It’s got to be said that I never had any intention to make a podcast of my interview with BBC Radio Leicester’s Ian Stringer. The original idea had been to just use the Voice Memo app on my smart phone to record it and then type up the conversation ready for entry under the ‘TF Interviews……‘ title. However, that was on the understanding that it would be of short duration but on discovering that we had actually yapped away for 25 minutes I couldn’t bear the idea of writing out the whole thing. It was basically too long so I decided to further explore the idea of putting it up online.
I’ve been a huge fan of podcasts since they burst on to the scene in the middle of the last decade and I get through a great deal of them each and every week. To be able to add my own podcast to them was a very appealing idea and so I began to look into how it was all done. It wasn’t quite as easy as I thought it would be and at first I thought it was never going to happen. Then, a couple of days later I came across this great video on YouTube which showed exactly how to do it.
Following the instructions was quite easy to start with and it took hardly any time to sign up for a PodOmatic account which publishes podcasts. It was quite pleasing to get it uploaded on that site but my goal was to get it up on iTunes and potentially a huge market. Transferring it from PodOmatic to iTunes was a little bit more difficult and I went through a few stages of frustration but eventually I was able to submit it to them and within 48 hours they’d mailed back saying it had been accepted and was online waiting to be downloaded. My philosophy is very much a warts and all interview with the behind the scenes warm-up stuff included (i.e. I couldn’t work out how to edit out the first few seconds!!) for all to hear!
The ‘Tokyo FoxCast‘ podcast has been available to download on iTunes for a couple of weeks now and it’s a shame that I have absolutely no idea how its faring or how many times its been downloaded. Yes, I know there are apps to chart the success (or failure!) of your podcast but I just wish iTunes would reveal this kind of information. So that’s my first podcast in the bag and it was great fun learning how to do it but will there ever be another one or even a series of them?!
If you haven’t already downloaded it then you can get it here