What does an intense desire to connect with your readers, a passion to share a message and a lot of heavy-duty audio equipment bring you?
It brings you Prolific Living Media, which is going to be the home for all things media here – videos, audio – and we are kicking it off by launching our first official podcast for you: The Daily Interaction.
What is Podcasting and Why Do It?
First, before the why, let me answer the what as in: What is podcasting?
Quite possible you may not have heard of it. Wikipedia has a term for Podcasting, and I quote this part:
“Podcasting is a series of digital media files (either audio or video) that are released episodically and downloaded through a web syndication.”
I admit I did not know “episodically” was a word but apparently it is, thanks to podcasters!
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Podcasting is different from blogging, even though we are both creating content for others to consume. Podcasters do blog and bloggers do podcast so we do have overlaps. The reason I wanted to get into podcasting is to learn and use another medium, one that is much richer and arguably more powerful (if used well) than the written form. I feel this amazing connection when I listen to podcasts myself and I have to admit, long before I started blogging, I wanted to start podcasting. But it got pushed off, just as things often do in life, until now.
Podcasts are often free and generally reside in the iTunes store under the podcast category. There are thousands upon thousands of podcasts today in any subject under the sun and yet, there is room to grow and expand and find listening ears and podcasters find those listeners because when you have something to say and a deep desire to share it with passion, someone will listen and take value away.
It is the new form of radio except that anyone with a dream to do it can actually do it now! The barrier to entry is entirely up to you as the individual, one of the many reasons today’s technological advancements are one of the best expressions of our desire to express ourselves.
Now, after two months of heavy duty preparation, I am seeing this dream come to fruition. I am excited to be launching first of many podcasts, brought to you with love and purpose by Prolific Living Media. That would be the team of me, my husband, the producer and the main guy behind the scenes (except when he is in the scene! Hint: see the travel podcast section!), and my younger brother, the overall adviser to the whole operation.
How to Get Into Podcasting?
You really can get going with the bare minimum. Podcasting does not have to be expensive.
If you want to really invest some time and effort and money into doing podcasting right, I have one reference and that would be the podcasting expert, Cliff Ravenscraft. I came across Cliff on Twitter months ago and then met him in person in New York at Blogworld. We connected instantly.
I had already started listening to his Podcast AnswerMan show where he talks about the art and science of podcasting and it was not long before he got me all excited about podcasting once again and soon, my husband and I signed up for his 5-week course, which is almost over at the time of this writing. He has helped us tremendously in getting the podcast off the ground. His devotion to the students during the 5-week period is the core of what adds the value to this course.
What you don’t know can hurt you but with Cliff, you learn it and are much better off knowing it, trust me!
I must say that the investment in the equipment and the course were not small and even the financially conservative part of me believes 100% that the value is real and solid. So much so that I am now a proud affiliate for this same course which is coming up again in September.
If you are thinking, day-dreaming or dying to start podcasting, check out Cliff’s amazing 5-week Podcasting A-Z course and use the code: prolific anytime between now and September where he honors $99 off for the Prolific Living community!
What is The Daily Interaction?
The Daily Interaction Podcast, with me as your host, will cover all forms of social exchanges. Think of all the interactions you have with your world. What do you wish you knew to do better when among others? What do you wish others would do when interacting with you? What do you want to know and what do you want to get better at? So much to explore and learn and all the fun aside, it is going to make us better human beings when we can communicate well with the world around us.
So what are the best ways of saying it, writing it, typing it, speaking it and meaning it just as we intend it? This is what I will aspire to explore each week with you as I share stories and lessons of experience and devote a few minutes to our daily interactions.
How It’s All Gonna Work?
The podcast will be seamlessly integrated into the blog and the other blog posts will continue as normal.
The shows (or podcasts, you can call it either!) will be produced weekly and released every Friday. Our initial launch is today just to kick things off. Look for the second episode starting this Friday, August 6th.
I will have a blog post with the show notes and the podcast itself. You can listen it right here on the blog. You can also find us on iTunes. You can do a search to find us or you can go to iTunes under Advanced section and submit this RSS feed to immediately subscribe. Here’s the first one:
The Podcast and Show Notes for Episode 1
Are you ready yet? Take a listen:
In this introductory episode, I am delighted to be your host for the show where I cover the following:
- I start with a quote that kicks off the show and the podcast and then tell you why I have created the Daily Interaction podcast.
- I share where I come from (a country whose map is in the shape of a cat, can you guess?) and tell you my whole life story (just kidding!).
- I share with you what the daily interaction is, and how, I believe, it is going to benefit you and enrich your life!
- I mention having my listeners interact with the show by submitting questions, comments and requests.
For questions about The Daily Interaction podcast, please email me at tdi[at]prolificliving[dot]com.
Over to you: Is podcasting new to you? Or are you an avid listener? Am I crazy to be crazy about podcasting already? And will you be joining us with the Daily Interaction podcast?