For the past few months, I’ve been contributing to a film-based podcast that consumes a good third of my week, every week.
Thankfully, I’ve been able to pursue this venture with full support from my family and friends, and I feel like I’ve learned a lot about my product, my self, and podcasting.
So I’m going to share some of these lessons with you, too!
#1. You’ll Hate Your Voice
Sure, I guess if you’ve been working in video or audio for a while, you might know this. You’re going to hear your voice a lot. This will come from testing your audio, recording your audio, and constant playback while editing.
To be honest, your voice isn’t bad. You mostly are sick of listening to it. Get comfortable with your voice—or get someone else to edit your work!
#2. Podcasting Is a Long Process
After recording an episode, you’re going to have to edit it. Which means you’ll be sitting there, listening to the episode over and over until you get it right. How long will this take? Well, multiply your run time by 4, and you might know how long you’ll be editing.
My podcast is about movies, so it takes me and my partner watching a film, researching said film, and then recording the episode.
#3. Nobody Wants to Rate & Review Your Podcast
I have a lot of friends. I’m assuming you have a lot of friends. Hell, a lot of your friends will listen to your podcast. But hardly any of them will take you serious when you say “Leave us a rating and review.”
Don’t take it personal! They’re busy people. If they’re listening and adding to your download numbers, that’s friendship enough.
Want to increase reviews and ratings? Look into review trades, leave other podcast reviews, and just keep working at it.
#4. You’ll Never Sound Good Enough
Well, unless you’re an audio engineer, then your podcast might sound great. But your first dozen episodes? They’re practice.
After you fire those out of the chamber, you’ll start to hit a stride.
And yes, going back and listening to those first few might even hurt.
#5. Everybody Wants to Be on Your Podcast
There are two questions you’ll need to ask yourself when it comes to having guests on your podcast. The first one will be “Will this increase my audience or online reputation?”
That’s a fine consideration, and its definitely one you need to consider.
But you should also ask yourself, “Will this guest have a good conversation with me?”
I mean, the last thing you want is someone who steals your thunder or has nothing to say. Try and find a balance between the two.
Also, expect to get awkward when people say they want to be on your podcast. I’m not sure why, but it feels so intrusive—yet you’ll get asked frequently.
So go ahead and chase down that passion project you’ve been thinking about. You’re bound to learn something about the field you’ve been thinking about, as well as yourself.