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Episode 4511th October 2021 • Podcast Pontifications • Evo Terra
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Consistently releasing episodes on a set schedule is a good

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idea to keep your overall audience happy.

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But that doesn't mean that every individual listener is listening

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to every individual episode.

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Is that okay?

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

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Last week, you didn't get any new episodes of Podcast Pontifications

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because I was in Belize.

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Yay!

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And yes, it was a lovely, lovely time.

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Strangely enough, I didn't get any new episodes of any podcasts while I was away.

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Allow me to explain.

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Yes, it's true, I didn't listen to any podcast episodes for six days.

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Not a one.

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And with the exception of some approvals I had to make on some files for clients

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produced by the team, I didn't even put headphones on or put earbuds in.

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And I subscribe to a lot of podcasts.

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Wasn't a wifi issue.

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I had plenty of access to all of the content.

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They were still there on my podcatcher.

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Being on vacation and doing lots of other things, that was the issue.

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A very good issue, I know I will say.

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On Saturday of last week, when I, finally, boarded the four and a half

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hour first leg of the journey back, I started listening to podcasts once again.

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I had a pretty big backlog in my queue, as you might imagine,

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not listening for six days.

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So I had to be picky, or, at least, I chose to be picky.

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I caught up on two serialized shows that I'm listening to.

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No, not just fiction.

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One was fiction, one is nonfiction.

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I also listened to exactly three other podcast episodes

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from three different podcasts.

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And that was it.

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Now, I'll probably, eventually catch up on the other episodes of the serialized

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shows because I'm listening to more than just those two serialized shows.

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Again, not just fiction.

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I'll probably catch up on all of those.

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But the episodic ones, you know, the normal style of podcasts that

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release every day or week or whatever?

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No, I probably won't go back and listen to those episodes that I didn't listen to.

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And yes, those are shows that I actually enjoy listening to.

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I love to listen to the episodes, but I know that there's going to

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be another episode of that show pretty much the next couple of days.

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So I'll be able to get my fix without going back.

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Related, a week or so before my trip, I emailed a friend of mine

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who's a podcaster, as well, a podcast I listened to on a regular basis.

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I'm subscribed.

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I had a topic idea for this podcaster.

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I thought about making it an episode of Podcast Pontifications, but it's a

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little too esoteric, and I don't think I can tie it back into podcasting enough.

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This other podcaster, they would be perfect, I know, to cover

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this topic in great detail and would be really enjoyable for me.

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Turns out, after receiving my email, they said, we've already done that.

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I have already put it out, they said, and it wasn't all that long ago.

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I missed it.

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And hey, that happens.

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As I said, I listen to a lot of podcasts.

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But you know what I didn't do?

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Knowing full well that this podcaster had already covered

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the topic I wanted them to cover?

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I didn't go back and listen to that previously produced episode.

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Yes, I really wanted to hear their take on the topic, but I guess it was

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too much effort for me to sort through either my podcast listening app or their

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page with the reverse chronological order of the dump of episodes they have

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to figure out which episode it was.

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What's the point of all of this Evo?

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Well, the point of all this is that this happens a lot.

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A lot more than we probably want to admit to ourselves.

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And while, yes, I know I can count on a few, very few dedicated listeners

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consuming my content on a regular basis, and I'm sure that you also can

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count on a few, likely a very few, people dedicated to listen to every

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single episode you put out, neither of us can say everyone does that.

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Heck, we can't even say that most people do that.

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Now, this is the part of the show where many podcast consultants would

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offer up ways to make sure your audience never misses your episodes.

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But that's all bullshit, if I'm being honest.

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You can't assure that.

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They can't assure that.

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No one can ensure that will happen.

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And yes, serialized content has a much greater chance of not having

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episodes skipped, but do you want to produce a serialized show?

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So my advice to you is don't sweat it.

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And also don't assume that everyone hangs on your every word.

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Some do, for sure, but many more do not.

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Now it's time for the boost-the boost-the boost- Boostagram Corner.

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Boostagram Corner.

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I don't know a thing about crypto.

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I've got a lot of Boostagrams to get through, so let's

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power through these puppies.

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A big thanks to podcasting editing powerhouse Steve Stewart for this

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nice review he left on Podchaser.

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He says:

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"Seth Godin is a marketing genius and always makes me think."

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Wait, I'm not Seth...Oh

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- "Evo is like the Seth Godin

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Ooh!

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"At least 80% of the time," Steve goes on to say, "Evo makes me think - and re-think

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- about all kinds of podcasting topics, best practices, and 'big picture' strategies.

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I no longer produce a podcast of my own.

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However, listening to the Podcast Pontifications helps me work with

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my clients (podcasters) better."

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Well, thank you very much, Steve.

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I appreciate that.

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High praise for sure.

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I also got a note from Coach JD of the podcast Health Talks with JD.

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He left a five-star review on Apple Podcasts, as well as on Podchaser.

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He says:

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"Much needed.

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I love being given the opportunity to think rather than

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being instructed what to do.

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This show allows someone who's just getting into podcasting or has been

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in it for a while the chance to consider what choices they can make

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to build a better show for themselves.

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A much-needed show for anyone interested in podcasting to put in their rotation."

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Why thank you very much, Coach JD.

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I appreciate that.

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Also, a big shout-out and thanks to Biray Seitz.

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Biray I've known for a long time.

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She sent me money through Venmo!

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Wow!

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Yes, you can actually send me money through Venmo, as she

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does with a note that says:

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"Thanks for all the valuable tips you share on Podcast Pontifications."

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Biray, you are very welcome, and I'm very much looking forward to the

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project you're working on right now, seeing how that thing takes shape.

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Inside, meta joke just for you.

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And to wrap this Boostagram section up, Mr.

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Gary Arndt from the podcast, and also who dominates TikTok, with Everything

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Eveywhere sent me an official Boostagram.

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He paid 1776 sats and sent this message along that said:

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"This show is part of my daily routine and one of a handful of

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daily podcasts I always listen to."

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A very fitting way to end this episode, Gary.

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Thanks for that.

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on Podcast Pontifications, and you wish to return that value - we call

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it value for value - and you can go to podcastpontifications.com/value4value.

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I don't care how you spell it.

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You'll get there.

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And you'll find all of the ways which you can contribute to the show monetarily

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through reviews, ratings, all of that - podcastpontifications.com/valueforvalue.

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That's it.

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I shall be back tomorrow 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.