It often seems the front runner is not deserved. People continually wondering why is this top rated? Or who’s listening to this regularly? However, the opposite seems to hold true with one particular front runner, Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast Revisionist History. Continually ranked in the top 5 on essentially all podcast streams and ratings it warrants a further look. If you scan the high ranking podcasts there seems to be a trend with most casts geared towards the usual suspects money, entrepreneur goals, fitness, diet, or just Joe Rogan’s opinion, and well you get the idea… But standing strong among these titan categories of podcast is a podcast about history? Yes, puzzling would be the most common reaction. That puzzling query is perhaps what brings listeners in at first, but there is SO much more to why listeners return. First, lets just say how the topics of each podcast are conjured up and put into play is clearly the result of relentless research and dedication. The content of the topics are rare, generally forgotten (which is the major theme), and of massive importance. How does Gladwell find these points of interest? Genius would be the one word in the realm of explanation. Exploring topics from a variety of milestone events ranging from immigration, the changing of the McDonalds French fry, racism, civil rights movements, understanding music genres, and the panic of a Toyota recall. If you look at that previous sentence you may understand some of the topics and be unsure of how the others fit in. That’s good and perhaps even what Gladwell wants in order to bring you into the episode. However, know that there is so much more depth than is displayed on the surface. Each episode begins with explaining what we already know, or think we know. From there the narration will lull you into a trance of understanding about the subject being presented. If your steadfast enough to have made it to that point consider yourself a lucky one. It is at this point which the proverbial carpet will be ripped out from under you and there remains no chance that you will not finish the episode (that’s a promise). What you thought you knew about said subject will be turned around, flipped, and examined under the lens of objectivity and facts. Thus leaving you with a feeling of “Did that just happen?” Or “How did history get it so wrong.” It’ll find you searching for more information about points of personal interest and questioning those which you knew. Which brings it all back to the title of this… “A front runner deserved?” Listen and find out for yourself.
P.S. The answer is yes!
They might as well be called pod-phones, or something else fancy like that with the price of some of them out there. Those high priced microphones are unnecessary in the early stages, and you may do just fine without them at all. Start with something basic that will provide all the necessities to get you started. Once you monetize your pod than you worry about the high priced microphone. Here it is…quick list of reasonably priced microphones that’ll do the trick.
- Blue snowball iCE condenser $49.99
2.Bm-800 Condenser $22.99
3. Bm-700 condenser studio recording $26.95
4. Rockville DMS40 $27.95
5.Samson Q2U $54.99
Barrier to entry, minimal.
Getting into podcasting is super easy. Which may explain why thousands of new podcasts are emerging everyday. Looking to get started? Here’s a few things you’ll need.
- Microphone (good quality preferably)
- pop-filter (so your not licking the microphone while you speak)
- Recording/Editing software
2. Podcast platform (tons out there)
3. An idea! What you want your podcast to be about.
- types of guests
- will there even be guests
- subject matter
- length of podcasts
- motivation/goal of your podcast*
*Remember the why behind your podcast. Each episode doesn’t have to conform to the exact same outline, but having a central theme behind it will help. Something to connect the episodes, the grain of your podcast lets say. A reason why listeners will continue to return to you each week.
- stick with it (even when you think it has no chance)
- go at it everyday and don’t stop until you are where you want to be.
Its as simple as that. At least written out it is. Podcasting is now somewhat of a competitive space, but don’t let that deter from trying. Find your passion and go!
Education is a podcast, or a podcast is an education; either way the answer why people love podcasts because what they can learn. The new school revolution of learning has been long in the making. Schools way of teaching, standardized testing, even homework is being questioned and changed. Podcasts provide that new, more effective way of learning. A good podcast can teach people just about anything. The library of podcasts is multiplying significantly everyday, which means even more content. Now with the right search you can canvas topics ranging from camping equipment to congressional campaigns and everything in between. Consumers can hyperfocus on one series and learn all the content in that arena or broaden it and slowly soak up knowledge from around the podcasting world. Its provides the user a customized learning experience because of where, when, and the speed at which it is consumed. Podcasts open a spark of curiosity while providing the answers to that same spark. Its a brilliant new step in the fast, ever changing world we encounter!
Will podcasts be sustainable for the long run? Most sources seem to think now, more than ever is the time to enter the podcast space. With apps like stitcher, overcast, pocketcasts, to name a few its hard to argue. Even big name news and radio sources are beginning to merge their prowess into the field of podcasts. The Daily a podcast from The New York Times, at last count had been downloaded a staggering 200 million times in the year since its inception. Can podcasts serve as a hit to the radio world similar to the way Netflix, and Hulu crushed their way onto the visual media stream? With estimates of approximately 525,000+ podcasts and over 18.5 million episodes it would seem the trend is heading in that direction. But exactly where to podcasts fit in most? Dreaded morning commute to work would be the most obvious place for podcasts, or so it would seem. Ironically only about 22% of listens are in the car, while 49% is done at home. Albeit to say, good content will be consumed regardless of location, and as long as people are tuning in, podcasters should be smiling. Here’s to the next stage of podcasting!