This series is all about Libsyn’s podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!
Q & A with Jill Castle from The Nourished Child
When did you start podcasting?
I launched The Nourished Child in August, 2016, after I spent a couple months trying to learn about podcasting, from the tech side of things to the real commitment involved in hosting a show.
I wanted to make sure I would stick with it, and I needed to get a realistic view of everything involved.
Why did you start podcasting?
I knew there wasn’t a show devoted to nutrition for kids, or the feeding struggles that go along with raising them.
I did my research, and while I found episodes discussing child nutrition, there wasn’t a podcast out there exploring this topic.
I also thought a podcast would be a great medium for parents who are always on the go, and also seeking knowledge about a variety of topics.
As a blogger with a lot of content, I could imagine digging deeper into some of the topics I had written about, and having expert guests on the show to share insights.
It took me a while to find the show frequency and balance of solo and guest appearances, but I did.
My early days of weekly episodes just about did me in! I now release an episode every 2 weeks and alternate a solo show with an expert interview.
What’s the name of your show about and what is it about?
My show is called The Nourished Child. It’s a show about child nutrition, feeding kids, and dealing with the ups and downs of raising healthy ones, inside and out.
I talk food topics, feeding interactions, medical conditions like eating disorders and picky eating, sports nutrition, and age-specific behaviors around food, and serve it up with a side of insight about building self-love and self-esteem in our children.
What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.
It’s pretty simple! I use a Blue Yeti mic with a pop filter. For guest interviews I use Zencastr or Skype with ECamm Call Recorder.
For solo episodes, I record directly into Audacity. I upload my audio, photos, show note outline with all the links, sponsors and ads to Dropbox.
I have a podcast editor (he joined me about 6 months ago) who then edits and uploads to Libsyn and my website.
How have you promoted your podcast?
Often (but not always), I boost an expert interview on Facebook to glean more attention.
About once a month, I include a synopsis of my latest shows in my weekly newsletter.
If a show relates to a blog post, I go back in and link the show to a blog post.
What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?
In the beginning, I was worried about slow growth.
At one point, around the one-year mark, I thought I might stop, or at least be less committed to a schedule. I think my pride kept me going – I didn’t want to “fade.”
I gave myself another year and decided I would re-evaluate at that point. A few months later the show started to gain a bit of traction.
I had joined a parenting podcast network called Parents on Demand Network and as a member, they pushed my show out (as well as other member shows).
I think that helped, as well as the fact that podcasting had become more popular. With time, shows grow.
It’s kind of like kids. You don’t see it happening day to day, but over time, growth is inevitable and obvious!
As an entrepreneur, I also wanted to see a ROI for my efforts – not necessarily income – but growth and reach.
I now believe podcasting is a marathon – to stay in the game, you’ve got to fuel yourself (for me that means keep learning how to improve, do shows that I am excited about, and push myself to reach out to interesting guests) and let the reward be the actual process and interaction with others, rather than the numbers.
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