Do you want to start a podcast? Are you interested in creating a blog?
That’s awesome! Congratulations on taking this first step and researching what you need to get started.
On this resource page, you will find all of the different programs, apps, and tools that I use every day to create my blog, record my podcast, and run my coaching business.
Please note: Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means I will earn a commission if you purchase through the links. I only recommend products I use and love personally. Please reach out if you have any questions about a particular resource! Thanks for your support 🙂
I host my WordPress site on SiteGround, and I have nothing but positive things to say about this company. The website is easy to use, their customer service is phenomenal, I’m Busy Being Awesome runs smoothly. When I switched from a different hosting site a few years ago, Siteground took care of every step without a hitch. What more could you ask for?
Interact - Productivity Quiz
My Productivity Quiz is one of the main opt-ins that I offer on my website. It gives value to my readers while building my email list. I created this quiz using the Interact quiz builder, which I cannot recommend enough. It’s super easy to use, creates professional-looking quizzes, plus, you can create one for free! Since most companies that use quizzes experience a 300% increase in leads, it’s a no brainer!
I use Tailwind to schedule my pins for Pinterest and my posts for Instagram, and it is one of my favorite time-saving strategies. I am able to schedule my posts weeks in advance, which allows me to focus on more important tasks while my social media strategy runs on autopilot. If you sign up using this link, you get a month free 😍 Yes, please!
I use Libsyn as my podcasting host, and like all of the above-mentioned programs, I am very happy with them. All I have to do is upload my podcast, podcast description, and podcast image, to Libsyn each week. They do all the rest: release it on the scheduled date, send it to the different podcast platforms, provide embed codes for WordPress, provide download stats, etc. They do it all.
Current Podcasting Setup
Shure SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Microphone
What can I say? I absolutely LOVE this microphone. It provides that clean, clear sound you’d expect for a top-of-the-line mic. I also love that it doesn’t pick up on the street noise outside my window. While you do need a few more bells and whistles to make the mic work, it is definitely worth it if you’re looking for a professional podcast sound.
Audient iD4 USB 2-in/2-out High Performance Audio Interface
Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter CL-1 Mic Activator + Extra Two (2) XLR Cables Bundle
The Shure SM7b requires a lot of power, and the Cloudlifter gives that extra boost. Since I have a naturally softer voice when podcasting, this is the perfect addition to my podcast setup. It provides an extra +25db of clean gain without any worry of the dreaded “hiss” during silences.
Gator Frameworks Short Weighted Base Microphone Stand
A sturdy, easy-to-use mic stand that perfectly situates the mic where you need it. No more slipping, dipping, or moving while recording. The stand also has a weighted base, which is perfect for the heavier Shure SM7B style mic.
Original Microphone Setup
Yeti Microphone (affordable Mic)
I used the Yeti Microphone to do all of my recordings for my first year of podcasting. It is super easy to use; simply plug it into your USB port and you’re ready to go. If you are in an echoey space like me (wood floors and tall ceilings) you might want to use a simple DIY soundbox, which I discuss below. If you are in a smaller space (like a walk-in closet) or a well-carpeted area, you can probably skip the box.
This is, quite possibly, the easiest DIY project ever, and it does a great job to help reduce echo and promote a fuller sound in your recordings. As you can see in the picture, the box involves a large storage cube and 4 acoustic foam tiles, which nestle snugly inside the cube. Put the Yeti mic inside the box and start recording. You can find the storage cube I used here and the foam tiles here.
I record all of my podcasts on GarageBand. I record using the vocal setting without the Compressor or Channel EQ options turned on. I run my voice through a few “narration” filters post-recording to help it sound fuller. Don’t worry, this is easy. It’s a preset in Garageband under the Compressor and Channel EQ options. 🙂
I use this Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 for all of my coaching calls as well as my Facebook videos (when I’m not using my phone). It hooks up easily to my Mac via USB, and it produces a clear, bright image even in artificial lighting.
There you have it! Those are my favorite tools to keep I’m Busy Being Awesome up and running. If you have any questions, send me an email at paula @ imbusybeingawesome.com and I’ll be sure to get back to you!