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March 19, 2008

Feel The Fear And Podcast Anyway

This week's audio slot is given over to a podcasting and blogging first for me - my first interview!

It's with Sarah Rourke, also known as The Rat Race Escape Artist and - for the purpose of this interview - the Audio Pod Artist, helping you to get your voice into the head of your readers, your listeners, your clients.

We're talking about getting started with podcasting, some of the barriers I faced (technical, jargon) and how to get past them, plus the benefits of producing content in different formats (different people like different media and also learn in different ways).

I also share the two biggest stumbling blocks in starting to podcast (1) not liking the sound of your own voice and (2) plain simple fear... 

And the solution to both of them ("just do it!")

As I say in the interview it was made easier for me because I shared my first audio clip with a friendly and appreciative audience (that's all of you by the way).

Is podcasting on your to do list?  What do you think it would offer to your readers, students, clients?  What would help you to get started?  What's standing in your way?

To listen to the interview just click on this link.  It takes you to an MP3 file but you don't need an MP3 player to listen to it.  You can play it from your computer - it'll open it up with whatever radio or audio player you have set up on your system.

If you're happy with MP3s you can of course download and play it whenever you're ready!  The interview is 15 minutes 48 seconds long.

You'll find the interview hosted at The Audio Pod Artist Show.

If you're looking for some help to get started with podcasting don't forget to check out Sarah's site at Audio Pod Artist.

Joanna Young, The Confident Writing Coach
Because our words count

Photo credit for the mic to mybloodyself on Flickr


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I'll just say that I don't resist podcasting because I'm afraid or because I don't like my voice. It's because, basically, I don't like podcasts. I mean, in theory, I think they're great. I understand how handy it is to be able to download one to your MP3 player so you're not tied to the computer. Except, I simply cannot abide listening to things through headphones (and don't get me started on those uncomfortable earbuds), which means that, if I want to listen to a podcast, I HAVE to do it at my computer. Which means I can't do anything else, because who can write and listen at the same time?

I like the idea of podcasts, but the reality? I'd rather just read a post. Besides, I read a whole lot faster than the podcasters talk, too--it's more efficient for me to read.

--Deb, point very much taken.

As a reader and listener I'm with you, totally. I can read way faster than I can listen, and I find listening deeply frustrating whether it's on the machine or away from it.

But I've come to realise that we do all learn in different ways, and that if there are some people who'd prefer to learn how to write with confidence through a podcast... then I'll need to learn how to try and teach them that way... even if it still feels kind of odd to me.


Hi Joanna
I enjoyed the podcast and am working on giving it a go myself. Thanks for the inspiration.

Good for you Yvonne! It's definitely worth giving it a go. It's not my favourite way of working at all, but I'm glad to have done enough to know that I can...

It was fun doing the interview and that's another very popular and successful formula of course (though it strikes me it must be quite a lot more work)

Good luck with it & let us know how you get on - plus link to podcast of course :-)


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