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How I Started a Podcast and My Really Real Experience as a Podcaster

I started listening to podcasts in 2015. I remember being in awe that I could take advice from industry experts and apply it to my life in only 30 to 45 minutes, max. Not to mention, all of it was free.99! 

I don’t remember my very first podcast that I listened to but I remember the impact it made. The idea to start my own podcast grew more and more as I started listening to women like Jenna Kutcher, Marie Forleo, and Julie Solomon. All three of them were kickass women who inspired me to share my truth and interview other women, especially those who resonated with Self Soul Sport. 

So in 2017 I finally took the leap. I started The Self Soul Sport Podcast in January 2018. Since recording my very first episode “Coffee Chat – Who is Shanna?”, I knew I wanted to add “Podcaster” to my list of girlboss roles. I get many questions on how I started my podcast and my experience as a podcaster, so today, here it all is!

I started my podcast on my iPhone and transferred it over to my laptop and a microphone. When I first began podcasting, I started off using the Anchor.fm app. At the time it was the easiest option since I didn’t want to invest in any software or hardware. I just wanted to see how I liked it.

Anchor.fm had its pros and eventually cons that made me invest in a microphone. What was great about Anchor was that I only had to use my phone to record to the platform that would automatically add my episodes onto Apple. Another awesome thing was that it easily allowed me to invite guests via a text to their phones so that we could record.

However, the cons of Anchor eventually had me switch and invest more into my podcast. I didn’t have the ability to add my own interlude music or outro music to my podcast. I could only use their songs. The other con was the editing software would crash, restart, and sometimes delete all of the work I did. That’s when I decided to purchase an Udemy course of How to Make a Podcast with Garageband, purchase a Blue Yeti Microphone, and hired an old high school friend to make my 30 second intro music.

My investment in podcasting led to me making more investment of time and energy into what I spoke about and who I featured on the podcast. I’m a firm believer that when you take the leap into investing into yourself, you show up even better. Purchasing the course, microphone, and music made me way more dedicated.

Once I started recording solo episodes on Garageband, I fell in love with the ease of it. All I had to do was plugin the Yeti, speak about the content, and export song to disk. Then I decided to host my podcast on Libsyn and record all my interviews on Skype with Ecamm Recorder. Making all these investments in a monthly hosting website and Skype recorder made me show up even better.

I remember when I decided to budget all of these items. I told myself Girl, you better make this shit so good. From there, I started a system for planning out all of my podcast content and interviews on Airtable and being very selective on what I spoke about. Whenever I posted, I always would have to come up with a reason my audience would want to listen to the podcast.

My really real experience as a podcaster has been rewarding, challenging, and empowering. I’ve never been more impressed with my ability to get savvy and get shit done as much as I have with The Self Soul Sport Podcast. Every single aspect of it from the music to the content to the interview, I have made sure to craft and make work.

When I transitioned from Anchor to Garageband and Libsyn, I wanted to pull my curls out. I hated every step of the way. From the emailing back and forth with both support teams to sitting down and figuring out how the hell to make my voice sound super clear, it was so challenging. But at the end of the day, I felt empowered because I figured it all out myself.

Now don’t get me wrong here, I still have so much more I want to plan for this podcast. More marketing, more editing, and more sponsoring. I intend on coming back to the third season even bigger and better than before. But it’s worth it. The messages I get from women who resonate with an episode and the reviews I read from people loving the podcast, I know it’s all worth it in the end.

Have you ever wanted to start a podcast before? Or are you a podcaster with a really real experience to share? Comment below because I’d love to hear from you. I hope my story can inspire you to either start or continue.

Please know it’ll be challenging, but it’ll be rewarding for you and your audience. Every day, I know I have a piece of content out there that is free and full of knowledge, inspiration, and support for the entrepreneurial woman. I go to bed knowing that every single day. That’s a reward in itself.

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