In one of the podcaster Facebook groups I’m a member of, someone posted the question “What makes a great podcast?”
One group member answered, “Make the podcast you’d want to listen to.” Talk about something you’re interested in and passionate about, and you’ll find others who have the same interest and build an audience.
A second group member disagreed, saying that amateur podcasters are diluting the quality pool by simply creating shows where they just talk about what they want to talk about, and are giving the medium a bad name for more “professional” podcasters.
I don’t know what makes a great podcast; I don’t think there is an exact formula, as beauty is in the ear of the beholder.
But I completely disagree with the second group member’s philosophy.
Technology has democratized content creation, giving everyone a platform to express their thoughts, whether it’s via written word on a blog, voice on a podcast, photos on Instagram, videos on YouTube, or any other medium. That’s a good thing.
Sure, some of the work out there sucks but that’s OK; it’s up to consumers to decide what’s good or bad. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
If you want to get your thoughts out there, you certainly have all the tools to do so. You shouldn’t be afraid to do work simply because there are naysayers like that second group member out there.
If you don’t get your work out in the world, you’ll never know how good or bad you are at something, and you’ll never be able to improve.
If you wait until everything is perfect, you’ll never launch, because nothing will ever be perfect.
If you never get outside of your comfort zone, and only do things you know you’re good at, you’ll never grow and get better.
So go ahead and start that blog or podcast. If you have a business idea, talk to others about it instead of keeping it a secret. If you’re building a product, show it to others waaaaaaay before you launch.
Get your work out there and don’t worry about the haters. Do your work, get feedback, and improve.
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This is day 35 of my experiment to blog for 30 consecutive days.