Best Choice Ever
At Finding My Psych, we have been producing podcast episodes for a little over three years now (check out the show!). We firmly believe that there is no better way to get your message accessible to the public. If you have something to say, starting your own podcast is the format we recommend. Sure, you could post to YouTube and chase their algorithm. We think it is best to stop chasing the metrics and simply get your voice heard as soon as possible.
Cost: Almost Free to Pro
Starting your own podcast is as easy as recording directly to your iphone and uploading to a free service such as Podbean. There is nothing holding you back. If all you care about is getting your audio available listeners today, it's a snap, and free (after the smartphone purchase of course).
However, at Finding My Psych, our success is the result of thinking bigger. If you want to maximize your reach through SEO, have other services (such as Zoom support groups, etc.) augmenting your message through podcasting, and want to share your perspective concurrently through written content, we suggest you invest in the services and gear supporting your aspirations.
Going Big (Don't Go Home!)
Map out where you want to go with your content. Once are clear that going pro is your path forward, you need to make a few critical decisions. We have outlined what to consider below:
- Website vs. No Website: If you are thinking long term, you will need to create a website that supports your vision. In order to do this, you must choose a web hosting service that supports WordPress (.org, not com). There is no shortage of web hosting services. We suggest Inmotion Hosting. If you do not want the burden of maintaining a website, then publish your podcast directly to a service like Libsyn.
- Podcast Hosting Provider: You will need to publish to a podcast hosting provider. As mentioned above, you can use a service like Libsyn. They are amazing and will get your podcast feed out to all the major services such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, etc. If you are creating your own website with your own domain, then we strongly suggest you use Blubrry. All your episodes will reflect your domain name (good for SEO). It comes with a WordPress plugin called PowerPress that will help you manage the publication of your episodes.
- Digital Audio Workstation (DAW): In order to process your recorded audio, you need a DAW. We use Adobe Audition. It comes as part of a subscription service for all of Adobe's professional apps. We are also photographers, so this is actually a massive deal. There is also free options to consider. We suggest Serato.
- Digital Audio Recorder: You need something to record your show onto. The most basic setup consists of a Digital Audio Recorder and two microphones with associated cables (XLR). In this option, you record your interview to the recorder and then later upload to your DAW for mastering. This is best for mobile applications. For recording, we use both the Zoom F6 and the Zoom H6. Both are amazing! For professional sound, you cannot go wrong with the SHURE SM7B, connected to a Cloudlifter 2 (with phantom power turned on for that channel on the recorder.)
- Mixer or No Mixer: If you intend on recording over Skype or Zoom using a mix-minus set-up, you will need a mixer. This in-studio setup is ideal when using any Behringer mixer. We love the Xenyx X2222. Finally there is an all-in-one setup by RØDE, the RØDECaster Pro. This is a very popular option and takes the headache out of setting up a mix-minus on a standard mixer. While we do not use it ourselves, the RØDECaster Pro is an excellent choice and likely the direction companies are going in.
It is not required that you spend at the Going Big level to get your content out to the public. You have to determine your end-goal in order to decide how much you want to invest. At Finding My Psych, we get a ton of questions about the gear and software we use to publish our episodes. If you are in it for the long haul, we highly recommend making the investment.
If you have any questions, please reach out to a member of our team. We would be happy to share our experience.