I love podcasting! I started my show in late 2010 and it has been a blast. It's a new medium with lots of potential to become mainstream and it isn't going away anytime soon.
Who wouldn't like to have their own radio show?
Anyone can podcast
Think about it:
- Anyone with a computer and internet connection can record a podcast episode.
- There are tons of “How To” videos on YouTube teaching us how to upload and promote
- There are no laws and there is no FCC regulations on what you can or cannot say
It is an ultimate First Amendment Right – Freedom of Speech – and everyone is invited to the party!
I can't get enough of podcasting
I am currently subscribed to over 45 shows. Some release weekly, some release monthly, one releases daily (I'll let you try to figure out which one that is). My iPod Nano replaced the CD player and car stereo years ago and I have probably consumed more than 5,000 hours of content.
And here I am looking to start another one. My vision for this site is to provide tips and tricks to help you get a podcast started – or to stop you before you get too deep into it. I am hoping to release a video version as a podcast. Stay tuned for more on that!
I also hate podcasting
I'm not going to lie to you; I have a love/hate relationship with podcasting. It takes a lot of time and effort to produce a quality podcast – and a little bit of money. My podcast, the MoneyPlan SOS podcast, didn't make any money in the first year because I didn't know what I was doing.
Every episode took at least 5-8 hours of prep, performance, and primping before they could be released. There are a couple releases I wish I hadn't put out there and I have plenty to look back on and say “Wow, I used to really stink at podcasting”.
It's similar to a marathon runner: You work hard to get to the race and even harder running it. You feel a rush of relief when it is over but soon you feel depressed because you need to start the process over again in order to be ready for the next race/release.
If you are truly interested in releasing a podcast
Don't make all the mistakes I made. Don't waste a bunch of time trying to figure out which MP3 converter works best or lose out on some of the little-known shortcuts when using Audacity.