Bucket List #22
I had wanted to start a podcast for a long time. I had listened to a few, and thought a podcast would be a great way to increase visibility of mums with businesses and inspire other mums to get started. This is my passion. I’m not sure how I got to this point, but I’m rolling with it.
It took over a year to turn this nagging want into a reality. But most of the work happened in 48 hours. It was a busy 48 hours as a I clung desperately to that steep learning curve, terrified of sliding down, smashing to the bottom and never getting up again.
I had thrown around the idea with many people throughout the year and the advice I was given was “just give it a go”.
My biggest hurdle was I thought I needed to have a co-host. I believed two different personalities, as well as a guest, would enhance the listener experience. I met with lots of people, and either I didn’t think they were a good fit, or they didn’t share my passion of elevating business mums. The other advantage of having a co-host would be to keep up the momentum and make sure the podcast didn’t die a tragic death before it took its first breath.
Finally, I made the decision to just do it, give it a go. On my own.
When I moved from Fishburners co-working space to WeWork, the guy who took up residency at the desk next to me has been podcasting for years and he gave me a few tips. The first thing he said was to get good microphones. So, I went into JB HiFi and the guy in the store also did podcasts and he gave me a few more tips. I told him that I was going to use GarageBand to record and edit and he gave me a great tip that GarageBand has trouble recognising two of the same model USB mics, so I bought two different ones, shown in the pic below.
I watched a YouTube video and read articles on how to record podcasts and how to use GarageBand.
So, on 9 May this year, I sat down and taught myself how to record and edit a podcast. I searched for, selected and paid for a music track (from Shutter Stock) and recorded an intro and outro. On 10 May, I recorded my first Podcast. It wasn’t smooth sailing as I had technical issues. Garage Band is a bit glitchy and didn’t play too nicely with the mic setup. Thankfully my podcast buddy was in and he helped sort this out.
I then copied/pasted both tracks into my master file, created a podcast cover in Canva and wrote a blurb for iTunes and my hosting platform Wooshkaa.
I signed up to Wooshkaa to host my podcast, got the green light to be part of their platform and uploaded my first episode. I then applied to submit my podcast to iTunes and 24 hours later it was live.
I’ve now recorded 3 podcasts and have another 6 women lined up ready to press record and chat. The image above is when Jess Jones, Founder of the Soar Collective, dropped in to record our podcast on her way to the Sunshine Coast.
While it might seem “glamorous” having podcast, this is a behind-the-scenes look at what really goes on. Nothing glam here, just the real, real. Check out Bridget breastfeeding her bub as she films a Facebook Live session with Jess Jones and Kathryn Kavanagh, COO of The Soar Collective. I’ve gotta say, Mums are pretty spesh with their multi-tasking abilities!
I love talking about, and sharing business ideas, so if you’re interested in being part of the Mums With Bright Ideas Podcast, drop your details to us via the form below. We are looking for Mums who are real, and happy to share their journey, the real real.
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Melissa is the Founder of The LightBulb Lounge and is an active member of Australia's startup community. She runs events and coaches teens and adults on how to get their ideas out of their head and pitch them.