Best Gifts for Podcasters
Podcasting is more popular than ever, and many new podcasters are discovering that this is a fun hobby and creative outlet. It is easy to get started, and a few tools can help to improve the quality of a podcast dramatically. The tools listed here are great for novice podcasters or hosts who want to up their game.
The single most important tool for a podcaster is their microphone. If you know a podcaster who is using a built-in microphone on their device, getting them an external microphone can be a great gift.
The Blue Snowball microphone is a popular entry-level choice for podcasters. For more conversational shows, some hosts prefer a lavalier-style microphone. Lavalier microphones clip onto your shirt and are less likely to pick up background noise. If you already have an external microphone and are looking to upgrade, the Blue Yeti is very popular with MicDrop hosts.
Learning to podcast can seem overwhelming at first. Thankfully there are many great books from experienced professionals that can help you learn from their mistakes.
- Out on the Wire: The Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio is a great introduction to the art of interviewing and producing. Featuring tips from NPR hosts such as Ira Glass, this book includes lots of tips to take your show to the next level.
- This is Marketing is written by Seth Godin, who is a popular podcast host in his own right. Getting your show discovered can be one of the biggest challenges for a new host, and this book will help you to learn the art of marketing through crisp, actionable lessons.
- Sound Reporting: The NPR Guide to Audio Journalism and Production is a great guide to the technical side of audio production. Podcasters who are interested in using technology to produce great narratives will enjoy learning the tips in this book.
Creating a great show isn't just about recording your voice. Music and sound effects can be a great addition to any show. Storyblocks has both visual clip-art and audio sound bites to enhance any podcast. Hosts who are setting up their first show also need a logo. Canva is one of the easiest ways to create a logo for a podcast, and they have both free and paid plans for individuals and teams.
To learn more about creating your first podcast, check out our Getting Started guide.