Podcasting had a slow start, but once technology caught up to the platform, it became enormously popular. In 2005, iTunes started adding podcasts to its platform, making them easily accessible, and then podcasting grew by leaps and bounds. Now there are multiple apps like Stitcher, which carry multiple networks that each carry multiple podcasts. It has become quite a lucrative industry.
The apps that allow listeners to easily access podcasts include Stitcher, Spotify, and Castbox, among many others. With the growth of these platforms, there came a growth of podcasting networks like Earwolf, Nerdist Industries, and Audioboom to name a few. As these networks grew, so too did the genres and options available to listeners.
It may be intimidating to see how much competition there is in the podcasting industry, but it also means there are many options for anyone starting out. The most important tool is the microphone, for obvious reasons. If you do not have a soundproof studio, your best option is a dynamic microphone. This is because it only picks up sound spoken directly into it, and not background noise. Headphones are also a must so you can hear how your podcast will sound to your listeners. Another good investment is a mixer, which will take all your audio and send it to one location, such as your computer. There is plenty of free computer software to choose from to format your podcast. Audacity and Garageband are popular choices.
The most important part of starting your podcast is the will power to keep going. It may be slow going but if you put in the time and effort, you can create a successful podcast where your voice can be heard.