Hello, and welcome to the inaugural episode of the '101 series' on the English Plus podcast. I'm your host, Danny, and I couldn't be more excited to kickstart this new journey with all of you. Whether you're on your morning jog, driving to work, or sipping that warm cup of coffee, we're glad you chose us to accompany you.
Just a quick heads up before we dive into the meat of the matter. This series, the '101 series', is a special collection of episodes coming to you every other week, designed to give you the essential knowledge and tools needed to make a head start in different exciting fields. Think of it as your cheat sheet or even a crash course, if you will.
Today, we're starting right here, in our own backyard, with 'Podcasting 101'. Yes, you heard it right! Today, we will peel back the layers of what makes a podcast tick, how you can start your very own podcast, and most importantly, how to make it successful.
We’ll be traversing through the valleys of podcast genres and formats, climbing the hills of recording and editing, and finally, setting up camp in the heartland of promoting and monetizing your podcast.
If you've been bitten by the podcasting bug, or simply curious about how this whole thing works, stick around. This episode, my friends, is going to be a wild ride.
Let's begin with the fundamentals. What exactly is a podcast? A podcast is a series of spoken-word content that you can download or stream from the internet. It's a lot like a radio show, but with the beauty of being on-demand, which means you can listen to what you want, when you want, where you want.
The birth of podcasts can be traced back to the early days of the internet when they were nothing more than simple 'audioblogs'. The true rise of podcasting took off with the introduction of iPods and other MP3 players, so much so that the term 'podcast' itself is a combination of 'iPod' and 'broadcast'.
The surge in podcast popularity can be attributed to its accessibility and convenience. All you need to start your own podcast is a microphone and a unique idea. Additionally, the on-demand nature of podcasts is ideal for our busy lives - you can tune in while commuting, exercising, cooking, or just relaxing.