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On March 15th we launched an initiative to give everyone that wanted to podcast about their experience living with/amongst COVID, unlimited podcasting resources so they could do so. We thought, “Hey, we’re in the communication business and communication has never been more important than it is right now.” so we launched #PODCASTINGCOVID in effort to give anyone and everyone that needed a platform, a way to update the world and their communities during these times. Learn more.
So how do you do that? What should you talk about? ANYTHING!
Anything helps in times like these. Whether you’re airing out your frustrations or just listening to someone else’s similar experience, you can be a part of this global conversation.
Don't overthink it!
We find that the best podcasts in general, and even more so with this virus, are the ones that are unscripted and from the heart.
Here’s some ideas that we think would make great contributions to #PODCASTINGCOVID!
Tell us how you’re dealing with isolation
A lot of people are experiencing isolation for the first time and dealing with it in a huge variety of ways. Picked up any new hobbies? Making plans for when this is all over? Watching or listening to anything you want to recommend? Crippled with depression? Whether you’re coping well or not, it’s hugely helpful to share what you’re doing to pass the time and what you’re going through. For you and your listeners. What are the ups and downs of your day, how awesome is it when the kids finally fall asleep? I just cant seem to get away from that one family member! Have you developed some strange pet peeves? Do you sometimes wish you were in isolation alone? Or are you alone now and wish you were isolated with others. How are you keeping you with personal hygiene and grooming? How did that haircut turn out?
Tell us how your grocery shopping experience is
Yes you can have an entire show just updating folks on the status of your grocery stores! Podcasts are perfect for specifics. Lines/wait time status, best times to go, who’s open and who’s closed, who’s out of what and where, general best practices you’ve seen or use; all of these points are now very important and could greatly help folks in your area.
Many people, and even more young people, don’t watch the news all day every day. There are so many things people miss because they are scared of the news or do not trust its characters. Giving updates is a great way to start helping people fast.
How has COVID affected your work?
All over the world, businesses and cities are shut down, leaving millions unemployed or partially employed. Millions of others are lucky enough to be working from home and millions of others are on the front lines everyday, battling this thing face to face. All situations are unique and everyone can benefit from hearing about how you’re dealing with your situation, how it's changed, and advice for folks that are in similar predicaments. We strongly urge those of you in the medical field who are on the front lines, to share your stories and perspective of this entire experience. We greatly thank you all.
Tell us stories or share you talents
A good distraction and a good laugh is a great way to help pass time in isolation. Think you are a comedian? Now's your chance! Music or signing? Poetry or writing? Read us some of your work! You don’t have to be a journalist or bearer of bad news to start a podcast now. Telling stories of your life or that you’ve heard is a tradition humans have kept for thousands of years for a reason! It’s how we put ourselves in other people's shoes, learn life lessons, and spread knowledge that we’ve gained. The best part is, they don’t even have to be true! Make up any dazzling tale you’d like; whisk us away to somewhere else for a little while. If a caveman could do it, so can you!
We are all now TV and Movie critics
Who ISN’T binge watching right now? This is a great opportunity to recommend shows and movies you’ve been loving or brutally bash the ones you can’t stand! When Netflix won’t let you rate it, start a podcast.
One of our favorites; group podcasting!
Are you locked in with family or roommates? Get them all together, add some adult beverages where appropriate and let it rip! Everyone can speak their mind, air it out! This one can sometimes even be therapeutic but just in case, keep knives and sharp objects out of reach and remember, podcast responsibly! I can guarantee you it will be entertaining. Please email those to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Combine all of these topics into one show!
Podcasts are often niche but there is no wrong way to podcast. Make each of these topics a segment in your episodes. Spreading out information and combining entertainment is the best way to keep people engaged as you get your entire point across. You don’t have to have professional editing knowledge or transitions either. Just start talking about something else! Podcast listeners love some production value but we also love a regular conversation.
We hope this has given you some help and inspiration to contribute your voice and story to the world that needs it. No matter what you decide to do with your podcast, know that people WILL find it, they WILL listen, and it WILL help in some way. Please continue to communicate and find ways of supporting one another. We WILL get through this.
Paul Colligan is the guest contributor of this piece. Paul is a veteran podcaster and podcasting consultant who has been in the industry for more than a decade. His book, How To Podcast 2016 is a #1 Amazon Bestseller and is currently only $2.99 for the Kindle Edition. Paul’s show, The Podcast Industry Report, is available everywhere, including Podomatic.