My name is Joshua Tracey, I live in a small town in the New Jersey suburbs. I work in data analytics as well as teaching martial arts classes on the side, with whatever leftover time I have devoted to podcasting. My podcast is half sports, half movies and tv, with a little bit on music thrown in on occasion.
I mainly started this podcast as a kind of creative outlet. I absolutely love talking about the things I'm passionate about and thought the podcast was a great platform for doing so. I also listen to over a dozen different podcasts in my own time.
My initial goal was just to see if I could do it and find a small amount of success doing it. Nothing crazy, but enough to know that there are people who are interested in what's being presented each episode.
I started in December of 2017. I believe it took me about 2 or 3 weeks to release my first episode, though I can't be sure.
I tend to release at least 2 episodes per week; occasionally 3 if I have the time. Each episode takes about 3 hours of recording/editing, excluding the initial work that goes into each episode (watching games/movies, listening to albums).
I spend about $20/month in podcasting services and somewhere around $150-$200 in gear. I find the time to do it just through shear power of will and drive to meet my goals!
I gain nothing financially from podcasting. While it would be nice to be at a point where that is realistic, my real benefit is having the creative outlet and a strong listener base.
I typically start off with an idea or movie, then see if there is anyone who is willing to join in on a discussion about whatever that topic is. Recently, I've been trying to find guests to talk about whatever segment of the content-creating world they are a part of.
I've been using Reddit to find my guests and have used Skype mostly to actually conduct the interviews. I use either a dynamic or condenser mic, a mixer, and a free audio editing service.
My show is available on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, Soundcloud, and all of the places that those services send out to. For marketing, I only have a Twitter page and just made an Instagram. Although I'm currently in the process of trying to make a website, but the additional costs may be prohibitive.
Be patient, ask for help, and be part of the community! The podcasting subreddit has been massively helpful to me and I don't know what I would've done without them in both providing answers for questions and being willing to be on my show or have me on theirs.