I was sitting on a park bench waiting for my friend when a homeless-esque man walked up and started preaching the word of the Lord to me and a few other unfortunate bystanders around me. It was mildly annoying, but there's an important lesson buried in here that I want to share with you. His subject matter was irrelevant. He could have been talking about his undying love for rainbow-themed badgers and I'd still be mildly annoyed by his in-your-face techniques.
I thought, “What is this guy doing? Can't he see no one wants to hear this?” I was being a hater. And as he droned on, my thoughts got more negative and disgruntled until I realized something. No one was listening, no one cared, but he cared. He was giving it his all and most importantly, he was passionate about it. So passionate he had to pitch it to complete strangers who gave him looks of dismissal, rejection, and pure disgust. Despite these looks, he kept at it and kept going, almost as if he was blinded to it. He truly believed in what he was doing even when no one was listening.
It doesn't matter what the subject is or who is out there listening, if you can find your passion and give it your all, you are already succeeding. It takes time to cultivate a strong audience for your podcast. A lot of times it might feel like you're pitching in the wind with no one listening, but every once in a while, you'll speak your beautiful words and it will capture someone. They will believe in you and as you slowly grow from one to two to three, you'll realize passion is contagious and nothing can stop you; even the haters like me.
Don't worry about the numbers, don't worry about the silence. Keep working on your podcast. Do it because you love it, do it because you're passionate. Give it your all so when you look back, you can't say you never really tried.
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Until next time,
Podcasting is fun. It’s also hard work. Not surprising that since the dawn of this medium, podcasters have been crafting ways to make the fun pay off. Traditional advertising methods work for a select few - an estimated 0.05% of podcasters monetize their show via direct sponsorship - and finding vertical opportunities by leveraging your own business works for others. But what about those who neither have a large online listenership nor a business directly tied to their podcast?
Podfly’s Corey Coates takes you through the first of a series of tutorials on anything you might want to know about setting up a podcast. These specialization videos will focus primarily on Adobe’s Audition software, but this particular one is all about the basics and how to get started. Learn how to position your introduction, remove annoying ‘ums’, turn a few stumbling sentences into a natural conversation and much more.
With over 45 minutes of step-by-step teaching, complete with pre-recorded audio clips and examples, you should hopefully come away with a lot of questions answered. That said, the Podfly Academy Team hope it’ll also leave you itching to find out more and really get to grips with this sophisticated piece of programming which could just change your life.
Once you’ve worked through all the tutorials, you’ll be the one answering everybody else’s questions!