I have been addicted to podcasts since I discovered them about 6 years ago. They are free and a wealth of information on almost any topic.
I listen to many subjects ranging from yoga (Kevin Boyle), reading (The Guardian Books Podcast), self improvement (Rich Roll), there is so much out there. Fiction, true crime, even podcasts on podcasting.
Some, you will love and some, you will hate, but I guarantee that you will find something that’s for you.
I think that they are so successful because we can take them with us anywhere. The first time I camped by myself I had my phone filled with podcasts because I was afraid I would hear a bear in the forest. In hindsight it may have been better to have been able to hear the bear but I slept well in my ignorant bliss.
For some reason I cant stand almost any radio DJ I have ever heard and I’m not big on music so I listen to podcasts when I’m, cycling to work or out on the road for the day. And they all fit on that tiny device I complain about so often.
Some of you may know that I am in the process of publishing my first novel (The Pagans Revenge).
I have written fiction for a few years now but struggled to find a publisher. I also have an inbox folder full of rejection emails for my short stories that would make anyone wonder why I keep trying.
That got me thinking, if I can’t get published, why don’t I just broadcast them online myself? Its free, and one youtube video later, I was ready to go. I probably shouldn’t have included a link to the video – now you don’t have to continue reading.
My first step was some free sound editing software, Audacity is great and easy to use. It can get rid of background noise easily and if you have a decent mic you will have great sound quality. I currently don’t use a mic and the sound quality isn’t bad but I plan to buy one before starting my Back2BasicsLiving Podcast (coming soon) where I will be interviewing local people (to Vancouver) who inspire me.
Youtube has a great selection of non copywrited music and sound effects you can include also.
The next step was to get the Podcast online, I used Spreaker as mentioned in the video I shared. It can connect to ITunes, Stitcher and Spotify and it is free for a certain amount of hours storage.
I am so grateful for my listeners (all three of them – including me). It has allowed me to share some of my short stories which were not accepted by publishers. You can find it here if you are interested.
If you have any questions or if you have any fictional short stories you would like read on my Podcast you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also watch out for our upcoming podcast from back2basicsliving.com where we will be interviewing world champion kick boxers, yogis, health experts and many more.
And remember, podcasting is a free and easy way to get your material out there.
Thanks for reading,