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Where plenty of podcasts about podcasting (PAPs) tell you what to do, Podcast Pontifications gives you what to think about in podcasting.

These daily, insightful forward-looking episodes have one central tenet: Podcasting needs to be made better, not just easier.

Designed for the working podcaster, these short-form episodes get you thinking about the future of podcasting and how you can better prepare yourself -- and your shows -- for the future. The goal is simple: help you develop critical thinking skills needed to make the best future-proofed podcast you can with the tools of today. Plus a few sneak previews of what might be coming tomorrow.

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Podcast Pontifications Evo Terra

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    • 4.8 • 23 Ratings

Where plenty of podcasts about podcasting (PAPs) tell you what to do, Podcast Pontifications gives you what to think about in podcasting.

These daily, insightful forward-looking episodes have one central tenet: Podcasting needs to be made better, not just easier.

Designed for the working podcaster, these short-form episodes get you thinking about the future of podcasting and how you can better prepare yourself -- and your shows -- for the future. The goal is simple: help you develop critical thinking skills needed to make the best future-proofed podcast you can with the tools of today. Plus a few sneak previews of what might be coming tomorrow.

This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis:

Podsights - https://podsights.com/privacy

    Successful Podcasting Beyond The Top 100

    Successful Podcasting Beyond The Top 100

    Podcasters want to be in the Top 100 where all the listening activity takes place. At least that’s what we’re being sold. But the reality is quite a bit different. And a lot more rewarding.

    • 7 min
    Give Them An Excuse Not To Podcast

    Give Them An Excuse Not To Podcast

    It’s hard for podcasts to go viral, but the viral-spreading of the podcasting bug is undeniable. We love bringing others to our party. But are we being honest with our dazzling praise of the medium?

    • 6 min
    Pushing Podcasting The Responsible Way

    Pushing Podcasting The Responsible Way

    My friend Andrew asked a question on Twitter, which boils down to this: Do podcast listening apps bear responsibility for the podcasts that they promote to listeners?
    My comment back to Andrew on Twitter was a qualified MAYBE.
    If the decision was purely algorithmic and assuming the algorithm isn’t being gamed, then probably not. However, if including the show or episode was an editorial decision, then the human that made that editorial decision bears responsibility, and thereby the app itself.
    Not surprisingly, I've been thinking a little more broadly about that notion.


    As podcasters, we have to take responsibility for the guests we have on our show and/or the topics we discuss on our podcast. We also bear responsibility for our own guest appearances or contributions on other podcasts. And I think we bear responsibility for the podcasts we suggest to others.


    We need to own our own responsibility and let it spread through all the things we do in podcasting. If enough of us take the same approach, we’ll start to make a difference and encourage others to do the same.


    Links Mentioned:


    • Andrew’s Tweet that started all of this - https://twitter.com/Clew_less/status/1397091727379505156?s=20 (https://twitter.com/Clew_less/status/1397091727379505156?s=20)
    • My comment back - https://twitter.com/evoterra/status/1397153840303001600?s=20 (https://twitter.com/evoterra/status/1397153840303001600?s=20)
    • Sign up to PPIYI for free - https://podcastpontifications.com/#subscribe (https://podcastpontifications.com/#subscribe)
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    A written-to-be-read article and a full transcript of the audio of this episode can be found at https://podcastpontifications.com/episode/pushing-podcasting-the-responsible-way


    https://twitter.com/evoterra for more podcasting insights from Evo Terra as they come.


    Buy him a virtual coffee to show your support at https://BuyMeACoffee.com/evoterra.


    And if you need a professional in your podcasting corner, please visit https://Simpler.Media to see how Simpler Media Productions can help you reach your business objectives with podcasting.


    Evo Terra produces Podcast Pontifications four times a week to provide ideas and ask questions every working podcaster should be thinking about. Subscribe today at https://podcastpontifications.com (https://PodcastPontifications.com)


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    • 7 min
    Facing Podcasting's Round Peg Square Hole Problem

    Facing Podcasting's Round Peg Square Hole Problem

    Would it surprise you to learn the most popular podcast listening app, as reported by actual listeners, is not Apple Podcasts or Spotify, but actually YouTube?
    Yes, your podcast’s analytics package reports something quite different. That’s mostly due to differences in accounting between listening platforms and the podcast industry’s obsession with the pointless metric of “download”.


    But it’s also because podcasters aren’t playing to the strengths of listening/watching services used by living, breathing humans to more than just listen to podcasts.


    Far too few of us make the type of content that works well on YouTube, preferring instead the low-effort (and low-result) approach of uploading full episodes only.


    Few, if any, of us are experimenting with alternate cuts and remastered versions of our episodes on Spotify, when that’s been a staple of the music industry since the music industry started.


    Every year we hear from consumers that they listen to our shows in ways we have trouble wrapping our heads around. And every year, we close our eyes to the reality staring us in the face and resume our efforts of trying to distribute our episodes everywhere with as little effort as possible.


    What would you change about your podcast publishing if you considered your Apple Podcasts audience different from your Spotify audience, which is distinctly different from your YouTube audience?


    Because they are all three distinctly different audiences. Perhaps it’s time to treat them as such.


    Links Mentioned:


    • Edison Research Podcast Consumer Tracker - https://www.edisonresearch.com/the-podcast-consumer-quarterly-tracking-report/ (https://www.edisonresearch.com/the-podcast-consumer-quarterly-tracking-report/)
    • Tom Webster’s article - https://tomwebster.media/archive/platform-wars/ (https://tomwebster.media/archive/platform-wars/)
    • Overcast - https://overcast.fm/ (https://overcast.fm/)
    • Podcast Pontifications In Your Inbox - https://podcastpontifications.com/#subscribe (https://podcastpontifications.com/#subscribe)
    • Coffee Membership: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/evoterra (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/evoterra)


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    A written-to-be-read article and a full transcript of the audio of this episode can be found at https://podcastpontifications.com/episode/facing-podcastings-round-peg-square-hole-problem (https://podcastpontifications.com/episode/facing-podcastings-round-peg-square-hole-problem)


    https://twitter.com/evoterra for more podcasting insights from Evo Terra as they come.


    Buy him a virtual coffee to show your support at https://BuyMeACoffee.com/evoterra.


    And if you need a professional in your podcasting corner, please visit https://Simpler.Media to see how Simpler Media Productions can help you reach your business objectives with podcasting.


    Evo Terra produces Podcast Pontifications four times a week to provide ideas and ask questions every working podcaster should be thinking about. Subscribe today at https://podcastpontifications.com (https://PodcastPontifications.com)


    Photo byhttps://unsplash.com/@pecmen?utm_source=unsplashandutm_medium=referralandutm_content=creditCopyText ( Tomáš Petz) onhttps://unsplash.com/s/photos/baby-toy?utm_source=unsplashandutm_medium=referralandutm_content=creditCopyText ( Unsplash)


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    • 8 min
    Knowing When To Say NO To Podcasting Opportunities

    Knowing When To Say NO To Podcasting Opportunities

    Podcasting is in a period of accelerated growth. As of this morning, https://podcastindex.org/ (Podcast Index) is tracking close to 4 million shows. And nearly a quarter of a million of them were published in only the last ten days. More articles about podcasting are appearing in mainstream media. More consolidation is happening internally, and companies outside of podcasting are investing money to get in.
    All of that means more opportunities are abundant for all of us podcasters. So, of course, you should get your fair share by saying YES quite a lot!
    But as you, your podcast, and the podcasting space itself continue to mature, it's equally important to know when to say NO.


    Saying NO to the wrong client can save you a lot of stress.


    Saying NO to the wrong guest can keep you from chasing vanity metrics.


    Saying NO to the wrong advertiser can increase the value of your show.


    Saying NO to the wrong opportunity to present at a workshop or event can protect your integrity.


    Saying NO to the wrong collaboration can keep you from disillusionment.


    Not that you should be dismissive. You should take the time to examine the opportunities sent to you. And if one seems the right fit, you should absolutely take it. But if it’s not the right deal, then don’t fret giving it a pass. Another deal will come along presently that’s a much better fit for you.


    Links Mentioned:


    • Podcast Index - https://podcastindex.org/ (https://podcastindex.org/)
    • Podcast Pontifications In Your Inbox - https://podcastpontifications.com/#subscribe (https://podcastpontifications.com/#subscribe)
    • Coffee Membership: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/evoterra (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/evoterra)


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    A written-to-be-read article and a full transcript of the audio of this episode can be found at https://podcastpontifications.com/episode/knowing-when-to-say-no-to-podcasting-opportunities


    https://twitter.com/evoterra for more podcasting insights from Evo Terra as they come.


    Buy him a virtual coffee to show your support at https://BuyMeACoffee.com/evoterra.


    And if you need a professional in your podcasting corner, please visit https://Simpler.Media to see how Simpler Media Productions can help you reach your business objectives with podcasting.


    Evo Terra produces Podcast Pontifications four times a week to provide ideas and ask questions every working podcaster should be thinking about. Subscribe today at https://podcastpontifications.com (https://PodcastPontifications.com)


    Photo byhttps://unsplash.com/@priscilladupreez?utm_source=unsplashandutm_medium=referralandutm_content=creditCopyText ( Priscilla Du Preez) onhttps://unsplash.com/s/photos/no?utm_source=unsplashandutm_medium=referralandutm_content=creditCopyText ( Unsplash)


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    • 7 min
    Playing Up (Or Down) Your Podcasting Personality

    Playing Up (Or Down) Your Podcasting Personality

    Today’s article is not about mental health, but it is adjacent. Before continuing, realize I am not a psychologist. If you have a personality disorder, are in therapy, or are working in any capacity with a professional mental health provider, do what they say. Not this yokel.
    There's a lot that we can change about our podcasts we feel like we need a change. Like our topics, our angles, the format, branding elements, and myriad other changes, some subtle and some gigantic, that we can make to our podcasts.


    But what about changing our personality?


    I think there are some aspects of your personality that are “affected habits” if you will. A sort of “muscle memory” of brain-behavior that is expressed outwardly, to use a layperson's and probably clumsy metaphor.


    Take me, who’s rush to joke gets in the way of being a good interviewer. I’m learning to suppress that affected behavior by interviewing people (on a different podcast) on markedly un-funny topics.


    Take Don, a long-time podcaster experimenting for the first time short-form, scripted content in a semi-private, limited-run show.


    Take Terry, a newer podcaster who tends to get tangential who’s learning to (and being rewarded for) stay tight and succinct on a short-form video platform.


    Are any of those examples really a changed personality? I don’t know. But I do know that each represents someone who’s making (and able to make) a decision on which parts of their personality to emphasize and expose, and which ones they de-emphasize and keep out of the podcasts you hear.


    We’re all three trying to make better podcasts. Not just for us, but for our audiences as well.


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    A written-to-be-read article and a full transcript of the audio of this episode can be found at https://podcastpontifications.com/episode/playing-up-or-down-your-podcasting-personality


    https://twitter.com/evoterra for more podcasting insights from Evo Terra as they come.


    Buy him a virtual coffee to show your support at https://BuyMeACoffee.com/evoterra.


    And if you need a professional in your podcasting corner, please visit https://Simpler.Media to see how Simpler Media Productions can help you reach your business objectives with podcasting.


    Evo Terra produces Podcast Pontifications four times a week to provide ideas and ask questions every working podcaster should be thinking about. Subscribe today at https://podcastpontifications.com (https://PodcastPontifications.com)


    Photo byhttps://unsplash.com/@kallyua?utm_source=unsplashandutm_medium=referralandutm_content=creditCopyText ( Elizaveta Dushechkina) onhttps://unsplash.com/s/photos/magnifying?utm_source=unsplashandutm_medium=referralandutm_content=creditCopyText ( Unsplash)


    This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis:

    Podsights - https://podsights.com/privacy

    • 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

ifyouaskbetty ,

Podcast Yoda Godfather etc..

Evo is awesome! His pontifications are spot on! He brings an informal professionalism backed by a mildly sarcastic and more importantly very real perspective. For podcasters - Podcast Pontifications IS your professional development.

SteveStewartMe ,

Evo is like the Seth Godin of podcasts about podcasting

Seth Godin is a marketing genius and always makes me think.

Ditto for Evo: At least 80% of the time, Evo makes me think - and re-think - about all kinds of podcasting topics, best practices, and "big picture" strategies.

I no longer produce a podcast of my own. However, listening to Podcast Pontifications helps me work with my clients (podcasters) better.

Thank you Evo Terra. CHEERS!

Mpassy18 ,

Evo Rules

Funny and fascinating. Evo is one of the best people in the podcasting space.

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