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  1. Like any project, a podcast should start with an idea. First, you should think about the concept that will be an integral and recognizable feature of the podcast. It can be narrow, such as: each issue is a separate chapter in one story, a conversation on a highly specialized topic, or a fairy tale by a modern author. Or it can be quite broad: each issue is an interview with people from completely different spheres of life, a conversation with friends about movies, TV shows and games, or conversations about life with a co-host.
    It seems to me that podcasts with interviews are one of the simplest genres, because all the content is created not by the author, but by the guest. The author's task is only to find an interesting person, know a little about the topic of the conversation (and then not necessarily, you can be in the role of a complete layman) and set the course of the conversation. It is easier for such projects to become famous, because if you get a star guest, you will get some of their fame. The most popular shows on YouTube also work.

    I am more fascinated by podcasts where the author creates the content himself: thoroughly studies the topic, writes a script, takes short interviews to confirm the point of view, and directs all this in a way that is interesting to listen to. This path is very difficult, but more interesting and creative.

    Why did we choose the niche of voicing translations of foreign articles that our subscribers choose?

    Once you have decided on the concept, you need to start implementing it. It requires equipment. Modern USB microphones are quite high-quality and you can safely take them without thinking about the whole path for connecting studio XLR microphones. If you have an interview, it is advisable to use two identical microphones so that everything sounds smooth on the recording.

    Good advice on choosing equipment is provided on these YouTube channels: Podcastage, Booth Junkie, Let's Record It! (Russian) and djshop.by.

    The most important thing is to take care of the room in which you will record, it should either be acoustically prepared, or it should have a lot of furniture that will absorb and disperse sound reflections.

    You will also need to master a program for recording and processing your voice. Any debate about modern workstations (DAWs) is pure taste, they all give the same sound and differ only in the usability of a particular person. Personally, I use Cockos Reaper, it is paid, but the only restriction that you will have if you do not pay is waiting for five seconds when starting the program. At the first launch, the Reaper seems simple. When you start to understand it, it seems too complicated. And when you have everything set up to suit your needs, it becomes the most convenient in the world.

    Good lessons on Reaper in English are available here, and in Russian here and here.

    You should also work on your voice and diction. It's hard to listen to people who don't speak well.

    Then you need perseverance and the ability not to give up. If you are not willing to invest large amounts in podcast advertising, then development is likely to be slow and difficult. In the second year of its existence, our podcast has accumulated about 3 million listens.

    Good luck!

  2. Start by looking for topics that you would be interested in.

    Determine whether it will be a monopodcast or a podcast with the other person.

    Choose a genre and … try it out!

    People have always been interested in bold ideas.

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