First Steps of an Aspiring Podcaster

It’s an incredible journey of nerves, trial and error, and dedication. For about the past year, I’ve been running around the idea of doing an Eve Online podcast for several reasons. Firstly, in a creative sense it’s easier for me to get an entertaining format together rather than taking the time to blog. Secondly, I wanted something more to explore some newly-found creativity with audio media. That said, there’s several hurdles that I had to conquer before I could even sit down and record.

Doing a podcast is far from easy. I knew this going in, but I continue to be confident that as I get more experience, it’ll become easier. So, the first hurdle in doing a podcast is yourself. Are you disciplined enough to keep improving yourself? Do you have a unique idea for show content or format? Are you willing to accept failure? Most importantly, are you willing enough to say, “yes I suck at doing this, but I’ll get better.” – aka, humility. Lastly, are you willing to ask for help? I guarantee you that if you’re doing your first podcast, you’ll have a much easier time if you accept help.

The first thing I learned from various podcasting mentors while creating this monstrosity was that my first attempt was going to suck. The quicker I accepted that and tried not to overcompensate for it, the better. This in of itself will cause more people not to even attempt podcasting. They feel they have to come out swinging and knock it out of the park or they’re doomed. This isn’t the case y’all. The Heat Sink probably is a short-lived endeavor at least until it finds it’s own path and eventually gets relabeled because the origins are unrecognizable. In other words, it’s going to eventually fail but in a metamorphic sense.

Personally, I don’t like the sound of my own voice over media, but I’m confident that as I invest in some better equipment, I can tune it better and not sound like I’m talking in a tin can. Once that happens, I’ll probably get more comfortable with it. This is especially true as I compare my recorded voice with that of people like Zendane, Random McNally, and Mike Azariah. I’m not trying to reach Barry White or Morgan Freeman levels of voice quality, but I will continue to work on tone, personality, and tempo to attain a semi-radio quality.

I’m learning to accept constructive criticism and put it to work. I think that was made apparent between episodes 1 and 2. In response to feedback, I toned down the volume on the background tracks, brought in live guests, and worked on not chasing so many squirrels during commentary. The difference between the episodes is astounding to me, but I still see many areas I can improve on:

1 – A more solid closing. In Ep. 2 I didn’t give my own shout-outs.

2 – Didn’t plug myself for iTunes, Stitcher, EvePodcasts.com, or FeedBurner

3 – Didn’t adjust closing music levels once my voice track ended in Audacity.

It’s a work in progress, y’all. 🙂 The commentary and satire is for entertainment. If anyone takes anything I say seriously, you may need to just not listen. LOL

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3 thoughts on “First Steps of an Aspiring Podcaster”

  1. You are on the road now, man.

    If you don’t mind, I’ll give you a piece of advice. You will never please everyone. May sound trite, but it’s true. As numbers increase and listeners contact you, you may be tempted to start bowing to other people’s opinions of what your show should be. That leads to chasing your tail. Be yourself. Do YOUR show. People will either like it or hate it but you cannot be everything to everyone. Acknowledge the people who hate it and politely respect their opinions. Give thanks to the people who like it.

    It’s a really really tough road, but it’s a labor of love.

    Welcome to the podcast scene.

    Random

  2. Go back and listen to episode 1 of clueless space nerds and you’ll see that it was a complete failure and embarrassing. But was also fun so we decided to embrace that failure and it turned it into a successful failure. We’ve had a lot of people tell us that they really enjoy the podcast we also had others that it said some really awful things to us. There a lot of really helpful people in the podcast community but you can reach out to. There are so many in fact that I am confident that we could make a good professional sounding podcast we just choose to be terrible. But the main thing is we have fun and as long as you’re having fun who cares what other people say. I look forward to more episodes of heat sink and if you need help reach out Random is a great guy and I believe you have my email so I am always available too

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