[UPDATED July 7, 2018 at 1:01 PM CDT]
Thank you Jim Stovall and students at the University of Tennessee for listening to me talk about podcasting!
This post includes some of what we discussed, with links to get you started.
I’m always interested in exploring ideas, especially in the field of podcasting. Feel free to contact me anytime.
You can also leave comments and questions below.
“I love to tell everyone to take what they think a podcast is, and throw it out the window. The magical thing about podcasts are that anyone who wants to be a publisher can, and it can take any format, function, etc. that they want it to be. The sky’s the limit, and creativity is rewarded. Fly high, young minds!” –Dan Franks, co-founder of the Podcast Movement
Read the research on changes in media
Edison Research shares data on media consumption in the Infinite Dial report.
The Podcast Consumer 2018 focuses specifically on podcast consumption.
Podcast for practice
Generally speaking, you get better at a thing if you practice that thing.
You can start a podcast purely for the sake of practice. But approach that podcast as if you have thousands of listeners. Give the audience something of value as you practice your craft.
Find something interesting in your community. Write and produce an episode about that. Practice making audio stories.
If you want to improve your vocal delivery for broadcast, public speaking, or even acting, then start a podcast to practice those things.
Interviews are challenging to me sometimes, and that is something you can also practice with a podcast.
If you just want to make sure you have the technical skills down, make a podcast and practice.
Join a podcast group on Facebook
Listen to multiple metapodcasts
A metapodcast is the term I use for podcasts about podcasts. These are shows that focus on various aspects of podcasting, including the technical, business, performance, and craft of communicating (primarily) through audio.
***Someone encouraged me to make sure I tell you that podcasts can be video too. I prefer audio, but video podcasts are a thing!***
Listen to more than one metapodcast.
They each have different perspectives. This list of metapodcasters will give you several ways to think about podcasting.
Metapodcast with Jason E. Norris (my 100 episodes in 100 days experiment)
***** Currently undergoing a rebrand!
Podcast Local with Jason E. Norris (also meta, but focused on telling the stories of your community.
The Audacity to Podcast with Daniel J. Lewis
The School of Podcasting with Dave Jackson
Ask the Podcast Coach with Dave Jackson and Jim Collison
The Showrunner with Jerod Morris and Jon Nastor
Podcasters Roundtable hosted by Ray Ortega
Podcraft with Colin Gray
Pod to Pod Podcast with Mathew Passy
The Feed (from libsyn) with Elsie Escobar and Rob Walch
She Podcasts with Elsie Escobar and Jessica Kupferman
Your Podcast with Todd Cochrane and Mike Dell
New Media Show with Todd Cochrane and Rob Greenlee
Spreaker Live Show with Rob Greenlee and Alex Exum
Podcast Method with Dan Benjamin
The Podcast Engineering Show with Chris Curran
Podcast Digest with Dan Lizette
Podcast Junkies with Harry Duran
The Cliff Ravenscraft Show with the Podcast Answerman
Profitcast with The Real Brian
Podcasters Paradise with The Real Brian