The Podcast: Three Months On
I keep getting emails from Podcast Professionals asking if I need help with my podcast.
“Do you need a producer?”
“Would you like help from our editing suite?”
“Have you thought about upgrading your software?”
I get it, the quality isn’t super super great, and I only have one microphone. I don’t have a studio. There’s normally a police car siren in the background, or rustling of something and Skype isn’t always the best tool in the world for my over-seas guests. I try and do them IRL if the person lives in the UK. But the conversations are what matter to me. The conversation, the people, the questions, the vibe, the heart and the soul. To me, these things matter over and above having the best technology. I figure it’s clear enough, and I’m still figuring out how to improve it myself.
I’m so happy that the podcast is doing well. Since launching it into the world three months ago, it’s about to hit 150,000 downloads. That’s way more than I predicted. I didn’t really know what I was expecting, all I knew is, after writing about myself for so long, I need to bring other voices into the mix. I wanted a dialogue. I decided to call it the same name as my book, and bring up similar topics/questions in the book (careers, social media, feminism, creativity, relationships, work-life balance) and maybe people would disagree with me, or challenge me, or teach me. And that is exactly what has happened.
I’ve learned so much from my guests, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of publishing these honest conversations into the world. I’ve had the best feedback from listeners – and to think some of these episodes have affected anyone’s mood or inspired anyone in any way makes it all 100% worth it.
I’ve now Skyped and chatted to IRL some of my absolute idols in the media world. From Liz Gilbert, to Ashley Ford, to Rowan Blanchard to Cheryl Strayed to Ryan Holiday to Dawn O’Porter – I mean, I could go on. I love every single guest so much. They are the people I’ve binged-watched on YouTube on a bad day, they are the people who kept me fighting along my own path. They throw positivity into the Internet and it has a knock-on effect, so I wanted to do the same. I’ve gained so much personally from doing the podcast, regardless of its success.
We’ve discussed activism, feminism, diversity in the media, what it’s like keeping a disability a secret, what not to say to transgender people, how to get a book deal off Twitter, how to make it in comedy, what it’s like making millions from YouTube, how to launch a charity on social media and WAY MORE. Every episode has educated me further. I always want to be learning, questioning, soaking in new information.
But I have a confession: I like that it’s a bit shitty quality.
I like that it’s just me making it, in my bedroom. I like that I don’t have a fancy studio or someone making me tea.
It’s what I like about watching YouTube videos too: the fact that it’s kinda “homemade”.
I like that it’s Editor’s Choice on iTunes even though I don’t have “a team” of people behind it.
I want it to be the Bridget Jones of the podcasting world. Just the way it is.
However: I’d also love your feedback. Does it need “help”? Do you have any bugbears? I want to take it to the next level, but I equally want it to remain really real and raw and authentic, because it makes me feel like the podcast is a fly on the wall experience of simply “listening in”. Is it OK that I wanna keep it really simple? Let me know on Twitter or in the comments.
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