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Making Your Commitment To Quality Podcasting
Episode 8923rd February 2022 • Podcast Pontifications • Evo Terra
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Evo Terra:

As much as I rail against the "podcasting is cheap and easy" mentality,

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podcasting is cheap and easy for a lot of podcasters.

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But your content doesn't have to sound that way.

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Hello, and welcome to another Podcast Pontifications with me, Evo Terra.

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So I had a bad thing happen to me not long ago.

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I tried to hide this from you, or shelter you from this, but it's going

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to come out and you're going to hear it.

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I'm not sure how it happened, but I take great pains to ensure that

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things like this do not happen.

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But during the recording of another podcast, not this show, my audio was bad.

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I know.

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The horror of it all!

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And not so bad that you can't hear clearly what I'm saying, but it's

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so bad that it's markedly different from the way I strive to sound on,

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well, all of my recordings, right?

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Whether it's a show I'm producing or whether it's an appearance I'm making on

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another podcast, I want to sound good.

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It's not bad enough for us to scrap the entire episode.

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I've done that before.

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But it is bad enough that, at the top of the show, there's a

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disclaimer that's going to be placed that says, "Evo's audio is bad."

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I don't like that.

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Now, people brand new to the show are thinking, "Oh, great, yet

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another audio pre-Madonna who won't accept anything except perfection."

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And while that statement is directionally true, it's very superlative

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and that does not describe me.

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The reality is I care less about perfection, but I won't settle

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for anything that isn't quality.

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Now to me, quality means doing the best you can with what you have to work with.

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That's my definition.

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That means your environment, your equipment, your voice, your experience,

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your level of comfort, all of those things are part of the what you have

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to work with portion of that statement.

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And I think all of them can be made better, up to the point where they're

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all working together that allow you to make a quality podcast or appear

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as a quality guest on a podcast.

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But not a perfect podcast.

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Perfect is an imaginary destination.

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It's a goal we strive toward.

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But quality?

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Now that's a commitment you can make to every single piece of content

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you produce starting right now.

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My approach to quality this way - again, doing the best you can with

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what you have to work with - is why you won't hear me giving a lot

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of How To advice on this podcast.

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Look, every word in that phrase, "doing the best you can with what you have to

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work with" is unique to every podcaster.

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And it's your best.

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Not everyone's best.

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It's what you have to work with.

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Not what everyone else has to work with.

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Approaching quality this way means you are not chasing the perfect microphone.

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You're not looking for the perfect recording solution or trying to select

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the perfect format for your episodes.

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Heck, you're not even looking for the best of those things or even

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the top rated of those things because those things are things.

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They're just objects, objects that will perform differently under your

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hands, like they perform differently under my hands or as they would perform

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differently under someone else's hands.

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It's the you that brings the best to the party, not those objects.

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Making a personal commitment to quality means you care.

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You care about your own listeners to your own show.

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You care about the listeners of other shows that you appear on.

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You care about the craft of podcasting.

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And also that means you're committing to quality in all the

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things you do with podcasting.

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Again, every single time you're interviewed on another podcast.

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Yes, every episode of your podcast, but also every presentation

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you give at a conference.

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Everything you do podcast-y, make that commitment to quality.

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But remember, a commitment to quality does not mean a refusal to

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accept anything that is not perfect.

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A commitment to quality doesn't mean you can't act like a goofball

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sometimes, lord knows I do.

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A commitment to quality simply means that you are confident that you are doing the

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best you can with what you have today.

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And if you can get to better tomorrow, you will.

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With that, I shall be back directly with yet another Podcast Pontifications.

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Cheers!

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Podcast Pontifications is written and narrated by Evo Terra.

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He's on a mission to make podcasting better.

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Links to everything mentioned in today's episode are in the notes

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section of your podcast listening app.

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A written-to-be-read article based on today's episode is available at

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podcastpontifications.com where you'll also find a video version and a corrected

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transcript, both created by Allie Press.

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Podcast Pontifications is a production of Simpler Media.