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Where plenty of podcasts about podcasting (PAPs) tell you what to do, Podcast Pontifications what to think about in podcasting. These daily, insightful forward-looking episodes have one central tenet: Podcasting needs to be made better, not just easier. Designed for the working podcaster, these short-form episodes get you thinking about the future of podcasting and how you can better prepare yourself -- and your shows -- for the future. The goal is simple: help you develop critical thinking skills needed to make the best future-proofed podcast you can with the tools of today. Plus a few sneak previews of what might be coming tomorrow. This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy

Where plenty of podcasts about podcasting (PAPs) tell you what to do, Podcast Pontifications what to think about in podcasting. These daily, insightful forward-looking episodes have one central tenet: Podcasting needs to be made better, not just easier. Designed for the working podcaster, these short-form episodes get you thinking about the future of podcasting and how you can better prepare yourself -- and your shows -- for the future. The goal is simple: help you develop critical thinking skills needed to make the best future-proofed podcast you can with the tools of today. Plus a few sneak previews of what might be coming tomorrow. This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy

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United States

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Where plenty of podcasts about podcasting (PAPs) tell you what to do, Podcast Pontifications what to think about in podcasting. These daily, insightful forward-looking episodes have one central tenet: Podcasting needs to be made better, not just easier. Designed for the working podcaster, these short-form episodes get you thinking about the future of podcasting and how you can better prepare yourself -- and your shows -- for the future. The goal is simple: help you develop critical thinking skills needed to make the best future-proofed podcast you can with the tools of today. Plus a few sneak previews of what might be coming tomorrow. This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy

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@evoterra

Language:

English


Episodes

Temper Your Harsh Critic By Looking For A Podcast's Best Trick [S3E55C]

11/25/2020
Guest host: https://twitter.com/DrKevinPatton (Kevin Patton) of the podcasts https://theapprofessor.org/podcast.html (The A&P Professor) and http://academicpodcasting.org (The Academic Podcaster). We all do that, right? We podcasters often listen to podcasts with an overly critical ear. That's natural. Everybody does that. Carpenters naturally check out the quality of construction when they visit your newly built home. Engineers sometimes can't help but analyze the arches and beams and...

Duration:00:08:55

3 Easy Steps To Increase The Global Appeal Of Your Local Podcast [S3E55B]

11/18/2020
Guest host:http://davidjackson.org/ ( )https://twitter.com/stephfuccio (Steph Fuccio) from https://www.stephfuccio.com/ (The Geopats Podcasts). News flash: Your podcast is on the internet. That means it’s available to anyone anywhere in the world. So yes, even if you’re doing a local podcast about New York City, Kansas City, or Bangkok, you probably have a wider global reach than you think. I’ve spent the majority of the past 16 years living abroad. During that time I've been active in...

Duration:00:05:48

Getting Your Podcast Unstuck With The Three I’s [S3E55A]

11/11/2020
Guest host:http://davidjackson.org/ ( )https://twitter.com/pojones (Patrick Oliver Jones) from http://winmipodcast.com (Why I’ll Never Make It). When producing a daily podcast or a monthly podcast, it all comes down generating ideas ideas. Follows is the “Three I’s” that Patrick has learned in his three years of podcasting that keep him from getting stuck, or at least not stuck for long. 1. Input - If you’re the proud single parent of your precious baby podcast, it feels often like...

Duration:00:09:25

Podcasting At Its Best Is Give & Take [S3E55]

10/29/2020
Podcasting is very much a two-way street between podcasters and listeners. It’s just that the bidirectional flow of give-and-take isn’t communication-based. The give I offer you on Podcast Pontifications consists of future-positive, forward-thinking episodes/articles focused on philosophical questions about podcasting and ways we podcasters can work together to make podcasting better. You take that information, consider it, and sometimes put that insight into action on your show to make your...

Duration:00:08:53

Why PINOs - Podcasters In Name Only - Own The Future [S3E54]

10/28/2020
This US election cycle has been a giant shitshow, but it has caused two terms - RINO and DINO - to become a part of our cultural lexicon. Both are pejorative terms that are summed up nicely (?) by their actual meanings: Republican In Name Only and Democrat In Name Only. Podcasting has this problem as well, where “elites” or “OG” podcasters look at the flood of new apps that make podcasting more accessible than ever before and, instead of being excited by the flood of new interested people,...

Duration:00:09:42

A Podcaster's Work Is Never Done... Until They're Done [S3E53]

10/27/2020
Some Podcasters Finish Thousands Of Episodes I have a few friends who have been podcasting since the beginning, and they’re rapidly approaching the 2,000 episode mark. Some might have passed that right on by counting bonus content. Chances are, you’ll probably produce hundreds of episodes of the show you’re doing right now. Some Podcasters Will Finish A Dozen Or More Podcasts A great many of us podcasters build and dismantle several podcasts before deciding on the formula we’re using now....

Duration:00:09:02

Podcasting In Hi-Fi: 3 Trends To Watch [S3E52]

10/26/2020
Gamers are largely responsible for the crisp, deep, and rich visual experiences we have come to expect when watching any sort of video on the myriad devices we own. So it stands to reason that perhaps podcasters can lead the charge in making devices capable of high-quality audio reproduction in or on our ears every bit as common. Here are three trends I’m seeing that could indicate a coming shift in how all of us experience sound in our everyday lives. Not just podcasting! The Rise Of The...

Duration:00:09:10

Podcasting On Smart Speakers Isn't Dumb; It's The Future [S3E51]

10/22/2020
I think we can all agree that the podcast listening experience on smart speakers is pretty terrible. And by “we” I mean podcasters. We know the best podcast experience is listening via our earbuds with our preferred listening app in our hands. We have the habit of listening via that experience, and it’s lightyears better than the voice-only, limited-choice, and rather unintelligent podcast discovery and listening experience provided by smart speakers today. And we must not be alone in that...

Duration:00:10:01

Accepting Podcast Listeners' Interest vs Desire Conflict [S3E50]

10/21/2020
Growing your podcast’s audience isn’t as easy as you want it to be. Even if you do all the marketing and promotional things right, you’ll likely find that your podcast will only attract a tiny fraction of people who are interested in the topic of your show. It’s desire mixed with medium preferences that determine whether someone listens to your podcast or not. I love cooking and have been (and enjoyed being the cook in my family for 31 years. Yet I’ve never listened to a cooking podcast. I...

Duration:00:09:43

Who's In Charge Here? You Or Your Podcast?

10/20/2020
Being a podcaster changes you. It’s certainly changed me. The changes podcasting has on you come in many forms, but the important ones can be categorized into the following: 1. Resource Allocation: It takes two types of resources to make a podcast: time and money. And both of those are in balance with one another. Both money and time are scarce resources. You’re limited to the funds available to you, so every dollar or dime spent on your show is a dollar or dime you don’t spend on or save...

Duration:00:09:29

Why Spotify's Shows With Music Is A Big Deal Beyond Podcasting [S3E48]

10/15/2020
Recently, Spotify removed a seemingly unmovable object that some say has plagued podcasting since the beginning of podcasting: music licensing. From the start, podcasters have wanted to play licensed commercial music - the songs you hear on the radio or have in your personal music library - on their shows. But that has been verboten thanks to the complexity of music licensing rights and hefty fines for copyright violation. Spotify made all of those troubles go away. Leaving aside the fact...

Duration:00:10:00

Normalize The Making Of Abnormal Podcasts... Again [S3E47]

10/14/2020
Abnormality is not a bad thing. It’s just not normal. Until you normalize it. Here are four different ideas here that might help you embrace a little more abnormality to your podcast. 1. Keep the standards, toss the conventions. Standards and best practices are there for a reason. Conventions, on the other hand, you can play fast and loose with. Or toss out altogether. You don’t always have to record from your perfectly sound-conditioned studio with your fancy-pants microphone. You don’t...

Duration:00:07:45

The Minor Role Podcasters Play In Podcasting's Power Dynamics [S3E46]

10/13/2020
As podcasters, our control ends as soon as we’ve mastered our .mp3 files. After that, we cede control to other entities. Entities with their own goals, incentives, positions, and perspectives on what podcasting should be. We rely on podcast hosting companies to generate our RSS feed, embeddable players, send automated social media posts, and update some of the bigger listener platforms via direct or API connections. We podcasters have almost no control or visibility of the technical aspects...

Duration:00:10:04

Learning To Trust The Podcaster You Are Right Now [S3E45]

10/8/2020
There are a lot of unknowns when it comes to podcasting. Without getting too metaphorical, we swim in a sea of uncertainty as we navigate these podcasting waters. I battle the uncertainty that surrounds every decision by having a bias towards action. Having a bias toward action means I trust myself as a podcaster, as a business person, as a human being, to make the best decisions I can at the moment. There's a phrase I think sums this up nicely: Trust in the you of now. Let me break those...

Duration:00:08:53

Simply Making The Podcast You Want & Your Audience Needs [S3E44]

10/7/2020
Complexity creep happens. Especially in creative endeavors like podcasting where we have at best a set of guidelines and maybe a roadmap, but not a clear, step-by-step set of instructions to follow. When things in our lives get too complicated, it stresses us out. It's not good at all for our self-worth (“How did I let this happen?”), and ultimately we may decide to up and quit the show as a way to escape the complexity we put upon ourselves. Maybe you need a little help un-complicating your...

Duration:00:08:50

Milking Your Podcast's Popularity For All It’s Worth [S3E43]

10/6/2020
People - listeners - are attracted to popular podcasts. Other people - podcasters like us - do very little to promote the popularity of the podcast we produce. Broadly speaking and en masse, people like to do the things that lots of other people are doing. Lay the blame on evolutionary biology if you like, but humans tend to follow the crowd. It’s safer. Content may be king, but only if the king is popular. You may not want to admit it, but you’re much more likely to watch a video with a...

Duration:00:09:56

A Simple Trick To Power Through More Podcasts In Less Time [S3E42]

10/1/2020
You need exposure to inspiring podcast content if you want to make an inspiring podcast of your own. But none of us have an abundance of time, so how do we do that? I have a technique that lets me be an active consumer of over 100 podcasts. 114, to be exact. This technique doesn’t require you to listen at 2x speed, doesn’t require you to change your preferred podcast listening app, a is “non-destructive”. so if it doesn’t work for you, you can go back to the way things were in a matter of...

Duration:00:09:42

Tracking Podcast Downloads Is Worthless To Everyone [S3E41]

9/30/2020
I’m aware that most podcast advertising inventory today is priced and purchased based on the number of downloads an episode is projected to receive. And it is with that full awareness that I assure you no advertiser wants to buy podcast advertising inventory that way. Instead, advertisers want to pay when their ads are listened to by the right audience in the right geography at the right time. Downloads, by themselves, illuminate none of that. Downloads are nothing more than an internal...

Duration:00:09:42

Boost Your Podcast Monetization With A Business Manager [S3E40]

9/29/2020
We don’t often hear stories from the business managers of podcasts, because they don’t have the sexiest of jobs. But it’s not an exaggeration to say they have some of the most important jobs. For example: ensuring the podcast business itself grows. That means monetization, which likely has its fingers in lots of other pies that make the podcast go. The first thing a business manager needs to understand is the profit stream of the podcast: income and expenses. Profit (or loss) is the...

Duration:00:09:30

Podcasting A Hot Take Without Coming Off Like A Jerk [S3E39]

9/28/2020
Given the state of our current divisions, podcasters don’t have to look too hard to find controversial topics to cover on an episode. And given what podcasters know about presenting topics to their audiences from behind the mic, firing off a hot take on a new controversy seems like obvious content for your next episode. But maybe you have misgivings about this course of action. It takes a certain amount of self-awareness and restraint to tamp down our https://xkcd.com/386/ (anger or desire...

Duration:00:08:29