There’s just no pleasing some people. A few days ago, Andrew Wilkinson (he’s the co-founder of Tiny Capital and an investor in several podcasting businesses like Castro, Supercast, and Ride Home Media) tweeted out the following:
A few weeks ago I removed podcasts from my phone.
Podcasts are mostly people repeating ideas you already agree with or talking about things that trigger anxiety (current events/problems triggers).
This has me reading audiobooks (net-new learning) 24/7.
10% happier, for sure.
- Andrew Wilkinson (@awilkinson) February 20, 2021
Well that’s not very nice, is it?
Clearly, Andrew is painting all podcasts with…
I recently signed Podcasters Declare, an open letter to Apple designed to pressure the tech-giant into adding Climate Change as a top-level category inside of Apple Podcasts.
The goal of the group is awareness building with a clever twist: If they are successful in getting Climate Change as a new top-level category in Apple Podcasts, then every podcast hosting company will have to add that new top-level category to their interface. Because of that, every other podcast listening app, directory, or other services will have to follow suit, so that anyone browsing the list of podcast categories on any…
Yesterday’s big podcasting news was iHeartMedia’s acquisition of Triton Digital for $230 million. Because apparently, that’s what podcasting companies do these days: buy up other podcasting companies.
Triton Digital owns Omny Studio. Collectively, they provide a lot of tech for podcasting, podcast advertising, and more out of Australia. I’ve used their services and found them to be rock-solid players with serious chops in the podcasting space.
Previously, Triton was owned by E.W. Scripps. The sale to iHeart brought Scripps a healthy return, and by divesting the company of the last remnants of podcasting, Scripps can now focus on growing…
I’ve been watching Chappelle’s Show on Netflix. It originally aired back in 2003 and is now back, after a bit of drama and controversy unrelated to the reason why I’m using a 19-year-old sketch comedy program to talk about podcasting.
I remember watching Dave’s show when it originally broadcast. At the time, my TV was then as it is now appropriately sized for the time. I don’t remember if it was flat or not. But I do remember it didn’t hang on a wall. …
Yesterday I started an online group discussion about podcasting. I started the discussion on a whim, and slowly people joined. People I really didn’t know at all or at least not very well. Two hours later, we were still going strong.
And not once did we talk about podcast monetization, growth hacks, or launch strategies.
Yet we still had a deeply engaging conversation, with different podcasters sharing their thoughts, ideas, and experiences. It’s not often I say that online group conversations attended by strangers are awesome, but this one was. …
At some point, many podcasters feel the need to share the knowledge they have gained with other less experienced podcasters. Clearly, I’m all for that and think that more podcasters should share their knowledge with others.
But how you do that, and how you bill yourself and the materials you have to present matters. So before you set off on your path, consider your options and make the best choice. For all of us.
Many people are drawn to writing a book for the same reason they are drawn to podcasting: How hard can it be? Well… pretty hard…
What do you do when you get bored with the podcast you’re making right now? Yes, I said when you get bored, not if you get bored. Because people-especially creative people-tend to eventually get bored for doing one thing for too long.
I once worked for a company for a little over 13 years, which is a quite long time for someone with as short of an attention span as me. During my tenure with that company, I changed titles five times. I lived in three different States. And my work address changed 10 different times.
I look at…
Recently I tweeted my frustrations with a significant fraction of podcasters.
Me, listening to 99% of podcast fiction: “What a great voice actor! I’ll check the episode details on my app to find out who it is.”
99% of podcast fiction publishers: 🖕
Me: OK, I’ll click through to the episode webpage for details.
99% of them:🖕again.
- Evo Terra 🧉🇺🇸 (@evoterra) February 7, 2021
Luckily, that snarky post sparked a very healthy conversation where I was able to correct a few myths and incorrect assumptions, always a favorite thing of mine to do as I continue to work…
Podcasting is weird. Since its inception, it’s been a place where staunch independents seek out tight collaboration. We podcasters want to do our own thing, but we also like working with other podcasters when we can.
But it’s not easy. With most of the blame aimed squarely at our independent mindset, collaboration often turns out to be quite a chore. Your production schedule is not my production schedule. Nor is your production process anything at all like mine. That makes it really hard for more collaboration to happen throughout podcasting.
But there’s a better way forward if we embrace…
We podcasters all have a lot of jobs to do. Making content requires us to wear many hats, often stretching our abilities to learn how to perform necessary tasks along the way. That’s part of the life we’ve chosen.
So at the risk of adding one more role to your already-overflowing plate, there’s another job I’m going to ask you to perform: The job of becoming an excellent ambassador for podcasting.
Yes, for podcasting. Not for your podcast. For all of podcasting. An awesome responsibility, for sure. But one you are uniquely qualified to perform.
Your favorite podcast is…