Are you getting lost trying to figure out who owns who in podcasting? Same here. Perhaps this will help.

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A few weeks ago, after hearing of yet another multi-million dollar acquisition in the podosphere, I sent out this tweet:


Woman stands in swam of bubbles
Woman stands in swam of bubbles
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Busy podcasters know that there’s always more that can be done. Fans of busy podcasters know that too, often trying to be helpful by highlighting new opportunities. Which, while nice, can lead to burnout.

Astute listeners of the audio versions of the last two episodes will have noticed a different sound. …


Man runs with bag, late to catch something.
Man runs with bag, late to catch something.
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The future of podcasting is already here. It’s just unevenly distributed. And while it certainly is an access problem for many, it’s often just a problem of apathy or laziness. Which is good news for you!

What happened to all these things that were supposed to change podcasting fundamentally? Where are the tech advancements that were supposed to usher in a brand new era for us?

Remember all…


High-end record player
High-end record player
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Can you use commercial music in your podcast? Few questions shut up most podcasting pundits more quickly. But the better questions are “What’s the worst that can happen?” and “Will this ever change?”

Today I’m wading into a topic that many other podcasting pundits avoid: the legality of using copyrighted, licensed music in your podcast. But since the law isn’t the focus of Podcast Pontifications…


Glasses on notebook with student’s notes
Glasses on notebook with student’s notes
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Good news! It’s easy to start podcasting. Real news! It takes practice and study to become a true professional. Anyone can do it. But few will make the commitment to master the craft. Buck the trend.

Surgeons aren’t granted a medical license after learning how to properly hold a scalpel. Musicians whose only skill was memorizing the placement of notes on their instrument of choice aren’t likely to…


A sheep looks at a chalkboard with 2+2=5 written on it
A sheep looks at a chalkboard with 2+2=5 written on it
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Many podcasting services are too good to be true and are cleverly disguised scams. But some new services do present leapfrog opportunities to podcasters. The challenge? Knowing the difference.

Access to information and the rebuking of disinformation. Those were the two things my lunch date-a fellow podcasting colleague-was lamenting earlier this week. …


Chaotic paint strokes on canvas
Chaotic paint strokes on canvas
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With technical problems and goofy business practices plaguing big podcast tech, the whole of podcasting is feeling more than growing pains. It’s resembling an identity crisis. Your job? Survive it.

The podosphere is experiencing some rather weird weather as of late. No, not just from the punctuated-panic nature of the pandemic that never seems to end. Nor is it just the massive…


Man stares at choices in multiple vending machines.
Man stares at choices in multiple vending machines.
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On your next podcast, will you follow a trend and take your fair share? Or do you have an idea that’s never or barely been tried before? Both have their rewards and challenges, so which is right for you?

That sounds a lot like podcasting, doesn’t it?

Just like the serial entrepreneurs and innovative big companies for whom launching new products, apps, or services…


3 neon signs reading “perfect”
3 neon signs reading “perfect”
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Not every guest you interview is going to be amazing. Not every monologue you write is going to be stellar. There’s no way to fix that reality. What do you do with a sub-par episode? Don’t release it.

‍I’m allergic to most forms of platitudes and marketing speak. Phrases like “Crush it!” and “Fake it until you make it!” top my list of eye-rolling phrases that have lost all value…


Person mops entryway of newly opened building
Person mops entryway of newly opened building
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Who says you can’t teach an old podcasting dog new podcasting tricks? The start of a new season is a great way to introduce fresh ideas and collaboration opportunities to your podcast listeners.

The first week of Season Four of Podcast Pontifications is complete! Or rather, it will be at the end of this episode you’re reading (or listening to). Your choice! …

Evo Terra

Podcast philosopher. Professional contrarian. On a mission to make podcasting better. Hip he/him. คุณ | http://PodcastPontifications.com | http://Simpler.Media

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