As a companion piece to my prior post on how we prepare for, record, and edit my Harry Potter podcast Podtrificus Totalus, I wanted to provide a write up on how we host and distribute the show too. My hope is that this will be helpful to a beginner looking to go live with their show or to someone looking to get away from the “big” podcast hosts like Libsyn, Blubrry, Podbean, etc. Instead, I’ll describe a self-hosted approach that combines WordPress, PowerPress, Amazon S3, and S3Stat.
For the past few years, my pet project has been Podtrificus Totalus, a Harry Potter podcast I host and produce with my boyfriend, Joe. Together, we read through a chapter from the books every week then dissect it in a (roughly) hour-long podcast. It’s a great way of merging my love for literature, my love for Joe, and, most importantly, my love of being a little technology goblin.
Naturally, I hang around in a lot of circles with other podcasters (or aspiring podcasters). By far my favorite is the Lady Pod Squad, a community of women podcasters who share promos, reviews, and general advice with one another. I’m also a regular lurker (and occasional poster) on /r/podcasting. In both places, I’ve shared scattered details about how I produce my own show, in hopes to save others from the agonizing research and trial and error I’ve put into establishing a workflow. With this post, I hope to provide an up to date, organized guide in the hopes that others can blend and borrow from my process to help improve or jump start their own. I am also open to critiques, too — I’m totally self-taught in all of this! I generally follow the guiding principle of “it sounds good, it is good,” but I don’t exactly have a trained ear or an intricate knowledge of why it sounds good. So if something is glaringly wrong, please do let me know in the comments!