Blog and podcast together
I must say I’m pretty impressed with how easy it is to make a podcast from a blogpost with WordPress.com and Anchor.fm. Not to mention that the automatic voice sounds really professional. Of course, you lose some authenticity to the podcast with an automatic robot voice but I still think it sounds much better than reading myself. I don’t like hearing my own voice recorded.
Both sites has done a remarkably good job at integrating blogging with podcasts. Over at Anchor.fm it is also very easy to edit your podcast before you publish. I like when there is not too many options to configure. That usually makes it more confusing in most cases. In my podcasts so far I have only added sound effects at the start and at the end of the podcast. There is a few other options regarding tuning your podcast that I still need to explore.
Another kind of attention
So far my podcasts hasn’t generated much attention but as usual with content in all forms you have to create quality content. I can admit that not all of my blogposts may meet my quality standards. But I learn and with podcasts I have even more to learn. It is interesting to find new ways of blogging and reaching a new audience. After all, there is a lot of people out there with headphones. They must be listening to podcasts all day.
How many really use it?
It’s hard to tell how many bloggers that actually use blog to podcast at WordPress.com. I guess I am not the only one. Found a few that has written posts about podcast integration. Like Technology in the Classroom, Blue Skies and Green Pastures and Glasgowdragonfly’s Blog. I also published a poll to check what people are interested in. Not too many answers yet but I keep the poll open for a while and see if I can find readers willing to answer a simple question.
My podcasts has not reach so many publishers yet. At the time I write this I should be at Anchor.fm, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Breakers and RadioPublic. In addition to those, my podcasts may be available by others not officially connected to Anchor.fm. What I’m waiting for is that my podcasts shows up at Apple Podcasts. I’m not sure what it takes to be approved at Apple Podcasts but I think it’s much easier than getting an App published at their App Store. Time will tell.
The most popular platforms
I found some statistics that says that Spotify is the most popular podcast platform in the United States. That’s good. As a proud Swede I love Spotify and wish them all success possible.
It could also be the same for Europe and the rest of the world. Well, I just started my podcast career and I’m very excited right now and I think this is the next step and the right move. What do you think? Is it goodbye with written blogposts and that we all become podcasters?