Have you checked your Spotify, iTunes, or other music apps lately? If so, you might have noticed an increase in podcast suggestions. That’s because Podcasts are a versatile, accessible way for people to share their knowledge, discuss theories, promote hobbies, and spread their opinions with the world!
Listening to podcasts has several benefits (like enhancing creativity, seeing other points of view, learning more about the world, etc.), but I want to talk more about making a podcast.
Making a podcast can be intimidating- especially with the thousands of podcasts in circulation today- and it’s easy to say, “oh, they won’t be interested in my opinion,” or “that topic already has a hundred podcasts, they don’t need mine.”
But I assure you that, no matter how many podcasts cover the topic you’ve chosen, not one of them will see it the way you do.
Your voice is unique, and your perspective may bring something to the table that no one else has thought of before. That is worth the fear.
My podcast, Say What You Mean, was a year in the making. I couldn’t decide on a topic that I was comfortable talking about, and my impostor syndrome kept me from feeling confident about my knowledge. I also don’t have the “gift of gab” that allowed me to talk to myself for long periods, so I was sure a podcast wasn’t in my future.
However, I realized that I was letting other people influence my decision, so I decided to break the mold.
I made the episodes shorter, researched the topics and wrote out a script for each episode. I also learned how to cut and edit audio.
And I followed my dream!
You can do the same thing. If you don’t like the format of a traditional podcast, mix it up! Do you want an off-the-wall topic? Then go for it! If you want something more popular that’s been done a million times before, have at it!
Podcasts are as versatile as blogs or websites, and you can customize them to your liking. However, you do need to keep them updated and relevant for your target audience, but that’s nothing a little research won’t fix.
Podcasts are everywhere, and are incredibly easy to make with the help of Anchor and other podcast services.
So, what’s stopping you?