what i've learned from podcasting so far

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Tomorrow Dago and I will record our 75th episode of Breakfast for Dinner. We started this adventure a year and a half ago and we haven't looked back since. We've upgraded our equipment and our content, but we're still sharing our thoughts on pop culture, music, television, and current events from our lime green kitchen table in our little apartment in South Austin.

We started this baby as a way to spend more quality time together having awesome conversations about things we cared about. Since then, we've gained a little following and an amazing community that humbles me weekly with their participation in our show and our lives.

Though this blog and Breakfast for Dinner are distinctly different, both hold the purpose of starting conversations. Neither platform can thrive without someone on the other end. Both have taught me so much about making the other medium stronger.

With all of that said, here's what I've learned from podcasting so far:

1. You don't have to know the right answer to use your voice. On several occasions, upon looking at the script together on Tuesday night, I've said something to the effect of "I'm not sure I want to talk about XYZ because I'm not sure how I feel about it yet." It can be scary to talk about something, especially a controversial topic, without knowing where you stand. Every time this circumstance has come up, Dago has encouraged me to go ahead and have the conversation on the podcast because not only is our honesty something our listeners appreciate, but having these complicated conversations is valuable to both my own opinion-forming and that of our listeners. 

2. Having different facets to your personality doesn't make you less authentic. If I'm being honest, I struggle with insecurity when it comes to showing off who I am on our podcast with my blog community. It's not that I'm ashamed of any part of our show or who I am in that space, but I'm a different version of me. On one hand the content of our show is totally different than my blog, but I'm also a co-host on Breakfast for Dinner which means that you're hearing me as a part of the Nic and Dago team, which isn't a side of me you see too often here. It doesn't mean that one version of myself is more authentic than the other, and it doesn't mean that I should hide one side of myself. We're all uniquely complicated humans and no one platform is going to capture all of our beautiful facets!

3. Being respectful and aware goes a long way. Since day one of our show, we've covered current events surrounding issues of race, gender, religion, sexuality, and class. While we are far from being experts on any of these topics, both Dago and I are dedicated to being allies to communities that are oppressed or underprivileged. We may not always say the right thing, but we do always try to come from a place of respect and awareness of our individual privileges and the nuances of the situation. We've been able to engage in some pretty awesome conversations with both friends and strangers because we came with open hearts and understanding minds.

4. Honoring your love language is incredibly valuable. Both mine and Dago's love language is quality time. We love to spend a whole day walking around the mall and talking about stuff or taking a drive and singing really loud together. It re-energizes us to take the time to do something fun together. Having this passion project has made us closer than ever: every week we put in the time to build a script together, structure the show together, and record together. We have a blast doing it and we get to have really cool and even sometimes important discussions as a result. I can't say enough how remarkable it has been to honor our shared love language with this venture that we're truly so proud of. We made something together! And we do it again every week! How cool is that? Plus we've learned a ton about each other along the way, both through the process of podcasting and the conversations we're having on air. I wouldn't trade this time we've spent together working on the podcast for anything.

Is podcasting something you're interested in? Be sure to check out the Q&A with me and Dago to learn more about our experience!

4 comments

  1. I am so glad you wrote about this, Nicole! I have struggled with 1-3 lots, and I really respect the way you and Dago open yourselves up on your show every week and encourage people to give feedback so that if they feel differently, they can share their perspectives with you while still being friends to the show. 4 is something that I will definitely be thinking more about in future relationships. The fact that you both have been able to build something that's centered on topics you are both passionate about and strengthens your relationship is an inspiration. Get it, girl!

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  2. You and Dago are the cutest. I've really been enjoying learning more about you both through the pod! I have to admit that your second fact here surprised me a little bit. After meeting you last year (can you believe it was A YEAR AGO!?) I couldn't stop talking about how amazing it was to put Nicole the human together with Nicole the blogger. The best part was the fact that the mashup totally made sense! I wasn't surprised by anything when meeting you, even though I was constantly learning new things. I think that's a testiment to how authentic you are here on the blog and BFD makes me feel the same way. I love hearing your take on new topics. I love listening to Dago's laugh (it makes me laugh every time). I'm excited to keep hearing more :-)

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  3. I've truly enjoyed this Podcast Week on your blog. Honestly, and maybe this is because I know you in person, I don't think you sound all that much different on your podcast than you do on your blog. You slay at both, and in a way, they're both different facets of you (perhaps).

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  4. Oh gosh, you two are so fantastic. I think it's really admirable that you and Dago have been able to keep up your podcast for so long, and that it's strengthened your relationship in the process. Kevin and I have so many of the same kinds of conversations that you and Dago have on the podcast, and it makes me happy that there are other young couples out there who enjoy having the same kinds of conversations - especially when it comes to topics of social justice!! :)

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