Podcasters: How to Write a 1,000 Word Blog Post in Under 30 Minutes

Last week we talked about why podcasters should record, not type their blog posts.

One of the main reasons we discussed was that podcasters aren’t writers they’re speakers, so recording a blog post is a more natural process. We also mentioned that recording saves you time, you can create content anywhere, it’s more conversational in tone and it prevents you from pre-editing whilst you write.

This week we provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to write a 1,000 word blog post in under 30 minutes by recording instead of typing.

Step 1: Create a Quick Outline

It is always advised to jot down an outline of what you want to discuss.

For example for this blog post, which I recorded, I just jotted down the key steps and that was it. For a different type of blog post you may want to write down the key points you want to get across.

You don’t need to spend a lot of time on your outline but having a rough idea of what you plan to say will help the editing process later.

Step 2: Choose Good Recording Equipment and a Quiet Location

The first step in recording your blog post is to use good recording equipment.

You could probably get away with using your smartphone as a recording device if you are recording in your home, with no background noise, and the built-in microphone is close to your mouth. However, a handheld digital recorder has better functions to help you reduce background noise, and monitor audio levels. The result is superior stereo depth recording, which will lead to a higher accuracy rate of your automatic transcription.

Even with using a handheld recorder, you need to be mindful of background noise where you are recording. I know I said that one of the benefits of recording your blog post is that you can create content anywhere, but you still need to create this content in a relatively quiet place. If you’re trying to record your content outside, next to a construction site, you’re going to get a lot of background noise and this is going to interfere with the quality of your recording. In turn, this will affect the overall accuracy rate of the automatic transcription. The clearer the recording, the more accurate the automatic transcription, the less editing time on the back end.

Which leads us nicely on to step 3.

Step 3: Upload Your Recording to IncrediScribe

Once you have completed your recording, you need to download your audio file onto your computer/laptop. I recorded this blog post using Voice Memos on my iPhone. Once I was done, I just Air Dropped it to my laptop.

Next, I logged into my IncrediScribe account. Don’t worry if you don’t have an account yet. Just click ‘Start Free Trial’ to upload your first file for free.