Hi everyone, this week I am talking about my audio podcast I created. I first had to decide on a subject to discuss in the podcast. The podcasts time limit two minutes long and we could not go over that so having to stay within the time frame was challenging. I chose to talk about what I have learned in the course so far. I wrote out a the first draft of the potential content I was going to place in the audio podcast. I then arranged it into a written speech. The next step was timing myself reading it out and then I saw it was over the two minutes. The next part was fun condensing down the information in the podcast, quality control.
After I finished tinkering with the content I recorded it on my laptop with the Audacity program. Before I recorded the podcast I needed to find a suitable place to record it. The place had to have soft furnishings as we learned in class if there are too many hard surfaces such as concrete the sound bounces off them and creates unwanted background noise. I tried a few places such as my room; I covered the walls with towels but it is a small, angular room so it didn’t work out. I found my location…in my car. The key was that there was no wind and I live in a quiet area so there is little passing traffic. I took my laptop into the car and made my recording. I was happy with the results because when I was editing the piece I found little background noise. I took out a few unwanted pauses and faded in and out podcast.
The next stage in the process of successfully uploading an audio podcast was to send the podcast online and create an RSS feed that viewers can subscribe to. I also uploaded my audio podcast to iTunes. The website I used for my self hosted audio podcast was Feed Burner. This is a website that creates an RSS feed for you in a few easy steps. I also used a host site called Podomatic to host my RSS feed for me.
To complete the task I went into my WordPress account; set up a new page titled ‘Audio Podcast’ and pasted my RSS feed links into the browser. That has allowed other viewers of my page easy access to listen to my Audio Podcast.
Here is a link to my WordPress Audio Podcast page where all my RSS links are available for subscription. Alternatively you can get access to the Audio Podcast at the top of this blog and click the link titled, ‘Audio Podcast’.