New Podcaster Resources – Getting Started!

Here are some podcast resources that helped me with the Gleaming the Gibson: A Hacker Podcast and the decisions that drove me there (where applicable). If you are a new podcaster, too, then these may be helpful to get you started.

Note that these are my personal opinions, so it may not be the best of the best or even suitable for you, but there should be something helpful here if you’re looking to start a podcast!

Service Providers

  • Riverside.fm: hosting recording sessions and providing separate audio tracks per guest, uploaded via the client browser so any network issues won’t affect the audio quality. ($19/month)
    • Pros: separate audio tracks per guest without loss of quality, interface is easier to use than some others I tried
    • Cons: I cannot schedule an episode in advance AND automatically send out guest invites, so I have to do it manually (not a big deal, but not ideal). Note that you can schedule time in a “studio.”
  • simplecast.com: hosting of your final podcast episodes, complete with an optional domain name. ($19/month).
    • Pros: Interface is OK, but I love the per-podcast pages and the ability to add external links. It also provides a friendly GUI for the player when you link on Twitter. UI is pretty straightforward, but some things I had to google to understand how to do all the things.
    • Cons: I wish I could create internal pages for the website (like an About or Contact page), but styling options are limited, etc. It isn’t a proper complete website hosting, just a templated shell for hosting podcast content (which I ideal for me right now).

Royalty-Free Music

I used audiojungle.net. There may be other good sites for royalty-free music/audio, but I’ve always had a good experience with the parent vendor (Envato Market), so I stuck with them.

After searching for hours to find music that fits the theme/feel I was going for, I found it for only $9!

There were other cooler ones, but they were more expensive or not as good as I needed. You’re sure to find something from the many thousands available there. I may still change the audio at some point; it isn’t quite nailing it perfectly but like 90% there.

Mixing/Audio Software To Make The Final Podcast Track

Videos

Equipment

Books

Potential Upgrades

  • Using my DI box to use a non-USB microphone of higher quality.
  • Donation link once the show takes off for folks to donate to help cover the costs so I can do it for free and create swag to give away to guests.
    • I made a “merch” store from the logo for folks that want stickers with all profit going to the podcast expenses.
  • Transcription service (~$1.50/minute) so I can have a text chat transcript.
  • Show notes service so I can have someone else pull out soundbites and links.
  • https://wavve.co/ service to create sharable audio clips for social media from podcast episodes. ($13/month).
  • “After hours” episodes or other ways to continue discussions about particular topics that may not have a broader appeal but are more fun and free-flowing chats.
  • Mobile podcasting ability. I want to mic a guest or guests for a live on-the-spot recording that still has separate audio tracks for everyone AND is of high audio quality (think cons, meetups, hangouts, etc., if people are open to it and the podcast takes off).
  • Pay a designer to develop better branding for shirts, coffee cups, and stickers.
  • Pay a designer to develop a challenge coin design and then order challenge coins that are only awarded to guests (past and present).
  • Pay a musician to develop podcast intro/outro tracks unique to my podcast with the exact stuff I’m looking for.
  • Learn to speak and enunciate better. My words can sometimes blur together because my speaking isn’t super crisp. I am unsure how to fix that; I will need to work with a coach?