I was listening to an episode of the Insanity Check Podcast from the MTR Network. On the episode the host Kriss was joined by Rodimus Prime from The Black Guy Who Tips. They were discussing their time podcasting. Both of these guys started in podcasting back in the dark ages. They had to learn on the fly and have grown their platforms over time.
One of the reasons that I considered getting into podcasting is because of Rod and his wife @SayDatAgain. Out side of being consistent and finding your voice my take away from their discussion was finding your fanbase. There is a notion that you have to have massive followings to be "successful" in podcasting. I don't think that Kriss and Rod agreed with this assessment. They said it was more important to have true fans.
A true fan is someone who is sold out on your content. You do not need tons of these fans. In his article 1000 True Fans, Kevin Kelly goes in depth on why you need to focus on building a true fan base. The below quote is the conclusion from the article. You need to go read this if you are looking to grow your influcence as a creator.
1,000 true fans is an alternative path to success other than stardom. Instead of trying to reach the narrow and unlikely peaks of platinum bestseller hits, blockbusters, and celebrity status, you can aim for direct connection with a thousand true fans. On your way, no matter how many fans you actually succeed in gaining, you’ll be surrounded not by faddish infatuation, but by genuine and true appreciation. It’s a much saner destiny to hope for. And you are much more likely to actually arrive there. Kevin Kelly - 1000 True Fans
Just some thoughts for your morning.
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