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Step one: Narrow your topic and find your niche
Just like blogs, there are a ton of podcasts out there. That means that you can probably find a podcast about everything under the sun already. Don’t get discouraged! While nearly every broad topic is already covered, you just have to find your spin on things to make an old idea something new.
Step four: Tag and export your MP3 file in Audacity
Exporting your podcast as an MP3 file should be easy now because you set up MP3 exporting before you started recording. There’s still some important things to do when you export, though. To make sure your file is ready to be uploaded somewhere, you need to edit the file’s metadata (also known as “tagging”). Metadata is information that displays no matter what the filename is and includes things like title, track number, album, and the name of the artist.
Before you start, be ready to commit
Before you rush into things, it’s important to keep in mind that podcasts take a lot of effort to get going. They’re not just recordings of people talking (not the good ones, anyway). Pat Flynn, host of the Smart Passive Income podcast, recommends you treat podcasting the same way you would any other big project:
Optional: Add podcast chapters
Podcast chapters are a great way to grant users more control over their listening experience. Your podcast might cover a wide variety of topics, you may want to give your listeners easy access to your segments, or you might want to save listeners from potential spoilers. It’s not a requirement, and very few podcasts use the feature, but if you’re trying to present a more polished piece of work, podcast chapters certainly help.
Daniel Hart, a performer and composer from Dallas, Texas, composed the S-Town theme. He has toured and recorded with St. Vincent, the Polyphonic Spree, Broken Social Scene, Other Lives, and many more. For the past five years, Daniel has been composing music for film and TV, including Disney’s Pete’s Dragon and the documentary Eating Animals. Daniel and his band, Dark Rooms, are currently finishing their second album.