This series is all about libsyn podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!
Q & A’s with Joshua from The Creative Studio Podcast
When did you start podcasting?
I started podcasting in February 2013.
I first heard about and listened to podcasts in late 2011/early 2012.
I started learning how to start a podcast in December 2012 by listening to a couple podcasts about podcasting (shout out to Dave Jackson, Daniel J. Lewis, and Cliff Ravenscraft).
Why did you start podcasting?
I started podcasting for two main reasons.
First of all, I had been blogging and wanted to add the extra dimension of audio to my content.
Secondly, I was helping people with developing their websites and part of the process was helping them come up with ways to add continuous content on a regular basis.
What’s your show about?
The Creative Studio podcast helps to conduct experiments with podcasting.
I started this particular podcast in July 2015 to help people with general online content creation. I was going really broad, covering blogging, websites, video, podcasting, and social media.
I also started with a seasonal format. Season 1 was a very broad sweep of content.
Season 2 narrowed down to websites and blogging.
Season 3 covered how to podcast.
Season 4 covers how to create a narrative or NPR style podcast. Season 5 is yet to be determined!
What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.
For a microphone I have both the Audio Technica ATR2100 USB microphone and a Heil PR–40 that I go between.
With the ATR2100, I use it both with a mixer and directly into my computer, depending on my circumstance.
I have two different mixers that I’ve gone back and forth on: a Behringer Xenox 302 USB and a Behringer Xenox Q802 USB.
I use the 802 if I need more than one microphone.
From the mixer, I go to my computer through the USB cable.
I will also sometimes use my Zoom H4nPro digital recorder, and this is becoming a more regular process.
When recording Skype calls, I use software called Amolto.
I use Adobe Audition for solo shows and for editing. For my personal shows, I don’t do a lot of editing; but when I edit for clients, the editing level will vary from light editing up to cutting all of the ums, ahs, and other stumbles to make it sound professional.
I will export the mp3 through Audition either at 64kbps Mono or 128kbps Stereo.
How have you promoted your podcast?
I’m not very good with promotion!
I send some tweets and a post on Facebook and Linkedin.
If I have a guest, I’ll share the links with them and tag them with their social media handle.
I actually struggle with sharing my content in fear of being viewed as too self-promotional, especially in podcasting groups (which would be my target audience) because self-promotion is usually not allowed in those groups.
I have been able to share my podcast as a guest on a couple other podcasts, and I’ve had a couple connections as a result.
What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?
There are several things that I would have known when I started my first podcast.
To name just a couple, I wish I knew WHO I was trying to speak to, WHAT their pain points were, and HOW I could help them through the podcast.
I never really nailed that down, and I fluctuated a lot in the type of content. When I didn’t see the results I hoped for, I started to let the consistency drop. I made some changes after almost 70 episodes, including the name of the podcast.
Another reason I wish I thought this through more is that the podcast had no real connect with the side business I was trying to build. Even though I enjoyed creating and content and interviewing, my attention was split between building multiple platforms.
If you want to get creative with your podcast and get ideas on how to take chances with it, you need to subscribe to The Creative Studio Podcast!
If Joshua inspires you so much that you want to start a podcast experiment of your own, we’d love to be your podcast host! And if you need the 411 on podcasting, we have this monthly Podcasting QuickStart that will sort it all out for you!