How to Support Your Favorite Podcasts in Three Minutes or Less

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Let’s play a game! It’s called “guess the thing that has the biggest impact on a podcast’s success.”

I’ll give you a hint: it’s not the equipment, or the sponsors, or the topic, or the guests.

Still nothing? Okay, one more: it’s reading this blog post right now.

Seriously! It’s you.

And the best part is, you can be an absolute superhero to your favorite shows without spending a single penny. Ahead: how to support your favorite podcasts in three minutes or less.

Share your favorite episodes on social.
Your friends and family trust your opinion way more than they trust ours.

If you have thirty seconds… retweet a quote from the episode, or share the show notes page to your Facebook timeline.

If you have three minutes… reach out to or tag specific friends who would enjoy the show and let them know why it made you think of them.

Leave a rating & review on iTunes and Stitcher.
Funny story: potential listeners also trust your opinion way more than they trust ours. Are you starting to see how crazy important you are?

If you have thirty seconds… leave a quick star rating.

In Apple’s Podcasts app, click “search” in the bottom left corner. Click on the show, find the “Reviews” tab right in the middle of your screen, and then look down to find “Write a Review.”

On the show’s Stitcher website, click the stars directly below the podcast name – you’ll get a nifty little pop up window.

If you have three minutes or less… tap out a review. Be specific! Let other listeners know what you love about the show and why they should tune in.

Suggest a Guest.
When you’re listening to a podcast and your brain goes “So-and-so would kick so much ass on this show” *do not* keep that to yourself.

If you have thirty seconds… tweet your suggestion to the show’s host. Trust me, they’ll appreciate the lead.

If you have three minutes or less… make an email introduction. Let the host know why you think the guest is a great fit, and let the guest know why you love the show.

Bonus: Three Podcasts I’m Loving Right Now

She Did It Her Way with Amanda Boleyn
Interviews with smart, funny, inspirational women served straight to my little ears? Yes please.
Spoiler alert: tune in next week for Part I of our two-part duocast.

The WordPress Chick with Kim Doyal
I’m up to my ears in WordPress right now while I develop my next project and I love Kim’s insight into the platform.

Raise Your Hand Say Yes with Tiffany Han
And not just because the show mascot is *also* a gold dinosaur. So, soulmates?

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Why Today is Launch Day

If you had told me in January of this year that by July, I’d not only be talking about my decision not to be a lawyer, but talking about it to strangers on the Internet, I would have giggled awkwardly and changed the subject.

I spent two years giggling awkwardly and changing the subject. Fear is weird.

Indy

In 2008, I came home from a semester abroad, adopted a giant German Shepherd, and moved three states away. The first week on my new campus, there was a mixer for all of the sororities and fraternities. I was afraid of being the new kid, so I took that giant German Shepherd with me.

For the next seven years, I had a giant German Shepherd-sized security blanket. One night in law school when I was really, really homesick, I slept on the floor next to him. He was the one constant thing during seven of the hardest, happiest years of my life.

If you’re not a dog person, I don’t really expect you to get it, and that’s okay. Even if you are a dog person, maybe it still seems weird, and that’s also okay. The point is that when Indy died this February, I realized that I could either let the rest of 2015 be a total crap salad of a year, The Year My Dog Died, which would have immediately followed The Year I Failed At Lawyering and The Year I Worked A Lot Of Crappy Retail Jobs, or I could turn it into something better.

I’d make it the year I started doing things I was scared of, things I’d been avoiding because I was afraid of failing or that people would laugh at me. I’d make it the year I started giving zero f&*%s about what other people may or may not be thinking about me and see what happened.

I went to my first social media meetup.

I ran a 5k.

I started a podcast. I launched it on Indy’s birthday. 🙂

Admittedly, he would have been a lot more impressed if I’d invented some sort of pretzel-flavored squeaky ball in his honor, but he’ll just have to settle for Tiebreakers.

Indy