There are many ways to create a podcast. This is how we do it.
My husband, the Blind Woodturner, and I host a live podcast, At Home with the Fishers, on YouTube every Monday evening at 19:30 here in the UK. We started with a loose format of us talking about the previous week and anything of note that we had coming up. Lately it’s evolved to include a Maker Monday segment where we invite a maker to join us and start by asking the same four questions:
- why do you make?
- what has the maker community given you?
- what do you love to make?
- tell us something that the maker community doesn’t know about you
These questions get the conversation started and invariably lead to other things.
Sometime during the week before the podcast I will create a live YouTube event and schedule it for the following Monday at 19:30. (Go to Creator Studio, Live Events, New Live Event, fill in the details such as title, description, start and finish time, and select Quick (for Google Hangouts). Subscribers can then see the live scheduled event.
On the day of the podcast I launch YouTube and the Creator Studio, click on Live Streaming, Events and select Start Hangout on Air. From there I can invite our guest or copy the link to the hangout and send that to them. The live event doesn’t start until I choose the go live option. For the first half hour we can chat to our guest, make sure the tech works and just get ready.
During the live stream subscribers can live chat, ask questions, chat amongst themselves or post comments. We like to welcome people throughout the podcast and answer questions as we go.
Once the live stream has finished I click end broadcast and the live stream is then saved to our YouTube channel.
The following day I download the YouTube video (using iTube Downloader) and then import it into iMovie. I extract the audio and save that. I also do a simple edit to cut the Maker Monday segment for upload to the Blind Woodturner channel.
I upload the audio to Anchor. I’ve found this to be an effective way to syndicate the podcast (they do that for you) so that it’s available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and several other podcast apps.
I use a standardised icon for Anchor – it just defaults to this for each podcast – and also update the thumbnail on YouTube to show the episode number. I use Canva to create these graphics.
If you wanted to skip the live stream option you can record straight into Anchor. It’s especially user friendly as there’s a drag and drop function so you can make a podcast in no time, as well as record on location.
We love doing our podcast. It’s not especially polished, it’s us live and at home, but people seem to enjoy it and keep coming back for more. Introducing the Maker Monday segment has also created extra interest.
The beauty of making a podcast is that it can be as unique as you are, you need very little tech and what tech you do need doesn’t cost anything.
Why not give it a go? And, if you do, let me know. I’d love to listen!