Chris’ first step brought Audacity to my attention for the first time – Audacity is an Open Source Cross-Platform application for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems and with a freely available add-in, it can export mp3 files. So step one of Chris’ tutorial is the creation of your mp3 sound files using a tool like Audacity.
Step two of the tutorial deals with where to put the sound file once you have created it. In my ignorance, as a Podcasting newbie, I would simply have uploaded it to my own server but Chris points out that it is possible to upload your sound files to the Internet Archive. Using the Internet Archive’s storage facility saves your own server both storage space and bandwidth – this consideration becomes increasingly important as more and more people listen to your podcasts. You can upload to the Internet Archive using the Creative Commons Publisher (Mac OS X version available too).
The final step of the tutorial is to create a WordPress post containing the URI of the sound file and WordPress will do the rest!
One further tip Chris gives is to create a separate WordPress Category for your Podcasts so subscribers can subscribe to that feed alone and not have their subscriptions filled with your text-based WordPress posts.
I have taken Chris’ advice and created a Podcast category on this blog – the feed for which is available here. As an experiment I have created a podcast of this post and will podcast future posts (not all!) and monitor the interest levels. If I’m not world-famous by next week, I may give up!
This post will be available from the Internet Archive in 24 hours (submissions to the archive are moderated I discovered and take up to 24 hours to be approved) and will be downloadable from here – in the meantime, you can download it from my own server here.
UPDATE: The podcast is now available for download from the Internet Archive here. Also, in comments Liam burke mentioned that you can upload podcasts to podblaze.com free and they are available immediately – I will try this out and report back.
UPDATE2: I created an account on Podblaze.com and uploaded my podcast – it seems to be a straightforward enough process, the only rub is the 40mb free account limit! Also, there doesn’t appear to be a way to see how many times your file has been accessed.
The podcast is available on podblaze here.