Since October of last year, I’ve been growing my chronic illness podcast, Chronically Healing. I’ve had a couple of people ask me how I got started, so I thought I’d take you through some of the basics of what I use! Now, these aren’t the only options out there – just what I use.
Name & Artwork
To me, the name is the hardest thing to come up with! Thing of something catchy, but also something that has a keyword in it. What would listeners be searching for? I’ve gotten quite a few podcast interviews because my podcast pops up if you search chronic illness.
For my thumbnail, I was trying to save money so I created mine in Canva. We all know how much I love Canva – haha! I have two types – one with episodes with just me and ones with a guest so I can quickly just add something in. Now, I don’t lovvvvve my thumbnail and it’s probably something I’ll get designed once I have a little extra cashflow! It really doesn’t matter for now!
And unless you’re already a popular podcaster or celebrity, I wouldn’t name your podcast something like “Jessie’s Jams!” – honestly it’s just not searchable. Angie Lee talked about this on her podcast – she waited until she had almost a million downloads before she changed her podcast to the Angie Lee show.
Recording & Editing
I honestly hate editing, so this will be the first thing I hire out when I’m able to. Just not my zone of genius! I currently edit right within Audacity and then export it as a MP3 to upload to Libsyn.
For hosting, I use Libsyn. I’ve heard of other options, but for now – this works for me! I pay about $15/month.
You can go ALL OUT for podcasting or just start small. Honestly, all I have is this inexpensive mic from Amazon and it works just fine! I hook it up to my Mac, sign into Zoom and off I go! If my podcast keeps growing, someday I may change out my equipment, but honestly – that’s all you need to start out!
I’m using the free version of Acuity Scheduling (for now – may bump up to the paid version at some point!) in order to schedule my interviews. I fill out my availability and when someone signs up, they get sent a questionnaire to help me have enough information to actually interview them.
Once scheduled, I’ll send them a Zoom link and an email explaining what the interview will be like and typical podcasting tips (AKA go to a quiet room.) I also send a reminder email the day before our chat to be sure they’re still ready to talk!
I hope that helped! If you have any questions or want me to go more in depth on anything, let me know!