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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 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.

Hosted by Podcast Hall of Fame Class of 2022 inductee Evo Terra.

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

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Podcast Pontifications Podcast Pontifications

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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 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.

Hosted by Podcast Hall of Fame Class of 2022 inductee Evo Terra.

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

Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy
Podsights - https://podsights.com/privacy

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Making Complex Podcast Tech Disappear With Alitu

    Making Complex Podcast Tech Disappear With Alitu

    Podcasting should be made better, not just easier! That's the motto I started this show with. And I still stand by it! But a lot has happened in five years. What if making it easier to podcast also made it better?
    #podcasting
    https://podcastpontifications.com/episode/making-complex-podcast-tech-disappear-with-alitu
    One thing that has me terribly excited for the future of podcasting is how the entire process of making a podcast has, for many, changed drastically in the last 20 years or so.
    https://alitu.com/ (Alitu), a service from https://www.thepodcasthost.com/ (The Podcast Host), is one of those services reimagining how podcasts are made. They're the http://podcastpontifications.com/sponsor (Branded Benefits Sponsor) of today's episode, and I recently sat down with https://twitter.com/colinmcgray (Colin Gray) to ask him how Alitu makes podcasting better.
    His answer surprised me. "We've enabled our users to forget about the tech behind it all so they can concentrate just on their voice and getting their message out to the world.
    That's the goal; to make the tech just disappear so creators can concentrate on their message."
    You may be looking at that with a marked note of skepticism, especially if you've not been keeping up with how much audio tech has advanced in the last few years.
    "We're deeply committed to automation," Colin goes on to say, making the bold statement that quite often audio "cleanup isn't something most podcasters should worry about. It should be fixed automatically, so we do it automatically. They're partnered with Dolby Audio, "who know audio back-to-front... to do automated audio cleanup, clearing the noise, adjusting levels, automatically doing de-essing and de-plosives" and more.
    I asked if Alitu was something for audio pros who are comfortable using high-end DAWs. "I know people who use Alitu to create one show, but then they use something like Audition to create another complex show where they want to have the full audio engineering experience and control," was his reply. Makes sense to me.
    Is it right for you? We're probably spending time and energy doing things that would be better left to software and systems. Systems and software that, frankly, could probably do a better job than we can. At least sometimes.
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    https://alitu.com/ (Alitu)
    https://www.thepodcasthost.com/ (The Podcast Host)
    https://twitter.com/colinmcgray (Colin Gray)
    http://podcastpontifications.com/sponsor (Branded Benefits Sponsor)

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    https://podcastpontifications. (Podcast Pontifications) is a production of https://simpler.media (Simpler Media). New episodes are released weekly, providing ideas and questions every serious podcaster should be thinking about.
    It's created and hosted byhttps://twitter.com/evoterra ( Evo Terra. Follow him on Twitter) for more podcasting insights as they come. http://alliepress.ne (Allie Press) assists with the production and transcription of the show.
    If you received value from today's episode of Podcast Pontifications, return some of that! We call it https://PodcastPontifications.com/support (value-for-value) and there are many ways to show your support.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Support For Abortion Rights
    While Americans overwhelmingly support the right of an individual to make their own decisions about abortion, unfortunately, that right is no longer protected everywhere in the U.S. The Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade on June 24th.

    Abortion is a basic healthcare need for the millions of people who can become pregnant. Everyone should have the freedom to decide...

    • 15 min
    Podcast Conferences, Cancel Culture, & Human Dignity

    Podcast Conferences, Cancel Culture, & Human Dignity

    Large podcast conferences are at a crossroads, with the podcasting community wondering how next year's conferences and beyond will be reshaped by the winds of change. Here are three possible futures.
    #podcasting
    https://podcastpontifications.com/episode/podcast-conferences-cancel-culture-human-dignity
    Photo by https://www.pexels.com/photo/climate-sign-outside-blur-2990644/ (Markus Spiske from Pexels)
    But before you say, "Ugh, not another hot take about the kerfuffle at Podcast Movement 2022"—rest assured, I'm not adding another hot take on what happened.
    Instead, I want to present three possible futures I believe are likely to play out for future podcast conferences—not just Podcast Movement.
    One quick caveat: There's no way in hell I'm going to "both sides" this issue. I've zero patience for deplorable people. And if you're already bristling at my use of that word, you have been warned.
    1. The Free-Dumb Future For Podcast Conferences
    If the free-speech-at-all-cost torchbearers are not curtailed, expect protests. Activist attendees with clever slogans on t-shirts. Panelists and presenters naming names. Disruptions from the audience toward panelists or presenters who seek to undermine democracy.
    2. The Status Quo Future For Podcast Conferences
    Equally likely is a future where...nothing happens. I believe many event organizers and attendees are counting on this future. This keeps marginalized voices away, and conferences cater to the bigger, more monied side of podcasting.
    3. The Responsibility-First Future Of Podcast Conferences
    Or perhaps podcast organizers do make a stand and carefully vet every speaker, sponsor, and possibly even attendee. Or more conferences like https://www.shepodcasts.com/she-podcasts-live-2022/ (She Podcasts Live) and https://www.blkpodfestival.com/ (BLK Podcast Festival) come into existence.
    Will those conferences create echo chambers? They can, sure. Do they restrict "different opinions" from being presented and limit the inclusivity they claim to uphold? Oh, FFS. Give me a break. Anyone saying that is either being disingenuous or still has no idea what an a*****e they sound like to the rest of us. If they want, they can—and probably will—form their own conference where they can collectively pine for a return to the world of segregation, don't ask don't tell, and a time when less than half the population had the right to vote.
    F**k 'em.
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    https://2022.podcastmovement.com/ (Podcast Movement 2022)
    https://www.shepodcasts.com/she-podcasts-live-2022/ (She Podcasts Live)
    https://www.blkpodfestival.com/ (BLK Podcast Festival)
    Mentioned (and then the standard links and credits will follow:

    Got a podcasting service? https://podcastpontifications.com/about/sponsorship-information (Become a sponsor of Podcast Pontifications).
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    https://podcastpontifications. (Podcast Pontifications) is a production of https://simpler.media (Simpler Media). New episodes are released weekly, providing ideas and questions every serious podcaster should be thinking about.
    It's created and hosted byhttps://twitter.com/evoterra ( Evo Terra. Follow him on Twitter) for more podcasting insights as they come. http://alliepress.ne (Allie Press) assists with the production and transcription of the show.
    If you received value from today's episode of Podcast Pontifications, return some of that! We call it https://PodcastPontifications.com/support (value-for-value) and there are many ways to show your support.


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

    Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy
    Podsights - https://podsights.com/privacy

    • 7 min
    How Podcasting Can Encourage The Podcast Listening Habit

    How Podcasting Can Encourage The Podcast Listening Habit

    Podcasting is like crack for your ears, many have said. Listen once, and they're hooked for life, right? Well... wrong. What do we need to do—as podcasters and an industry—to help build listening habits?
    It's a harsh reality that most people who listen to podcasts don't keep listening to podcasts. 62% of the US population +12 have listened, but only 26% frequently listen, according to https://www.edisonresearch.com/the-infinite-dial-2022/ (Edison Research's Infinite Dial survey).
    I blame the podcast listening app makers. But I also blame us, the podcasters who provide the content to those apps. We could both do a better job of helping listeners develop the podcast listening habit.
    What happens when your Netflix series ends? Netflix immediately makes recommendations. Not after the credits. But during them. And it works.
    What happens when you reach "the end" of an ebook on your Kindle? Amazon is making recommendations. Not after the book's back matter. And it works.
    Why aren't podcasting apps doing that? Podcast apps are the ones that actually own the relationship with the listeners. So yeah, it's on them!
    Or is it?
    How do they know when the end of a series or a season has been reached? We have a tag for that, but not all podcast hosts support it. How can we get better at giving app makers more data?
    And what do app developers do on the vast majority of podcasts that don't have proscribed endings but just keep going? Recommend a new show too quickly and piss off a lot of podcasters.
    There isn't an easy answer. So what do you think we should do?
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    https://www.edisonresearch.com/the-infinite-dial-2022/ (Edison Research's Infinite Dial 2022 survey)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-MJy7w69EU (The moth joke)
    https://github.com/Podcastindex-org/podcast-namespace/issues/351 (Proposed podcast index namespace tag )

    Got a podcasting service? https://podcastpontifications.com/about/sponsorship-information (Become a sponsor of Podcast Pontifications).
    Serious about podcasting? Join the https://evoterra.link/app (Advancing Podcasting Community) today!

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    https://podcastpontifications. (Podcast Pontifications) is a production of https://simpler.media (Simpler Media). New episodes are released weekly, providing ideas and questions every serious podcaster should be thinking about.
    It's created and hosted byhttps://twitter.com/evoterra ( Evo Terra. Follow him on Twitter) for more podcasting insights as they come. http://alliepress.ne (Allie Press) assists with the production and transcription of the show.
    If you received value from today's episode of Podcast Pontifications, return some of that! We call it https://PodcastPontifications.com/support (value-for-value) and there are many ways to show your support.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Support For Abortion Rights
    While Americans overwhelmingly support the right of an individual to make their own decisions about abortion, unfortunately, that right is no longer protected everywhere in the U.S. The Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade on June 24th.

    Abortion is a basic healthcare need for the millions of people who can become pregnant. Everyone should have the freedom to decide what’s best for themselves and their families, including when it comes to ending a pregnancy. This decision has dire consequences for individual health and safety, and could have harsh repercussions for other landmark decisions.

    Restricting access to comprehensive reproductive care, including abortion, threatens the health and independence of all Americans. Even if you live in a state where abortion rights are upheld, access to safe medical procedures shouldn’t be determined by location, and it shouldn't be the privilege of a small few.

    You can help by donating to local abortion funds. To find out where to...

    • 11 min
    Getting Past Your Personal Podcasting Humps

    Getting Past Your Personal Podcasting Humps

    It's almost impossible to make a good podcast without listening to great podcasts. But it probably takes more than listening to get from good to great. The secret is learning those not-hidden secrets.
    I recently discovered the secrets to restaurant-quality eggplant parmesan and crave-able Manhattans. Only they weren't secrets. They were just things I'd overlooked or rushed through. Tiny things learned when I (finally) asked people who were better than me.
    One thing was clear with decades of hindsight: eating and drinking great examples of both wasn't the answer. No, I needed to learn secrets (that aren't secrets) from people better than me.
    The same is likely true if there are parts of your podcast you want to improve. You just don't know how to make them better. And listening to more great podcasts doesn't seem to be helping.
    So ask. Ask a podcaster you admire. Don't ask how you can become as good as they are. Share your specific, personal pain points. Don't say, "listen to this and see what you think." Tell them where YOU think you need to improve. And if you're going to Podcast Movement 2022, you'll have an excellent opportunity to ask for help from some of the best.
    See you there!
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    Sponsored by:
    https://evoterra.link/captivate (Captivate.fm, the world's only growth-oriented podcast hosting company)

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    https://podcastmovement.com/ (Podcast Movement 2022)

    Got a podcasting service? https://podcastpontifications.com/about/sponsorship-information (Become a sponsor of Podcast Pontifications).
    Serious about podcasting? Join the https://evoterra.link/app (Advancing Podcasting Community) today!

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    https://podcastpontifications. (Podcast Pontifications) is a production of https://simpler.media (Simpler Media). New episodes are released weekly, providing ideas and questions every serious podcaster should be thinking about.
    It's created and hosted byhttps://twitter.com/evoterra ( Evo Terra. Follow him on Twitter) for more podcasting insights as they come. http://alliepress.ne (Allie Press) assists with the production and transcription of the show.
    If you received value from today's episode of Podcast Pontifications, return some of that! We call it https://PodcastPontifications.com/support (value-for-value) and there are many ways to show your support.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Support For Abortion Rights
    While Americans overwhelmingly support the right of an individual to make their own decisions about abortion, unfortunately, that right is no longer protected everywhere in the U.S. The Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade on June 24th.

    Abortion is a basic healthcare need for the millions of people who can become pregnant. Everyone should have the freedom to decide what’s best for themselves and their families, including when it comes to ending a pregnancy. This decision has dire consequences for individual health and safety, and could have harsh repercussions for other landmark decisions.

    Restricting access to comprehensive reproductive care, including abortion, threatens the health and independence of all Americans. Even if you live in a state where abortion rights are upheld, access to safe medical procedures shouldn’t be determined by location, and it shouldn't be the privilege of a small few.

    You can help by donating to local abortion funds. To find out where to donate for each state, visit donations4abortion.com.

    If you or someone you know needs help, or if you want to get more involved, here are 5 resources:

    1. ShoutYourAbortion.com is a campaign to normalize abortion.
    2. DontBanEquality.com is a campaign for companies to take a stand against abortion restrictions.
    3. Abortion.cafe has information about where to find clinics.
    4. PlanCPills.org provides early at-home abortion pills that you can keep in your medicine cabinet.
    5. Choice.CRD.co has a collection of these resources and more.

    We encourage you to speak up! And spread the word....

    • 11 min
    Avoiding The Perils Of Un-aligned Podcast Advice

    Avoiding The Perils Of Un-aligned Podcast Advice

    Finding advice on how to make your podcast better is easy. Knowing what advice to take and what to ignore is trickier. Before implementing any advice, take a close look at the agenda behind that advice.
    The agenda you have for your podcast is not the same agenda I have for my podcast. The same goes for every other long-time podcaster or podcast consultant. We all want people to keep listening and tell their friends. But what are our real agendas? And how closely do they align with your agenda?
    Your agenda is not your podcast hosting company's agenda. Or any hosting company's agenda. They create advice designed to keep their business in business by attracting more people to their service. But how well is their general advice aligned to your agenda?
    Your agenda is not a podcast listening app's agenda. They might make it easy for people to listen to your show on their app. But it's the "on their app" that they care about more than "your show."
    I'm not disparaging the advice offered by pundits, consultants, hosting providers, or app developers. I'm just stating the obvious: all of that advice is, to one degree or another, serving their agendas first. Not yours.
    So... does anyone share an agenda with you? Sure! Your ad rep firm is probably very closely aligned if you run ads on your show. Because when your ad revenue grows, the amount they make from your show grows. Win-win!
    The same goes for the agenda of your staff (employees, contractors, service providers). Your show succeeding means they keep a paycheck. That's a definite shared agenda!
    So listen to them. Listen to others (like me), sure. But listen most closely to those who share your same agenda, podcaster.
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    Sponsored by:
    https://evoterra.link/captivate (Captivate.fm, the world's only growth-oriented podcast hosting company)

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    Got a podcasting service? https://podcastpontifications.com/about/sponsorship-information (Become a sponsor of Podcast Pontifications).
    Serious about podcasting? Join the https://evoterra.link/app (Advancing Podcasting Community) today!

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    https://podcastpontifications. (Podcast Pontifications) is a production of https://simpler.media (Simpler Media). New episodes are released weekly, providing ideas and questions every serious podcaster should be thinking about.
    It's created and hosted byhttps://twitter.com/evoterra ( Evo Terra. Follow him on Twitter) for more podcasting insights as they come. http://alliepress.ne (Allie Press) assists with the production and transcription of the show.
    If you received value from today's episode of Podcast Pontifications, return some of that! We call it https://PodcastPontifications.com/support (value-for-value) and there are many ways to show your support.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Support For Abortion Rights
    While Americans overwhelmingly support the right of an individual to make their own decisions about abortion, unfortunately, that right is no longer protected everywhere in the U.S. The Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade on June 24th.

    Abortion is a basic healthcare need for the millions of people who can become pregnant. Everyone should have the freedom to decide what’s best for themselves and their families, including when it comes to ending a pregnancy. This decision has dire consequences for individual health and safety, and could have harsh repercussions for other landmark decisions.

    Restricting access to comprehensive reproductive care, including abortion, threatens the health and independence of all Americans. Even if you live in a state where abortion rights are upheld, access to safe medical procedures shouldn’t be determined by location, and it shouldn't be the privilege of a small few.

    You can help by donating to local abortion funds. To find out where to donate for each state, visit donations4abortion.com.

    If you or someone you know needs help, or if you want to get more involved, here are 5 resources:

    1....

    • 10 min
    How Podcasters Can Generate Great Ideas For Social Media Posts

    How Podcasters Can Generate Great Ideas For Social Media Posts

    Posting about your podcast on social media without posting ONLY about your podcast can be exhausting. I can't fix that, but I can give you 10 questions to ask yourself that make for great social post ideas.
    #podcasting
    Putting words into print or performing solo in front of a camera are necessary social media skills. But neither often comes naturally to podcasters who are most comfortable behind a microphone.
    Still, social media is part of the game podcasters play. And we know we can't get by just posting a link to our latest episode and thinking we've covered all our social media bases.
    Yet that damned blank text field or panic-inspiring selfie view that signals the start of a social media post haunts many podcasters. So here are ten quick questions to ask yourself the next time it happens to you:
    1. Did someone recently leave you inspired with a new episode idea?
    No need to wait for the final episode to publish. Share and tag that person!
    2. Did you recently record a fantastic interview?
    Again—tag 'em and share it! Next time, as soon as you end the recording session.
    3. Has anything changed in your podcast tech stack?
    Some in your social circles will find this interesting enough to see what's new.
    4. Did you recently schedule an episode?
    Let your audience know you've just scheduled a fantastic episode, even if it won't come out for days or weeks.
    5. Have you learned something new?
    If you picked up a new trick or technique you're excited about putting into place on your podcast—share that!
    6. Did you just sculpt the most fantastic bit of sound?
    Take a screenshot of your DAW and use it as the background of an audiogram showcasing your mad skillz.
    7. Have you made any personnel changes?
    Tag your new hires or your new outsourced vendors and tell your audience why you're excited.
    8. Have you been noodling on writing an article?
    All of today's social media properties allow for long-form content.
    9. Are you frustrated, scared, or facing yet another existential crisis?
    Open up and be vulnerable about that reality. That sort of honesty is almost always repaid with an outpouring of support.
    10. What's happening?If all else fails, post about your life. No, not every single thing about your life is something that should be posted on social media. But at the same time, not everything you post on social should be about your podcast.
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    Sponsored by:
    https://evoterra.link/captivate (Captivate.fm, the world's only growth-oriented podcast hosting company)

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    Got a podcasting service? https://podcastpontifications.com/about/sponsorship-information (Become a sponsor of Podcast Pontifications).
    Serious about podcasting? Join the https://evoterra.link/app (Advancing Podcasting Community) today!

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    https://podcastpontifications. (Podcast Pontifications) is a production of https://simpler.media (Simpler Media). New episodes are released weekly, providing ideas and questions every serious podcaster should be thinking about.
    It's created and hosted byhttps://twitter.com/evoterra ( Evo Terra. Follow him on Twitter) for more podcasting insights as they come. http://alliepress.ne (Allie Press) assists with the production and transcription of the show.
    If you received value from today's episode of Podcast Pontifications, return some of that! We call it https://PodcastPontifications.com/support (value-for-value) and there are many ways to show your support.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Support For Abortion Rights
    While Americans overwhelmingly support the right of an individual to make their own decisions about abortion, unfortunately, that right is no longer protected everywhere in the U.S. The Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade on June 24th.

    Abortion is a basic healthcare need for the millions of people who can become pregnant. Everyone should have the freedom to decide what’s best for themselves and their families,...

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

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30 Ratings

30 Ratings

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Much needed

I love being given the opportunity to think rather than being instructed what to do. This show allows someone who's just getting into podcasting or has been at it for a while the chance to consider what choices they can make to build a better show for themselves. A much needed show for anyone interested in podcasting to put in their rotation.

~ Violet ~ ,

Interruptions break the flow

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It’s quick, to the point and very well produced. If you’re going through all the work to produce a show, you owe it to yourself and your audience to tune into this show. Evo will help you drive your content to the next level.

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