One of the scarier parts of podcasting is getting started. There are a ton of questions people want answered before they even begin to record their first show. Most of them have to do with technical info, but that can be found anywhere. When people ask me questions, I tend towards the artistic answers, but I usually have one big piece of advice:
Be a guest on someone else’s show before you start a podcast of your own. This way, if you don’t like it, you can bail before starting your own, or investing in something you really weren’t cut out for in the first place.
I’m beginning to seriously reconsider that advice.
The hard part of being a podcaster isn’t talking. Talking on mic is harder than it seems like it should be, but that difficulty can be overcome with practice and patience (and yes, a little effort). Bantering with another person, as a guest or a co-host isn’t difficult. Editing audio isn’t hard to do, if you work at it and read a few blog posts.
The hard part is all that other stuff. It’s the scheduling. It’s coming up with topics. It’s finding hosts. It’s writing a post to go along with your show. It’s keeping all the things in order that you need to do.
It’s being your own producer.
And you just can’t get a sense of everything that entails until you are knee deep in it. You don’t know how much work it really is until you wish you had someone else to do it for you. What does a producer do? Everything that you don’t want to.
The dream job is to talk on the mic for a few hours a day. And no podcaster gets to do that. They have to work hard, they have to hustle, they have to do all the dirty work.
So I wonder if I steered a few people wrong along the way, telling them to be guests on another podcast. I may have inadvertently given them a false sense of how much work goes into producing your own podcast.
I think I have another idea on how to give someone else a better flavor of podcasitng. Stay tuned…