Studio #12 Hot Pods and Hangouts
Recently, I came upon two new resources which have both been pretty great for podcasters.
The first one that I’d like to talk about is “Hot Pod.”
Hot Pod is a mailing list — and its the brain child of Nick Quah, a podcasting and journalism veteran who’se had stops at Panoply Media, BuzzFeed and Business Insider. I’m a new subscriber to Hot Pod, but i can already see the genius in it from a podcast producer perspective. Nick covers the inner workings of the podcasting industry, including technology, creative and business angles.
This past week’s edition talked about WWDC, Apple’s world wide developer conference, and covered some of the news coming from it that will impact podcasters. Of particiualr interest is a new design for Apple’s “Podcast App” which is still the preferred app for the majority of our listeners.
Also of note in the latest Hot Pod is an acquisition by Gimlet Media of a Shark Tank “inspired” show called The Pitch.
What I love about Hot Pod is that Nick clearly does his research and is able to bring you inside the podcasting industry. It’s not just reporting, its also analysis and i appreciate that as someone who is interested in learning more about the business side of podcasting.
I’m definitely looking forward to pouring through past issues, which are also available once you become a subscriber.
To sign up for Hot Pod, visit hotpodnews.com!
The next resource I’ve found thats been incredibly useful is the Podcaster’s Hangout closed group on Facebook.
Back on episode #8 I talked about the NY Times Podcast Club, which also remains an incredibly useful community for podcast listeners on Faxebook. The Podcaster’s Hangout is more targeted to producers, though, and the discussions, which are moderated, are more technically focused — things like gear recommendations, troubleshooting common issues in the studio, the recording process and promotion.
It’s a friendly community as well, and I don’t find it to be dominated by people selling things. That’s in part due to the moderation, but just in general it feels like a community of helpful people.