This Week in Podcasting (TWIP)
This Week in Podcasting (TWIP)

Episode 64 · 2 years ago

Build a Recording Studio out of Pillows, Discuss the Controversial new Podcast Academy, Learn why you need a Website to Grow your Show, and More.


Episode 27 tactile and tantalizing. 

We learn that pillow forts aren’t just for avoiding adulthood. But can actually be used to build a recording studio. (Thanks Don Gonye from NPR!)

We give a thumbs up 2020 listener metrics, which are steadily heating up.

We take a page from Switzerland’s paybook and simply report the mixed-responses surrounding the new Golden Mics ceremony.

We try to remain calm when explaining why you NEED a website for your podcast. For starters, it gives you a web presence that you OWN. Social media changes on a dime! Imagine sending all your listeners to your MySpace back in 2005. Learn more here.

Last but certainly not least, our random podcasting thought of the week gives snail mail a little lovin’. 

The podcast industry is rapidly growing. Sounder makes it easy for audio creators to stay on top of it all with This Week In Podcasting, where we discuss this week’s most exciting podcasting news and tips, all in under 10 minutes.

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Welcome to this weekend podcasting, where we discussed this week's most exciting podcasting news and tips, all in under ten minutes. Episode Twenty seven is provided by sounder DOT FM, the smarter way to podcast. Let's get started. This week we learn how to build a recording studio out of pillows, we discuss the mixed responses surrounding a new podcast award, we explain why you need a website for your podcast and more. FIRST UP, want to improve your on the go recording sound? Build a pillow fort. Turns out they're good for more than just entertaining kids or escaping adulthood. Who Knew? To help students prepare for the studio podcast challenge, NPR called on one of their seasons political reporters dawn gone Ye. Dawn regularly builds pillow fort recording studios in hotel rooms when he's traveling around the world. He tux his recording equipment into a u shaped fort of almost ten pillows to prevent his voice from bouncing off of large surfaces. Not sure if room services too pleased with carting around ten plus pillows...

...and pre also mentioned a few other travel hacks forgetting the best sound like putting a jacket or blanket over your head, finding a carpeted room or putting a cloth over a table or desk, basically something between your mic and big surfaces to decrease boom and echo. Up Next Two thousand and twenty has been hot and cold, but listener metrics are steadily heating up. Pot Track, a podcast ranking company with iab certification, meaning they're legit, crunch some numbers from the top fifteen podcast publishers in total. They saw, quote, unique monthly audiences increased by thirty seven percent in January compared to a year ago. The number of unique streams and downloads among these top publishers also jump twenty percent last month compared to December. Reports inside radio. Of the top fifteen publishers, NPR hold strong with the most downloads. I heard Radio scooches and second as...

...the biggest commercial publisher. This just in. We have the Academy Awards, the EMMYS and the grammys, and now for podcasting, the annual golden mic ceremony earlier this month Wonderres CEO Hernand Lopez and a group of podcast publishers from spotify and prx announce the founding of the PODCAST Academy. Pod News reports. This new membership driven not for profit organization of Independent podcasters and industry professionals is dedicated to elevating awareness and excitement for podcasts as a major media category. So how does it work? Members will be eligible to vote in different categories on who will receive these annual awards of Merit, and how is the podcast academy being received among podcasters? With suspicion, individual podcasters wonder how they fit into the picture. As decisions are being made largely by industry leaders, small voices...

...have historically been lost in, a word, ceremonies. The president of the podcast movement, Dan Frank's, spoke to Podcast Business Journal about his perspective on the podcast academy. Quote. I think the most important thing now is that the individuals already involved stay true to the stated initiatives and goals and, more importantly, to do their best to bring in additional voices that represent the entire ecosystem. Up Next, do you really need a website for your podcast if it's already listed on all the popular listener platforms? Yes. In our latest article on medium, we dive into the seven reasons why even the simplest website can help your show grow. For starters, it gives you a web presence that you own. Social media changes on a dime. Imagine sending all your listeners to your my space back in two thousand and five. We also discuss the benefits of a thoughtful about section email marketing, looking professional with guests and...

...more. Jump down to the show notes to give it a read. Last but certainly not least, our random podcasting thought of the week. Consider sending hand and thank you notes to fellow collaborators. J F nay posted a photo on Reddit of a thank you note his guests manager sent after their interview. Comments like Class Act and love. That extra touch make it clear that snail mail still has a soft spot in this ever growing digital world. That's all sounder has for you this week. Keep on creating.

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