Why Did I Start a Podcast?

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Why did I start a podcast?

Here’s the short answer: I wanted to.

Here’s the longer answer: I’ve been thinking about doing a podcast for at least a couple years.

That’s all I did though. I thought about it. I thought about what format I would want it to take. I thought about who I would bring on for guest spots. I thought about who I wanted to interview. I thought about what I wanted to talk about.

I thought. I thought. I thought. I thought. I thought.

This year, my word for the year has been “focus.” It seems, then, that starting something new would be opposite that theme. Right?



Here’s why: I have been interested in and studied creativity for at least 15 years. I knew any podcast I would do would relate to creativity. This year, I have worked on several projects that relate to creativity, tapping into it, reinvigorating it, and so on.

Because of that renewed focus on the subject, it was a natural extension to start the podcast this year. So I did. After I chose the platform I would host it on, I uploaded a few short episodes and then discovered I have a very limited amount of space. Many things I thought I would want to do — bring guests in for interviews, etc. — simply cannot happen right now or it would use up my available space very quickly.

Unfortunately, I am not at a place where I can pay hosting fees right now. That will come, I have no doubt. In the meantime, though, I had to reconsider my format. I asked myself two main questions:

  1. Do I want to go with my original ideas and have longer episodes, thus using my space faster and having to find a new host sooner than expected?
  2. Do I want to reconsider the format and go with shorter episodes?

Ultimately, I decided on the second one. Not only does it allow me to learn more about what I’m doing, but it’s also more…digestible. If you download it to listen while you’re driving from one place to another, you don’t have to have a long drive. Short, five-minute drives are sufficient and my episodes fit nicely in that time frame. You won’t be in the middle of a thought/idea (on the podcast) when you get to your destination.

Once I know more about what I’m doing and have a different host where I can bring guests on, my episodes will get longer. For now, I think they’re a good length.

Oh, and in case you missed it in a previous post, my podcast is Wandering on the Creative Path on SoundCloud.

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