BLOG: Irreverent Attitude and Pirate Soul
The first thing I want to tell you is that this thing you see here has not been an easy process. In fact, it’s taken years. Let me explain.
My name is Kris, and I have been a podcaster since 2006, an internet radio guy since the late 90s, and before that I worked in radio before it lost all the magic that drew me to it back when I was a teenager in the Eighties and even before that. I’ve always been fascinated with the art of audio and of telling stories. The only thing that has changed is the platform I use to do it.
For years, I’ve been approached by friends (and friends of friends), and asked how to podcast. In reality, podcasting is not hard at all. I don’t happen to think so. Speak into Machine, Save as File, Upload to Tubes, Link to File, Profit. Your mileage may vary on profit. Just Sayin’. This is not rocket science, and I for one am glad it’s not difficult. I’m only a half step above trained monkey, and if I can do it, then you can. Trust me.
In a way, the fact that it is so easy is one of the reasons starting this project has been so difficult to start. It’s undergone several iterations before we got here, but it’s always come back to one question: The the Universe need another podcast about podcasting, blogging, and social? Do you need another voice in your ear telling you How To Media ™ ? Also, there’s a little of the old Impostor Syndrome at play as well. I’m a guy who knows a little about a lot, but I’ve never claimed to be an expert at anything. I have an ego, but it’s not that big and i don’t have a need to be constantly paid attention to. (and yet, I have a podcast. Go figure.)
Over time, I’ve had a massive change in thinking, First, while podcasting is remarkably easy, there are a great many people in marketing, or who podcasts about podcasting, or both, that want you to believe that it’s incredibly difficult to start a podcast. If you believe them, then they are more than happy to teach you how to podcast for what I think is an absurd amount of money. For example, one such person charges fifty bucks a month to be part of their membership society, another one checks in at ninety-seven bucks a month, I’ve seen one course in podcasting that was twenty-four hunded dollars. Again, that’s to learn how to:
Speak into Machine
Save as File
Upload to Tubes
Link to File
That is insane.
Somehow, these jokers have managed to convince people that they are the Priests of the Temple of Syrinx, and they alone have the plan. To learn how to podcast, blog, or use social media in a way other than theirs is simply not the way. I say they’re modern day snake oil salesmen, selling you their own version of Dr. Feelgood’s Magic Elixir.
As far as Impostor Syndrome goes, I still think I’m not worthy, but I’ve decided that if they can convince you they’re experts, than I have absolutely nothing to lose by telling you what has worked for me over these many years. They’re “experts”. I’m just a guy who loves the game, and I’ve done it a long, long time. It’s possible I may have something useful to offer, and that’s what I’m going to do. Gratis. Free. Here for the reading. I’m asking you to steal from this place anything that you learn, with no expectation of anything in return. I want to make this website the free repository of all the things they want you to buy from them. To be clear, I’m not stealing from them. I’m not spending my time or money any more than I want you to spend yours. I know one basic truth that they would like you not to learn: The voice and personality may be different, the network you are gaining access to may be wide and varied, but the basic tenets of podcasting do not change. I’ve already mentioned them twice in this post.
I’m here to thumb my nose at the Priests, and do it my way. Join me, and know that I’m here to help you do it your way.
— Dedicated to my greatest teacher, a little guy I named Scrappy years after I met him.