What do you need to start a podcast?

You might have heard or read that all you need is a microphone – but it’s a little more complicated than that. Now, it’s a little too long to cover in just one post or podcast episode, so I’ll be breaking down the steps in multiple episodes later on. I’m also thinking about doing a course on podcasting if enough people are interested!

First, you should have some idea of what you want your podcast to be about.

Once you have that idea, then you can choose a format (will it be like a talk show? a one person monologue? will you have guest collaborators?)

Now you can start thinking about equipment – how many microphones? where will you mount them? do you need an interface or are they USB?

Where are you going to host your podcast? It’s kind of like a website – you have to buy storage and bandwidth somewhere, and prices can range from cheap to very expensive (but with a lot of add-ons!)

At this point, you should try writing a podcast script, or at least bullet points so you will know what you want to talk about.

When you record your first show, make sure your environment is quiet so you won’t spend too much time editing out noises afterwards.

You’ll also want to think about podcast artwork – does your podcast have a theme (like sci-fi, mystery, just chatting, etc.?)

And then you’ll want to submit the podcast to the various platforms like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, etc.