The WP Minute by Matt Medeiros
As the publisher of this site, I'm happy to kick off the inaugural podcast setup post. I host a handful of podcasts, each with a unique "setup" to share. Today, I'd like to feature my (admittedly messy) home office podcast recording station.
Nestled inside my finished attic, it doesn't sport the best audio treatments, as my rented studio/office. I'll share that one in a different post.
Time to pop the champagne – here goes the first podcast setup!
The WP Minute is a weekly WordPress news podcast delivered in under 5 minutes each episode.
Podcast Setup by Matt Medeiros
Here's a recent episode as of this post:
Why do listeners subscribe to your podcast?
Because they are too busy to keep up with the important news items happening in the WordPress world.
WordPress can be heavy on the developer speak, so we wanted to create something quick and easily consumable. You might not care that much about how the inside baseball of WordPress works, but you want to know about major changes happening to your favorite website builder.
What makes your approach to podcasting different from others?
I'd say that the 5-minute-ish rundown is fairly unique in the WordPress podcast space.
Believe it or not, there are a lot of WordPress podcasts out there. The WP Minute is the only one that I know of doing short form + community contributed 1-minute audio clips.
Think of us as like public access TV.
We encourage our supporting members + community contributors to send us content to publish during our show. It gives people greater reach and/or exposure without having to build their own platform.
What do you hope listeners gains from listening to your show?
I hope they get informed in a fun and interesting way.
WordPress powers 40%+ of the modern web. WordPress is an open source initiative, we hope that showcasing the big topics to a broader audience will encourage more people to pull a seat up at the table.
What does your podcast legacy look like?
For me, it's about creating opportunity for my family and my audience.
I was lucky to grow up in a family that ran a local business for 40 years in our community. It taught me a lot about business and life. I hope my dedication to podcasting can lead to the same opportunities for my children.
I also hope the content I publish reaches people in a way that inspires, informs, and at the very least: entertains.
What's the best piece of advice you have for other podcasters?
Get started yesterday.
Once you get started, don't get bogged down by all of the gurus advice or that you have to build an amazing show to get noticed. It's not that the advice is wrong or that you shouldn't listen at all, but to encourage to you learn organically.
To crawl before you run. To sometimes fail, so you can understand the art you want to create.
Buying a blueprint is fine, but it's someone else's plan – not yours.
The software I use for my podcast
The hardware I use for my podcast
- Rodecaster Pro 2
- Heil PR-40
- Audio-Technica m40x headphones
- Sony a7iv for streaming and recording video
- Godox SL-60w for key lighting
- Elgato Cam Link for connecting my Sony to the computer
Why does this setup work for you?
As I mentioned earlier, I host a bunch of podcasts. I'm often traveling between my home office and my rented studio. Having the Rodecaster Pro 2 to take between locations helps a bunch.
I also use two different computers and having a multi-platform solution like Descript to edit and collaborate with helps in that department. For quick work, Descript is usually the answer. When I need to be a little more involved or introduce more complex edits, Hindenburg helps me carry it that last mile.