Last night I posted the following on the UK Podcasters facebook group:
“The 16th tomorrow and excitedly looking forward to this date a month from now and the first UK Podcasters Conference in Birmingham.
I was fortunate to attend NMX back in January where I first met Mike and Izabela and then again a couple of months later at the meet-up in London.
Each time I promised myself that I would get my podcast up and running within the next month. But for whatever reason I kept coming up with excuses. First it was a house move, next an unexpected change of jobs and then supporting my daughter through A levels and learning to drive (my daughter that is).
I am wondering if anyone else in the group has been going through the same thing? Personally this procrastination has to stop. So what better way than set a 30 day challenge to have a podcast recorded, launched and uploaded by 16th August.
And for anyone else who is going through the same thing either now or in the future I will document the challenge so that it might help them get out of the same rut I have found myself in.
With a full time job, family and a near 2 hour commute each way it will be a challenge. All and any support, guidance, tips and advice anyone is able to give to help me achieve this project would be much appreciated, the ongoing results and learning I will gladly share with the group.
Is anyone else interested in a similar challenge to get their podcast up and running in time for 16th August?”
Day 1 – Early Start
So today is Day 1 of my Podcast launch challenge. My aim will not only be to get a podcast recorded, produced and uploaded but also to journal my progress each day here on my blog.
Today has started well. I set my alarm a little earlier today (for 4:30am) and was able to do all the “getting ready for work” things done by 6am and that’s where I am at this point.
As I have the long commute and although I had previously purchased it on Kindle I am just about buy and download the Audible edition of Podcast Launch by John Lee Dumas. It’s only £4.70, although I am fortunate to have a £10 credit on my Audible account at this time.
How Much Will It All Cost?
That has just given me another thought – I should document my spend as well as what I learn and the actions I take over the next 30 days. I have already spent some over the last 6 months and I will put a list of those items together as well.
At this point in time I am not sure what podcast to launch. Should it be my Digital Marketing Toolkit Podcast or one for a site I am helping my two teenage kids get off the ground – MyTeenCar.com.
Now that could be the hidden fear and procrastination creeping in again but it’s a decision I am going to have to make pretty quickly.
Having downloaded the Podcast Launch audio book I mentioned earlier I managed to listen to the whole thing on my commute this morning. It’s a good book but not ideal for listening to in the car – best to have a notebook and pen to hand. The real benefit is that it is also supported by 15 free video guides and tutorials.
I don’t believe you have to buy the book to watch the videos as the page the videos are on also includes links to John’s Podcasters Paradise. I joined this in December last year but since then haven’t really taken advantage of it.
I intend to delve in head first as part of my 30 day challenge and will let you know how I get on any the value I get from it.
And then of course writing this first post.
Tomorrows To Do List
I will be up early again tomorrow as the first thing I intend to do is put myself a list together of all the things I need to get done as part of my challenge. I could if I wanted to hook a mic up to my pc, open up something Spreaker and start talking and at the end of 10, 20 or 30 minutes proclaim that I have a podcast and that I succeeded in my podcast launch challenge in only 1 day!
However I want to do this properly. And by that I mean get not only the podcast sorted but also the graphics, intro and outros, website, photography, social media and anything else that needs to be done.