Podcasting, by definition, is the practice of using the internet to make digital recordings of broadcasts available for downloading to a computer or mobile device. The idea of podcasting was intended to allow people to listen to shows whenever they want, wherever they want and as they want. While there was already technology available that made it accessable for one to listen to a recording of something online or on a phone, podcasting was going to be different. In order for these audio files to be considered a podcast, they needed to go through the process of syndication. Syndication is a fancier term for subscription. If an individual is able to subscribe to the audio file, the file can be considered a podcast. It’s often said that podcasts are difficult to discover. The barrier to entry for a new listener can be quite high. This means that after a user finds out about a show’s existence, they have to search for it in whatever podcast app they use, plug in some headphones and then devote at least 20 minutes to finding out if they like it enough to become a regular listener. It is difficult to share audio in an easily-consumable way on Twitter and Facebook, so new podcasts often have to rely on word-of-mouth to find new listeners. We discussed in class the different ways for users to enjoy podcasts: streaming a podcast, downloading a podcast, or subscribing to a podcast.
According to a MacWorld article, Apple announced that podcast subscriptions surpassed 1 billion in 2013 across 250,000 unique podcasts in over 100 languages. With that many subscribers and with the numbers continuing to rise daily, social media channels are becoming the most active way for podcast listeners to enjoy. There are many different types of podcasts. Some of these include one-on-one interviews, solo commentary, panel (guest interview or discussion), non fiction narrative story telling and fictional story telling.
While there are many many different types of podcasts available, I want to focus on one specific theme: podcasts about study abroad. I came across this podcast channel called “Inside Study Abroad.” According to the bio on this online channel, “the Inside Study Abroad Podcast explores the world of international education and meaningful travel with fascinating guests, a little friendly debate, and whole lot of practical advice. Episodes touch on various aspects of study abroad, entrepreneurship, career growth, higher education, and travel.” Some of the titles of the podcast episodes include Meaningful City Hopping in Study Abroad, Advising Mistakes, and Travel Celebrities with Andy Steves to Where I’v Been, My Current Global Experiment, and What’s Next and more.
While many other examples of podcasts about studying abroad currently exist, for the purpose of this assignment, I decided to create my own. After listening to Pipo’s lecture, I still wanted to get a little more insight on how to create my own podcast. I watched videos like the one below:
Below you will find my very first podcast that I have created. It is here that I will share my decision to study abroad, why I choose Barcelona as my place to study abroad, as well as some highlights from my four months here including some of the places I traveled to during the weekends. I found this podcast to be a very fun thing to create. I like having the ability to be creative and totally transparent with my listeners. I hope that my listeners, followers, and eventually my subscribers will follow along on my next podcasts as well. I hope you enjoy listening.
Here is a little slideshow of some of the highlights from my study abroad experience featuring some places I’ve been and some friends I’ve made along my journey.
Here is my podcast! Enjoy 🙂