A few weeks ago I found myself in an awkward position with the Slimming Down Dad Podcast. Episode 1 had just been released and I was genuinely concerned that it was going to be far too personal for anyone to enjoy. Honestly, who wants to listen to 35 minutes of a guy talking about himself?
It was an odd sensation. At first I was concerned because I was afraid no one would like it. As people started listening and feedback came in, I was thrilled that it was well received. I was being told that I was brave for telling my story in the way that I did. I don’t know that I felt that way about it but there was something very freeing about getting everything off my chest and out in the open.
When it was time to record Episode 2, I took on more of an informational approach. I got away from the deeply personal aspect and instead made it an educational episode as I shared what I knew of creating a calorie deficit. Again, that episode was well received and the support was inspiring.
Episode 3 was an interview with Tom Adcock and I didn’t really need to concern myself with how I would approach recording. We would simply have a conversation and the episode was what it was. Again, the feedback was good and the show is progressing nicely.
It is time to start outlining Episode 4 and I find myself at a bit of a crossroad. Do I go the deeply personal approach and make it all about me or do I go with the informative approach? I like them both and it truly is a difficult decision to make but that is when it hit me, why do I have to choose?
Traditional podcasting advice would say that any change I make to the show at this point is a bad idea. I’m still getting established and building an audience. Don’t fix what isn’t broken, right? I’m sure it is solid advice but, what the hell, I’m going to make a change anyway.
Today, after hitting the gym, I sat down to record a Slimming Down Dad Short (a working title – I’m terrible with creative names). The idea is that I’ll record for a few minutes whenever the mood strikes (maybe once a week, maybe once a month) about whatever is on my mind at the time.
This supplemental episode approach allows me to be as personal as I feel like being but still allows me to feel like I’m helping to educate the audience in the full episodes. In the first supplemental episode (which I’ve embedded down below), I basically tell you everything you’ve already read up to this point (I try to make it quick). From there I talk about the new Starting Strength Routine that I began today.
The episode runs a little over nine minutes and was fun to record. If you enjoy listening to it even half as much as I enjoyed recording it, I’d say this was a win-win.
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