Podcasting Lessons from the Dog Park

I first wrote about dog training and podcasting in Issue 159 ...

Working with a dog trainer has taught me as much about myself as the dog. And one of the things I noticed at the dog park yesterday reminded me of something I see a lot of podcasters do.

Dog parks are a mess. You basically enter an unsupervised arena with who knows what as far as behavior and attitudes, from both the dogs and their humans.

Here's what I know for sure. Most of the people at dog parks fall into one of two categories:

  1. Completely Disconnected
  2. Overly Attached

So you've got one group of folks with heads in their phones, not watching their dogs at all. And another group watching every single move their dogs make, not letting them have any leeway and getting nervous about any interaction with other dogs.

I see something similar happen in podcasting. A big chunk of people either worry about making everything 100% perfect or are completely detached from their podcasts, basically calling themselves a "podcaster" without actually doing any of the work it takes to be one.

Want a great podcast (or a well-behaved dog)? It takes work. You have to show up and you have to care.

You can pretend to show up, but you can't pretend to care. And you can't get so engaged into making something 100% perfect that you forget to let it breath.

.38 Special has some good advice about podcasting back in 1981:

Just hold on loosely

But don't let go

If you cling too tightly

You're gonna lose control

Take the advice.

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David @ Big Podcast

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