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Women in Podcasting: Interview with Kelly Mitchell



Kelly Mitchell Podcaster NewsKelly Mitchell is the host of the Agent Caffeine podcast which is for real estate professionals. She also is a host of Breve TV Uncorked with Debra Trappen. Breve TV Uncorked covers topics related to women in business (and more).

When did you start podcasting? What’s your experience in podcasting from then to now?

I started podcasting in 2012. I began with BlogTalkRadio but realized early on I couldn’t control much there and moved platforms. It was really difficult in the beginning because there are so many choices for equipment and technology and no one end to end solution for it all.

What inspired you to become a podcaster?

As an experienced start up entrepreneur I traversed four very different industries and in spite of the hurdles was successful in all. A common theme popped up. No one is really very helpful when you’re starting out. I was tired of having to play games to get the information I needed and I thought there had to be a better way. My goal was to share the secrets of those who were successful and give all entrepreneurs a chance at a smoother opportunity for success.

What topics do you cover on Agent Caffeine and who is your target audience?

Agent Caffeine is specifically for professionals in the real estate vertical. Our show covers all aspects of real estate from building a business to understanding the real estate industry and it’s many intricacies. We’re about empowering the industry and inspiring innovation.

How does it differ from BreveTV Uncorked?

BreveTV Uncorked is a completely different show. The show was created for women entrepreneurs and women in business. We talk about all subjects as it relates to a woman’s journey in the business world, both personally and professionally. I recently incorporated my love for wine and fun into the show. We begin with a “What’s in your glass?” segment and talk about the wines we are drinking. There’s a playful aspect to the show as well. This show does interviews with women who are finding success in the entrepreneurial space as well as features my partner in wine, Debra Trappen and I talking about everything from Social Media, to Balance, to Love.

What words of wisdom do you have for women who are thinking about starting their own podcast?

Don’t wait. The space is still very much open for those who have the gumption and desire to get their voices out there. Create something uniquely you with a benefit to your target audience. Beyond everything else, be consistent. The biggest challenges of doing a show well are mastering all the aspects. You need to produce something people will love. You need to be consistent (like a weekly show – 1 episode a week is ideal). Promotion and adding value are key to making it interesting and keeping people coming back. Listen to your listeners. ASK questions and respond accordingly.

Think about how a podcast is going to fit into your bigger picture. Building a podcast is not an easy way to make money. It’s easier to spend your time. But understanding your WHY is huge. It’s not about you. It’s about your community. The one you want. The one you serve. The one who listens.


Women in Podcasting: Interview with Fariha Roisin and Zeba Blay



Two Brown Girls logo Podcaster NewsTwo Brown Girls is a pop culture, film, and television podcast. It is hosted by writers and critics Fariha Roisin and Zeba Blay. They cover topics ranging from race, feminism, and politics to current movies and newly released albums, from the point of view of women of color.

You can follow the Two Brown Girls podcast on Twitter @TwoBrwnGirls. So far, my interviews with women in podcasting have focused on one woman at a time. However, since this podcast is called Two Brown Girls, it seemed appropriate to interview both hosts.

When did the Two Brown Girls podcast begin? Have either of you been involved in podcasting outside of this show?

Fariha: It began in 2012. We formed an idea of doing something as a duo mid-year then in November 2012 we finally decided on a podcast. It was a new medium for both of us and I think I’m just beginning to get a handle on it—two years later—but I still feel like my speech is profuse with ums and ahs which are things that are so natural and organic in normal day-to-day conversation but not so endearing when you’re doing it professionally. When you’re listening to yourself every “like” begins to burn a hole in the ozone layer—and your ego—it’s horrible! After a while, though, you learn to forgive yourself. What’s the point if it’s no fun? Besides, I think part of our appeal is that we’re relatable. I’ve always thought of Two Brown Girls as a podcast that sounds like you’re in a conversation with two mates, and it makes it easy to create that atmosphere when you are creating something with one of your closest friends.

Zeba: I’d never been involved with podcasting outside of the show, although for a long time my go-to form of entertainment was podcasts and radio shows. The idea of taking the conversations Fariha and I have and sharing them with other people was nerve-wracking at first, but has ultimately been super gratifying – it’s cool to see how many people out there relate to the things we talk about.

What inspired each of you to become a podcaster?

Fariha: Nothing really in particular. We just wanted to get our voices out there. There was a serious lack of voices like ours and we were sick of it. We’re both smart, insightful women and we felt like we needed to contribute in a positive way.

Your website describes the Two Brown Girls podcast as a pop culture podcast. What kinds of topics do you discuss?

Fariha: Always race. Always feminism. Mainly an intersection of those two things. We also talk a lot about politics/social inequality as a result of immoral governance/racist social structures. 2014 was a year of one horrific thing after another so we had one episode dedicated to Ferguson, or one where we talked a lot about Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, etc. Both Zeba and my interests are wide and varied—so although we can talk about who’s hot (or rather not) in Hollywood—we also oscillate from topic-to-topic and can just as quickly talk about what’s going on with the drone strikes in Pakistan; or Islamaphobia in the media; or even the devastating news of Leelah Alcorn’s suicide (and her parents disregard for her, and continuation of misgendering her even after her death). It’s important for us to be able to be light—but serious when we need to be. I’ve cried many times on 2BG, as has Zeba. It’s been a really cathartic experience—I’ve also learnt a lot about life. Our listeners don’t shy away from calling us out, which I’m open to because I’m in no ways an infallible being. I’ve said things that I’ve had to rethink and I’ve had to question a lot of things that I was taught as a kid that I’m not impressed by. There were a lot of things I didn’t know before I started 2BG, and I’m constantly learning and evolving and trying to be a better person.

Zeba: I think what’s really important about defining our podcast as “pop culture” focused is that it highlights the fact that pop culture can be both low and highbrow. We do talk about more serious subjects regarding race and gender as Fariha points out, but even if we’re discussing Beyonce’s new album or the latest Marvel movie, we’re able to put it in a context that’s both fun and irreverent while also being critical on many levels. Pop culture is fun, but it’s also super important because it dictates so much of how we relate to each other and to the world we live in.

What advice would you give to women who are thinking about starting their own podcast?

Fariha: Do it! We need to carve spaces that don’t make room for us, which is exactly why Zeba and I created this podcast. I’m proud that in the few years that we’ve had 2BG there are terminologies that people say with fluency—whether it trans or women of color, etc—and that just didn’t exist when we started this. I’d like to think that we helped make these ideas more mainstream and so I encourage more women to create more spaces for themselves. Nobody is ever going to give you the space that you deserve—so you need to go out there and take it.

Zeba: I would say the biggest thing is to be original and have a point of view. Even if you’re flailing and don’t know exactly what you’re doing or supposed to do, having a keen and clear idea of the messages you want to convey and the type of audience you want to attract is vital. Now that we’ve been doing this for a few years, we’ve built a really nice community of followers, and I think that’s partly thanks to the fact that we’ve never tried to do or be anything else other than ourselves.


Women in Podcasting: Interview with Audrey Kearns from Geek Girl Authority



Geek-Girl-Authority-Podcaster NewsAudrey Kearns is the founder and editor of Geek Girl Authority. Her podcasts include: 5 Truths and a Lie, Kneel Before Aud, and Poll Cats. You can follow Geek Girl Authority on Twitter @GeekGirlAuth.

When did you start podcasting? What’s your experience in podcasting from then to now?

I started podcasting in 2011 with a podcast called 5 Truths and a Lie. I had co-created 5 Truths and a Lie as live storytelling show in 2010. The show became wildly popular in Los Angeles and the stories were very good so we decided to record each of the live shows. We started taking the recordings and creating a podcast around them.

The biggest difference between podcasting in 2011 and now in 2015 is that now it’s a very noisy medium. There are a lot of podcasts out there to compete with but also to enjoy.

Another MAJOR difference is that now I know how to actually record a podcast! I had relied on friends to help record and produce (these are folks, I still work with today). I now have 3 podcasts out in the aether so it just wasn’t feasible or logical anymore to constantly rely on other folks to set up equipment, record and edit especially when we are all doing this out of love and not money. So, I started looking at YouTube videos and tutorials, had my sound producer buddy give me a few quick editing lessons and now I’m pretty self sufficient. I can even bring my equipment with me if I need to travel and record.

What inspired you to become a podcaster?

I’ve always loved listening to podcasts. Especially storytelling and interview podcasts. That love led me to start podcasting 5 Truths and a Lie and eventually my interview-based podcast, Kneel Before Aud. Aside from the technical aspects of podcasting, it wasn’t hard to create the podcast or even do them since I’ve been an actor/writer for the last twenty years. I enjoy the creative process and have really enjoyed crafting my podcasts into well done shows. I’m constantly learning as I go!

How did you come up with the name of your podcast? What kinds of topics do you cover?

Kneel Before Aud – I’m the co-founder and editor of a geek culture and pop culture website called Geek Girl Authority. I’m such a fan of science fiction, fantasy and pop culture. I found myself just wanting to chat with people in the nerd world about what they do. So I came up with the name “Kneel Before Aud” for my interview show. If you’re a geek, you’ll get the reference, if not, it’s a reference from the 1980’s film Superman II. There’s a villain from Superman’s planet named Zod. He comes to Earth and tells the President to “Kneel Before Zod!” So, I’m Kneel Before Aud……get it?

I thought Kneel Before Aud was a pretty good name and it would let the listeners know that the interviews are in the geekscape and that I cover the spectrum: fun, laid back, smart and silly. I’m really proud of this one.

Poll Cats – This title is a really silly play on ‘pole cat.’ This is another podcast that Geek Girl Authority produces and hosts. I wanted a show where I and my two other co founders, Claudia Dolph and Jenny Flack, can talk about a geeky topic for 45 minutes and then release the podcast with an accompanying poll. For example, on one show, we talked about our favorite Sci-Fi Universes and we must have covered around 20 different universes. We took the 5 most popular Sci Fi Universes and posted that poll along with the podcast. It’s a super fun way to get listeners involved.

5 Truths and a Lie – My storytelling show that I created with my husband. The reason for this title is quite simple. We ask six storytellers to tell a story based on a theme that we give them. The twist is one of the storytellers is lying. It’s up to the listener to figure out which storyteller is the liar. Hence the name.

What words of wisdom do you have for women who are thinking of starting their own podcast?

Here’s what I think. I’m all for following your dreams but here’s the thing. Following your dreams also comes with hard work. Listen to as many podcasts as you can. Listen not only to ones you like but ones you don’t like. All this research will help you create a podcast/brand that screams who you are. If you think you suck when you hear yourself in your first podcast remember this: You probably do not suck and take notes on how to improve for the next one. It’s an ever-evolving process. You could be on your 100th podcast and realize, “oh, that’s just not working” or you could be listening to your 5th podcast and be very happy with it and know, “I really knocked that one out of the park.” That’s the joy of the creative process.

As far as being a female podcaster, one of the greatest pieces of wisdom I can impart is that other women podcasters are awesome and very helpful. There’s a horrible misconception that’s always been in the zeitgeist about women, you know the one: we’re all backstabbers and jealous of each other but the wonderful truth is that this community is here to help and is happy to help. So network, ask for favors, return favors and most of all have fun!


Women in Podcasting: Interview with EJ from Girls Gone WoW



Girls Gone WoW logo Podcaster NewsEJ is one of the hosts of the Girls Gone WoW Podcast. The show is mostly aimed toward female World of Warcraft players, but they do welcome male listeners and guests as well. You can follow the podcast on Twitter @GGWshow.

When did you start podcasting? What’s your experience in podcasting from then to now?

I was in a World of Warcraft guild with Sil – a guild is like a club in the game and you have to be a member of the club to do certain things in game. She started a podcast called Girls Gone WoW at the end of 2010 and asked me along as a guest on the 6th show. A couple of months later, she lost a couple of her co-hosts and she asked me if I’d be interested in becoming a host, and as I’d had a blast being on the show I agreed. Since then, Sunday nights are podcasting nights with Sil and Raven.

What inspired you to become a podcaster?

Before I’d been on GGW I’d been listening to mostly gaming podcasts for about a year and I really liked the way they gave a chance for the gaming community to meet and talk about what was going on in the game. For me, it seemed like an extension of hanging out online with friends in my guild and also a chance to get to meet more like minded people.

How did your podcast get the name “Girls Gone Wow”? What kinds of topics do you cover?

Sil came up with the name, she wanted something quick and catchy to sum up the feel she wanted the podcast to have. We try and promote an understanding that gaming can be as much a woman’s choice of entertainment as a chap’s and that we can all play together and have a lot of fun. Of course we don’t exclude chaps from our show but we hope that we show another side to gaming. Our topics can be quite wide ranged: although we focus a lot on what we are doing in game at the moment, or upcoming additions that are being included with the game, we also discuss topics that run alongside gaming, such as cosplay, roleplaying and how women can be perceived or portrayed in games and gaming culture.

What words of wisdom do you have for women who are thinking of starting their own podcast?

Just do it! If you have an idea, then give it a go. Twitter is a really good way to promote your podcast and get conversations started. Invest in a good microphone and headset, there is nothing worse than listening to poor quality sounding podcasts. Expect to make mistakes and just learn from them – a lot of podcasters look back on their first 10 episodes or so as trial runs so don’t expect to achieve everything you want in episode one. Most importantly, have fun and if it’s not fun, then stop.


CBS Launches Play.it Podcast Network



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CBS has launched Play.it, a new podcast network that aggregates audio from third party brands and publishers with on-demand spoken word content from CBS Radio hosts like Boomer Esiason & Craig Carton, Carson Daly and Kevin & Bean. It also includes content from the CBS Sports Radio network and such CBS-TV news shows as “48 Hours” and “60 Minutes.”

Play.it bolsters CBS’s own programming with outside content providers such as Vox, Deadspin, Simon & Schuster, Foursquare and various comedians, health experts and business professionals.  It boasts 300 podcasts covering such categories as news & information, sports, entertainment & lifestyle, comedy, health & wellness, business, culture and others.

When you find a podcast the page has links to iTunes, RSS, and a link to copy the RSs to your device. There are also icons to make sharing the podcast on social media easy.

The company is making the content available as downloadable podcasts or on-demand streams in a variety of ways: at www.Play.it and through a mobile-optimized site, at Radio.com and on its app, at CBS Local sites and the CBS Local App, via TuneIn and  on iTunes.  Some of the podcasts will be broadcast in some cities on HD Radio side channels.

Not everyone at the site is a CBS celebrity (from my point of view). It just shows that main stream media is “getting it” when it comes to podcasting.

You can view their entire lineup at http://www1.play.it/audio/directory/

Show that jumped out at me were:

Daily Madden (from NFL Coach and commentator John Madden) as well as local shows like KMOX the Voice of St. Louis.

Source: inside radio

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By: Dave Jackson is the founder of the School of Podcasting

 


8 New Rules For Podcasting In 2015



New RulesWe’re only a few days into a brand new year. It’s a good time to look ahead and make plans for the next twelve months. With that, I’d like to propose some new rules we as podcasters should stick to in 2015.

1.) Turn off autoplay. Setting your media files to autoplay artificially inflates your download statistics. It also creates a lousy experience for your website visitors because no one likes to get a surprise blast of audio when a new site loads. Just stop with the autoplay.

2.) No more shady iTunes review swaps. You know who should be leaving iTunes reviews? People who have chosen to listen to your podcast. Stop trying to game the system by taking part in review swaps. Ask your actual audience for reviews and take them to heart when they come, good or bad.

3.) Stop publishing bad shownotes. I saw some “shownotes” today that were a gobbledygook of topical keywords followed by a list of broken hyperlinks. We all know that shownotes are fairly tedious and boring. But if you’re gonna bother to do them at all, at least try and make them moderately useful. Your listeners will appreciate the effort and you’ll feel good for doing it.

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Women in Podcasting: Interview with Meagan from Warcraft Trolls



Warcraft Trolls Podcast Logo Podcaster NewsMeagan is the co-host of the Warcraft Trolls Podcast. She does the show with her husband, Ward. Their podcast is focused on the World of Warcraft video game (which is made by Blizzard Entertainment). No, the show isn’t about how to be a “troll” online!

When did you start podcasting? What’s your experience in podcasting from then to now?

I first got into podcasting when I met Dustin, who runs Trollcasts.com. about three years ago. We were both in the same World of Warcraft guild, and quickly became friends. Back then he and another gentleman had several podcasts going on on what they called “The Trollcasts Network”. There was “Media Trolls” and “Political Trolls”, and yes, they did mean THAT kind of troll. Mostly they just argued about random topics, but it interested me. So I started making a brief little pop culture podcast called Thinking Too Hard. Just me and my onboard laptop mic, talking about anything that interested me that week for about 15 minutes. I covered subjects ranging from the new Diablo game to the original Twilight Zone series. I didn’t want to pin myself down to any one topic.

What inspired you to become a podcaster?

Dustin invited me to become a regular co-host on the “Media Trolls” show. I had a great time at first, but I soon butted heads with the other co-host. In the beginning, things were friendly. A little ribbing here and there. But the one sticking point between us was that he hated feminism, “femnazis”, and anything that progressively promoted the rights of women. I won’t get into it too much, but the old shows are still up for listening. Although the “Media Trolls” eventually fell apart, it really forced me to crystalize my own feminism. To get more involved in women’s rights and learn more about the portrayal of women in media. I had to argue my points weekly. Eventually, the other host quit to pursue other ventures, and Media Trolls died.

How did you come up with the name “Warcraft Trolls”? What topics does your podcast cover?

I wanted to do a new show with my husband, Ward. He wasn’t a regular on Media Trolls, but I always thought he was great when he joined us. So I decided to do a show about the subject we share the most in common: World of Warcraft. Since the site was Trollcasts.com, and the other shows all had Trolls in the name, and Trolls are also a playable race in World of Warcraft, we named the show “Warcraft Trolls.” Warcraft and Blizzard podcasts were and still remain very popular, with new ones springing up all the time. We flourished in the community, made friends with other podcasters and World of Warcraft players, and generally have a great time doing the show. In the beginning, we tried to keep things organized. We would write outlines, take notes, try to keep on track. But we slowly realized that our charm was in our rambling disorganized style. That while most Warcraft Podcasts acted like a radio program, with news stories, interviews, debates and discussions, our show was more like being invited to dinner with us. To sit and talk about the game and whatever was going on in our lives. It was our way to stand out among the many, many other Warcraft Podcasts. It’s served us well.

What words of wisdom do you have for women who are thinking of starting their own podcast?

Going back to the beginning, back when I was first starting out, I was nervous about being a woman in a public space. Never mind a feminist in a nerdy/gamer space. I’d seen the fall out and the abuse other women suffered for speaking up about their feminist leanings and critiques of spaces that are often still treated as a boys’ club. And in the beginning, I tempered myself. I knew my own feelings and beliefs, but I thought, “This doesn’t have anything to do with the subject at hand. Even if someone is being sexist/homophobic/racist, I’ll just smile and keep my mouth shut.” I did that for my own protection, and I regret it. Eventually I reached a breaking point. My own line in the sand, I guess. I still remember it. We were discussing the extended Star Wars universe on Media Trolls, and the other host was talking about this “hot” alien race of female sex slaves. He said that it was okay because they “chose” to be sex slaves. And I just snapped. “They didn’t choose, they were created by men. They are a creation. The choice was made by men to make their objectification seem more okay.”

Once I spoke up, I couldn’t go back. And although I’ve gotten some pushback, I’ve also met amazing feminists, amazing women, amazing people that understand and support me. Whenever another woman comes to me saying she wants to start a podcast, but she’s nervous about how she’ll be received, I tell her to go for it! Your voice matters. Speak your mind. Learn, debate, speak out and always be true to yourself. Whether you want to discuss knitting or video games or cooking or movies or anything else. There is no harm in trying. In expressing your thoughts. The internet can be a very scary place for women. But we are half the world, and half the internet. And there will always be other women out there to get your back.


Women in Podcasting: Interview with Kylie Sturgess



Token Skeptic podcast logo Podcaster NewsKylie Sturgess is the host and producer of the Token Skeptic podcast. It is a bi-weekly podcast that brings you a skeptical look at stories in the news, science, pseudoscience, and more. She has conducted over 100 interviews with artists, scientists, politicians, and activists.

When did you first start podcasting? What’s your experience been from then until today?

I first started podcasting around 2006; the experience of interviewing people has always been enjoyable. I was able to use my contacts and extensive reading of science, psychology and philosophy books to be enthusiastic about the chance to talk to authors, artists and activists further about their work.

As a result of podcasting, I took a year off to study broadcast radio and now my pre-recorded audio is aired on two different local stations and I often do interviews live (live!!) as a host for a mid-morning show on arts and issues. I sometimes do the graveyard shift, spinning CDs of the funky-geek-math-rock kind, as music-podcasting isn’t my forte and the experience is a great technical challenge.

Due to my studies, I podcast fairly irregularly now (the original podcast is on two USA stations as a part of their public broadcasting), but as soon as the holidays and the new year gets underway (and my second book of podcast work is out!), I’ll be putting lots of previously-done-audio online.

What inspired you to become a podcaster?

I was often dismayed to hear interviewers who didn’t “do their homework” about a topic and so I thought that I’d see just how much of a challenge it could be! The experience has been a good one, although it’s surprising how even a little (and I do mean little!) success can get noses pointlessly out of joint; the important thing is to tap into what made you enjoy it in the first place and use that to drive you.

Podcasting audiences are surprisingly kind and supportive and it’s often a silent, listening majority who keep me on my toes and going back for another tighter edit or tougher question.

I used to follow podcasting lectures from the USA with tips and tricks and now use my site to occasionally post advice for other podcasters on what I’ve learned. The more the merrier is my opinion!

Could you explain a bit about what skeptic means, for those who are unfamiliar with that concept? What kinds of topics do you cover in your podcast?

Skepticism involves favouring conclusions that are valid and consistently reliable, rather than for convenience’s sake. All empirical claims are up for rigorous testing using the methods of science (the scientific method) – especially their own claims. An acceptance of a claim is proportional and depends upon valid logic and a fair assessment of what evidence is available. In addition, the study of reason and psychology underpinning belief in claims is vital. Skepticism values method over conclusion.

As a skeptic, I’m interested in paranormal, pseudoscientific claims and consumer rights. I’m also an atheist (albeit one who has taught in many religious schools, as an out-atheist, including teaching introductory philosophy courses and high school critical thinking) and I’m very interested in how people with and without faith can support science and critical thinking in numerous ways.

What advice do you have for women who are thinking about starting their own podcast?

Do some research and find what’s out there that works and you think you would be comfortable trying too!

There’s never “too many X topic podcasters”, there’s never enough minority voices – give it a try, you never know what it might lead to.

It’s surprising how the experience of stretching your communication skills can lead to great confidence, especially with technology, and we can never have enough women who take back the spaces that should be available to all. Even if there’s only a handful of listeners, it’s a buzz if you make it so.


Women in Podcasting: Interview with Rachel Dewell



Preveting HG Podcast logo Podcaster NewsRachel Dewell is the host of the Preventing HG podcast. Her podcast is a great resource for pregnant women who have Hyperemesis Gravidarum, a serious illness that is much more debilitating than the typical “morning sickness”. The Preventing HG Podcast is also a good resource for women who want to learn about the illness and for people whose loved ones are currently coping with it.

When did you first start podcasting? What’s your experience in podcasting from then until today?

I first started podcasting on May 15, 2014. It was called the HyperG Pregnancy Podcast. I published 12 weekly episodes and then took a break late summer to re-brand and re-focus on what I really wanted to do with the podcast. It seemed like the more I got into podcasting, the further I strayed away from what I really set out to do. I restarted the podcast again in September and it’s been much more relaxed over all. It’s now the Preventing HG podcast, because I’m concentrating on bringing alternative treatment options for HG prevention, or at least to lessen the severity of the illness. I also see a great need to help women recover after the birth from the damage HG has done on the body. I’m really excited about what’s coming up.

Podcasting has been more fun than I expected, but more work too. I’m kind of shy and introverted; I don’t like to be the center of attention. Yet, a one-on-one conversation is just the sort of thing that fascinates me. I’ve always been curious about people. I love finding out more about their story and life, and what they think. I love it so much that I have been thinking about starting 4 other podcasts. Maybe, some day …

What inspired you to become a podcaster?

My husband started a long commute for a new job back in 2008. I had just had my fourth baby, and was recovering from my worst pregnancy. He started to listen to podcasts to pass his time driving. Every day he was telling me, “You’ve got to listen to this!” I finally checked it out and it was all downhill from there. For awhile there I treated it like my full time job to listen to podcasts. I loved them so much. And I learned so much. Then, in my research about Hyperemesis Gravidarum, I came across a Facebook group about preventing HG. That’s when my two passions came together. I saw how podcasting could reach people in a different way than a blogpost or a Facebook group could. There is something so personal about hearing someone’s voice. I wanted to get something as misunderstood as HG, out to a wider audience.

Can you explain more about what Hyperemesis Gravidarum is? How do you cover this topic in your podcast?

Hyperemesis Gravidarum is a debilitating illness during pregnancy that is characterized by extreme levels of nausea and vomiting that at best, causes dehydration, malnutrition, and a state of starvation. At worst it can cause death to the baby, or even the mother. Those of us who have gone through it have a hard time explaining how relentless the nausea feels and how impossible it is to eat and drink, knowing that we will vomit anyway. Many of us are made to feel like we’re not trying hard enough to control it or that we must not want our babies. The discouragement is overwhelming. On top of that, it messes with your mind and you start to think that you will never again be able to eat normally, or enjoy a simple pleasure like drinking a cup of tea.

I describe my own experience as feeling like I was in a dark muddy pit. I would try to climb out and then it would rain and I would slide back down. I felt isolated and lonely and misunderstood. Thankfully, my illness does not last the full 9 months, but for many women it does. Just finding people who really understand what it’s like to go through that has been a lifesaver. And I want to help other women avoid that desperation.

When I started, I was just interviewing women about their experience with HG. While I enjoyed it, I felt like I wasn’t providing as much value as I could, so I’ve shifted to bringing the alternative health world to HG. That’s really where my passions have all culminated.

What advice do you have for women who are thinking about starting their own podcast?

Do it! What’s the worst thing that can happen? That’s exactly what my mentor, Meron Bareket told me, over and over again. I dislike the advice that everything has to be perfect, or that you even have to be good to get started. You’ll get better as you go. How will you know what you’re good at until you try it? Just starting is a valuable education too. I have no regrets about any of it.

My second piece of advice is to find a mentor, or a podcasting group, or a mastermind, or tiny little cheerleaders to sit on your shoulders. Or all four! I would not be where I am without Meron and his group. End of story. It helps so much to be able to tell someone you just submitted to iTunes and are now officially freaking out. They will understand. And tell you that you’re awesome anyway.