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Finding Your Podcasting Style And Leaning Into It
Episode 2118th August 2021 • Podcast Pontifications • Evo Terra
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Of all of podcasting's problems, "sameness" isn't one.

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Listen to 10 different podcasts, and you're likely to hear 10

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different approaches to sound.

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Are those differences from intentional design choices?

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

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Does your podcast have a style?

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Not a type like narrative non-fiction, chatcast, or monologue, but a style,

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a design, some sort of artistic identity or affectation that you're

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going for with each of your episodes.

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I was watching Love, Death & Robots, an animated television series on

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Netflix, which is great, by the way, very different styles of animation

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in those short ten to fifteen-minute long episodes ranging from the

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hyper-realistic 3-D - is that real or not?

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- down to the Harryhausen style of Claymation almost.

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And as I was watching, I realized that some of those definitely looked better

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to me, and I think better to anybody, and by better, I mean more fluid style.

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Some of them were nearly lifelike, as I said.

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While others were far less...perfect, if you will, very jerky animation,

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blocky coloring, or backgrounds that looked, well, fake.

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But I'm betting that 100% of those episodes were all rendered on a computer.

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Probably very likely the same or similar computer with the same or

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similar computer programs as the person who did the much more realistic ones.

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Just like 100% of podcasts are rendered on a computer.

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Now, why didn't those different episodes look, at least from

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a style perspective, the same?

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Was it a time savings decision?

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Did the producer not want to spend the time to make it more realistic,

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so, therefore, they just they're stuck with that jerky style,

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herky-jerky movement because they couldn't afford to make it any better?

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No, of course that wasn't why that was done.

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The decision to have that herky-jerky movement, to have that replication of Ray

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Harryhausen style Claymation was a choice.

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They were trying to affect a particular style.

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So I'll ask that question of you again, does your podcast have a style?

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Does it have intentional design elements that make it unlike most other podcasts,

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but very much like a few others.

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And if so, can you name those other shows?

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Are you communicating with the people who make podcasts in the same style, again,

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not topic in the same style as yours, so that you can share tips and techniques and

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generally raise the profile of the style of podcasting you and others are doing.

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And if you're not, why not start now?

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Seems like a good idea, because I can assure you that listeners

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love a particular style.

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Everyone shouldn't say that a lot of people who listen to a lot of

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podcasts have a particular style, an artistic feeling and a flair that

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they want out of their podcasts.

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We talk about them as people who listen to true crime, but that's topic.

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I'm telling you, there are people out there who like certain styles,

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it hits an endorphin spot in their brain and they love it.

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And if you can find more people who have their endorphins tripped

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by the kind of podcasting you are making, the style of your show, the

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artistic-ness, the way that it feels.

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They're going to want it.

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They're going to want a lot more of that.

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Again, people who love that style will happily consume as much

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of that style as they can find.

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So if in fact, you do have a style you're going for start organizing, find out who

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else has that style propel your entire style of podcasting forward to find more

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people lean into that style of podcast.

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Are you.

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Now if you like the style of this podcast, and more importantly, you

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got some value from my episodes.

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Be they business focused or like this one, much more focused on the nuances and

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the artistic and the style of podcasting.

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Please return some of that value - we call it value for value - by a

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recurring virtual coffee purchase at BuyMeACoffee.com/evoterra.

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With that 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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