I am still shocked at the amount of people I speak with that have never heard of a podcast. This is one of my primary motivations behind writing this post. To demonstrate to you the value and power of listening to a podcast. Unlike a blog, a podcast is in a much less crowded space. Here is what I mean:
According to some stats, there are about half a billion blogs on the Internet. Out of those blogs, about half are actually active. Compare that with only about 125,000 active Podcasts in iTunes.
That is a ratio of 2000:1.
There is about two thousand blogs for each one podcast.
When I began blogging regularly, about three years ago – I never considered starting my own podcast. But with the constant encouragement from friends and family, I decided to take the plunge into the much less crowded pool of podcasters.
Since launching my very own podcast “The Fuel For Life,” in September of 2013, which you can access via iTunes by clicking here, I have produced over sixty shows. This has been an incredible experience.
I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would get to speak into lives of thousands of people from ninety-five different countries and 380 different regions in the world.
Even if I had ten people listening to my podcast, I would still do it because the effort is worth the impact it will make.
I don’t take a single listener for granted. If you have every listened to any episodes of the Fuel For Life Podcast, I want to take this opportunity and thank you from the bottom of my heart. I really appreciate your attention. I consider it an amazing privilege to speak into your life. I want to continue providing solid content via this medium. I want to continue improving on the content, the substance and the quality of each and every one of my shows.
If you have never listened to the Fuel For Life Podcast, go check it out and let me know what you think. Please leave a rating and a review for the podcast as well right in iTunes. Just search for: “Fuel For Life,” in iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Zune.
Regardless of what smart phone you have, you can download a podcast app and search for the podcast. Or, you can conveniently listen to any show by clicking here to access the archive and simply clicking the “play” button at the top of each post.
If you know anything about me, you will know that I am a big fan of Apple. One thing though which I don’t like is the native podcast app on the iPhone. For some reason, it does not update or refresh shows on it in a seamless manner. This is why I recommend you downloading a podcast app for your iPhone called DownCast. You can download it by clicking here. Even though it is a paid app, it is well worth it to get it because of its ease of use. All of the podcasts that I listen to, I listen to them using the DownCast app.
If I have not yet convinced you to become an avid podcast listener to my show or any other amazing show out there, here are seven reasons why you should start listening to a podcast today:
1. Podcasts Are Completely Carte blanche. You can listen to any episode on any topic with any host at any time that you wish. You can pause, rewind, skip forward or put multiple episodes into the queue. You choose what to listen to and when to listen to it. How cool is that? I believe that in our generation, we will see a time when radio will be completely replaced by podcasts just like the television has been replaced by the Internet.
2. Podcasts Make You Look Forward To Your Commute. If you drive to work and chances are that you do, podcasts are something that you will begin to look forward to. Your commute becomes that much more pleasurable. I have had my listeners tell me that my podcast is the one they look forward to listening during the week. Thank you again, I really appreciate that encouragement!
3. Podcasts Don’t Take Up Any Screen Space. Unlike YouTube or reading a blog, you can be doing multiple things on your smart phone or your laptop, without ever having to stop listening to a podcast. The sound is coming directly through your earphones which makes your hands completely free to get other work done.
4. Podcasts Allow You To Have A One On One Conversation With People Who Know What They Are Talking About. How many times have you wanted to have coffee with someone who you respect and admire but never have a chance to. I have a better solution for you. Check out their podcast and allow them to speak into your life, without any interruptions.
5. Podcasts Will Make You Smarter. Ok, maybe it depends on what you are listening to, but you get my point. Your brain will be stimulated by great information that can later be used for the benefit of the people in your life. New ideas and concepts will be generated by you because of the content you are consuming via a podcast. So start listening today. You can start by listening to one of my most downloaded podcasts to date. Click here to listen to it.
6. Podcasts Make Any Activity Seem Fun And Easy. You can listen to a podcast while you exercise, wash dishes, clean your house, take care of your kids or are simply winding down from a long day. When I polled my listeners, forty-four percent said they listen to my podcast while they are doing things around the house.
7. Podcasts Exist On Just About Every Topic You Can Imagine. Whatever your interest is, you can be sure to find a podcast that you will enjoy. Seek and you shall find.
I also want to give a shout-out to Pat Flynn for providing a great podcast tutorial on how you too can start a podcast, Cliff Ravenscraft for being the ultimate resource for anything podcast related, and my friend Caleb Suko who also launched his podcast a few months before I did and served as an inspiration that it can be done.
Finally, above all else – I want to give a huge thanks and shout-out to my amazing online media team, without which I could not have done anything that I have done with the Fuel For Life Podcast. I can’t wait to introduce them to you very soon.
Have you ever listened to the Fuel For Life Podcast? If you could go to iTunes and leave a rating and a review, that would really mean a lot to me.
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Question: Have you ever listened to an episode of FFL? Which one was your favorite? Which podcasts do you listen to on a regular basis?