Do you remember what it was like to be a kid at Christmas? Not being able to sleep the night before, and even in the weeks before Christmas, the anticipation was almost too much to handle.
That’s what I was like recently. My podcast launched on Sunday of this past week, and after all the work that had gone into it, the day had finally arrived.
The interviews were finished, the editing (oh God the editing!) was complete, the hosting arranged, the website was finished. All that was left to do was to fall asleep on Saturday and wake up on Sunday to a brand-spanking new podcast.
I wrote in an earlier post to my email list that the weight of indecision was making me feel heavier. Not so much physically, but emotionally and mentally heavier. Now that I have finally come to the decision to JFDS (Just Fucking Do Something!) I am feeling lighter and less burdened.
The podcast launch was the culmination of me JFDS. It was the coming full circle of a broadcasting career that died on the vine when I was 19 years old. I was too lazy and too undisciplined to handle the structured nature of radio broadcasting, and now decades later, I finally completed the journey.
All that was left to do was to obsessively watch the stats to see if I reached my goal of 100 total downloads of the episode. Being the pessimistic bastard that I am, I figured it would take weeks to reach triple digits. As of Midnight last night it was over 200.
What does this tell me? What have I learned from this? Do a good job and leverage your network and your contacts to help get the wood out and good things will happen for you. I know nothing is set in stone, and the next episode could struggle to reach 100 downloads, but no matter what it is you are doing, work hard at it, enjoy it, and have faith in yourself.
I feel like a bit of a hypocrite giving the rah-rah, believe in yourself speech because I definitely do not practice what I preach when it comes to self-belief. I’m working on it and will get better, but I now know that I can put out a podcast and people will listen to it.
Step 1 towards world domination is complete.