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If you are planning to start a podcast, or already have one on iTunes, one of the best things you can do to be better in your podcasting, whether as a podcast host or a podcast editor is to keep on learning and honing your skills. Admit it or not, even if you are a pro podcaster, you still need to learn and be refreshed. And there’s no better way to learn and refresh yourself about podcasting than by joining like minded people who are passionate about their podcast and dedicated to their craft. Think of these benefits and reconsider why you ought to be in one or two of these podcast communities:
Peer review – this is very helpful, especially if you are starting out and still trying to get the feel of how you’re going to get your show going.
Update on trends and innovations – there are new mixers, new microphones, new audio recorders and plugins and all other stuff that may get past your radar. So if you don’t want to do all the researching yourself, joining a podcast community is the best place to learn the best and the latest gadgets and gizmos.
Technical advice on setting up your studio or gears – still wondering how to do a Skype mix minus setup? Then you should join one of these groups.
Possibility of cross promotion of your show with other podcasters – If you want to be a guest or looking for people to invite in your podcast, or if you’re planning on doing cross promotion and joint ventures or cross promotions then joining podcast communities should be on your priorities.
Tips and tricks from the pros for FREE – Think of how much it would cost you to have an hour consultation with a pro. The communities, groups, forums give these to you for free.
Now to save you time Googling them out, I’ve listed some of the best forums, groups and communities you should keep in your bookmarks. If you have any preference on where to go then this list will give you a good place to start.
1. Apple Support Community – Producing Podcasts
This is the community site by Apple and you can definitely use this as a great resource for most issues and problems relating to iTunes and your podcast. Roger Wilmut1 is one of the best guys in the community who definitely answers and helps a lot. So make sure to bookmark the site.
2. Blubrry Forum
If you are using the WordPress Plugin Blubrry Powerpress then you should be here. The moderators are responsive and in my experience, they have been very helpful in answering questions.
3. IAIB Forum
International Association of Internet Broadcasters or IAIB is a professional organization. It has a separate forum membership and a 3-tiered membership to the organization. You can join as Broadcaster, Industry provider, and Network.
4. Facebook Podcast Community
Thanks to Megan Enloe and the moderators who keep the community in check from spammers and other shameless bashers who only want to promote their shows and nothing more. This Facebook community is a great resource both for newbies and pros. One thing you’ll probably love abut this group is the cross promotion opportunity.
7. Podcasters Paradise
For someone who has the money to invest in learning and mastering his podcast, John Lee Dumas’ Podcasters Paradise is the way to go.
8. Podcasting Technology Resource Group on Linkedin
This Linkedin group is open for everyone to join.
10. Podcasters Google+ Community
The Podcasters Google+ community is an active community with over 3600 members and still growing.
Are you a member of any of these communities? The comment section is open. Let us know about your experience and what you think stands out of the group or forum you have joined.