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Alright. Podcasts. Educate me.

I know what podcasts are although I personally haven't spent a lot of time listening to them.

There seems to have actually been some interest in me doing a podcast about racing/track riding.

I have some questions and some concerns. Looking for some people with experience podcasting to chime in.
  1. I would likely do a weekly 30 minute podcast. Is this frequent enough to retain interest?
  2. I am worried that it would quickly become boring to listen to. I am not much of a radio personality
  3. I worry that I would not have enough material to repeatedly fill a 30 minute podcast.
  4. I know how to record audio and do post processing. Is there more to it than that?
  5. Once I have a podcast, how do I distribute it? How do I make people aware that it is out there and available?

There is probably a lot more that I don't know. Any advice would be appreciated.
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I don't know anything about the mechanics of them, my knowledge is on par with yours and that's about it, but I will say you've got at least one listener here. Looking forward to listening if you do get around to doing it
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Don't know much about them but I did enjoy The LE-suspension podcast when it was around. Now started listening to Ken Hill's podcast.

I'm sure you can derive inspiration from those.
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A bit of audio treatment in the room and medium to high quality mics make a world of difference.

Ideally have more than just yourself on it. Do guest interviews or something. Panel discussions are great too.

Know your audience and speak to them.

My woman and some of her friends record a podcast weekly in my practice space. We use a combination of room and close up mics... And have an absurd amount of sound treatment in there.

None of that ensures success, but not many successful podcasts don't do those things. Oh... And I'd listen to it.

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Yes! Glad we talked you into it

As far as frequency goes, I think weekly is often enough to keep interest. For time, i would focus more on the topic rather than time. Whether it takes you 10 minutes or 30 minutes to get through i topic, I personally wouldn't care.
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If you feel like you don't have the material, it would bet better to do it monthly or bi-monthly than weekly.

I listen to Hello Internet and sometimes the Cortex podcast. I don't use soundcloud or any of the other podcast distribution tools. I just listen to it on youtube. It's like an hour long podcast with some looping 6 second animation on it. Being on youtube makes it easier for me to get to.

A lot of the successful ones are thoughtful, educated guys talking about stuff inspired by their real life. So if you're going through life, and you end up making a change on your motorcycle, talk about the change, and how it's better than stock, what you considered, and what you ended up doing.

You do trackday instruction. Talk about what you see when people show up first time. Talk about ways to be prepared for a trackday. Common things people overlook. Do an episode on 'getting stuck' with how people run into different barriers and techniques to 1. recognize and 2. overcome those barriers.

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You only race in one competition? Multiple competitions? Explain amateur racing to me. Explain CCS v CMRA v OMRA and how they overlap. Do victories at some places count towards multiple series? Explain MotoAmerica to me.

You never ride street? How do stay connected to the two wheel life on non-track days? I commute every day I can and it's wonderful. I couldn't imagine not riding. I want an adventure bike. Maybe you decide to get a VStrom with bags or a Versys with bags and go out on a few rides. Tell people what you learned. Do you still hate street riding after?
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Oh, and if you think you alone droning would be boring, get your kid to come on it with you and ask questions. Or make jokes. Get a younger rider to come on and do the back-and-forth with you.

Or yeah find guests. Or get your funniest friend who is a little into riding (or a lot) but maybe just bring him in to keep energy up and throw you a curveball once in a while.

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I'll reach out to a member on anther forum who has done them and pass along your questions.

On content, first drive your interests. From the threads you have posted I believe they would give you enough material to drive many pod casts.
Do a story board to give you direction for each new pod cast to build upon the last.
It is very nice for those who missed the first 10 cast's to be able to down load them and catch up. Or 2 years from now a person who finds you can start with A and work towards Z.

Start think about the basic's first, then the next logical steps from there building towards dragging your elbows on the track.
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You can also review/ comment on the WSBK, MotoGP and MotoAmerica races.
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Don't know much about them but I did enjoy The LE-suspension podcast when it was around. Now started listening to Ken Hill's podcast.

I'm sure you can derive inspiration from those.
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Yes! Glad we talked you into it

As far as frequency goes, I think weekly is often enough to keep interest. For time, i would focus more on the topic rather than time. Whether it takes you 10 minutes or 30 minutes to get through i topic, I personally wouldn't care.
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I'll reach out to a member on anther forum who has done them and pass along your questions.

On content, first drive your interests. From the threads you have posted I believe they would give you enough material to drive many pod casts.
Do a story board to give you direction for each new pod cast to build upon the last.
It is very nice for those who missed the first 10 cast's to be able to down load them and catch up. Or 2 years from now a person who finds you can start with A and work towards Z.

Start think about the basic's first, then the next logical steps from there building towards dragging your elbows on the track.
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You can also review/ comment on the WSBK, MotoGP and MotoAmerica races.
No experience with podcasts, but I agree with all of the above. Topic is more important than duration. I'd much rather listen to 10 minutes of something useful/funny/interesting than listen to 30 minutes of blabbing about nothing (hence I don't follow any motovloggers!). If it's once a week great...once every 2 weeks, also great. Whatever you got time and content for is fine.

Topics can be of course the stuff you've posted about here like riding techniques, racing, and things like that. You can also touch on professional racing, although a lot of that is very opinion based, but that's fine. Since I assume you have a lot of technical knowledge of working on race bikes, it would also be nice to do "how-to" videos. And I don't mean stuff like "how to take your wheel on and off" like some people feel the need to post. I'm talking about more difficult or complicated things, especially things that can be beneficial to racers and track day guys...things like suspension work, engine work, etc.

I know someone already mentioned this, but you can take inspiration from Ken Hill's or Dave Moss' podcasts.

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Thanks for the feedback all, I truly appreciate it.

I actually had some thoughts on content. I am pretty certain that I can get some mic time from some pretty prominent folks in the industry so hopefully that will help some things along.

I am mostly concerned with the distribution method... I am missing info on how the podcast gets from my computer when I am done to a place where people would actually listen to it...itunes, whatever.
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Pretty sure you set up a channel on iTunes podcast, and set up a channel/account on SoundCloud, then go into settings and see if there's an auto-upload or if you have to manually select your latest .mp3, put a filename, and load it into the account.

Then you drop the file over looped animation of a rear wheel spinning in a trackstand, and put it on youtube.

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Thanks for the feedback all, I truly appreciate it.

I actually had some thoughts on content. I am pretty certain that I can get some mic time from some pretty prominent folks in the industry so hopefully that will help some things along.

I am mostly concerned with the distribution method... I am missing info on how the podcast gets from my computer when I am done to a place where people would actually listen to it...itunes, whatever.
You already have the MSM website. I'm sure you can add a section for blogging/ podcasts and make an RSS feed to subscribe.

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