Podcasts, since their inception in the early 2000s, have become more popular than ever. More and more people tune into podcasts as they provide on-demand entertainment you can listen to as if a recorded radio show. Podcasts cover a range of topics, from true crime to gardening advice all the way up to literary criticism and philosophy. Of course, you can also enjoy a few guilty pleasures, such as a comedy from your favorite stand-up, or even those run by interesting characters giving you more insight into your life.
If you’re interested in home blogging, perhaps running a home podcast could be a great addition to that. As there are quite literally millions of podcasts out there as of the time of this writing, it’s important to make sure yours stands out, that you have fun with it, and that you take this process at the pace most important to you.
In this simple guide, we’ll discuss a few techniques you can use when setting up a podcast, and how to get it seen by others.
Come Up With A Fun Name
Starting with a fun name can be the best way to identify the brand, theme, and overall scope of your podcast. Perhaps you could title your home renovation podcast something simple, like ‘Homes Made Good,’ or something with a little more wit and charm. If you can, try and find a name that will be easy to search and find on social media, one that preferably isn’t taken. If necessary, you could also register a domain address with a certain extension preferable to you, such as .net or the country domain code most applicable to where you’re podcasting from.
A fun name might seem like a basic step, but it can really help you begin to define the character of your show, including what home advice you hope to give over time.
Consider Episodic Themes
It’s good to think of your show, however frequently or infrequently that you post episodes, as belonging to an episodic structure. This way, you can really delve into topics that make sense to you and your home decoration or renovation insight.
For instance, perhaps the first episode could talk about the history of your home, the design elements you have applied to it, and how those have changed over time, as well as mistakes you may have made in the past as a fair warning to your listenings. The second episode may take a detour and talk about pest control in your state, and what concessions or practices to make or stand by in order to keep your home protected. When you settle on a weekly or bimonthly theme like this, you have more time to put together that which you hope to say, as well as consider all of the lessons you’ve learned as someone used to managing or renovating homes.
Consider Your Guests
Consider the guests you may like to bring to the table ahead of time. You may be surprised at how willing they are to come and speak about their own insights, and this can add some flavor to your podcast. Perhaps you have a few home blogs you like reading or influencers you have followed, and inviting them on to talk and promote their brand while also giving you insight could be a great way to grow, network, and add even more value to your show going forward.
Podcasts can also be a great format to sit down and really dig into a worthwhile conversation. The more you do this, the more fun you’ll have on your podcast too, which is essential for the show to feel worthwhile in more ways than one.
Set Up The Technical Side
Setting up the technical side of your podcast is essential, of course. Registering with podcatchers like iTunes, Spotify, and apps like Podcast Addict with a website RSS feed is key. Setting up the best wireless microphones so you can sit comfortably apart from one another in your home can be key too, as can purchasing a mini-mixer preamplifier where you can ensure the levels of both microphones are stable.
You may also find value in downloading a free editing program like Audacity and running the audio through that, so you can easily edit this file later on. From there, the process will become more familiar to you and the audience will slowly build.
With this advice, we hope you can get the best from running a fun home-oriented podcast.