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We chase away the undead ideas that scare away many people from podcasting or blogging, or frighten even seasoned podcasters or bloggers.
1. It's not worth the time
- Joy from sharing your passion
2. I don't have enough to say
- Podcast your passion and you may never run out of content
- Plan ahead
- Harvest content from your audience
3. No one will listen to me
- Passion and enthusiasm is attractive and contagious
- Find an audience
- Know the value of a faithful audience
4. People won't like me
- Better for people to hate you for who you are than to like you for who you aren't
- Be yourself
- Be respectful and a giver
5. It's too hard
- Several free and/or simple solutions: LibSyn, Podbean, Blubrry, Spreaker, Buzzsprout
- Pay someone to set up and then it's easy to maintain
6. It costs too much
You can start for as little as $75.
- Mixer: Behringer XENYX502 5-Channel Mixer ($36 Amazon.com, $40 Musician's Friend) or Behringer XENYX 302USB (coming soon!)
- Dynamic mic, stand, and XLR cable: Nady stage microphone with accessories ($25 Amazon.com, $30 Musician's Friend)
- Pop filter: $10–$20 from Amazon.com or Musician's Friend
7. I hate the sound of my voice
- There is a market for every voice
- Most people don't mind
- Don't apologize for yourself
- Try to improve
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Great episode Daniel! I personally have been podcasting for about a year now and when I first started I think every one of those 7 fears went through my head. But I just started recording my shows and it just started to snowball from there. The initial investment was maybe $40.00 and nobody was listening to me at first. But slowly and surely I gained more subscribers, more confidence , and the quality of my shows got better as I went along. Today I dont have a ton of subscribers, and I do not have the best quality, but I LOVE doing them because my show is something that I have a passion for . . . getting people to focus on improving their finances! It is great to get feedback from listeners who listen to the show and enjoy the content, there is no better feeling.
So my advice to those of you who are thinking of starting a podcast but have doubts in your mind is to just start recording. Yes, it will not be perfect but you will get better and better with each podcast you release and your fears will start to subside once you start going. Again thanks for the good show Daniel, keep up the good work!
Isn't it actually a good thing that we don't have thousands of people listening to our first episodes? That's where we make the mistakes and are trying to figure out how to do things.
You are right about it being a good thing that nobody listens to us at first. I go back and listen to my first episode sometimes and I am amazed at how far I have come!
Great post Daniel!
Really good advise here, I am about to record my first podcast, and there are a thousand voices saying why you shouldn’t do this, but surrounding yourself with the right people will make the biggest difference!
I used to hate my own voice, but then I realized that it was actually the quality of the mic! When I got a better mic, my voice didn’t sound to bad! (Also a bit of confidence really helps – practice practice practice!)
That’s great, Gurs! What will your show be about?
So much time later and still relevant. Now that’s good work. Number 7 really made me laugh. Number 4 seemed relevant because many people I personally meet don’t want to discuss the topics I’m interested in very much. The Web makes that possible.
I’m just starting out I’ll let you know how it goes.
I’m glad this could still help you, Steve! Thanks for checking it out!