Douglas answers questions from students in Janet Wilcox’s online Voiceover class at UCLA Extension.
Again, typically weekly shows tend to be best. I think that ties mainly to our traditional media backgrounds. We’re used to a sitcom or a drama coming out on Tuesdays at 8, right? We’re used to that weekly schedule. Weekly schedules tend to be enough to keep your podcast in people’s minds, but not so often that it is a burden for you. Not so far apart that they forget about you between shows or they forget what you talked about last week. There is something to be said for a momentum and being reliably there — they can listen to the show whenever they want — but they’ll know that that show will always be there on a Wednesday or on a Friday, whatever day you decide to release it. So, typically I shoot for a weekly podcast, but that’s not hard and fast. As with everything in New Media, you’re going to find your own way. You’re going to find — perhaps if you’re doing a news-related show — that really you only have enough news to talk about every two weeks. That’s fine. Bundle it up. Do it every 2 weeks. You may find that that wil shrink down and become a weekly show somewhere down the road, but don’t let that throw you off. Take advantage of the freedom you’re given in new media and find the format, the timing, the topics that best work for you.
Links mentioned in this video:
Free Blogging Sites
Royalty Free Music
Kevin MacLeod – http://incompetech.com
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