My top 10 lessons learned from my first 6 months podcasting.
1. Save EVERY file before you say your first word
This is by far one of the most important tips I can give new Podcasters. When I tell you the heartbreak I experienced by losing one of my best episodes to date, simply because I failed to save the file first. Brings a tear to my eye just thinking of it.
2. Just start already
The moon and stars are never going to align just right for you to pull the trigger and just launch already. I can honestly say I only wish I would have stared sooner. Besides you might as well go ahead and resign yourself to the fact that at the very least your first 3 shows are going to be terrible.
You are a rare breed if you fly out the gates with pristine audio day one. I re-recorded my first show no less than 10 times and its still horrible to me. trust me on this one just do it and get over yourself.
3. Be your own truth, it’ll show
QuoteSpiration[Tweet “You can only fake the funk for so long, before the real you begins to seep out” ~Jenae ]
4. Invest in your project
As i mentioned in episode 019 Being a cheap bastard is going to hold you back from your best potential. It is nearly impossible to start a proper Podcast with no money. It can be done but the question is will it be worth listening to? I tried to skimp as much as possible and it has cost me plenty in the long run, especially in TIME! If you are not willing to invest anything into your own passion what makes you think anyone should invest their time listening to you.
5. The real work begins after New and Noteworthy
There is so much hoopla about being top of New & Noteworthy (N&N) in iTunes for newbie Podcasters that we begin to focus so much on the rankings and less on growing our true fan base. Yes N&N is important but not as much as you’d think. One big thing though, when my time was up on the N&N charts man I dropped faster than a ton of bricks in downloads of the show. To combat this phenomenon I suggest getting into the habit early on of promoting the show twice as much time as it took to create it.
6. It’s not about you
I know this show is your Baby your lovechild if you will, but ultimately the listener is what it’s all about in the end. The impact your words have on their lives is the true end game. Whether you have a Podcast about Comedy, Politics, Religion, Business or all of the above the end user will meet out its value.
7. Be proud of your lil Podcast and tell everybody
Self explanatory, go shout it from the mountains and everywhere. lol, no really Go. Promote, promote, promote.
8. Notice others shine.
9. Implement fast
This goes hand in hand with just starting, the quicker you implement the faster you can fail or yet succeed that much faster.
10. Don’t give up
Podcasting is going to get hard, really hard to stay the course. No REALLY HARD!