In this episode of The Podcast Reporter, we focus on an article published recently and authored by Denis Murphy called “11 Lessons from 100 Podcast Episodes.”
The link given in the published article is from medium.com.
Now, as I have been podcasting for 15 years, this article interested me, for I have had over 18 podcast shows, and I have had nearly 2 million downloads. And I wanted to compare my lessons learned after some shows that have had nearly 500 episodes (both The Struggling Entrepreneur, as well as my current podcast show of The Podcast Reporter with over 430 episodes).
From this article, the 11 lessons learned are:
- Solo episodes;
- Reach out to potential guests more than once;
- Most podcasts don’t even get past 7 episodes;
- Most days you feel like an idiot;
- You reconnect with your real voice;
- Discover your why;
- Other people’s assumptions and experiences;
- Treat social media as an ongoing experiment;
- You don’t need to earn money;
- You don’t need a huge audience;
- A personal development vehicle.
And each section contains a couple of paragraphs to explain just what the learned lessons provided as value to Denis Murphy as the podcaster.
However, for this podcaster, I have learned many lessons since 2006 — and I keep on learning lessons from my involvement and participation in the podosphere still today, as well as the future.
In addition, I do take issue from my own experience with several of Murphy’s lessons — in particular, numbers 4, 9 and 10. That is,
- I have NEVER felt like an idiot when I participated as a podcaster in the podosphere;
- I have tried to earn money, and I have been successful as a profitable podcaster; and
- I have grown a large audience in the podosphere, with nearly 2 million downloads.
Thus, if you, as a new or aspiring podcaster, want to get some best practices, I would go to another source to see what some of them are, in spite of Mr. Murphy’s personal lessons learned. One such podcast show that gives a lot of best practices is The Audacity to Podcast from Daniel J Lewis; another is The School of Podcasting from Dave Jackson; and one last show is The New Media Show from Todd Cochrane.
As a matter of fact, this episode is giving me some impetus to prepare and publish an episode in this show for the future that will deliver to my audience MY OWN lessons learned after over 1500 podcast episodes from all my shows. Keep watching this space for any news of this upcoming episode later this year.
We do suggest that you read this article from Mr. Muphy, but then we recommend that you put together YOUR OWN list of lessons which you yourself have learned in any number of key podcast episodes which can mean value and importance to you.
Thank you for your attention.
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