Resolve to connect first with your creative calling to add value and love to others. Let that undergird your dedication to stay the course. Dear Christian friend, if you have something to share and say, say it freely and fully. Podcasting is a great way to begin…
So it seems funny to be talking about podcasting on my podcast, maybe, maybe not, but it took me a long time to leap into this whole world of podcasting. I guess I feared the commitment and consistency that it requires. And I didn’t want to start something that dropped off after three episodes. And I think that that’s probably the average, isn’t it? I mean, it’s seems like a great idea until you start doing it. You start with a splash and end with a gurgle.
When you discover that no one’s listening, you know, it really is that not the problem that we face with most of our content and that we judge too soon the impact that our creativity can have. And really, we’ve got to be in this game for the long play. Yeah, because it’s a long play that wins the spoils. And podcasting certainly is most often one of those long plays for many would be presenters, particularly if you’ve not got a massive platform or a big audience before you begin, you’ve really got to be ready to kind of strap your boots on and keep moving forward, regardless of the kind of uptake to a degree, and then just allow those the audience and allow kind of the results of your podcasting to compound over time as you continue to kind of hone that gift and put your content and share your message out into the world.
There’s always going to be stories, of course, of, you know, people who shot to the top after their first viral episode aired. And, you know, but the majority just begin with a seed and then water that talent over time. And a consistency, I think, and patience make are really the difference makers. The Bible talks about how through faith and patience, we inherit the promises we want. We want all of the explosive dynamic of faith.
But the idea of patience or as far as that the scriptures call it elsewhere longsuffering doesn’t seem quite so exciting. But there’s always the you know, the time that you put in. You know, you’ve really got to water your talent with time and time spent learning, time spent honing, time spent making the mistakes that you learn from and returning to the basics. And this is why I think with a podcast or indeed any kind of content strategy you’ve gone to, your chosen subject should be something that you believe in, something that delights you so much you would want to speak about it when no one else is in the room.
And so this passion driven podcasting really, you know, boils down your message to something that resonates with others. It can’t be so general that it’s for everybody, because unless it’s neat and it’s really for nobody, you know, the more focussed you can be on just one or two subjects that really vibrate through your soul, something that really resonates both with you as the host or the speaker and with the people that you’re speaking to. I mean, for me, it’s creativity and faith.
Jesus Christ and creativity are two things that I am really utterly obsessed with. If I’m honest, I love to make things. I love to encourage other people to step up and step out and make stuff to all for the glory of God. And like above all of that, my ultimate, my dream and my desire, my destiny is Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. Jesus first, everything else follows. So, you know. And so you may have given consideration yourself to starting a podcast.
I mean, thankfully, I like most things nowadays when it comes to actually presenting content out to the world and sharing our worth with the world. It doesn’t have to be difficult. And then in my blog post today, I said, okay, you want to start a podcast? Let me give you the 99 point list of stuff that you need to do before you get started. And I think that this is where a lot of people are in so many with respect to actually beginning to step out and experiment and try things.
Is that they think that there’s like this huge list of things that have to be done before you begin, but that is just not the truth and simply like let’s just shave off like a good 96, 97 of those points to do and just boil it down to three. And he is the list by a reasonable USB microphone. There’s some links to some suggestions on my website. David Lee. Martin dot com. If you just look for the corresponding article to this podcast on there, it’s called Proceed to podcast and there’s some links there that you can check out as to some very reasonably priced USB microphones that are a place that you could get started.
Now, I’m using a XLR Mic here, but I certainly I started with a USB mic and, you know, the easier thing, the easier you can make things for yourself, the better. It’s better to get started imperfectly than never get started because you’re waiting for perfection. Sometimes we use kind of the the idea that we have to have all of the best equipment before we begin is really just another excuse and another form of procrastination. And I say, get yourself a microphone, plug it into your computer and speak.
Those are the three things that you really need to do to begin podcasting. And then you can simply use the free software, audacity. Just search for audacity, audio software. It’s completely free. You can record your episodes on that snip the beginning and end if you’ve got some kind of stumbling around on there. And just don’t overthink it. Don’t try to make it perfect. Just make it the best you can where you’re at right now.
I know I’m friends of mine have used a service called Anchor FM. Anchor as an anchor on a ship FM to publish their podcast for free. And all of the steps to make that happen are laid out on their website. So you don’t have to figure it all out yourself or spend hundreds or thousands of dollars having someone tell you how to do it. You can just go to their website, just follow their instructions and get something up and running almost immediately.
I use a service called Podcast.co to host my show similar to Anchor FM and I just let them take care of the technical side of distribution to the various channels. I’m about to close in actually, on a hundred episodes I jumped in boots and all. I mean, it’s the Holy Ghost prompted me to start a podcast and you know, I thought about it and all of my fears of failure and then for whatever reason, I’m kind of racking my brains.
Do I how do I how often do I want to do this? I thought, man, if I’m going to do it, let’s just do it. And so I went with a daily podcast. I mean, seriously, what was I thinking? But, you know, for you, maybe once a week would be enough. You know what? You don’t want it to be any less than once a week, really, because, you know, with podcasting, that consistency and being there for people being there to kind of continue to speak to and lift up the people who listen to you is, I think, an important part of it, that consistency in that regularity.
But, you know, so you don’t have to do daily. But I would certainly say at the least, probably looking at doing something once a week. And, you know, we’ve all got something worth saying. Fifteen minutes worth of encouragement for the world once a week, surely, and say, here I am closing in on my 100th episode. You know, I’m kind of proud of that. I’ve not got a big audience. There’s like in podcast.co, you’ve got like a stat’s kind of that you can click on and it kind of shows you how many listens you’ll get.
And then and then it kind of averages out and tells you how many listeners you’ve got. You know, my stats are so unimpressive that, you know, I don’t even want to share them. But like, say, you know, I they certainly are impressive, you know, but, you know, you should be impressed with this. You know, if I can do this, you can to you know, you should be impressed by the realisation that it does take time to build a following and touched by the idea.
That it’s not all about impressive stats or magnificent stories of overnight explosive growth, a world shattering success sometimes, friend, it’s just doing the daily work in the weekly making the monthly daily commitment to your own genius in one way or another, you know, resolve to connect with the creative calling that you carry and add value and love to other people in whatever way you can. Podcasting is one way that might work for you. If you are like if you enjoy speaking, you know, if you don’t enjoy speaking, don’t do it, you know, but let that commitment to your creative call undergird your dedication.
And that way you’ll be more likely to stay the course. You know, if you’ve got something to share and say, you know, be bold and say it freely and say it fully, don’t hide behind the idea. But you have to have everything in place before you begin. Don’t pretend it has to be easy to be worthwhile. Do what you can, share your heart and your mind in an authentic way and just keep sharing, keep learning, keep growing.
And so, yeah, go for it. You know, jump over to Anchor FM or you can check out the service that I use podcast.co.Anchor FM would maybe a good place to test out because it’s free. You know, you don’t have to. Yeah. There’s no commitment there. There’s no financial kind of burden that you’re going to have to carry to just give this thing a go, you know, and while you’re at it, you know, just some my stats look vaguely more impressive.
Do make sure that you subscribe. Yeah. Get yourself subscribe to this show. If you’re not already subscribed, I would love you forever. And hey, God bless you. And just keep sharing your worth. Put your value out there where people can enjoy it and benefit from it. Well, thanks for listening. Hopefully it’s been an encouragement to you today. If you want to connect any further, you can do so through my website at Davidleemartin.Com.
Have a great day.