Podcasting: 7 ways to make a lot of podcasts quickly
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In response to a post on a Google plus group where I talked about doing four shows a week, Jerri Williams asked, “I don’t know how you can do more than one show a week! I must be doing something wrong. It takes me several days to conduct the interview, gather the materials and get them ready to publish. I also plan to write a blog post twice a month. All of this while working on my second novel. What’s your secret?”
This is what I wrote:
1.I rarely do interviews. When I do, it’s only one a week.
2. One of my shows is a q & a show, so when I get a question by email, on twitter, youtube, etc., I answer the question and then put them in a folder. When the time comes, I’ve already answered them, so I grab three, and just say what I was thinking when I answered them initially.
3. The other three are areas I’m an expert in, so I can talk about any of them at any time. I just narrow the possible topics and pick one to talk about.
4. I do series. So, my monday show is about new media, social media, and the web for churches, so I’m in a series on podcasting. I just pick a topic and talk about it (with a small outline as a skeleton).
5. I do fairly short shows: 5-15 minutes each.
6. My editing is pretty simple. I do a show in one take and open it in a template in my editor which already has the open and closing media imported. Then, I only have to import the media, trim off the beginning and end, mix to mono, and finally, export and upload.
7. Everything is set up (including a compressor and my lights and camera b/c I video podcast, too). So all I have to do is attach my lav, turn on my lights, and press record.
I’ve been podcasting off and on since 2005, so I’ve slowly learned these things.
Bonus tip: Know the difference between “sloppy” and “good”. A lot of people are perfectionists. If you wouldn’t feel bad about a mistake in-person, I don’t worry about it in a recording. I came to this conclusion when working in local television and the news anchors were so much harder on themselves for recordings than live. That’s no big deal for a 15-second promo, but when you’re preshooting a 30 minute segment with one shot, it’s a big deal when a mistake happens in 29 minutes.
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