You know that queasy feeling you get right before a big exam?
Like, you’re pretty sure you know all the material—at least as good as you think you can know it—but you’re also pretty sure there’s going to be that one question that sinks you? And that you wore the wrong underwear? And that you showed up the wrong day?
That’s how I feel right now.
Because I’m taking the “I’m not sure I can do this” and “why haven’t I done this sooner?” leap into podcasting.
Podcasting Is Popular?
I know, right?
It’s ironic that podcasting has any traction at all. I mean, we actually have video calling capabilities right now. We’re the friggin’ Jetsons! So why a modified version of (gulp) radio? Do radios still work?
A better question to understand the usefulness of podcasting is, do our ears still work? And further, do our imaginations?
For all the amazing things we produce visually, there’s still something we humans love about purely auditory experiences. This would be a great moment to inset a latin-based psychological term that scientists use to explain this phenomenon. If there was one. Which there may be. But I don’t know it, and I don’t feel like Googling it.
We also still do plenty of functions in our daily lives that require us to be focused on a cognitive primary task but likewise allow us to use our ears to benefit from a background secondary task.
Driving a car.
Some people might argue that crocheting and knitting are the same thing, but anyone who’s had their grandmother school them on these trades knows they’re light years apart.
As much as we might dismiss podcasting as a modern throwback to a bygone means of production, the reality is that podcasting is insanely popular. In fact, iTunes reached over 1-billion subscribers this year.
That’s about three time the population of the United States if you like statistics.
That’s about 9.4605284 × 1024 meters in light years if you like really obtuse statistics.
So Why Am I Podcasting?
People like podcasts if the content is interesting, if it has something valuable to give, and if it’s entertaining.
I think I’m entertaining. At least my kids think so. Because I can talk like Elmo and Yoda, mainly.
I can be interesting. But that largely depends on who I’m hanging around with. (More on that in a second).
And I have enough life-experiences at this point to offer value to anyone who has a long enough drive or big enough pot holder to crochet.
I’m podcasting for personal reasons too.
I need to keep myself sharp. As an associate pastor, I don’t speak publicly as much as my senior pastor. Which means my speaking gift gets rusty from misuse. Podcasting—while not preaching, and sometimes like teaching—forces me to prepare and speak with an audience in mind. And I like that.
I’ve also been encouraged by my dear friend, Mike Kim, who’s a podcasting phenom. A whiz kid. A wonder whirl. A idiot savant without the idiot. And because I’m only as interesting as the people I have around me (see earlier note), he’s agreed to co-host my first ten episodes.
Having a recording studio at my disposal is a plus, too.
What Are You Going To Podcast About?
Like most of us, sometimes our greatest strengths can also be significant weaknesses. One of my strengths is that I like a lot of stuff. Music, writing, theology, technology, leadership, business, art, history and my favorite: family. So while a particular subject matter stream may take a while to materialize (you know, that one subject that makes something “brandable”), I’m going to cover it all. Because I can. It’s my podcast.
And either this thing takes off because you help make it awesome, or it sucks, and after Mike is done co-hosting, we dig a shallow podcast grave and bury it.
Here’s Where You Come In
I’d love to field questions from you. From funny to deathly serious, this is your chance to hear me answer your questions in front of a live (no) studio audience (nope) of thousands! (That’s a lie).
I’ll be checking the comments for your questions, as well as Twitter and Facebook, as we gear up production and shoot for a late January launch.
Thanks for reading, and soon, thanks for listening.