started thinking, just considering the possibility of maybe doing some podcasts. I know it’s crazy. Even here at Twenty Seventh Street, my music posts get the fewest likes and hardly ever get comments. Still, it wouldn’t have to have a big audience. I’d be happy with a small circle of friends. The question of the day is this. How do you do a podcast without a lot of equipment and how do you get it where a few people might find it? Suggestions welcome.

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  1. I podcast my short stories on a semi-regular basis at bordersofsleep.com and on iTunes. The podcast has been going for a few years now and has hundreds of listeners. It’s very satisfying and good fun, and I think there would definitely be a niche for what you could offer. I think high production values are important, so a decent condenser mic is recommended. You can use free recording and editing software called Audacity, which is more than up to the job, though. The other thing that’s appreciated by listeners is regularity (I need to crack this myself) so it’s worth setting a schedule for recording and releasing episodes that’s realistic and fits your life – it’s better to do one episode a month than four episodes in one month and then go quiet for two. Growing a listenership is a very slow process and can be disappointing at times. Decisions on format that you make early on quickly stick, and there can be an uproar from listeners if you vary too much it once they’ve got used to your approach. Be aware of licensing issues when playing other people’s music – it’s usually not a problem with podcasts, but be aware. I’d be really happy to offer more pointers and answer any questions if you want to consider it more.

  2. Donna Papacosta (@DonnaPapacosta on twitter) who I met through IABC Toronto teaches podcasting. She has several articles on it (I see her tweet them out) and possibly, a podcast or two, on the subject. She also offers workshops, were you inclined to take a course. Shel Holtz is another name I’d google, as I believe he may have done some writing on it as well (and he does a regular podcast).

    • Thanks Jennifer. I’m hoping to figure it out without a workshop if I can, but if all else fails I’ll learn the normal way. I’ll google the names you suggest. I did a little googling last night and got a very basic lay of the land.

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