To podcast, you have to set up a website, get your RSS feed in order, set up a podcasting plugin (if you are using WordPress, which I recommend you do), get your artwork together, submit your first episode to itunes, wait for approval, blah, blah, blah.
Or you go to a free service or some paid podcast hosting, and you set up everything there, and blah blah blah.
That’s a lot of work to get started, and if you look at the iTunes directory, you will see a ton of podcasts that began with gusto, then podfaded about five episodes in. Often times, podcasters go into the form blind, not knowing there is a lot more to podcasting than talking on a mic.
I would usually tell people to be a guest on a podcast to see if they liked it. And I like the idea of finding out if you are comfortable talking on a mic (or ever will be) before jumping into things. But that doesn’t tell you what producing your own show is like.
Recently, I’ve started a little project called Tapeleg’s Take, a brief hockey “podcast” that talks about one topic for about three minutes. It’s short, focused, and designed to hep me become comfortable talking on a mic solo, as well as getting more material out there. But you won’t find it on iTunes (yet) and you won’t find it on a website. And I would recommend to any new podcaster to try this method of podcasting before jumping into a full fledged podcast. I call it Guerilla Podcasting.
How to Guerilla Podcast:
1) Set up a free Dropbox account. Dropbox is an online storage system that gives you two gigabytes of space for free. You can share files and entire folders with people, either privately or publicly. Install the Dropbox application on your computer. Did I mention it’s free?
2) Got a twitter account? If so, great. If not, get one.
3) Record your podcast episode. I would tell you to keep it short, but hey, it’s your show, so do what you like.
4) Turn it into an mp3. There are tons of ways to save .mp3 files, so I’m going to let you do that on your own. Chances are, your recording and editing software can do it for you. If not, get Audacity and go through their instructions for the LAME encoder (no, really, that’s what it’s called).
5) This is where the magic happens. Put your podcast episode in your Dropbox’s Public folder. Then, right click on the file and get the URL of your file. On a Mac, it looks like this:
6) Paste that link into twitter, and tell everyone.
That’s it. You just put a podcast episode on the web. You are a podcaster.
No, this isn’t the perfectly SEO/SEF/LATEEDA (which means la-tee-da) way to go about things. If you like it, you can start a podcast site or add a regular podcast to your blog. But starting out, this is a fast and easy way to get your audio out in the world, without doing all the extra work to set up a regular podcast. And hopefully, you liked this so much, you will become a mighty force of podcasting soon enough.