Podcasting is no easy task. Although the podcast itself might be something that almost anyone can do since it only mostly just involves talking, becoming a professional podcaster itself is a whole different story. A podcaster faces a lot of challenges in day-to-day life and these are spread across creativity and technicalities involved in being a podcaster.
The important thing about being a podcaster is to not only deliver good content but also be able to function professionally and healthily and not let podcasting affect their health or personal lives in a negative way. Although podcasting can also be very healthy and beneficial for the podcaster, this is only possible if the podcaster takes good care of themselves when making the podcast.
Here are 7 different psychological challenges podcasters face:
1. Draining creativity
Podcasters have to consistently come up with content which means this can be very draining when it comes to creativity. Coming up with maybe the first three podcasts would be easy but what about podcast number 5? What about podcast number 20? What about podcast number 253?
Podcasters should still have a life outside of podcasting and be able to do things and delve into things that interest them in order to make sure that they do not run out of content. Reading the news or keeping up with current events is also something a podcaster can do in order to be able to keep up with current topics.
2. Emotionally tolling
Podcasts can go out of hand and it is very important that the podcaster learn to keep their cool. Podcasting with interviews means that the host or podcaster can only control half of the podcast. Sometimes, it is inevitable to engage in a disagreement with the one being interviewed.
When this happens, it is important for the podcaster not to take things personally and possibly think of the offense as just “part of the job.” The negative remarks can only damage the podcaster if they give in to the offense. It is important to be well equipped, keep cool, and also relinquish the need to be right all the time.
3. Consistency bugging
Becoming a successful podcaster means that there should be regular content created and not just when the podcaster feels like it. Podcasts should be recorded, edited, and most importantly, updated on a regular basis which can be very hard for the podcaster at times.
A technique to be able to keep up with this is to always be one podcast advanced. While the podcaster is recording a podcast, there should already be one or two podcasts that are waiting to be uploaded. This way, the podcaster still has control over their time if they need to take a break and just make up, later on, to come up with another couple of podcasts in advance. This can be difficult for those that work with more current events which would mean they can only have maybe one podcast in advance or switch up the podcasts prioritizing the more recent podcast.
4. Discovering identity
When most podcasters start out, they usually aren’t sure as to what exactly they are supposed to podcast about. Although they might have an idea in mind, developing a podcast identity still takes time and this is perfectly fine.
Try not to rush too much into creating the podcast identity and allow the podcast identity to unfold by itself. The problem most podcasters experience is that they want to become something when they are already good at doing something else. It’s okay to be different although unpopular, this is where the marketing part comes in.
5. Problems in marketing
It can be very discouraging when a podcast doesn’t get as many views as the podcaster is hoping to get. No matter how much beginner podcasters might try, promoting a relatively new podcast is hard for those who do not already have a name for themselves.
The right perspective is not that nobody wants to listen to the podcast but rather the podcast is being promoted in the wrong place. The key is to try and tap the right audience in order to get a good viewership. It is important to do the necessary research in order to tap into the right viewership and gain more audience.
6. Everything is too much
One of the most tiresome parts of being a podcaster is editing the podcast. While professional podcasters might be able to hire help in editing, a new and upcoming podcaster would usually have to do almost everything themselves. It is important to learn how to use the right podcasting tools to not only lessen the amount of workload but also lessen the amount of stress.
Here are a few podcasting tools that could help minimize stress:
Sound editing tool. Podcasters will be able to adjust the audio to their liking instead of having to individually cut the audio file into bits and adjusting one by one. The podcaster can easily divide it into parts and adjust the volume from there.
Video editing tool (if needed). Although this might be hard to learn, when the podcaster becomes better at using these tools, they will be able to edit the videos more seamlessly.
Transcription tool. Instead of having to transcribe word by word, a transcription tool can be used to provide automated audio-to-text transcription. This saves an enormous amount of time.
Uploading tool. To save time and monitor how the podcast is uploaded on different social media platforms, an uploading or marketing tool can be used in order to upload to different social media platforms all at once.
7. Not enjoying the process
The first few podcasts can be fun but once a podcaster might have already uploaded tens, hundreds, or in some cases, thousands of podcasts, things can get really boring and would make podcasting seem more like a chore than something they enjoy. It is important to take a break and enjoy the process as well.
One thing that can be done is to appear on others’ podcasts. If the podcaster is fortunate enough to join another podcast, they will be able to not only learn more but also appreciate a different segment of podcasting in general.
Podcasting can be quite difficult and stressful when done repetitively but just like everything, it has its pros and cons. The podcaster should basically learn how to focus more on the pros and deal with the cons in order to enjoy podcasting even more. It is important to take things step by step and enjoy making the podcast one day at a time.