Have you been thinking about starting a podcast? Not sure where to start or what’s involved in planning and uploading an episode?
Let’s walk through the prep and maintenance steps together. I made a list for you so here’s how to start a podcast using Anchor.fm
One of the cool things about Anchor.fm is it’s a springboard to get on other platforms like iTunes, Stitcher, Google and more. At the moment, ‘Joy within‘ is on 10 platforms but I upload content directly to Anchor.fm
Write a theme and paragraph description of your podcast
Decide on a launch date or season
Think of a title
Set a publishing schedule and general episode duration
Create a free account on Anchor.fm
Make a list of categories and topics
Choose intro music and at least 3 template tones (like a bell, chimes, harp or special sound effect to use for different segments
Make a list of potential guests
Draft a welcoming and concise invitation letter and use that as the template
Design podcast artwork and the feature pic for episodes with guests
Draft a release form for guests (if needed, or log the email invitation and confirmation)
Email invitations (with ideal date and time) and request a promotional pic, byline and social media handles
Follow up with intermittent (not pressing) calls or messages to re-confirm
Add event in Google Calendar and invite guest by email. That way, they can also confirm there and any reminder/s you set will also notify your guest simultaneously.
Do research (on topic/guest) and make necessary notes
Prep (at least) 3 main points to highlight if hosting solo and (at least) 9 questions for interviews
Record episode (ideally with a good mic. Most of the time, I use an AKG 414 and Logic Pro. You can also record using your phone mic or a headset mic, but a top mic is much better for clarity in your audio.) Start where you are, and grow from there.
Promote artwork for the upcoming episode on your blog and social media
Edit and review content
Listen meticulously to audio then transcribe, proofread and write description (make notes of interesting quotes)
Batch content for episodes when you can
Upload and publish episode. Share on your blog (inserting transcribed text)
Send links to any interviewed guests first
Promote new link and your podcast channel
So, let’s have a quick tech talk. Here’s a run-through out the apps to use so it all comes together well:
Anchor.fm – free app and podcast springboard platform where customer service reps actually reply to your emails. You can monetize your podcast (once you’re in certain countries – Barbados isn’t yet one, but that’s okay) by recording pre-written scripts for their affiliates and inserting the clips anywhere into any episode.
Grammarly – spellchecker and sentence structure suggestion program
Canva – the graphic design app of choice for creative freelancers
Social media: fb, IG, Twitter, LinkedIn…
So now you have the prep steps outlined and tech mentioned, how do you keep track of your content? Well, I recommend logging the following info for each of your podcast episodes in Trello, Asana or another project management app of your choice, for your archives:
⁃ transcribed text
⁃ related artwork
⁃ log links
⁃ episode description
⁃ confirmation email/any release forms
⁃ publishing date
⁃ guest info (website, social media)
Maintaining a channel takes planning, patience, proactivity and consistency.
That said, you might have noticed there was a slight pause on ‘Joy within’ podcast. Now there are about 4 fresh episodes (interviews) uploaded in April 2020. Click here to listen and share a link you like with someone you love.
Meanwhile, is any specific content topic you’d like me to share on or post about to help you on your creative career journey?
‘How To Start A Podcast | Checklist & Tech Talk’ was first published on ‘Joy within‘ blog