I launched my podcast this week. It was a close one. We almost delayed. But then we decided that it was our deadline, what we had was good, we could tinker forever or we could put it out in the world and learn from our audience and our mistakes.
Thankfully, we’ve had a really great response so far. Lots of people saying nice things, sharing the podcast, telling their friends.
Valerie, my co-host, and I did a last minute recording session on Tuesday night and Ryan, our audio-editing genius, stayed up late or woke up early or something to get us what turned out to be the final cut. We went back and forth for a little bit on whether or not it really was the final cut, and then we just did it.
I published it as I sat in our relatively quiet apartment (maybe the kids were playing in their bedroom?). There were no fireworks, no handshakes or hugs or backslapping congratulations. It was just me waiting for someone to notice what I’d done. But that takes a while when you are waiting for feedback about a 40 minute podcast. People have to find time to listen. Then they have to actually listen.
After about 2 hours, I got tired of waiting and texted my sisters so they could reassure me that efforts had not fallen on deaf ears. And then the feedback started trickling in. They loved it. Other people loved it. Everyone is excited to hear more.
And suddenly, Valerie and I are realizing how much we still have to do. Newsletter and social media and outreach and responding to our new fans. (If that is actually what they are.)
We are thrilled and excited and relieved . . . and working hard to keep it up.