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How long’s a piece of string?

So you want to start a podcast but you’re wondering if you have enough time?

There are lots of things that go into getting an episode from your recording device into people’s ears.  And every step can impact how long it takes to put your show together.

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Editing your episodes

Editing takes a long time to get good at and just like anything, the more experience you have, the quicker you’ll smash it out.

But even with years of experience, editing often takes much longer than you’d expect and will depend on a number of things…

The length of your podcast

Generally, the longer your show, the more time it takes to edit because…shock horror…you’ve got more audio to get through.

With my podcast, You’ve Gotta Start Somewhere it can take up to five hours to edit a one hour interview so this is something to think about when you’re recording.

The shorter the length of the audio you record, the less time you’ll need to have your head stuck in audio editing software.

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Whether you’re podcasting solo or with multiple people

The more people on your podcast the more complex your edit will be, so be mindful of this when thinking about the kind of show you want to put together.

You might be lucky enough to have a killer interview with someone where all the questions and answers are succinct, entertaining and ready to go as they are.  Or you and your co-hosts might have the kind of chat podcasters dream about … all killer no filler.

Or you might be living in reality.

More often than not your podcast is going to need editing and the more people there are the messier that process will be.

How many people should you have on your podcast?

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Your penchant for “bells and whistles”

Are you adding intros and outros?  Putting little bits of audio in between segments?  Using sound effects or callers?

All these additional audio elements add time to your edit so be mindful of how fancy you can get with the time you’ve got available.

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How creative you get when promoting your show

Sharing your show on social media is a really important part of the process if you want to grow your audience.  But the more creative you get the more time it’s going to take.

Do you want to create quotes from your episodes to share on Instagram?  Are you going to use Soundcloud or Wavve to share promo audio?  Are you going to have really elaborate show notes pages?

All of this takes time.

For my podcast I cut up little audio highlights and make them into visual and audio cards I can share on social media…

This takes a lot of time so pick and choose the promotion strategies that are right for you and try and streamline them as much as possible.

Once you’ve factored these things in make sure you practice putting everything together to get a realistic idea of how much time you’ll need to put aside each week.

The more you understand the realities BEFORE you get started, the more chance you’ve got of your show being a success.

Got a burning podcasting question you’d like answered? Send me an email.

Want to start your own podcast but need a little help?  Download my “How To Start A Podcast” guide or sign up for my online podcasting course, PodSchool.

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