As a huge music and audio fan, podcasts have always been something that I’ve found to be really intriguing. Although I don’t listen to podcasts ALL the time (I’ll usually opt for a groovy playlist instead) I do really enjoy tuning into my favourite podcasts every now and then. Over the years I’ve toyed around with the idea of starting a podcast of my own but am yet to reach a point where I’m ready to take the leap. I did however, take a small step towards the world of podcasting and attended my very first podcasting event, ShoutOut Network’s #ContentIsQueen festival. Want to start a podcast of your own? Then you might be really interested in hearing about my experience visiting a proper podcasting festival!
I was invited to ShoutOut Network’s event as a press/media guest. All opinions are my own.
How To Start A Podcast: A Bit About ShoutOut Network
For anyone who hasn’t heard of ShoutOut Network or the #ContentIsQueen festival, it was a day festival/meet-up for women in the world of podcasting. After launching their first podcast in 2015, the ShoutOut Network quickly developed over their first year and by 2016 they were producing 6 podcasts. In 2017 they started their first live festival and since then have been hosting an annual event. 2019 was the third ShoutOut Festival. The focus for it was helping to develop and inspire the next generation of podcasters. With some of the UK’s best female podcasters hosting, the idea was to celebrate women in podcasting. As the first and only women-focused podcast festival, ShoutOut Network have created a completely unique experience that does so many amazing things for women in podcasting.
How To Start A Podcast: What I Got Up To At The Festival
The day started with a quick introduction and welcome talk to the festival-goer’s, led by Imriel Morgan. Throughout the day there were plenty of talks and workshops focused on different areas of podcasting. Whether you’re new to the ‘pod-world’ or a regular creator, there was something for everyone. After a quick look through the programme for the day I selected a few talks that I wanted to attend. As a blogger, and not a podcaster, I opted for the beginner workshops. It was all about learning and discovering for me!
11:00am Industry Overview
Led by Sophie Herdman of Acast, this talk was all about learning more about the podcasting industry. As a beginner this was a great start. We began by introducing ourselves to the people surrounding us and then sat down for the talk. It was such a great way to start off the networking! She took us through the history of podcasting and its development over the years. From its beginnings to the progression towards more recent podcasts e.g. celebrity, TV and influencer podcasts. One of my favourite parts of her talk was discovering just how many people are listening to podcasts now. 1 in 3 for anyone who’s wondering – how amazing!
11:45am Finding Your Audience
This talk was presented by Kat Molesworth, director of Blogtacular and focused on starting your own podcast. What I loved about this talk was being surrounded by beginners in the podcasting world. I found myself chatting to the people next to me about their podcasts and sharing a bit about my blog with them. It was such a great experience meeting with other creative people who are so passionate about what they do. The talk itself was incredibly informative as well. From creating a trailer for your podcast to choosing the best hosting platform for your podcast, Kat covered it all!
2:00pm Mic Training
As an art graduate who’s work focused on sound and music, the recording and editing side of podcasting was something that interested me. So, I chose to head to the mic techniques workshop with Sarah Golding. This was more of a techy workshop than the others but, for me, still just as interesting. Sarah discussed the different types of mic, how to speak into a mic and her pre-podcast routines. She even had us stand up and run through them with her. At one point she had a volunteer sing into the mic! I came out of the workshop with plenty of useful information and techniques that I’ll be taking into my future work.
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3:00pm Lightning Talks
I finished the day with a Q&A presentation with some inspiring women in podcasting. Each podcaster introduced us to what it is that they do and talked a bit about their journey towards where they are now. I felt so inspired by Kait Borsay from the podcast Offside Rule. She runs the podcast along with two other women and the focus is all about football. As a football fan myself, and a keen listener of That Peter Crouch Podcast, I was intrigued by what it was that they did over on their podcast. It was so interesting to hear about a completely varying selection of podcast themes and styles, proving that you CAN create a podcast about anything you want!
I just want to say a huge thank you to ShoutOut Network for letting me come along and pretend to be a podcaster for the day! It was lovely to meet some inspiring women in the industry and learn a bit more about what goes on behind-the-scenes of a podcast. Have any of you got your own podcast? Make sure to share them in the comments as I’d love to give them a listen. Are any of you thinking of starting your own podcast? Let me know in the comments.