Until next time, happy podcasting!
Hey look at us, we made it to issue 10! To celebrate, I’ve curated a list of useful and informative links to things relevant to the podcast industry, written a longer piece about a trending topic, and listed out some podcasts you might want to collaborate with… so, like always then.
OK, that’s enough Taskmaster-style preliminary banter, let’s get to the news.
Becca James has put a piece together for Vulture in which she interviews 16 podcast producers about “the hardest episodes they have ever produced”. Producers of WTF, Decoder Ring and many lesser-known podcasts lay bare their struggles for our edification.
Writing for Discover Pods, Catherine Shuttleworth opens up about eating disorders, and how a podcast helped her through this most testing of times. I always think it’s worth keeping up with stories like this, because they help us keep a sense of how impactful our work can be.
Evo Terra wants you to share your podcasting work as a podcast. Stay with me… or him. If you make podcasts for others people, a podcast of your own could be a living, breathing portfolio you can refer listeners to. You could even weave a story around how you helped develop a podcast for someone, or how you took their show from 0 to 60. As I step more into consultancy work, this has given me something to consider, that isn’t yet another podcast about podcast news.
Spotify unveil new ways to share podcast audio on social media: including timestamped links – so you can jump your listeners straight to the good bit – and something called Canvas, for sharing to Instagram Stories.
Radio research and strategic consultants Jacobs Media came out with their latest TechSurvey results this week, and while their findings were mainly around AM and FM radio and how podcasting is "eroding" radio listenership, there were some useful numbers we can use when thinking about how our work fits in with the wider podcasting ecosystem.
Podcast producer, consultant and coach. If found, please return to the nearest country pub.
Five new podcasts reviewed recently that might be worth a listen.
If your nerddom spreads far and wide, check out The ‘Verse, a slickly-produced, high energy pop-culture roundup from Norm, Bridget, Lucas, and Emilia.
Parker James presents his twist on the Jonathan Swift essay, A Modest Proposal. In A Modern Proposal, Parker aims to turn “at least few heads, and probably a few stomaches [sic]” with his suggested solutions to life’s ugliest problems.
Americans do love their “listener discretion is advised” don’t they? Anyway, Yes, That Actually Happened! is a new podcast by Erin Cole that “explores the parts of history that are real head scratchers”.
During the early 2000s, British holiday entertainers Mike and Steve wrote some scripts. 18 years later, and they’ve been dragged out of the attic – the scripts, not the writers – and are presented for your enjoyment in Bad Scripts.
When did we start saying “spilling the tea” instead of “spilling the beans”? Anyway, designers Abi and Katie are spilling hot beverages all over the place in their podcast Off Air, which isn’t about tea at all, but is in fact about what it’s like to run a design business. Episodes include conversations around contracts, brands, and attracting your dream clients.
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Until next time, happy podcasting!