Starting a Long-Distance Podcast

Howdy everyone!

I’m trying to find a good footing with adding blogging back into my schedule while also making sure that it’s something I continue to enjoy doing. This week, I thought I would talk about the project you may have already seen on the site: No Matter Where, No Matter What.

The idea of creating a podcast has been something I’ve been pursuing for about five years. I tried to talk my husband (back then boyfriend) into recording with me, I tried talking him into it after we were married, I’ve attempted to persuade my sister to record with me… Basically, if I saw someone on a regular basis, I asked if they would record a podcast with me.

I never wanted to do a solo-cast because I feel like I don’t have enough to say and my favorite podcasts are those with two hosts. I also didn’t want to do a solo-cast because I wanted to share more than one perspective on any given topic. The podcast I wanted to create wasn’t going to be all about relationships, or food, or travel. Kind of like this blog, I wanted it to be about a bunch of different things, all falling into that ‘lifestyle’ category.

My best friend, Elsa, and I have been long distance besties since freshman year of college when she moved away to Tallahassee. Several months ago, she came to visit after we moved to Texas and at some point, I (of course) brought up the idea that we could podcast together. She didn’t know where she was going to be living and the podcast conversation was put on hold.

We took a trip to Manhattan (my favorite place in the world) in March and I mentioned a few times that we could create something together. I try not to be pushy about these things because I don’t want people to feel pressured into doing them, so I didn’t do the whole pitch song and dance. A few weeks after we got back, she mentioned that her friend had suggested a podcast where the hosts were from different parts of the US and they somehow recorded together. I was like, “Yes! We can make it happen!” I wasn’t sure how I was going to make it happen exactly but Eduardo’s an IT guy and I can figure out how to edit the audio tracks, let’s do it!

After a month of meetings to discuss the name, the episode topics, come up with a schedule, communicate with artists, and find a decent setup, we recorded our first episode! It’s all been trial and error so far but it’s so much fun and it gives us an excuse to meet at least once a week.

If you’re someone who’s thought about starting a podcast with a friend or family member, but you haven’t because you don’t live near each other, explore your options! Elsa and I live over a thousand miles apart and I would say we’re making it work pretty well. We only have four episodes up now but I’m getting quicker with editing, and we’re getting better at not rambling for four hours, so we know we’re going to keep going with this. It’s such a fun project and I can’t wait to see where we take it over the next few months.

Also, what are some of your favorite podcasts to listen to? I’d love to add them to my playlist and find something new!

Until next time – Xx

PS. Check out her blog: Unapologetically Resilient!

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