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Overcoming your podcasting fears - myth buster!

Want to begin podcasting but feel like something is holding you back? This post is for you! Getting started can be daunting, so we’ve broken down some common fears and myths about creating your own podcast.

“I don’t like listening back to my own voice”

You’re not alone! This is something that even celebrities like Star Wars lead Adam Driver struggle with. In simple terms, there is a discrepancy between how we perceive our own voice and how others do due to the way sound passes through our own ears. If you’re feeling sciencey, you can read about this here. When you’re editing, it may help to focus on the words you’re saying, rather than how it sounds to you. If you think nerves are affecting how you sound, consider recording in a comfortable setting, talking about something you’re passionate about, or even having friends as guests to start with to kick of a natural conversation.

“Isn’t podcasting expensive?”

It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking you need to spend hundreds on great equipment from the start. In reality, if you’ve got a computer that can run editing software you’re pretty much good to go! However, one thing worth investing in is a basic microphone. Many inexpensive mics are easily available to purchase on Amazon for less than £15. Remember, you can always upgrade later if you want to! Hosting your content can have monthly charges, however, hosting with us here on Reason is totally free!

“What about audio editing?”

If you have a Mac, Garage Band is a great place to start! Not only is it free, but it comes pre-downloaded onto your Mac. Another popular software (available on both Mac and PC) is Audacity, which you can find for free online. If you want to explore some other free options this article is a great resource. If you do have the budget for a purchase, or already have the Adobe Suite downloaded, Adobe Audition is a solid software choice. Descript is also a useful tool that allows you to view and edit the transcript and the audio at the same time. When it comes to learning to edit there are plenty of free tutorials on Youtube and Udemy. If you have done video editing before, you will find it is a very similar process to audio editing and that many of the same skills apply.

“I don’t think I have enough followers on social media!”

Although having a pre-existing social media following might help in creating an initial buzz around your podcast, it really isn’t necessary for starting out! The conversion rate between social media followers to podcast listeners is low so starting/maintaining a social media account for a podcast is a low priority. If you're looking to build a community around your content, you can do this by submitting and claiming your podcast here on Reason! With our platform, you can interact directly with an audience who are passionate about your podcast.

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"How do I know if podcasting is right for me?"

Try it. Some people love it and some people hate it. There is some work involved but if you enjoy creating it is worth it. We think you should commit to releasing 4 episodes when you start and then review how you found it. Try different recording styles, welcome a range of guests and see what works for you.

“How do I get my podcast out there for the public to hear?”

You can submit your podcast directly to Apple PodcastsSpotify and any other podcast player. Most podcast hosting services should be able to do that for you.

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How do I engage with my listeners?"

That’s where we come in! We’ve made this easy for you. Once you have an RRS feed, you can submit your podcast here completely for free. Once you are on Reason, the public will be able to listen to your podcast! Not only that, but as the host of your podcast you can use our platform to interact directly with your new audience.

Starting a podcast is easy and we think everyone should try it. With free hosting on Reason there is nothing to lose and who knows what might happen?

Good luck!

Lois

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