So I started a podcast.
I’ve wanted to do a podcast for a while but had just dreamed
about doing it. So how did I go from
dreaming to doing?
I’ve blogged on and off since 2001 on various platforms from
LiveJournal to my own website to WordPress. I’ve written stories for fun since
I was in kindergarten. My fiction has ranged from good to horrible to porn to
romance to science fiction. I tried a little writing for a friend that was
making a comic book and discovered that I don’t appreciate the art of the graphic
novel enough to make the effort to adapt my style so that was a no go. But regardless I’ve been writing fiction most
of my life.
What I’m saying is I’ve had experience with writing. I have
zero experience interviewing people. What
did I want to do with my podcast?
Do I have any experience acting? Nope!
Do I have any experience with public speaking? Minimal!
Do I have any experience with standup? Noooooo!
Do I have any technical or radio experience or knowledge
about the equipment? Hell no!
So what makes me think I can do a podcast? Well for one I
was inspired by others.
The first podcast I ever listened to was the Metamor City Podcast by Chris Lester. He managed to produce a full voice cast serialized audio book with a gripping story line. It’s great and kept me sane during a pretty dark time in my life. It’s changed a little since the full voice cast days but the story quality is fantastic. I highly recommend it. That podcast was my gateway drug. Then I discovered that NPR had podcasts also. I dove in.
It was radio without the annoying commercials. Podcasts
where I could learn about stuff or hear more than just the headline of a story.
And there was a ton of people talking about things I was interested in. From
movies to religion to science to cosplay and making. It’s all there!
Quality varies wildly from podcast to podcast. Podcasts also come and go with alarming
frequency. The podcastverse is filled
with amateurs and pros alike. It’s still a newish medium that the big corporations
are just now figuring out reaches an audience they can make money off. That wild variety of quality is exactly one of
the reasons I thought I might be able to do this thing called Podcasting. The entry bar seemed low. I didn’t have to be
good to begin with. I could learn as I went.
So, I started researching. YouTube was my friend. I even went the dead tree route by buying a book, Podcasting for Dummies. The authors had advertised their own podcasts on Chris Lester’s so I recognized the names. Then I actually read the book.
This wouldn’t be quiet as immediate and easy as starting a
blog or setting up a channel on YouTube.
Hosting large high-quality audio files is not something you can get for
free. Making it so you can be found? Also not as easy as putting up a blog. And
a big question rang in my head of “who is your audience?”
It’s possible at this point I hit information overload. Because I didn’t think I had any experience with
the technology or a clear idea of what I wanted the outcome to be I shelved the
idea for a bit. It became a desire but
not something I was acting upon.
Then I turned 50
I didn’t think it would be a big deal to me but I was also
coming out of a season of depression and poverty and it turned out to be more
of a big deal than I expected. I had been doing “this” all my life and it hadn’t
gotten me where I wanted. “this” being wanting
something but not going the extra mile to get it. I’ve got a seriously odd set
of skills that I’m sort of good at but nothing that I’d really developed past
the hobbyist stage. Then I hit 50.
I guess I had to grow up sometime
I implemented some changes.
I lost 35 pounds. I assessed my budget. I set my jaw. I buckled down and
I told my fear to take a back seat while I gave this shit a try. And that’s how I started a podcast.
Oh you wanted to hear about me magically discovering I was amazingly
great at podcasting and interviewing people.
About me instantly going viral and now I have tons of listeners?
Sorry people. That isn’t how this works. Starting a podcast
is work. I had to figure out my format. Get the equipment. Figure out how to
record and then actually put up cash to pay for hosting all while learning 30
new things that are truly outside my comfort zone. I had to prepare for interviews.
Fail at recording properly. Try for interviews beyond my friends and get turned
down. Along the way I’ve discovered I enjoy this, and I am not Horrible at it.
Now I have even more work. SEO, listener engagement, to advertise or stick with word of mouth, did I properly set up the feed so pandora will pick me up? And who the hell are those guys on YouTube with a similar show name??! it’s not easy. It’s work. Its deadlines and expectations and striving for quality. Its not magic but it might, just might, be a little magical.
Go on, go check it out!
The I’ve Been Wrong Before Podcast