The pick and mix workbook

2015 is going to be the year I start my own podcast.

I came up with a topic that really excited me last November.

I bought a folder (nothing says commitment like new stationery) and started brainstorming potential episodes and people I could interview. 

Now, a few months later, I’m not as sold on the idea.

I started thinking about “the audience”:

  • Will people find my podcast interesting? 
  • What if no one listens?

I was getting stressed out.

And then it hit me: I needed to stop thinking about the audience and start thinking about me, what I like.

Make the radio that you want to listen to

You don't need to please a large invisible audience, just please yourself (you're probably your toughest critic anyway). 

Besides, podcasting is a big time commitment so you need a topic that interests you (not your audience) because you're the one that's going to have to do the work.

So I've got a topic that interest me and now I'm concentrating on how I want my podcast to sound. 

Your own sound

I think a lot of public radio is starting to sound the same and while I don't think I'll be able to make a podcast that sounds extremely different, I want to at least start to develop my own unique sound.

I want people to listen to my audio and know that Zena made it. It's got the "Zena" sound signature. Ha! I've got a very long way to go to get to that point.

So I've been breaking down what this means. I started by focusing on:

  • What I like
  • What I don't like
  • What I think I can do better

I've put all of this into a workbook (which I'm still using) for you. It's already given me few good ideas. I hope it gives you some new ideas too. The exercises build on one of the activities in my Getting Started guide so if you haven't read that yet, go back and start there. 

Otherwise, dive in.

If you're also thinking of starting a podcast this year email me so we can support each other (I'd love that).