Having trouble coming up with new topics for your podcast? There are plenty of places to look if you are creative enough. Use the list below to supercharge your brainstorming:
RSS – There is no better way to skim large amounts of new and distributed information. Subscribe to blogs around your subject. See what other people are talking about and what is new. My personal favorite tool for this is Google Reader.
Forums – Forums are full of people asking questions, looking for information, and talking about things that excite them. These are perfect topics. There is bound to be a forum built around the subject you are podcasting about. Start with forumfinder or do a simple Google search “______ forum”.
Yahoo Answers or Quora – Yet more places where people are asking questions. They probably aren’t the only ones with these questions.
Twitter – Run searches with keywords pertaining to your subject to see what people are discussing. You can also subscribe to the searches via rss and add them to your feed reader to get regular updates.
Call-Ins – Set up a call-in line for people to propose topics or questions. These suggestions are extremely valuable as they are proposed by people that care about you and your show. Use a free Google Voice line.
Searches and statistics(from your website) - This won’t necessarily help you find new topics, but it will tell you why people are coming to your site and what is keeping them there. Find out what is working and build on it.
Google Alerts – Set up Google alerts for the keywords surrounding your show so that you will be notified of news around your podcast’s subject.
Start using these resources today to produce interesting content that is in demand!