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I am late to the world of podcasts, but I started listening
to "Serial" last month and became enamored. If you are like me—or like I was—you might think podcasts are
intimidating. Are you also afraid of elevators? Great, we are in the same
Let's stay on course. And get you on podcasts.
Here's how I listened to my first podcast: I downloaded the app called "Podcasts."
I hooked my iPhone up to my car via my regular way of
charging my car and pushed play. Then I drove and did not touch it (I don't
touch my phone while driving). The sound came out of my iPhone, but if you are technical, you can
easily get it to play out of your speakers of your car.
It was that easy.
"Serial" was free and most podcasts seem to be free. Once, I got
that accomplished, my long drives in Los Angeles could not be long enough.
Then I discovered Canadian mom Tally Abecassis and her podcast, "First Day Back." It's about her return to the working world as a filmmaker after
taking six years off to raise her two young boys. "First Day Back" is a documentary podcast that follows Abecassis as she faces the challenges of picking up her career after an extended maternity leave. The narrative takes a real-life look at motherhood, gender roles, and work-life balance in a voice that is serious, funny and sometimes touching.
This time I just played it off of her website on my computer
and folded laundry. Her podcast is extremely well done. If you are considering
producing a podcast you should listen to it.
There are tons of great podcasts out there and lots of space
for more content around motherhood. I'll admit, it was a New Year's idea for me
to make my show into a Podcast, but I decided to focus on ridding myself of my
somewhat all consuming anxiety and keep my plate less full.
That's it, it really could not be more simple, and I can't
believe I didn't listen to podcasts earlier.
As far as making your own podcast, you'll just need a computer and a mic. Then, start talking. You can use Garage Band to record your voice, do some editing,
upload it to Apple. Make some artwork for it and ta-da! You
are producing a Podcast.