Podcasting from hobby to dream

I share my story of podcasting and how it enabled me to follow my dreams.

Concise history

  • Started listening to podcasts as soon as Apple launched iTunes 4.9.
  • This Week in Tech and The Jesus Geek were first two subscriptions.
  • Heard a workable model from You Suck at Web Design.
  • Received “kick” from Cliff Ravenscraft and Cali Lewis to “just do it.”
  • Published first episode of the Ramen Noodle on October 10, 2007
  • Released only eight full episodes of the Ramen Noodle before taking it seriously in November 2009.
  • Launched The Audacity to Podcast and Noodle.mx Network in June, 2010.
  • In summer of 2010, decided to be full-time freelancing in one year.
  • The Audacity to Podcast was featured for weeks in iTunes. Audience exploded and provided a first step toward my new dreams.
  • Left my full-time job in June, 2011, to be full-time freelance web designer.
  • Was invited to speak at BlogWorld and New Media Expo in New York City in spring of 2012.

Takeaways for you

  • Don't try to be perfect
  • Allow yourself to stumble
  • Stick with it!
  • Realize your podcast could be a step toward your dreams
  • It takes time
  • Don't give up
  • Get better as you go
  • Occasionally look back and see how far you've come

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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)

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About the Author
As an award-winning podcaster, Daniel J. Lewis gives you the guts and teaches you the tools to launch and improve your own podcasts for sharing your passions and finding success. Daniel creates resources for podcasters, such as the SEO for Podcasters and Zoom H6 for Podcasters courses, the Social Subscribe & Follow Icons plugin for WordPress, the My Podcast Reviews global-review aggregator, and the Podcasters' Society membership for podcasters. As a recognized authority and influencer in the podcasting industry, Daniel speaks on podcasting and hosts his own podcast about how to podcast. Daniel's other podcasts, a clean-comedy podcast, and the #1 unofficial podcast for ABC's hit drama Once Upon a Time, have also been nominated for multiple awards. Daniel and his son live near Cincinnati.
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