Hey! I'm new to this and need some general pointers and encouragement. I've yet to start, but I have ordered my first mic and am ready to start recording soon! I've done a ton of research.
My problem? Two of the main points that most tips and how-to articles bring up: have a co-host or do interviews (solo podcasts are harder to make engaging), and have a niche. I lack both.
The podcast is for an interview blog that I run (www.thelongforminterviewer.com
), where once a week I post a longform interview about any subject (space travel, cancer survivors, religion, you name it). It makes it hard to have a dedicated following because the common theme is the interviews and style, not the topics. It's for curious people, basically, but it takes more effort to have people "get that" :P
In my podcast I will talk about a new theme every week. I will start each episode by reading one of my interviews, then have segments where I discuss the content. Deeper analysis, highlighting interesting/funny quotes from the interview, maybe comments about my interactions with the interviewed person.
It's a complement to the already published interviews, but I also want it to work as a stand-alone podcast. You don't have to follow the blog to "get" or enjoy the podcast.
Since the interviews have already been done, I won't be interviewing anyone on the podcast. And frankly, even though I could get in touch with the interviewed again and have a Skype conversation, I don't think I want to. It will be a solo podcast! It's that or no podcast at all :)
How can I make this work? Is it a good/bad idea? Would you follow a show like that? Do you have any suggestions for the format/segments? How can I make it interesting and not just some random guy talking rambling about random topics?
I personally love the idea - which is important (the passion and commitment) - but I fear I will screw up the format and the podcast will be greatly overlooked because of the lack of a niche. At least on the blog (which struggles with the same non-theme issue) search engines will find each individual interview.
Thanks for any ideas, feedback or comments :D