How to Start a Podcast

Aaron Dowd - The Podcast Dude - Simplecast Podcaster Success Lead

Hi! My name is Aaron Dowd. I'm 32 years old and I live in Fort Worth, Texas. I help people make awesome podcasts so that they can grow an audience, get better at speaking, have a good time, attract clients, discover their true passion, meet and talk with awesome people.

If you'd like to learn how to make a great podcast, I shared everything I've learned about podcasting on my show, The Podcast Dude. You can listen to 20 episodes for free, and get access to the other 55 episodes (and more) by signing up to be a seanwes supporter here.

It's on hold at the moment, but it's hot in the design section of Apple Podcasts:

The Podcast Dude: Still hot in iTunes baby, learn how to start a podcast and be an awesome podcaster

I really need to get around to finishing episode 76.

I also publish articles on Medium and video on Youtube.

If you're wondering what podcasting gear I recommend, go here.

My friends/clients include:

5by5 -> Back to Work, The Web Ahead, The Big Web Show, Asymco

Adam Martin -> Makers of Sport

Adam Stac -> Changelog

Authentic Jobs -> Hired

Brett Terpstra -> Systematic

CodePen -> CodePen Radio

Creative Mornings

Charli Prangley -> Design Life

Dan Cederholm -> Overtime

David Sparks & Katie Floyd -> Mac Power Users

Frontside -> Frontside Podcast

Funsize -> Hustle

Humana Design -> This is HCD

Jake Parker & SVS Learn-> 3 Point Perspective

Jane Portman -> UI Breakfast

Jason Blumer -> Thrivecast, Businessology

Jenn Lukas -> Ladies in Tech

KPCB -> Ventured

Katie Kovalcin & Tim Kadlec -> Path to Performance

Patrick Johnson -> The Start

Sean McCabe -> seanwes podcast, The Podcast Dude, Invisible Details, In the Boat With Ben, Lambo Goal, Overlap Audiobook

Chris Coyier & Dave Rupert -> Shoptalk Show

Shawn Blanc -> The Focus Course

Simplecast (This is where I work and it's awesome)

Whitney Hess & Paul McAleer -> Designing Yourself

and more.

I want to thank all of these people for sharing their voices and knowledge with the world and for teaching me so much.

When + Why + How

My professional journey started in 2010 when I started learning how to record, mix, and master music. At the time, I wanted to be a professional drummer and I wanted to produce and record songs with the bands I was playing with.

Eventually I started helping people produce and edit podcasts (I loved podcasts too much to not get involved). The first podcast I helped with was the Shoptalk Show. I thought it would be cool to do podcast editing and production as a job (plus I really enjoyed it and the shows I was working with), so I pursued it and with the help of some friends, by spring of 2014 I had enough clients to quit my day job as a Jr. web developer. That was a great day.

In 2013, I’d made a new friend (Sean McCabe) at a Dribbble meetup in Austin, TX and then helped him start a podcast and then a network. We made a ton of other cool things too, check out I also helped start the Dribbble podcast at the end of that year. I'm still editing it and helping the team with post-production every other week.

In 2016, I made a couple courses about podcasting.

At the end of 2017, I launched Successful Podcasting (online course where I teach what I've learned about podcasting and podcast editing) and joined my favorite podcast hosting company, Simplecast, to help them make it easy for people like you to publish podcasts and grow an audience online.

So that brings us to now.

Things to do next:

If you're looking for some good books to read, go here.

If you want to hire me for some training or consulting, send an email to [aaron] @ [] and tell me a little bit about what I can help you with.

If you want to read some blog posts I wrote, go here.

If you'd like to hear me play drums, check out my punk band, Not Half Bad. I think you'll like us if you like The Menzingers, Against Me, Iron Chic, or the Gaslight Anthem. We've got a new album written we just haven't scheduled a time to record it. Soon hopefully.

I also played with singer/songwriter Kolton Moore from 2012-2015. You might like us if you like The Damn Quails, Ryan Bingham, Reckless Kelly, John Mayer, Dawes, or Jason Isbell. We're on hiatus till Kolton decides he come back from the wilderness and play music again.

When I'm not helping people make podcasts, I love drinking coffee, running, writing, being a guest on podcasts and video, riding my bike, listening to music on my Homepod, yoga, working out, playing drums, reading, traveling and going on adventures, trying to help people have a good day, and other stuff like that.

Thanks for reading!