Where plenty of podcasts about podcasting (PAPs) tell you what to do, Podcast Pontifications gives you what to think about in podcasting.
These daily, insightful forward-looking episodes have one central tenet: Podcasting needs to be made better, not just easier.
Designed for the working podcaster, these short-form episodes get you thinking about the future of podcasting and how you can better prepare yourself -- and your shows -- for the future. The goal is simple: help you develop critical thinking skills needed to make the best future-proofed podcast you can with the tools of today. Plus a few sneak previews of what might be coming tomorrow.This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Podsights - https://podsights.com/privacy
To me, I equate happiness to contentment. That’s not the same thing as complacency, which is to be avoided. What makes me content about my podcasting journey may not be (and likely will not be) the same thing that makes you content about your podcasting journey. We both have to chart our own paths toward happiness and contentment.
Doing More To Achieve Podcasting Happiness
Sometimes doing more with your podcast can greatly increase your level of happiness...
Unless you’re a famous celebrity, you need to be able to quickly and clearly communicate the uniqueness of your podcast.
But In my experience, a lot of podcast hosts out there don't know what their show is about. They know the mechanics, obviously. They know the pieces and the features that make up their show. But they don’t know what it is that makes their show special. Or at least they’re unable to properly articulate what makes their show special...
Podcasters put a lot of effort into building portfolios, media kits, websites, social shares, and myriad other ways to say “these are the things I do!”. But each of those highlighting efforts exists, at least in part, outside of podcasting. And when a listen-to-this example of your very fine work is given, it’s rarely in situ and is instead almost always provided outside of the full podcast experience...
In which I reflect back on the 123 episodes of Season 3 of Podcast Pontifications I’ve produced thus far, to examine the changes I’ve put in place for myself. Because if I’m not taking my own advice, how much is that advice worth?
Here’s a non-exhaustive list:
1. Inside-out episode planning
2. New branding
3. New website design
4. Corrected transcriptions
5. New PPIYI provider
6. I switched to Sanka tea
7. I hired a vocal coach
8. Audio engineering skills up-leveling
A little digging into your podcast’s stats will show a good number of your listeners are… well, fickle. Before you can convert them to loyal listeners, you have to get them listening to more episodes.
Busy People Listen As Busy People Listen
Harsh reality time: A good percentage of your listeners don't and will never listen to every single episode you publish. If you’re wondering why your stats are different from episode to episode, this is why...
Will Facebook become the home of social audio for podcasters? We’re told https://www.theverge.com/2021/4/26/22403617/facebook-podcast-player-release-in-app-pages (Facebook will soon end its prohibition of audio )stance, finally allowing podcasters—and anybody else, really—to share full episodes of podcasts as audio files in social posts.
As a working podcaster, you should be thinking about what happens to our world when your podcast episodes can finally “go viral”...
Seasoned podcasters have learned to expect a delay between time-of-publish and when the latest episode will publicly appear in various directories. But we’ve assumed that subscribers/followers bypass the public directory update so our episodes arrive on the devices of those listeners within minutes of publishing.
We’re wrong about that.
James Cridland of Podnews has an https://podnews...
Can you breathe life back into one of your podfaded or inactive shows? Better yet; can you use your podfaded or inactive show as a power source for a different podcast? In my experience, I’ve found that a significant number of people don’t bother to unfollow or unsubscribe from a podcast that stops publishing new episodes.
Before you ask how can you tap into that power, you first have to figure out if it’s worth the effort...
Mergers and acquisitions in podcasting show no signs of slowing, and now individual shows are getting scooped up. As a podcast owner, would you consider selling your show? More importantly, should you?