April Fool's! I'm not saying every podcaster must use the program Audacity, but every podcaster or blogger must have the quality of audacity.
- the quality or state of being audacious: as
- intrepid boldness
- bold or arrogant disregard of normal restraints <had the audacity to defy his boss>
- an audacious act —usually used in plural <her worst audacities did not seem to surprise him — Edith Wharton>
- a : intrepidly daring : adventurous <an audacious mountain climber>
b : recklessly bold : rash <an audacious maneuver>
- contemptuous of law, religion, or decorum : insolent
- marked by originality and verve <audacious experiments>
Audacity isn't just a program that some podcasters can use, but it's a force that drives us to podcast.
1. You're not just the audience anymore
You no longer have to be just listeners, viewers, and readers. You can be storytellers, teachers, broadcasters, and artists with your own audience. Everyone can teach something.
2. Your perspective and experience matter
Experience gave you the perspective you have, and no one else lived your life. Even if you think the knowledge is already shared, it hasn't been shared from your unique perspective.
3. You can make your own rules
“Big media” is restricted by many rules: commercials, air time, frequency, content, contracts, and more. But you can throw away those rules and write your own!
4. You can change the world from your basement
Be consistent and don't give up. Image your basement (or wherever your recording “studio” is) as a doorway to reach the entire world and influence lives.
5. You are not alone
Even if you can't find someone locally who shares your interests, someone else is looking for the conversation. Find those people and you'll discover that even the most niche topic can have a thriving community. Will you lead them?
I'm speaking in the Podcasting 101 track at BlogWorld NYC!
Please join me at BlogWorld in New York City on June 5–7. I'll be one of the panelists in the Podcasting 101 track and presenting on the last day of the conference.
Register for BlogWorld NYC for the early discount! Use promo code “PodLewis10” to save 10% off your admission.
Podcasting poll: Is your podcast in the Zune Marketplace?
Ask your podcasting legal questions for upcoming guest
I'm very pleased to say that Gordon Firemark will be joining us for a few future episodes. He is an entertainment and new media Lawyer, and the author of the Podcast, Blog, and New Media Producers Legal Survival Guide. He also hosts the Entertainment Law Update podcast.
So send me your legal questions to ask Gordon in upcoming episodes.
- Release forms
Please retweet this post!
Use the social buttons or retweet the following.
5 reasons bloggers and podcasters MUST have audacity http://t.co/6SPzdGwU #podcasting #blogging
— Daniel J. Lewis (@theDanielJLewis) April 2, 2012
Need personalized podcasting help?
I no longer offer one-on-one consulting outside of Podcasters' Society, but request a consultant here and I'll connect you with someone I trust to help you launch or improve your podcast.
Ask your questions or share your feedback
- Comment on the shownotes
- Leave a voicemail at (903) 231-2221
- Email feedback@TheAudacitytoPodcast.com (audio files welcome)
Connect with me
- Subscribe to The Audacity to Podcast on Apple Podcasts or on Android.
- Join the Facebook Page and watch live podcasting Q&A on Mondays at 2pm (ET)
- Subscribe on YouTube for video reviews, Q&A, and more
- Follow @theDanielJLewis
This post may contain links to products or services with which I have an affiliate relationship and may receive compensation from your actions through such links. However, I don't let that corrupt my perspective and I don't recommend only affiliates.