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As things begin to open up in the UK, I was able to write this week’s feature piece – which is a little light and airy thing about remote podcast festivals – in my favourite café-bar. It felt good.

I also have some big news to share with you, that you might already be aware of if you follow me elsewhere, but we’ll get to that. For now, let’s run through the stuff you need to know to make your podcast great this week.

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How often should I release new podcast episodes?

Pacific Content’s Dan Misener is back with some answers to the question “how often should I release new episodes?”. I love how Dan’s visualised the release schedules of popular podcasts, so you can really see what consistency looks like. I would not like to measure this against my own shows.

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Audacity's new management hits rewind on telemetry plans following community outrage

The new “owners” (in as much as you can really “own” open source software) of Audacity haven’t covered themselves in glory this week, after U-turning on a decision to add Google Analytics and other tracking into the Audacity app. The request to add the tracking code was not met with positivity, and has been described as a “communication/coordination blunder”. 🙊

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7 tips to remember when choosing a podcast name

Sommath Basumatary has some tips for naming your next podcast. My favourite is “avoid the word ‘podcast’”. Also, if you are going to use the word “podcast”, can you please remember to put the word “The” at the beginning? Saying “Welcome to Foo Podcast” makes no sense – we have the word “the” for a reason people! OK, rant over.

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The hidden costs of in-app paid podcast subscriptions

Writing in Sounds Profitable, Bryan Barletta suggests holding off on diving into Apple Podcasts or Spotify paid subscriptions just yet, suggesting that you “have your own solution that you push people towards, especially if you offer more than just podcast content”. I agree, although I reckon we’ll see in the next few months – if one doesn’t already exist – a service that does the uploading to any and all major paid subscription platforms (that aren’t based on RSS), for a nominal fee.

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Don't record your podcast on a potato

If you’ve been recording substandard audio, James Marriott of Sound Media wants you to stop it please, saying that he makes a judgement about “the brand [the podcast] represents”, and I for one concur. It’s also something I teach when working with new podcasters.

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In search of podcasting’s Sundance

Sundance is the largest independent film festival in the US, and it’s where films go to find distributors, and is arguably responsible for the careers of some of your favourite cult movie auteurs.

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Mark Steadman

Podcast producer, consultant and coach. If found, please return to the nearest country pub.

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Four new podcasts reviewed recently that might be worth a listen.

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The Lunatics Do IVF

This. This is why I do this. As Craig and Alix Malcolm started infertility treatment, the couple found a lack of support for men, and so started The Lunatics Do IVF as their way of helping, and telling their honest story. They’re ten episodes in, so give them a listen and show your support.

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Tis Yourself

Journalist Nicola Bardon brings us Tis Yourself, a series of chats with Irish celebs and people of note. This is an Anchor-ass podcast so bear with the first minute or so, but definitely stay for the charming host and, of course, for the craic.

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Homedance Film Festival

Jessica and Dillon discuss two films that played at the Sundance Film Festival and one that didn’t. Apt huh? Anyway, they’ve just hit episode six, so give Homedance Film Festival a listen, and show your support for their show so they make it to that tricky episode seven.

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From Words to Ideas

The naming’s a bit muddled here, but Wanda Spahn’s Behind the Soldier features conversations with US Army vets, all of whom so far are under 40, and have interesting stories and perspectives to share.

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So that’s your week in indie podcasting. And if I might be allowed to share a little personal news of my own: you might be aware that this week, my podcast hosting service Podiant was acquired by Castos. I’m hugely grateful to Craig and the team for planning and implementing such a smooth transition.

Once I’ve helped ensure a seamless migration, I’ll be focusing purely on working with independent podcasters like yourselves, and helping those at the beginning of their journey get to grips with podcasting.

I’ve been a podcaster and producer since 2008 and have been getting paid to do it since 2016. If you’d like help with your podcast, I’m offering hour-long clinic sessions over Zoom – just pick a time, tell me how I can help, and we’ll get to work.

Meanwhile the work of delivering you relevant podcast news and insight each week continues, with no signs of slowing.

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