FLAW- ENDING A PODCAST TOO SOON
LAW- STARTNG A PODCAST TOO SOON
HAVAR: Verb - To Spiritually Align with a Friend,
to Pull the Weight of a God Assignment, Together.
Q. "Isn't this a How-To Blog?" A. "Yes."
Q. So, aren't we gonna dive right in? A. "No."
Listen Haver (Hebrew for "Friend"), every time I have ever "dove" into anything, it has led me to drowning in some serious back peddling to tie up all of the loose ends or beginnings I created in my passionate haste!
You might be like me, excited by the thought of new endeavors and new adventures, but from a recent John Maxwell Podcast, Ol' Johnny Boy recommends not cutting corners. (He did say if you are terrible at something to cut corners though. If you need help with steps along the way, look for and receive help where you are weak, but never cut corners where you are strong. Got it?).
This means if you want to start a Podcast with your Best Friend and Havar, "HOLD UP, WAIT A MINUTE," because it's time to put a whole lotta Jesus in it.
Get Your HAVAR
Before you start running, it is a good idea to check your laces, because the last thing you need is to be tripping over those "loose ends" before you begin.
A great way to do this, when it comes to starting a Podcast with your Best Friend, is to ask yourselves these two questions:
Q. Is God Partnering us together in this season?
Q. Is a Podcast the platform that He is calling us to?
The worst thing you can do when you are chasing after the plans and purposes of God is to move without Him. So, pray before you try to slay, okay?
When God Gives You the Podcast, GO!
Okay Var, now that we got the important stuff out of the way, let's talk a little "How-To," shall we?
First things first. Podcasting is one of the most unsaturated platforms out there. There is plenty of room to spread your wings and release your message in a way that is completely unique to you.
Unlike social media platforms, podcasts are full of fans, not just fake friends. Your message will draw a community of people around you who tune in because they WANT and LOVE what ONLY YOU can offer. They will be YOUR #TRIBE + YOUR #PEOPLE.
But Here's Where it Gets a Little Sticky
Based on Statistics, it takes at least 2 years to see what your podcast can do. (Of course, God can change this as He sees fit. Heavenly favor is always a nice and prayed-for addition!).
Many podcasts drop off after 2 episodes, and many more fall to the wayside after 18. If these are Podcast Failure Markers, let's use them to strengthen our resolve for our own journeys, shall we?
Q. Are you both willing to make a 2 year commitment to this Assignment?
If so, let’s do it!
Get Your Message
Pick Your Topic and your Audience- Believe it or not, your podcast will not be for everybody. Niche down as much, and as quickly, as you can in the beginning.
Your Podcast's Core Message and Audience is your Sweet Spot. It is where the Anointing spills out into the air waves.
This is the place you start from and THEN move from.
To help you refine this, ask yourselves who you are talking to. (Sample: We are talking to Women. Take it deeper: Stay-at-home mothers. Take it deeper: Stay-at-home moms who want to learn how to make time for themselves during the day.)
Podcast Name- Make sure to pick a name that partners well with your message and check Google to make sure it is not taken. (Sample: If we are talking to stay-at-home moms who want to learn how to make time for themselves during the day, let's create an awesome name that matches our content. The "Take a Breather, Mama" Podcast sounds good to me!).
Design Logo + Develop Tag Line
When you design your logo, take who you are talking to into consideration. The words, colors, and fonts you choose matter. Your Brand is your voice illustrated, so make sure it is "saying" what you want it to, in order for the right people to be drawn to it.
Choose visuals that match your message, and think of your tagline as a catch phrase that will share what you do quickly and powerfully.
*** Check Out the Sample Brand's Title, Tag, and Imaging Below.
Also, take a look at Brand Psychologist Kaye Putnam's Archetype Quiz to help you Niche Down Your Brand Look and Feel Here: https://www.kayeputnam.com/brandality-quiz/
***Tip: (Podcast Artwork can be made in Canva or designed by The Flaws of Friendship. Minimum size of 1400 x 1400 pixels and a maximum size of 3000 x 3000 pixels.)
Podcast Brand Sample
Get Your Gear
These days, it is so easy to start with a simple set-up. All you need is a
microphone (a few options are listed below), and an App to record and edit in. (Anchor, Audacity, Garage Band, and because we do video, I actually edit our audio right into my Filmora Video Editing software, to kill two birds with one stone.)
Stacey and I started with one Blue Yeti USB Mic, which we plugged right into her Mac computer and recorded our Podcast into Garage Band. (For Mac users only.) https://www.bluemic.com/en-us/products/yeti/
Although the Yeti Mic was a great start (because there were two of us and we were committed to our podcast journey), we went all in with a Podcaster's Bundle by Rode. We absolutely LOVE it. The sound quality was worth the investment, and having fun buttons that have sound effects were the cherry on top, in my semi-professional opinion. Check out the Rode Bundle for your viewing pleasure.
While You Wait for Your Gear to Arrive
Set up your socials. You can start with one platform and build from there.
Plan a Launch Date and start inviting your friends to follow you on your Socials and help share your Launch Info. *Try to invite friends that would most benefit from your Message and Niche.
Record your first 3 Episodes. Getting a few recordings under your belt will help you plan out your podcast schedule with more ease. It will give you confidence behind the mic and behind-the-scenes with editing and publishing.
***Remember that it’s not about the length of your podcast as much as it is about having awesome content that will keep your fans engaged.
Get Ready to Record & Release
Anchor is "The easiest way to make a Podcast." It helps you
create, distribute, host, and monetize your podcast, 100% free.
Did I mention this Podcast Hosting is FREE?! Here at The Flaws, we want to save you time and money. We started with a paid host but just recently moved to Anchor. Anchor makes recording, uploading, and scheduling so simple for the beginner podcaster. Not only does it go head-to-head with other platforms with its ease of function, but I believe it outshines a few too. Sign up here: https://anchor.fm
In closing, Get Your Havar, Get Your Message, Get Your Gear, and Get Ready to Record and Release Your Podcast for those Super Fans who are out there waiting for you!
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