Why Do I Podcast?
By Shawn Henninger
Each week I gather my tools of the trade and wait patiently by my computer for the Skype Phone call to occur. While I wait I’ll review the story or notes in preparation for the conversation. A quick text letting me know “I’ll be on in 5” amps up my adrenaline. The call comes in and on the other side is my best friend in the world. I answer the call and we greet each other like long lost friends even though we had talked just a few days before. During this call we will record another episode for our podcast The Language of Bromance.
Growing up everyone hopes to have that best friend you see in the movies. The ones that’ll have your back when the going gets tough. The one that’ll be there for all the special moments in your life. I didn’t find my best friend until just before college while working at a restaurant. The friendship blossomed over horror movies, Kevin Smith Flicks, and Dungeons and Dragons.
It was the tale of most friendships. I moved away to start my grown up life and our communication went from weekly to monthly. Both of us went through a rough time where we were there for each other, but I know I wish I was able to do more. Finally after about 6 years of bi-monthly calls we decided that it was ridiculous to have limited conversations with your best friend. So in 2014 we decided we’d start a podcast and stick to a weekly release schedule. This was our incentive to talk each week.
With about 50 followers on twitter, most of which were porn bots, we started from as close to 0 as you can. In the beginning we understood that getting anyone to listen outside of our household would be an accomplishment on it’s own, but we always stuck to the thought this is for us. The first episode was in the can and released, then two, then ten. Before we knew it we were at our one year anniversary, 52 straight weeks of podcasting.
Richard and I are some of the worse self critics. During each episode I laugh and have a hard time believing we’ve surpassed an hour. It’s like a good movie you don’t want to end. After each episode my doubt creeps in if anyone else will enjoy our conversation so I ask “How was that?” and each time I get a true reply of “Gee, that was swell.” We plan for the next day to get together and we sign off as we’ve finished another audio chapter on record of our friendship.
I often wonder why I podcast. I think it is safe to say most podcasters have that dream. The dream to go from being a nobody in this chaotic world to someone that has purpose. In today’s fast moving world a tweet, a video, or a well set up meme can go viral. As a podcaster, with no following, the dream of exploding on the scene is one that rarely gets realized. Podcasting is not a get rich quick scheme. The stories you hear about podcaster that go from 0 to millions of downloads overnight is rare. To make it in podcasting your odds are probably better to sell something Podcast related to Podcasters.
Each week after releasing an episode I watch the numbers to see where they end up. We just got a big spike but then I’ll worry that some of those Porn Bots spammed the RSS feed. Richard and I rarely talk about how well numbers wise our podcast is doing, but instead we talk about pieces of the show we laughed at, on our own. “Why are you laughing at yourself? You were there.” the wife will usually tease us. “Yeah but this stuff is gold.” we will reply.
Over the last 3 years Richard and I have continued to deliver content for Language of Bromance. Each week doing our best to make each other laugh. At times I let myself drift back into the dream of one day making it big. One day the numbers will go from hundreds to thousands. When the episodes number continues to grow but the numbers stay level it’s easy to wonder “Why am I doing this?” “Does it really matter?” “Am I wasting my time?”. I never say these things out loud because deep down I know that’s not what I really think.
I often wonder why I Podcast and it was never done so that I could create a million dollar business. I started Podcasting because I had a friend that I had essentially stopped talking to. From our Podcast we’ve grown closer as friends. We’ve done things that I would never thought possible from Going to Texas for a Podcast Conference, doing a live show at a Convention, to meeting one of our greatest heroes Kevin Smith. Personally the Podcast has pushed me into writing scripts for Short Films, Features, and soon an Audio Drama Podcast. All of this from the help and support of my Bro and my muse Richard.
Podcasting is near the top of the things I love to do. I always thought it was something for someone else. That there was no way for two jokers to create and maintain a podcast, but here we are. Without recording a Podcast I wouldn’t have countless conversations with My Best Friend on Record. I often wonder why I Podcast and it’s really comes to enjoying the creation of something with my Best Friend that will stand the test of time.
Shawn is the half of the Bromance team that fears the ocean and clowns. He has a huge craving for anything Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Baseball.
About Language of Bromance
Together Richard and Shawn formed the podcast The Language of Bromance and from there it has been nothing but fun. The duo laugh about things they go through, stories in the news and even getting serious discussing net neutrality along with other issues. Every so often their friendship turns to a bitter rivalry with their nerdiest creation the draft episodes. An original take on a best of or a top 10 list. The draft episodes are done like an NFL Draft 7 rounds where Richard and Shawn flip-flop picks on various topics.
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