If you are following along with my podcast 101 post for #write31days it's because you either already have a podcast, or you are thinking about starting one. I'm super excited for both options.
If you already have a show I want to hear about. So I'm begging you to please tell me all about in the comments section of this post. I want to cheer you on and I'm excited for your journey.
If you are thinking about starting a show, this post is for you. I'm going to tell you why I think you should start a show. I know that you probably have a long list of fears and questions, but this post is just going to be why I think you should step out and do something you have been dreaming about.
YES it will be hard.
YES you will make mistakes.
YES you will alter your course.
But you can do this. You can podcast. Here are my reasons for you:
THERE IS ENOUGH ROOM FOR US ALL.
If you think there are already too many podcasts in the world, you are wrong. One article I recently read says that there are 100x more people listening to podcasts then there are actual shows. Although podcasting has been around for a while, it's a new medium that people are just now catching on to. I still meet people every single day that have no clue what I am talking about when I share that I'm a podcaster.
YOUR VOICE MATTERS
You might be thinking that the show you want to make already exists, and what I have to say about that is that you are wrong. A show you like may exists, but your voice doesn't exist. If no one every wrote another cookbook about desserts because there already was one written then we would all be at a loss because of all the great recipes that we didn't have. Even more than that what if no one ever wrote a chocolate cake recipe because there already was one. Do you know how much we would miss out on.
There may be a show out there that is like the show you want to make, but it's not you and it's not your voice. Your voice matters.
YOUR AUDIENCE WILL GROW
There is a whole new world of listeners out there that aren't readers. You may have a steady flow of blog readers, but when you podcast your level of reach will expand more than you even thought was possible. You will gain an audience you had never tapped in to and will be able to share your story, thoughts, ideas, encouragements with even more people than before.
PEOPLE GET TO KNOW YOU
Your audience will love the intimacy that they feel with you through this medium. They will hear your voice when they hear your thoughts and your message. You will connect with your people more than you ever have before. It's a great way to connect with your people better and more deeply than just through your written words.
There you go, four super simple reasons why I think you should podcast. If you have been thinking about it, what will it hurt? Jump in this fun arena with us. Let's all help each other out and learn from one another as we journey into the unknown of podcaster world!!
*This post is a part of a series entitled Podcasting 101 during #write31days in October 2015. If you are interested in learning more about podcasting, sign up for an email list that will let you know when the next class will be beginning. Podcasting101 with Jamie Ivey class.