I realized that I had been holding out on you all here on the blog.  Many apologies, because I totally didn’t mean to, but I’m here now to make amends.  I’m making amends for not telling you all about my podcast, The Blissful Business Podcast,  which I launched last month.  To be completely honest, I did a somewhat soft launch for it until I got all of the kinks worked out.  Like with anything new, its takes a minute to learn and become acquainted with it, and that’s what I had to do when it came to getting a podcast up and running.  Fortunately, I was able to get everything set up pretty seamlessly (thank goodness!), but there’s still more to learn every day.

Why I Started a Podcast | BlissandFaith.com

The Ins & Outs

Podcasting is very similar to blogging in that there is a lot of time and dedication involved. Many may not think that it is, since its just recording audio, but it is. One of the main ways it’s similar to blogging is that you have to constantly be thinking of and coming up with useful, valuable, and quality content.

Although the topics that my podcast centers around are the same as those of which I discuss here on the blog, I still have to present it in a different way. While I can entertain you all here with fancy words or funny anecdotes, you’re still reading my posts in your voice.  The podcast, however, is all me, so some of the things I may say in a post won’t necessarily translate the same verbally.

In recording a podcast, I have to remember to keep in mind that it needs to be conversational.  Since its just been me on my podcast for this first sleuth of episodes, that means I have to do a little more work.  I haven’t yet had to opportunity to have a guest on and have that extra voice there to interact with.  It’s all me, bringing everything I have on that particular topic to the table. I try not to think of it in such a big way, but it does add a little extra pressure, I’m not gonna lie!  Nonetheless, I absolutely love doing a podcast and I’m so happy I made the decision to start one after thinking long and hard about it for months.

I try not to think of it in such a big way, but it does add a little extra pressure, I’m not gonna lie! Nonetheless, I absolutely love doing a podcast and I’m so happy I made the decision to start one after thinking long and hard about it for months.

The Blissful Business Podcast | BlissandFaith.com

Biting the Bullet

You may be wondering what took me so long to actually bite the bullet and finally start one if I had been considering it so long, right? Well, much of the same thing that prevents most people from doing things they dream of, fear and/or lack of knowledge.   When I first got into listening to podcasts, I was in the full swing of blogging and thought it’d be awesome to start a podcast.  I figured I could expound on many of the topics I blogged about on a new medium and reach a new audience.  The issue was that I wasn’t quite ready to do the work.  I was confused at how to get things set up, thought it would be expensive, and didn’t seriously know what I was going to talk about.  I had no real focus for what to make a podcast about because my blog itself lacked focus.  Once I refocused and rebranded, I had a defined purpose to blogging and sharing information, and therefore it was a more appropriate time to me to add podcasting to the mix.

When I first got into listening to podcasts, I was in the full swing of blogging and thought it’d be awesome to start a podcast.  I figured I could expound on many of the topics I blogged about on a new medium and reach a new audience. The issue was that I wasn’t quite ready to do the work.  I was confused at how to get things set up, thought it would be expensive, and didn’t seriously know what I was going to talk about. I had no real focus for what to make a podcast about because my blog itself lacked focus.  Once I refocused and rebranded, I had a defined purpose to blogging and sharing information, and therefore it was a more appropriate time to me to add podcasting to the mix.

I had no real focus for what to make a podcast about because my blog itself lacked focus.  Once I refocused and rebranded, I had a defined purpose to blogging and sharing information, and therefore it was a more appropriate time to me to add podcasting to the mix.

The issue was that I wasn’t quite ready to do the work. I was confused at how to get things set up, thought it would be expensive, and didn’t seriously know what I was going to talk about.  I had no real focus for what to make a podcast about because my blog itself lacked focus. Once I refocused and rebranded, I had a defined purpose to blogging and sharing information, and therefore it was a more appropriate time to me to add podcasting to the mix.

In the past (like straight out of college), I’d done Youtube videos and they were a lot of work. I thought having a podcast would be quite similar and so that kept me away from doing it even sooner after I rebranded and relaunched.

When it comes to video, I despise editing and I knew with podcasting that I’d have to do some form of it occasionally. The thing is that I only had experience editing video, and not audio tracks, so that was one of the first things I had to learn from the technical side of things. Thankfully, editing audio is much easier than editing video and so I don’t hate it so much.  Let’s not even get into the uploading part!  Running a podcast is still a great deal of work, but everything is just a little easier than video.


Listening to podcasts is one of my favorite online activities.  I don’t get a chance to listen to them every day, but when I do have the opportunity to do so,  these are some of my favorites lately:

 My Favorite Podcasts of the Moment

Joel Osteen Podcast by Joel Osteen | Elise Get Crafty by Elise Baha | Smart Passive Income by Pat Flynn | Online Marketing Made Easy by Amy Porterfield | Learning With Leslie by Leslie Samuel | Kate’s Take by Kate Erickson | Being Boss by Kathleen Shannon & Emily Thompson | The Marketing Moxie Show by Maggie Patterson | Grammar Girl by Mignon Fogarty


Going for It 

If you’re thinking about starting a podcast, or anything for that matter; go for it!  The longer you wait, the more time you spend “getting ready” is only wasting time.  I strongly believe in the sooner the better, especially after waiting so long to rebrand to Bliss & Faith and to start a podcast.  I spent entirely too long being “not ready” and feeling uncertain, thinking I needed to present these perfect ideas to the world.

Finally, I jumped in head first this year and I haven’t turned back yet.  I’ve only gotten more confident and assured since taking these dives, and I’m that much more confident that my business will be in the place I aspire for it to be.  An 80% solution is better than a perfect one that never comes to fruition, and you can only achieve your dreams if you actually do the work to accomplish them.

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Starting a podcast was just one of many new things that will be a part of the Bliss & Faith brand.  As I continue to build it as a resource and place to help other fellow creative solopreneurs and entrepreneurs, I’m excited to take you on that journey with me.

If you have any questions about starting a business, blog, or podcast I would love for you to reach out.  As I spoke vaguely about a few exciting new things that will be happening in this post, I wanted to let you all know that I’ll now be offering coaching services here at Bliss & Faith.  It is my goal to help you get started and do the work to get to the place you want to be at with your blog, business, or both.  I will have a page up soon going into more detail about what my coaching services will entail, however, if you would like more information now or are ready to get started, send me an email: blissandfaithdesigns@gmail.com so we can chat.


 Are you thinking about starting a podcast or anything new for your business or blog? – What are some of the things that have inspired you to do so?

Don’t forget to check out and subscribe to the podcast!  

Branded Bliss is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and SoundCloud.

 

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Tenns Reid

I'm Tenns, the blogger, graphic designer, and business + content creation strategists behind Bliss & Faith. This is my little corner of the web that I've dedicated to helping fellow bloggers and creatives reach their goals. I'm so glad you dropped by and hope that you that you find valuable resources here to help you achieve your dreams!

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  1. This is a good post. I’ve toyed with the idea of doing audio or maybe video (eek) on my site but I keep thinking it’s going to be difficult with the things I would have to learn to get it done. But sometimes you just have to start and figure it out as you go along. Stuff doesn’t have to be perfect on the first try.

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