Knowing normal

Welcome to the first issue of the Good Podcasting Works Newsletter.

I think this newsletter will be a fortnightly nudge with tips, reflections and signposts to things of interest. Please help shape it if you would like to, by replying and telling me what you would like more of, less of, or different – I would appreciate the feedback. I may also look at the frequency and whether to include blog posts from the website here too.


Thank you for your interest in the manifesto and in believing that ‘good podcasting works’. Expanded thoughts on the twelve points of the manifesto are on the blog –

Know normal

Our knowledge and experience bring a unique approach to everything we do. We don’t need to invent the wheel if there is already a suitable solution at hand – and there are many podcasting wheels available to us.

  • ​Learn the foundations and the rules before you break them.
  • Know what is normal and what most people do – there is probably a good reason for it.
  • Then you can think about doing it your way and find your own flavour.

​If I were to sum it up in a word – apprenticeship.

Have you seen?

Ira Glass of This American Life (amongst other things) talks about something we all struggle with as we create (1min 45sec).

And his answer……the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work

Have you heard?

I enjoy David Tennant does a podcast with… – here at the end of Season 1 he revisits some bits they cut out. Worth a listen for the brilliant content and laid back interviewing – hint: he likes these people and is interested in their story. It needs a second listen to note just how good the editing is – also go back and check one of the full episodes with one of the original guests to fully hear what I mean. Editing? What editing? Listen to the episode (43 minutes)

And finally

How are you doing? Drop me a line and let me know. What is your biggest podcasting challenge at the moment?

Stay safe and keep connected. Your friend, Steve

Go make a podcast!