A Workflow for Making 5-Minute Podcasts

  1. Preparation: Deciding episode topics, conducting research, documenting notes, scheduling, organizing any special guests, obtaining any special equipment.
  2. Pre-recording: Preparing the recording environment, preparing recording equipment and configuring software, testing the recording setup.
  3. Recording: Recording white noise, recording on-air sounds and voices.
  4. Processing: Filtering recordings, editing recordings, exporting sound files.
  5. Pre-release: Writing episode descriptions, creating episode art, uploading files to podcast host(s).
  6. Release: Scheduling release, updating website, updating SEO and internet searchability, preparing social media posts.
  7. Maintenance: Deleting extra files, documenting post-show notes, updating software and equipment, analyzing episode analytics.
  1. Preparation:
  • Document possible words to cover in episodes.
  • Research engineering vocabulary used in news and other current media sources.
  • Choose and schedule word to cover.
  • Research word meaning.
  • Research word pronunciation.
  • Research word etymology.
  • Develop a way to relate word to real world.
  • Turn off sources of noise in and around the studio from objects.
  • Quiet the sources of noise in and around the studio from people and animals.
  • Apply sound damping to the studio where possible.
  • Position computer, microphone, and mic screen.
  • Connect headphones.
  • Prepare recording software.
  • Test recording setup input channels and volume.
  • Mute computer.
  • Save files for recording.
  • Record introduction.
  • Record spelling.
  • Record explanation.
  • Record conclusion.
  • Listen to recording samples and re-record as needed.
  • Trim recordings.
  • Apply compressor, noise filter, and high-pass filter as needed.
  • Confirm target timing.
  • Export sound files.
  • Listen to output files and re-export as needed.
  • Write episode description.
  • Update episode boilerplate.
  • Prepare mp3 metadata.
  • Prepare episode graphic.
  • Prepare episode marketing/social graphic.
  • Upload sound files to podcast host(s).
  • Schedule release of episode on central podcast host.
  • Test podcast stream(s). Re-upload or re-schedule as needed.
  • Update website text content and sitemap.
  • Update website image/visual content.
  • Update version control of website (git).
  • Confirm proper site appearance. Update as needed.
  • Update SEO analytics on Google and Bing.
  • Schedule release of episode or episode clips on secondary hosts.
  • Release social media posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other sites.
  • Delete large graphics and sound files.
  • Document completion of episode.
  • Update website structure.
  • Research analytics on episode to inform future episodes.

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