Field Notes: Podcast Movement 2016
Blogging and podcasting are not only similar: they’re complementary.
Automatticians, the people who build WordPress.com, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do in the community. This week, we share our experience at the Podcast Movement 2016 conference.
People use WordPress.com to share many types of stories, from written essays and photo galleries to podcasts. Podcast Movement has quickly become the conference to attend for audio storytellers, so we were excited to be there to support the podcasting community and spread the word about podcasting tools on WordPress.com.
Live from the WordPress.com booth
Cesar Abeid, Trevor Montgomery, and Dustin Hartzler, Happiness Engineers at Automattic, attended the latest installment of this exciting event earlier this month in Chicago, Illinois. The conference, now in its third year, drew over 1,500 attendees. WordPress.com was a sponsor, so we had a great opportunity to engage with the community from our booth — and to feel the love for WordPress!
Podcast Movement 2016: A Recap
There were sessions on how to get started with podcasting, how to monetize your show, best practices for conducting interviews, and many other topics aimed to help podcasters take their shows to the next level. This year’s speakers included Alex Blumberg, former producer for This American Life and Planet Money on NPR, and Dan Miller, bestselling author of 48 Days to the Work You Love.
Hundreds of conference goers stopped by the WordPress.com booth, where we talked about using WordPress for podcasting and the different tools to publish and promote a show. We were also available to offer hands-on help with bloggers’ WordPress sites.
Podcasting on WordPress.com
While many podcasters are using self-hosted WordPress.org sites, some attendees did not know that WordPress.com also supports podcasting.
Did you know: according to Todd Cochrane from Blubrry, creators of the PowerPress podcasting plugin for self-hosted WordPress sites, there are over 200,000 active podcasts in iTunes. Since Blubrry powers over 60 thousand of them, at least 30% of all currently active podcasts are running WordPress!
WordPress.com makes it very easy to get started with podcasting. All you need to do is create a new post category, change a few settings in your dashboard, and submit your podcast to iTunes and other catalogs. Just follow these steps to launch your podcast (if you don’t have a WordPress.com site yet, get one here).
Some of the advantages of podcasting with WordPress.com:
- Simplicity: Both your website and your media are hosted in the same place, making it easier to manage your content.
- Security: Your podcast and site will be protected by WordPress.com against attacks and spam.
- Backups: All content published on WordPress.com is protected and backed up so you don’t have to think about it.
- Maintenance-Free: Your WordPress.com site is always running the latest version of WordPress, and you will never have to worry about updates.
We continue to work on tools for podcasters here at WordPress.com, and would love your input on how we can make them better.
What’s your show?
Do you have a podcast? Tell us about it and post a link to it in the comments below!