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How to Podcast: A Beginner's Guide to Podcasting

How to Podcast: A Beginner’s Guide to Podcasting

I’ve got an exciting announcement today – we’re ready to release something that I’ve been working on for quite a while now, and I think you’re going to like it! Fanfare please – How to Podcast: A Beginners Guide to Podcasting is finally here!

The most common questions and queries we get here at The Podcast Host are around the question: How to Podcast.

“What is podcasting?” “How do I make my own podcast?” “How do I create a podcast in my own area of interest?”

Well, this guide answers all of those questions and more. Here are the chapter titles to give you an idea of what I go through:

  • What is a Podcast? Using Podcasts as a Listener
  • What Equipment do I Need to Create a Podcast
  • Recording Your Podcast, Editing Your Podcast and Publishing Your Podcast

I go through all of the equipment that you need to get involved in podcasting, from the easiest recorders to use to the best value microphones to enhance your sound. I go through simple editing tasks in Audacity – everyone’s favourite free audio editor. I even give you some tips on great places to find free sound FX and background music. This guide should give y0u everything you need to get involved in podcasting. So, download the guide today and then, if you’re inspired, join us on The Podcast Host.

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I can’t resist giving one more teaser, here’s an excerpt from the start of the book to get you going:

What is a Podcast?

A podcast is really just a series of audio or video recordings.

For example, BBC Radio 1 have a Podcast called ‘The Best of Chris Moyles’. This podcast is a series of audio recordings from Chris Moyles’ radio show, broadcasting the highlights of the show every few days.

A podcast episode is one audio or video file from that series, much the same as TV programmes have episodes which are one part of the whole series. The word ‘podcast’ refers to a series of audio or video files, while a ‘podcast episode’ is one audio file from that series.

What Kind of Media can Make up a Podcast?

As you’ve picked up by now, podcasts can be either audio or video. Most commonly they’re in an audio format, simply because that’s the easiest way to record them, and it makes them easy to use as you can listen to them on the go on your MP3 player. Some people record a series of videos though, more like a TV series, and release it as a podcast.

What form does a podcast usually take?

Podcasts, when you listen to them, are mostly very similar to radio shows. Each podcast will have a particular theme – e.g. mountain biking or knitting – and each podcast episode will talk about a particular subject in that theme – e.g. how to knit a scarf or how to jump your bike.  You’ll normally have either one presenter, or a few, talking about that subject, and sometimes you’ll hear interviews with guests.

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