This is the blog post you need to read, especially if you're still skeptical about why you should podcast. Obviously, Podfly is a company that helps people make podcasts, so there is a bit of bias as to why you should create one...but bare with me.
When we talk about some of the key benefits to podcasting, there are literally thousands I could list. So let's take it slow and go through some of the reasons why I sincerely feel like you should be podcasting for your health right now.
It's Good For The Mind
Learning a new skill helps stimulate the brain and keep it more active. By keeping your brain active and aware, studies suggest that an active brain also helps prevent memory loss. Now, I'm not saying that by podcasting you won't get dementia down the line - I'm saying if you podcast, your brain will be sharper and will be able to remember where you left those keys more often. There's a lot of bells and whistles that go into podcasting and even professionals who deal with radio regularly will tell you that producing audio can be tough business.
Still not into it? Exercise also helps ward off the effects of memory loss, but who wants to do that?
It Keeps You Out of Trouble
A bored mind is often a dangerous one. When we're bored, we have a tendency to eat more than we should, drink 'casually', and do things we might not normally do. Podcasting is so out of our normal routine that it can almost be seen as an addictive drug, except this is a lot safer and better for you.
Podcasting can take up a lot of your time, which can prevent yourself from binge eating, drinking too much, and help you recover from a substance abuse. It's the perfect thing to help keep you moving forward and help you focus on what's in front of you.
Expand Your Social Circle
Being social is good for your health and your longevity. A good support system and a strong community makes you feel valued and loved. It is even suggested by some studies that a good support system will help give you better survival rates for diseases such as cancer. You can often get this feeling from a strong church or neighborhood community, but what happens if you don't regularly attend church or don't like your neighbors? Then you should podcast.
You can podcast about whatever you want and you'll find the community to back you up and support you. Podcasting is community centric, which is why it's so difficult to kill a bad podcaster. If you're an avid podcast listener, you'll know what I mean. Being a podcaster means you've entered a community and a welcoming community at that. You don't have to be someone else and you don't have to pretend to like something you don't in order to get their approval. Of course, there are a couple of bad apples in the mix, but for the most part podcasters are great people to be around and are always willing to help you.
Ayn Codina is a web developer, writer, and an audio editor for Podfly. We help make podcasts sound and feel great to both the listener and you. If you're looking for more information, feel free to check out my other blog posts or contact me at Ayn@podfly.net!
See you next time,