A few months ago Eye for Games started doing beta episodes of our upcoming podcast. The as of yet unnamed show has been well received so far. As the host I’ve been coming up with topics, hosting the show and keeping it on track and moving it forward, and running the show in general. It’s been an extremely challenging and humbling time, even for the small, amateur run show that we do. I wanted to take the time to share a few of the things I’ve learned about myself and podcasting in that short time.
Due to a lot of personal challenges over the past couple years, a lot (read: most) of my confidence has been eroded away. Doing the show has forced me to prepare myself for the show, listen and ask questions, and use my video game knowledge to create what I hope is an educational but entertaining podcast.
I’m still not ready to call myself a podcaster just yet. I’ve only done a couple episodes of the show, and I feel like I’m learning and constantly iterating. One thing podcasting has taught me is how much we as a society (myself especially) rely on crutch words. Words like “um,” “uh,” etc. are often used to fill in pauses during conversations. It works okay when you’re actually talking to someone, but when you’re listening to a podcast it’s a big turn off. I’ve been trying to keep a mental note of how often I use these words in everyday conversation, in a hope to eliminate using too much of them, especially when hosting a podcast. It’s incredibly hard and pretty frustrating. I definitely thought it would be easier to minimize using crutch words as part of my vocabulary. I’m hoping that I can become more comfortable with allowing brief silences during shows, instead of filling them with annoying and unnecessary crutch words. I think I may slowly be getting better at it, but it’s going to take time.
Here’s to perseverance.