seawasp (seawasp) wrote,

About podcasts...

I have a little Podcast studio that I've finally started playing with. I haven't a clue what I'm doing, but I have figured out how to get it all connected and get sound to go from the provided microphone into my computer (which has Audacity as the recording/editing app).

What I know NOTHING about is what to do with it afterwards, and what the expectations of people hearing podcasts ARE. I don't listen to them myself -- I never got into talk radio stuff and I can't listen to people reading books on tape  -- but I know a lot of people do, so I need to have some idea of what people expect.

My plan is to read my books, a chapter or two per podcast, and maybe intersperse with particular facts or anecdotes about each sequence in the book (for instance, in Grand Central Arena I would mention that the protagonist's full name, Ariane Stephanie Austin, is a reference to Steve Austin, the Six Million Dollar Man).

Is this a reasonable general plan? Do people listening to podcasts expect to hear something other than voices (background music, etc.)?

What format do I have to save the final audio files in for use as a podcast?

Would it be a good idea to turn them into Youtube presentations with some relevant still images (for example, showing the map of Zarathan and zooming in on the location for the current chapter)?

Any advice?
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