Better late than never is how I’m describing this podcast launch.
You’ll hear me say this in the intro episode, but I’ll mention it again in this blog post. I have been saying “I want to start a podcast”. “I’ve been meaning to start a podcast but I’ve been so busy.” “I keep saying I’ll start a podcast, but things just keep getting in the way.”
This was over the course of FOUR YEARS.
(If you can’t wait any longer and prefer just to listen to the podcast now, scroll down to the bottom to listen or find out where the podcast is available for listening).
Looking back at it, I wasn’t making the podcast a priority. Not that it needed to be a priority back then. In hindsight, I could have structured my days and made time for it. Instead, I made the decision to focus on other things back then.
What made me decide that this year was going to be the year of the podcast launch?
Lots and lots of setbacks. As someone who is big on taking initiative, making progress and moving things forward, it was like dying a slow painful death. Initially, I reacted with anger and frustration and it wasn’t until recently I realized that:
Sometimes setbacks are what’s needed to give you time and space to focus. On the things, you want to focus on.
The Meaning Behind The Name
I wanted the podcast to still be associated with Makinthebacon, hence it needed to have the word bacon in it. The focus on the podcast is to explore more of the tech startup life, women in tech and tech trends which are some of my other passions (hence the word ‘byte’).
I like to think of it as the complete audio version of the Makinthebacon blog interview series. Side note: There are a few video interviews here and there on the blog, which was great practice for the podcast.
A Labour of Love
Just like writing for the blog, working on this podcast has been a TON of work, pretty much a labour of love. From finding people to interview, scheduling interviews, editing (Right now, it’s taking quite some time, but I hoping to get better and quicker with more episodes under my belt), re-editing, listening, uploading, adding in the summary, submitting to podcast directories, etc.
Even as I’m recording the episode, I’m trying to focus on several things at once, what the guest is saying, how to keep the conversation going, what questions to ask next and also be mindful of my “ums”, “likes” and “you know”. Thankfully, they can be edited out.
I’ve noticed that some directories take longer to update than others, so the intro for the episodes on Spotify may be slightly different than the rest and the audio is only coming out of one speaker. The fix is updated on the other hosting directories.
Done is better than perfect. And we can always improve as we go.
The Potential of This Podcast
When I started the blog originally, the goal was to make money directly from it. That did happen eventually, but what’s really important to note is that it gave me a high in-demand skill set and changed my life for the better twice. It brought more opportunities and gave me the confidence to really venture out of my comfort zone.
Monetizing the podcast would be ideal, but I am also hoping it could present even more opportunities and connect me to certain people. I’m not going to reveal anything in this blog post (but expect another one in the not to distant future), but my gut is saying it’s one step in the right direction for me.
With the initial podcast launch, I’ll be releasing episodes on a weekly basis, every Wednesday. However, after that, I will be releasing them every other week to allow some time for interviewing, editing and publishing future episodes.
Please let me know what you think in the comments. I hope you’ll become a fan and tell your family and friends!
If you’re a founder of a tech-based startup, or a woman in a tech-related career and would like to be a guest on the show please fill out the application form for future consideration.