I haven’t written in this space since I told you all I was going to start a podcast and the reasons why I was embarking on this adventure. I even revealed the name and the artwork which ultimately ended up changing as I worked through the process. It was my intention to launch the podcast on International Podcast Day, but iTunes approved it fast than I had expected, so its launched now…and waiting you to listen. I realize you might not know what the heck I’m talking about, so I’m dedicating this post to teaching you about podcasts and how to listen.
What is a podcast?
A quick google search provides this definition: a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or portable media player, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically. The Pew Research Center has seen steady growth in the number of people listening to podcasts. Apple coined the term podcast ten years ago when it provided an app for the iPod that was used to deliver digital spoken word content.
How do you listen to a podcast?
If you have an iPhone, iPad, or Mac computer, you can simply use the build in podcast app to search and download podcasts that might be of interest to you. If you don’t have an apple device, try downloading the Stitcher app on your Android devices. Some also use Soundcloud from their laptops. I usually hook my phone up to the speakers in my van via bluetooth. It works great as I travel from home to work or school to school. You can find podcasts about almost everything you can imagine. Hunting and fishing? Yes! Fantasy Football? Yes! Beer? Yes! Business tips and tricks, education advice for teachers and parents, athletics, pro sports, ESPN…the list goes on. If you are unsure of what to try, get the Clammr app which is sorta like Instagram for audio. Clammr provides 15 second clips of podcasts in channels you indicate you are interested in hearing.
Let the producer of the show know you like the show?
Podcasts are most often produced by individuals for the purpose of sharing a passion for something with others. It is much like a blog, and if you like a blog, you LIKE, comment or share in various ways both online (social media networks) and in person (general conversation). In the podcast world, subscriptions, ratings, and reviews are how podcasts measure their success. Most podcasts appeal to a specific niche of interest, so if you like a podcast, there is likely a community of listeners gathering somewhere. The podcast might have a dedicated Facebook page or group or potentially a hashtag functions as a space for listeners to gather. Engaging in the community will likely add to your enjoyment while listening.
What you can do for me?
Well, if you are reading this, you are either a family member, friend, or colleague, and I would really appreciate your help. I realize most of you are not people who will listen to my podcast regularly because I actually create it for educational leaders trying to find their way in a world chuck full of great tech tools. However, you can still help me. iTunes has a section they call “New and Noteworthy”. Once my podcast went live I have 58 days to get into New and Noteworthy which helps me get more organic listeners who are likely more tied to my niche. You can help me get there! If you simply go to iTunes or Stitcher, and subscribe to my podcast that helps my numbers. If you really want to help, you could listen to an episode briefly, and then rate and review it.
To sweeten the deal, I’ll provide a list of podcasts in a variety of categories in my next post. That way you can subscribe to a few more while you are there.