Riding the Storm Out
Is your podcast Seasonal?
We have hit the halfway mark for 2023. For me, Summer is in full swing, and pools are opening. What does this mean for podcasting? For me, podcasting is a winter sport. I see my numbers take a slight dip. At Libsyn, the support desk sees their volume go down a bit. I point this out because some people panic when their numbers dip. For example, a show about weddings will get popular in the Spring and Summer and then dip during the cold months (cause fewer people get married). I am able to ride these fluctuations because I’ve seen them repeatedly for the last 18 years. That’s why I’m bringing this up. This may be year one for you, and your numbers start to go the wrong way. This may be a seasonal thing. Ride the storm out, and keep focusing on your audience.
Why Are You Assuming?
I was working with a client, and they were excited (which is good) to release the episode (their first) they had recorded. I explained how it was now time to get some feedback. They were ready to move on to publishing it and getting it into Apple, etc. I explained it would make more sense to get feedback. I explained how you need people from an outside perspective to provide feedback (we are too close to our own content). The person said, “Let’s assume it’s good.”
Why assume? Get some honest feedback. I’m doing an episode about this in the future. You don’t have to assume. You just need the courage to ask someone for feedback. The world has waited 19 years for your show. It can wait a few more weeks.
SCHOOL OF PODCASTING
Your Favorite Podcast Tools Revealed
Identify and Lean Into Your Strengths in the Face of AI
(the last one features Robo Dave and Fake Joe Rogan)
FUTURE OF PODCASTING
What Might The Future Be For YOUR Podcast?
Add Podcast Credits with the Person Tag
Ask the Podcast Coach
Is Your Podcast A Performance?
How Long Should Your Podcast Test Be?
Podcast Rodeo Show
No Such Thing As A Fish - Reviewed
If Books Could Kill - Reviewed
Building a Better Dave
The Alexacast (back from Podfade)
What is it? Alexa Cast | An Unofficial Journey of an Amazon Echo User
Follow the journey of using the Amazon Echo and get power tips and get more out of your Amazon Echo
Wild Fire Fumes? Alexa Enabled Air Purifiers
From Good Morning to Good Night: Fully Customizable Routines with Amazon's Alexa
Question of the Month
This is a tough one. This exercise is from the book Make Noise: A Creator's Guide to Podcasting and Great Audio Storytelling.
Describe your podcast in no more than ten words, and do so in a way that describes nothing else in the world. The fun part is you CAN'T use any of these words. PDF
Leave your answer HERE
I Ordered Some New Rode Products
The Rode RodeCaster Duo (baby caster) is available for pre-order as is the new USB Enabled Rode Podmic. I got to see and hear the Rode Podmic in London, and it was impressive. When using the USB, you get all the effects of the Rodecaster Pro. One of the things I like about Sweetwater is they have a 90-day payment plan.
I uploaded four one-minute clips of me, and now I can type something, and my voice reads it to me. In eleven labs I can adjust how much my voice fluctuates. The very scary part is that this is as bad as it will get. It will only get better. You can hear this at the beginning of School of Podcasting episode 882 www.schoolofpodcasting.com/882
Quality? Anyone Quality?
I had a friend in from out of town that I’ve known since I was 12. We would play guitars for hours, and when he was in town, we went to Guitar Center (which is basically a VERY large store with TONS of guitars). It used to be you would pick a guitar off the wall and instantly want to buy it. I played four guitars that night, and every single one made me want to put it back on the wall instantly. You only get one chance to make a first impression.
Got a Request?
Got an idea for an episode of the School of Podcasting? I do that podcast for you, so I’d love to hear what you need.
Come Get In Shape. We are Having a Lot of Fun.
I’m running a totally free “Biggest Loser” competition and support group and we are having a blast. Com join at http://monthlychallenge.fit (We are having a lot of fun)
Thanks so much for reading. If you need help with your podcast, visit me at schoolofpodcasting.com/reader, and let’s see what we can do together.
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It’s 1:24 am. Time to go to bed (another thing I need to learn…)
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