Y’all. Y’all. Starting a podcast is no joke. There’s a lot that goes into it…
Picking a topic and show name. Having the right equipment. Booking guests. Recording shows. Editing shows, and understanding LUFS and peaks and bitrates and other words I had to Google. Intros and outros. Show notes, metadata, hosting and publishing services, directories, keywords, blog posts and Instagram accounts.
Phew! Are you just as exhausted as I am?
Oh, plus there’s just planning out the content because that’s kinda the whole point of a podcast, amiright?
After I (finally) decided to move forward with the podcast, I reached out to someone to produce it. He’d contact guests to request interviews, he’d edit my episodes, and then he’d upload them (the episodes, not the guests) to the right places. After a lot of back and forth between me and Ryan, we ultimately decided that I should do produce the show myself because, well, money.
Ryan liked the idea of having a producer mostly for the fact that he’d reach out to guests on my behalf. He said that it’d look more professional if I wasn’t doing it myself.
And maybe it is a good idea to have someone reach out for me because I still haven’t sent out any requests to “expert” guests. I guess I’m a little afraid of being rejected. I keep thinking that because I don’t have an audience (yet), they won’t want to come on my show. I guess I won’t know until I ask.
But back to the idea of hiring a producer… here’s what I realized: If I want to be real and authentic on the show, then I need to be real and authentic in “real” life, too.
And here’s what’s really real…
I’m starting from scratch. I don’t have an e-mail list with thousands of subscribers. I don’t have hundreds of thousands of followers on Instagram. We don’t have extra money. I’m worried about what people will think of me.
But do you know what else is real?
I’m excited. I really, really want to do this podcast. I’m passionate about helping other wives of entrepreneurs. I want to build a community so these women don’t feel alone.
So here I am, everybody, raw and vulnerable. This is terrifying for me to show myself in this way.
What will people think of me? What if I don’t make any sense?
As of the writing of this post, I’ve recorded three solo shows and two interviews with friends who are married to entrepreneurs.
My solo shows are filled with what feels like an “um” every other word. I think that all of my interview questions start with “Sooo…” It doesn’t sound pretty.
But I’m starting. I’m taking a risk. And I’ll get better.
I may not be polished and perfect, but I’m going to #dothething. (Thanks, Melissa Hartwig Urban!)
Stick it out with me and I promise it’ll be worth it.