In any kind of creative work, you’re going to run up against stage fright. Even in a medium like podcasting, where there’s no stage involved, it’ll happen, and it might actually be worse. Instead of just a single auditorium, it’s the entire world you’re going to be submitting your work to. I touched on this topic in my previous post and video, but I wanted to say a little more about it because I felt like a little more advice was warranted other than staying “stage fright happens”. I think if I can give real advice anywhere, I can give it here. Through learning experiences with performance and public speaking in school situations, radio, and now podcasting, stage fright has become pretty familiar. And I definitely felt stage fright while I was getting Behind the Podcast off the ground, long before I ever even tried to record anything. So, with a full disclaimer that this may not work for everyone, what did I find worked for me in the process of putting together my first podcast?
Hey everyone! Initially, my plan for this post was a lot smaller—after posting my first podcast, I was going to write about handling the stage fright that comes with putting your voice out there for anyone to hear. But as it turns out, there’s a lot more to putting up your first podcast than just stage fright. Furthermore, since this is the stage in my project where I need to add YouTube video into the mix, I figured why not do the same thing amazing resources like The Audacity to Podcast (2016) do, and attach my written stuff onto my audio (and in my cause, visual, as they do on Social Media Examiner (2016)) stuff? So, let’s turn to the old reliable list format to break it all down…
This episode features my interview with Scotty of the Clash of Clans Podcast. You can find the homepage for the Clash of Clans Podcast here:
During the episode, I mention some articles about the demographics of the podcast listeners base. Check them out, they’re interesting!
Geil-Neufeld, J. (2015, November 2). Who’s Listening to Podcasts in 2015? [Web log post]. Maximize Social Business. Retrieved from: http://maximizesocialbusiness.com/whos-listening-podcasts-2015-18213/.
Locke, C. (2015, October 31). Podcasts’ Biggest Problem Isn’t Discovery, It’s Diversity. Wired. Retrieved from: http://www.wired.com/2015/08/podcast-discovery-vs-diversity/.
Morgan, J. (2016, January 12). Data confirm that podcasting in the US is a white male thing. Quartz. Retrieved from:
So what is this podcast “doing” anyway? Let your host give you a few details.
The book referenced in this introduction is McElhearn, K., Giles, R., & Herrington, J.D. (2006). Podcasting Pocket Guide. Sebastopol, CA: O’Reilly.
This blog is intended to document the adventures of a newcomer into the world of podcasting. The impetus to finally start putting together my own podcast may have been a school project, but I won’t be writing here like I’m in school. I want to talk person to person, no matter if you, reader, have been in podcasting for years or are just starting to discover the medium. Ideally, this blog will be a place to celebrate this new medium that has captured our imaginations. So there’s really only one place to start with this blog: how did that ‘aha!’ moment happen for me? How did I realize I wanted to get into podcasting? Continue reading “The Journey So Far”