1. Everyone is doing it
Okay, so that’s not usually a great reason for choosing to do something, but in this case it is. Because so many people are creating their own podcasts there are tons of resources available. You can start by listening to podcasts - you can find them online, through the iTunes store, or by downloading another app on your phone. After listening to a variety, you can get to know what you like, and then start an idea with a similar structure.
2. It’s cheap
One of the major benefits of creating a podcast, versus creating content via another medium, is how accessible it is. You don’t need to buy the most expensive microphones, and most computers already have software that can record audio. Many smartphones even have the capability of recording audio. You can easily get your voice heard without having to break the bank.
3. Editing is as simple or advanced as your want it to be
If you wanted, you could simply record your podcast from start to finish and have the audio file be your completed show. Personally, I think the fun starts when you begin adding music and sound effects, but it’s really optional. A benefit to editing is that you can cut out any pieces that might include a mess-up, and you can make it more interesting for the listener. As with the previous note, this can also be cheap. There are programs that are completely free that you can use to edit your audio.
4. You’re forcing yourself and the audience to use your imaginations
One of the best parts of reading a story is that you create the images in your mind. The same goes for listening. Sure, sound effects and music might change the tone and feeling of what’s happening, but ultimately you are imagining the people and the stories being told. Even just listening to an interview or something educational, you’re forcing your brain to be more creative and imagine the visuals of what your hear.
5. There are no rules
There are plenty of structures you can follow, but you can do whatever you want. If you can talk about it then you can podcast about it. While listening to other podcasts can be good for choosing a direction to go in, don’t be afraid to make a podcast unique. You can choose to craft stories with voice actors, you could conduct interviews, you could create a comedy show - you can do anything you can think of. And the duration is not set in stone either, so if you only have something to talk about for fifteen minutes, still do it!
NCTV is excited to be offering a new workshop, Podcasting: The Art of Audio, on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 6:30pm. The class is free - you can sign up here, and check out our other workshops while you’re there.
Podcasts Jen’s Listening to Now -
My Brother, My Brother, and Me
The Adventure Zone
The Magnus Archives
Cultural and Educational
How to Be Amazing