In a few weeks Blaise and I will record our 52nd episode. Even before that we will have been doing a podcast for one year. Looking back it’s kind of crazy that we’ve stuck with this thing for so long. There aren’t many hobbies I’ve been committed to for this long. It’s amazing that we’ve been so consistent. Amazing and awesome! I am very thankful for my hobby, I’m thankful to James Kennison of the NLCast Network for introducing me to podcasts and podcasting.
As I approach a calendar year of podcasting and soon after, a years worth of weekly podcast episodes I look back and see what I have gained from this hobby. It’s fun for me to do Too Much Information and now The Super Secret Podcast for Young Husbands but it’s so much more than that.
Here are my top five reasons I’m glad I started podcasting!
5. Podcasting helped me discover my calling.
It may sound weird but I think the Too Much Information Podcast is more than a weekly show to me. I think it started as that but as we continue doing it I now see that the passion I have for helping parents of teens and ministers is immense. I have had one opportunity to share this passion from the pulpit and I am three quarters of the way through a book “The TMI Guide to Raising Teens.” The podcast is a hobby, but the mission of the show is obviously more than that. It’s a calling.
4. It improved my public speaking skills.
As you know, I’m a youth minister. I recently (six months ago) took over our youth ministry as the head student pastor. I hadn’t had many opportunities to speak as the assistant student pastor, I may have spoken once every two or three months. I was ok with this system at the time. Even now I look back and I realize it was OK because for the six months before I took over I was podcasting. It’s amazing what podcasting did to help my speaking skills. My confidence improved, as did my ability to put my thoughts together while speaking. I didn’t expect this to happen but it sure was awesome when I realized how much more comfortable I was when it was time to take over the preaching duties every week.
1. I’ve gained new relationships.
Finally, I have been amazed at the relationships I’ve been able to build through podcasting. I mentioned James Kennison from NLCast Network already but it’s worth mentioning again. In July of 2009 I met him and learned of his show Nobody’s Listening. He told me about it and so I checked it out when I got home. I was hooked immediately and listened to all of the back episodes. From Nobody’s Listening I heard of John Steinklauber and Trevor “Ratface” Cameron. Once I started podcasting I found out about other shows like Chicken Pop Pod, Hardcore History, and It’s Just Us. I have since had conversations with Chris from CPP and I host a show with Robert from It’s Just Us. The list is quite long. So many people I have met through this “online life” I live through podcasting and social media. These are relationships that have benefited me greatly and I’m super thankful for them.
I love to podcast. I truly believe this year is still only the beginning of something huge, maybe even lifelong. As this top five list proves, there are benefits to doing a podcast. Even if you don’t do the most popular show (which I don’t) it’s definitely worth it if you have the ability and the interest. Just remember to be passionate about what you want to do a show on and listen to advice from people who do it and do it well. A great resource is Podcast Starter, it’s an NLCast Network show hosted by James Kennison made especially for those who want to start a hobby podcast. Go there, learn, start a show and join the community.
Author: Michael Prince
Michael Prince co-authored “What’s in Your Pocket? A parent’s guide to protecting your children online.” with his wife Melinda. They have four kids and live in an RV anywhere in the USA they see the need for an internet safety expert. Michael is leading the conversation in the American Church about family online security. He and Melinda founded BecauseFamily, a ministry that exists to inspire and equip parents to be the first influence in the lives of their children, in 2013. Michael is also a geek and loves Star Wars, Doctor Who, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and strategy board games.