It took me a long time before I took the leap into podcast land. Fearing the commitment and consistency it requires I didn’t want to start something that I dropped after three episodes.
I’m pretty sure that’s the average. Start with a splash and end with a gurgle when you find that no one’s listening.
Is that not the problem?
We judge too soon the impact our creativity can have? Sometimes it’s the long play that wins the spoils, and I think Podcasting is one of those long plays for many would be presenters.
Consistency coupled with faith moves mountains, and through the exercise of patient expectation of good we can fuel and fly far further than we we believe we are capable of.
There will always be the stories of those who shot to the top after their first viral episode aired, but the majority begin as a seed, and water their talent with time.
Time spent learning.
Time spent honing.
Time spent making mistakes and returning to the basics.
This, friend, is why your chosen subject should be something you believe in, something that delights you and you’d want to speak about when no one else is in the room.
Passion-driven podcasting boiled down to something that resonates with others. Don’t be too general, keep it neat and niched, focused like a laser on just one or two subjects that vibrate through your soul.
For me, its creativity and faith. I love to pray. I’m obsessed with God and all that He makes and says. And I love to create things, and encourage others to step up, step out, and make stuff too – all for the glory of God!
So how do you start a podcast?
Let me give you the 99 point list of stuff you need to do before you get started…
Nope. You are not escaping that easily. Let’s shave that kilometer-long list of to-do’s down to just three.
Here’s the list.
1. Buy a reasonable USB microphone.
2. Plug it into your computer.
Use the free software Audacity to record your episodes. Snip the beginning and ending if needed. Don’t overthink. Don’t try to make it perfect.
Just get started.
The rest is actually surprisingly easy.
Use a service like Anchor FM to publish for free. The steps to make it happen are laid out on their website, so don’t figure you need to spend hundreds of hours or thousands of dollars to find out how.
I use Podcast.co to host my show, and let them take care of the tech side of distribution.
I’m closing in on 100 episodes.
Remember what I said about passion? I felt the Holy Ghost prompt me to start a podcast. I thought about it, and my fears of failure, so decided to begin simply and safely. A daily podcast! What was I thinking?!
Once a week would be enough. That would be a great place to start. I do daily, but I’ve always been kind of over the top.
And rolling toward my century I’m passionately serving 20 listeners or thereabouts.
Impressed? You should be.
Impressed by the notion that if I can do this, you can too. Impressed by the realization that it takes time to build a following. Touched by the idea that it’s not all about impressive stats, or magnificent stories of overnight explosions and world-shattering success.
Sometimes it’s just doing the daily. Working the weekly. Making the monthly.
Daily commitment to your own genius.
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.
Don’t hide behind the idea 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 mind in an authentic way, and keep sharing, keep learning, keep growing.
Oh, and one more thing, subscribe to my podcast here https://pod.co/david-lee-martin