Well, I’ve finally got a name for the podcast – which I’m not going to tell you yet. I’ve even got theme music, thanks to a site called JewelBeat which sells royalty-free music at very inexpensive prices.
I’m trying to get in touch with a friend of mine who’d agreed months ago to be a guest on the podcast to see if I can line up an interview with him for my pilot episode.
On the downside, I was taking a second look at the prices at the site I planned to use for my hosting today, and comparing them to estimated file sizes, and got some bad news. The site offers unlimited bandwidth (which is good) but regulates your usage by only allowing you to upload a limited amount of content each month, depending on which plan you’ve chosen.
Because (except for my jazzy theme music) my podcast will just be people talking, I’ll be able to use a low bit rate, for the highest level of compression. Podcasts that play a lot of music need to use a higher bit rate in order to ensure better sound quality.
My vision up to this point was for a half-hour weekly podcast. And I’d hoped that the podcast would be relaxed enough that, unlike a radio show, we could be flexible enough to run longer or shorter depending on the discussion. But a half-hour a week, at the highest level of compression, would put me over the limit for the cheapest hosting plan.
So my options are for a shorter podcast – 20 minutes a week, 25 at most – or a less-frequent podcast (a bad idea in terms of encouraging regular listeners) – or going up to the next level of hosting, which is more than I think I’ll be able to raise in tip jar contributions.
But I won’t have to make a decision until I’m ready to start on a regular weekly basis. Maybe the pilot episode will help me make this call. Maybe 20 minutes will seem like plenty, and I’ll decide to go that route for the time being. Or maybe I’ll decide to just wait for a while.