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I just released episodes 13 & 14 of The Client Side on a schedule that would appear to mimic the pace of For Immediate Release or Adam Curry’s Daily Source Code. And, I still have another to post on Monday next week.
On episode 13 I used a quote about how a person needs to do something three times to really get a feel for it. Well, in my case it took me 13 times. The speed bumps are now behind me and I have arrived at a place where I am able to produce a podcast in a way that works for myself and my sometimes crazy schedule – and hopefully (and most importantly) for listeners.
The Client Side podcast was, and still is, a live ongoing experiment. As more audio and email comments from listeners flow in and a dialogue starts to build, the experiment is proving very worthwhile and fulfilling (so keep them coming! 206-666-2242).
I always believed this was not about the quantity of and audience, it was always about the quality of listeners. When someone calls in with a question or a comment it proves the experiment is alive. As well, my listener stats/feeds are delightfully surprising in terms of a growing group of engaged people who tune in. All of this in the context that my show is still relatively new (at just over a dozen episodes). And, the fact that it is a total amateur production from stem-to-stern with no sponsors or outside support.
Truth be told, around episode three and four I was experiencing some technical problems and was stressing about time commitment issues of trying to record while juggling being a husband, father, employee, blogger, volunteer, speaker and sitting on a couple of boards among other things. The novelty really began to wear thin as I searched for the answer of “why am I doing this” and “does anyone really care” as I struggled through. At that point I made a decision that I would persevere (thanks Sulemaan) to see how it would net out and I am glad I did. It just seemed to too easy to fold the tent.
There is a certain sense of accomplishment not just for sticking with it, but more importantly for learning the ins-and-outs of how to do it better and coming to the conclusion that the production process won’t kill my spirit for podcasting.
The lessons learned came through constantly playing with both style and software over six months and fourteen episodes. I believe I h find a have found that happy middle ground of playing D.J. and producer all-in-one. Sort of a combination between Johnny Fever and George Martin.
As with anything, what you learn from actually doing something is much more important and empoweing than the result of doing it right or wrong. Although there are still some hiccups (like sound levels – my apologies for breaking eardrums with the podsafe song on fourteen), each little lesson makes a big difference personally and professionally.
I give my fellow podcasters who inspired me big kudos for blazing a trail and demonstrating through their own experimentation that, although this journey has many stops along the way, the view definitely gets better as you progress further.