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A Look Back at The First Year of Podcaster Stories
Bonus Episode22nd April 2021 • Podcaster Stories • Danny Brown
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On April 21st 2020, Podcaster stories was launched. Unlike my other podcasts up until that point, this wouldn't be a solo show - instead, it'd be an interview-style show.

Not only that, but it would be an interview-style show with fellow podcasters, many of whom had interview shows of their own. So, to say I was a little nervous would be an understatement!

But, 12 months on, I'm enjoying it as much as ever, and have some fun ideas regarding the next 12 months and beyond.

Thank you so much for listening so far, and I can't wait to share the next stage of Podcaster Stories with you.

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So a funny thing happened on the way to planning

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out Season Four of Podcaster Stories, and that was realizing

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the show turned one yesterday, April 21st. So in this

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quick bonus episode, I just wanted to say, thanks for

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being here for the last 12 months and have a

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look back at the, I guess the gestation of the

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show. I'm not even sure if that's the right word,

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but when I started the show back in April, 2020,

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I had an idea of what I wanted to do

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with the show and how I wanted it to progress.

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This was something brand new though, as my previous podcast,

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with the exception of a business one I used to

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co-host at the marketing agency I used to work at,

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they'd all been solo affairs. But now I was creating

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an interview style show, and one that I really wanted

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to get to know all the guests I had on.

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Thing is, these guests would also be fellow podcasters and,

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often ones who had her own interview style show as

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well. So I was a bit nervous as I started

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out, but thankfully they all turned out to be great

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guests, very gracious with their time and the stories that

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they shared because as the show name entails Podcaster Stories

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is about sharing these stories of the podcasters that we

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tend to listen to. And it wasn't just about their

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podcasts that I wanted to get to know, although it's

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very useful to obviously hear about their own podcast growth

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and how they grow their show and their voice with

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that. But what I wanted to do was really get

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to know who the person behind the voice, and how

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that made them, how that shaped them to, be the

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person they are today.

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This includes very personal stories at times, such as overcoming

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child abuse, overcoming sexual abuse, overcoming cancer and mental health

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issues, and a lot more. And hearing these stories and

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being able to share them with you, the listener, has

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been incredibly inspiring, and really helped me grow as a

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person individually over the last 12 months. When you think

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of some of the things that are, that they have

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overcome and with the examples they've shared in their episodes,

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it really makes you, you know, look at your own

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life and be like, well, was it so bad that

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I spilled some milk when I was getting the kids'

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breakfast? No, it wasn't. Yeah. It made a mess of

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the kitchen floor, but it wasn't a, an earth shattering

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world ending experience.

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So it has been incredibly interesting and I'm very grateful

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to my guests for sharing their stories. The show has

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also evolved over the last 12 months from when it

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first started. Initially the episodes were fairly short at around

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a 20, maybe 25 minute mark, but what I was

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finding was I wasn't getting enough time to really talk

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with my guests and chat with them about their story.

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So in Season Two of Podcaster Stories, I flipped the

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format a bit. It was still an interview style show,

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but I flipped to it to be a longer episode.

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And episodes ranged from 40 minutes to 50 minutes, to

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sometimes over an hour, and I'll be honest, when I

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made the change, I was a little bit wary as

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to whether people would enjoy the show less, because it

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was a longer format.

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You're talking about doubling the length of the episode, but

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thankfully the, the listeners and the feedback I've got since

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moving into that format has been universally good. There've been

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some people that preferred the previous version and that's completely

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understandable, but for the most part, listeners like yourself who

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have written to me, or tweeted to me, or, or

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whatever, to advise that they enjoy the new format. So

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thank you for that. Moving forward, as I approach Season

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Four, I am going to start experimenting with some of

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the format as well. It will still be on an

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audio show, but there may be some video options involved

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as well, whether that's on YouTube or Facebook or something

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like that, or just even embedded on my website.

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We'll see, but I've got so many ideas that I

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want to start messing about with, and that could be

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just a bonus content with, with snippets, just for the

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video version, or it may be a livestream, on something

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like Streamyard or whatever when I'm recording the episode, and

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we have the guest on with myself, live streaming the

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episode during recording just for a special event now and

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again. So it's something I'm thinking about. And I'd love

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to hear your feedback as to whether that's something that

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would be interesting to listen to, or I should say

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watching. So let me know if you can always email

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me at any time at Danny at Podcaster Stories dot

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com. As I mentioned, the show's really continued to grow

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over the last 12 months, and especially since I made

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the format change, and it's really enabled me to, to

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lock down what I want to do with the show,

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and I know the direction I want to take it

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as I move into Season Four, Five, Six, et cetera.

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And I'm looking forward to you being part of that.

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So thank you so far for being along for the

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ride. I hope you're enjoying the show as much as

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I do making it. And if there's any time you

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want me to give me any feedback or make a

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suggestion as to a guest you'd like to hear, you

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can always reach out to me at Danny at Podcaster

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Stories dot com. If you think that anybody else who

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would enjoy the show, just send them over to Podcaster

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Stories dot com forward slash Listen, where they can catch

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up on some of the episodes they may have missed,

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as well as choose what podcast app they prefer to

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listen on. Again, I really appreciate your support and you

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listening to the show, it makes it all worthwhile. I

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mean, it would be worthwhile anyway with my guests and

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the stories I get to hear from them.

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But knowing you're enjoying it as much really validates it

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for me, so thank you for that. Next week, I'll

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be doing a recap of Season Three and we'll be

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hearing some more snippets from the guests that you may

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have not heard previously, so look out for that episode

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coming down in about a week's time. Until then I

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hope you're well, I hope you're keeping safe, and we'll