Thoughts on (almost) a year of podcasting

Well, it’s been almost a year that we’ve been doing NerdAbsurd. I’m sort of amazed that we have been at it for this long. It seems like just yesterday that we bought a basic mixer to try out our conversational chemistry and learn about recording.

It certainly hasn’t been all fun and games, but the majority of the time, we have sharing the air with each other. Here are some things that we have learned:

  • Debates don’t work. While you might think that you’re hacking away at the irrational fears of your friends, you’re really just making them feel defensive. We learned (rather painfully) that the best way to conduct a podcast was with friendly banter on interesting topics. 
  • It’s more work than it seems. It takes me an hour per podcast to do editing, transcripts, and schedule the posts. While that doesn’t seem like a lot, it adds up fast, especially when you take into account all of the time that we spend recording. The others dedicate their time to maintaining the blog, Facebook, and Twitter accounts and posting occasional content. Podcasting definitely isn’t for the lazy. 
  • We still don’t know how to monetize this. It’s a good thing that we love doing podcasts because otherwise we would not be doing podcasts. Right now we are running on borrowed servers, and financing this gig directly from our own pockets. We literally have yet to make a penny doing NerdAbsurd, and, frankly, I think we might finally be coming to peace with that. 
  • Chemistry is everything. One thing that we didn’t realize up front was how important all of our respective roles would be. Nick is the funny guy. I am serious. Andrew keeps the peace.  Our newest member, Leland is the passionate one. It is a delicate balance that is difficult to replicate. 
  • Podcasting is like sex: the more you do it, the better you get. Our first podcasts were awkward and unwieldy. We didn’t really know each other well enough to have good conversations. Now that we have been doing it for a year, things just work better, and we all know each other well enough to not test out boundaries.
  • The best topics are never the ones we suspect. When we first started, we thought that we were a tech podcast. But, we quickly learned that that’s not really us. Sure, we sometimes lean “tech,” but, our main focus is the social and ethical implications of technology. We had no idea when we started that that would be our focus. 
  • We still have a lot to learn. Our biggest frustration right now is our relative inability to find and/or converse with guests. While we have succeeded in getting a few famous people (thank you David Lankes and James Altucher!) to be on our show, we still haven’t quite figured out how to break the ice. Our goal would be to replicate the relaxed, honest nature of our regular discussions with guests, but we all get too formal around guests. Our future goals include learning how to talk to guests. 

So there you have it. A year of experience in one blog post. If you have questions, leave us a comment or a Facebook post. We would love to hear from you.

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