What Does it Feel Like to Be a Podcaster?

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I got an email from someone struggling to start their podcast, “The biggest issue I’m dealing with is psychological: the show is not coming together in the format that I really wanted—and at this point there seems to be nothing I can do about that— but that, combined with fear, uncertainty, and doubt, and the inevitable self-comparisons to what others are doing as well as my own personal expectations has quite frankly got me a little bit paralyzed. It’s like I’m on the firing line, I’m locked and loaded and I’ve got a good site picture, but I just can’t get myself to pull the trigger because I’m afraid of the kickback.” 

I've mentioned in the past how to Overcoming Imposter Syndrome and the story of Monica Rivera, and today I want to talk about how it feels to podcast.

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It's a web app, where people can log in on their web browser and then use it to edit and produce their podcast episodes. Mobile app coming soon too.

Podcasters record their show as normal, then upload their recordings to Alitu. Alitu then processes, levels, converts them all, pieces the clips together, adds your theme music automatically, and publishes the episode, direct to your podcast host. If you need to edit out any mistakes, then you can use Alitu's custom podcast editing tool to do just that, before creating your finished episode.
The idea behind Alitu is to make Podcasting and quick and simple as possible, removing a bunch of the tech barriers and to let you concentrate on the bit you do best – talking about something you love!
It can take an interview where each person records their side of the conversation, and it will combine them together (how cool is that?)
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What Does it Feel Like to be a Podcaster?

Excited
By the possibilities

Frustrated
When computers decide to be, well, computers.

Smarter
When you figure things out

Nervous
As you are learning new things, and getting outside of your comfort zone.

Confident
When you publish your first episode

Frightened
When you realize everyone can hear your show.

Humbled / Shocked
When we inspire someone or affect someone.

Normal
When you find out you’re not the only one who thinks this way.

Safe
Because you are surrounded by people similar to you

Amazed
At the opportunities to that come your way, the people you get to speak

Mentioned in This Show

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome Episode

Monica Rivera The Nudge You Need

Podcasting in America

The latest edition the Edison Research Infinite Dial was published. Here are some insights:

70%  are familiar with the word podcasting ( 197 Million people)

51% have listened to at least one podcast ( a 7% jump)

32% listen on a monthly basis (up from 26%)

22% listen on a weekly basis (up from 17%)

17 million more people are monthly listeners than last year.

14 million more podcast are listening

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3 thoughts on “What Does it Feel Like to Be a Podcaster?”

  1. What an inspiring episode, Dave! We say in Brazil thar words convince us, but attitudes drag us – and your work is a proof that with constant knowledge development, effort and commitment, everyone can podcast.
    TKS for all your work!

  2. For me feeling like a podcaster is feeling “legit”. I have fun sharing my ideas over a microphone….and people actually listen. My 1 year anniversary of the show is April 15, but even though it’s almost a year, I feel like I just found School of Podcasting yesterday as a bright eyed podcasting infant.

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