Written by Jenny Blake One of my biggest goals this quarter has been taking the Pivot Podcast pro. Ladies and gentlemen, that time has come!
For the last year, I have been sporadically recording episodes on my iPhone mic and uploading to SoundCloud—the bare bones basics. I knew if I didn’t start somewhere, however scrappy, I would never make anything happen. As is, I’m incredibly late to the podcast game!
But I am working on making up for lost time. In between book edits over the last few months when my editor Natalie was reviewing the manuscript, I spent my weekends watching tutorials, choosing intro and outro music, writing opening and closing scripts, teaching myself rudimentary Garage Band, mixing the music with my voice, getting tips from fellow podcasters, learning audio leveling software, setting up RSS syndication, upgrading equipment, creating the initial thumbnail icon, and troubleshooting broken feeds. The result?
The Pivot Podcast is now in iTunes!!! And several other directories (full list here, along with show notes). I finally feel like I am skiing downhill on this thing, and am excited at all there is left to learn and improve upon. But you gotta start somewhere! :::she reminds herself when cringing at choppy edits during playback:::
WHAT’S NEXT? 4 THINGS . . .
1. I take requests, so send ’em my way. And if you want to record a concise question for me that might make it onto a future show, send a voice note to sayhi [at] jennyblake.me through Vocaroo.
2. Pop over to iTunes to listen to the first 10 episodes! I cover how I work with my virtual assistant, the book proposal process, how I organize and make time for writing, personal cyber security, how to push through the dip, bouncing back from zero financially, how to find your zone of genius, the upside of being invisible, business systems, and a whole lot more.
3. It turns out the first 8 weeks are when iTunes will judge if a podcast is New and Noteworthy. If you have gotten value out of any of the episodes I have recorded in the last year (pardon my cheap mic on early shows!) I would be so grateful for you to rate and/or review the show. Here’s how to leave a rating from your phone. Thank you, and this is only the beginning!
4. One feature I want to play with is giving book recommendations (something my IRL friends come to me for often). Are you looking for a non-fiction book rec to address a particular life/business question or challenge? If so, let me know in the comments and I’ll answer on a future show!
If you want some shortcuts for the podcast set-up process and access to my 50+ item to-do list (as well as my collection of tips from others) I encourage you to join us in Momentum, where I’ll be leading a call soon to share everything I’ve assembled these last few months.
I am very grateful to all of you here reading for giving me the constant motivation to write, speak, listen, and learn. My promise is to continue creating content worth consuming!
Jenny Blake is the author of Life After College and the forthcoming book Pivot. She is a career and business strategist and an international speaker who helps smart people organize their brain, move beyond burnout, and build sustainable, dynamic careers they love. Jenny combines her love of technology with her superpower of simplifying complexity to help clients through big transitions — often to pivot in their career or launch a book, blog or business. Today you can find her here on this blog (in its 8th year!) and at JennyBlake.me, where she explores the intersection of mind, body and business. Follow her on Twitter @jenny_blake.