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How To Start A Poetry Podcast

Patricia from I started out through illness and ignorance.

I was very ill, and I needed something to do to distract me from being very ill, and I was already a hobby writer. So, I started writing and recording my haiku.

I thought haiku would be very easy to do because, let’s face it, we all know haiku is a three-line poem with 17 syllables, don’t we? And actually, it’s not, but you know, that’s what I thought at the time.

So, I started recording it, and my husband says, “Why don’t you podcast it?” Because I was podcasting for my business at the time, and I thought, “Okay, fine, we’ll try it.”

So, I fully expected to be talking to myself for a very long time and then stopped doing it, but I very quickly found people were talking to me, sending me emails, sending me their poems, giving me clues on how I could write better.

And so, it continued like this, and I started increasing the community by doing various bits and pieces like giving topics for people to write on, creating a journal, and now we’ve got other things like our YouTube channel, etc. So, we just got bigger and bigger all the time, and it’s been quite a surprise to me, I have to say.

So let’s imagine that we have a poet who wants to begin podcasting, but they’re not sure where to start. They’re like, “Oh my gosh, what kind of microphone do I get? What about the background noise? My microphone hears everything. What about the software? I’m just not going to do anything.” What would you recommend?

Okay, well, I’d say when you’re just thinking about podcasting, there are a lot of things you need to do before you even pick up the mic.

But if you have decided to pick up the mic and start a podcast, I would say to you, don’t worry about buying lots of equipment because most of us wander about with a nice phone of some description that we can record on for the time being.

We can get cheap or free podcast platforms. And there are some really good apps out there that you can use for recording and editing; I use Audacity, which I just adore, and it’s free.

So I would say you can pretty much do podcasting at the beginning for little or nothing.

In fact, then if you start getting interested in it, then you start putting together your kit, if you like, and it can get a bit pricey at that point. But when you do decide to go and do some podcasting, for goodness’ sake, don’t make the mistake that I made at the very beginning.

At the very least, put a donation button on your page because that’s going to help you with some of the costs. Or “Buy Me a Coffee,” which Poetry P does have. Put that on your podcast webpage because people are very kind, and they will give you a donation if you’re offering something of value.

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