Without a doubt, podcasting was a far more challenging endeavor than I thought it would be. It turned out to be the most difficult personal project that I’ve undertaken in recent memory.
But, this wasn’t like any other project. It was a passion project that I’ve wanted to do for over a decade. I always knew I had something to say, but I didn’t know what. And I didn’t know to whom or how I wanted to say it. After two kids came it didn’t seem like it was going to happen.
This written series (a blog series) will not be about the best way to do a podcast- but rather the journey that I and my two co-hosts have embarked upon. I wish to share the trials and tribulations and if possible- how we got around them or continue to deal with them. And, yes, there have been successes. But, a lot more was thrown on our plate than expected.
Why am I writing about podcasting?
Because I feel I’ve embarked on a grand adventure. We’ve done 10 episodes but so much more has gone into this than just the episodes. Those are merely the result of our “blood, sweat, and tears.” I feel like we made nearly every mistake in the book that we could’ve during the podcast experience. And while I’m learning- I want to chronicle and share.
But, I think my co-hosts and I have done a lot right. And, I think it’s worth communicating both the successes and failures. It is said that “everyone is doing a podcast” these days. Well, a lot of podcasts are network backed with hundreds of thousands of listeners. We are not.
We’re just a little independent podcast. And this is my journey from initial thought to modern-day. I hope to cover issues that I encounter and reasons for the little taste of success we’ve had so far (not bad for two months during these tough days). We get followers one-by-one with a Facebook ad budget of 10 bucks a week. That in itself was a decision. And I hope to bring my issues to you in a hope to entertain, educate, and inform.
My Personal History
I have always been able to express creativity through technology.
I have always liked multi-media adventures and that stems from my near lifelong use and love of the Macintosh. At least in my computer life (which does not span my life). I started laying out the high school newspaper and learning desktop publishing just as laser printers became available in the late eighties.
This led me to a long career in production graphics. But, personally, I was interested in all aspects of what the Mac had to offer. I have always been able to express creativity through technology (I’ve done photography all of my life) and I used the Macintosh to produce all sorts of audio, video, home movies, etc. And, I started to play.
WEFT 90.1 Community Radio – Volunteer
People actually did call in to interact. Everything from conspiracy theories to praise. I felt like I was in the middle of things.
Heres where it comes into focus a bit. I volunteered at the local community radio station. After a year, I had my own show and after a while, I loved being behind the mic. It was just fun. Being all-volunteer, I ran the manual mixing board for my show too. There was a connection with the audience that I was surprised by.
People actually did call in to interact. Everything from conspiracy theories to praise. I felt like I was in the middle of things. I grew up listening to FM radio and as an adult, I have been amazed at the flexibility of AM radio. Now, I was participating!
So, someday when I grew up I wanted to do a podcast. I’m doing it, and this is my journey!
Be sure to read the entire series of “My Podcast Adventures“.