23 Dos and 5 Don’ts for podcasters

Gurpreet Mann took to the podcasting communities Podcasting Technology Resources and Podcasters to ask podcasters for their dos and don’ts. She ended up with a long list

5 Don’ts…

“Don’t apologise for not doing the show “on time”.

Allison Sheridan of the The NosillaCast says “Do it on time or shut up about it.” and don’t apologise for sounding like you have a cold. “If you have a cold, your audience will figure that out.”


“Don’t expect time to magically appear in your schedule to do the podcast. You have to commit to it like anything else and decide what you’re going to stop doing in order to make the time (I suggest less TV, but that’s just me).”

Matthew “Lord Drachenblut” Williams says: “Don’t feel that you have to use expensive tools it software. Audacity does wonders.”

Thomas Anderson: “Please go easy on “vocal fry” unless you’re doing porn. It’s just so annoying to hear these days.”

Vocal fry, up-speak and the vocal mannerisms of men and women are a big talking point in audio at the moment. Vocal fry is the lowest register your voice can go: more in this podcast.

…and 23 Dos

“Work on a copy not your original file.”

“I recommend a USB microphone. This helps remove noise from the electronics in the computer.” — Matthew “Lord Drachenblut” Williams

“I think from a disability aspect a transcript to accompany the podcast would be a great asset for the hearing-impaired and giving you a wider audience from the outset.” — Joanna Dowty (Virtuadmin)

Alex Knight of the Hologram Radio podcast network had a number of tips, including:

  • “Get the best [equipment] you can afford. If you’re on a relatively small budget, something like an ATR2100 dynamic microphone is a good start. It sounds decent and has both a USB connection or XLR if you want to use an external preamp or audio interface.
  • “One thing a lot of podcasters don’t pay enough attention to, is mastering and optimizing their shows for current loudness compliance standards. Many podcasts can be either too quiet, too loud, or have clipped audio. I recommend learning as much as you can in this area.
  • “Adobe Audition has great built-in tools to optimize your podcast for current loudness standards. Auphonic is another third party app that does a great job of optimizing your audio.
  • “There are many good options [for hosting]. I’m biased in that I recommend FeedPress as I work there. There’s also Libsyn, SoundCloud, Blubrry, and others that offer good podcast hosting and analytics.”

And  Allison Sheridan emphasised the importance of having passion for your subject – and a community:

“If you want feedback, do create a community for that feedback — have a live show with a chatroom, create (and participate in & promote) a Google+ or Facebook community…[and] answer your emails!”

Andreas Auwärter‘s tips include:

  • “Care about your listener’s feedback.
  • “Develop your own style.
  • “Think connected: [Actively look] for people in a similar [field].
  • Know your limits — in doing, telling, saying, designing, texting, composing.
  • “Sometimes an open question to your recipients can end much more powerful than giving all the answers.”

“Don’t ever settle push the limits of what you think is possible. Book your biggest interview and crush it.” — Thomas Anderson

“When asking questions of a guest, be curious. Your outline or script should only be a starting point and should not serve to prevent you from asking about an interesting concept or idea that comes up.” — Critically Drinking

“Give some thought to your studio/work space! What do you need to have in front of you (besides the microphone) as you record your show? Will you have co-hosts, guests, laptops, musical instruments? Will you do most of your recording in the field, reporter style? I just rearranged my “studio” so that I have a dry erase board with my outline directly in front of me while I record. That has been indispensable.

“Be sure to record a minute or two of ambient room noise. There are going to be times when you’ll need to do some edits, and it’s good to have that “silence” to splice in.” — Jason Klarl of the The Travelogue podcast

12-year-old Lucy of the Great Battles of History Podcast says:

  • Listen to lots of other podcasts, amateur and pro, near and far from your niche. Get a sense of what is out there and how it works, or fails.
  • “Give an email for [your contact info] on the podcast.
  • “Have someone edit your podcast (if you have a script).”

Keep the technology as simple as possible, but no simpler. Don’t let someone talk you into buying a pile of complicated gear. Bands break up every 5 minutes, so there is lots of cheap audio gear out there you can get.” — Paul Carr

And my favourite from Greg Elwell

“Have a purpose.”


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