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Podcast Pontifications

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Podcasting needs to be made better, not just easier. Because after 15 years, less than a quarter of the population listen to podcasts regularly. While new business models, discovery apps, and content curators will evolve, much of the responsibility --and work-- falls on us, the working podcaster. Th… read more


Betting On Bits For Better Podcasting [Episode 226]

How will automation change podcasting in the future? That’s the topic of this, the 8th edition of my 10 part miniseries on the future of podcasting. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7)

To be a podcaster, you need to be a blend of creative and technical. Podcasting is, by definition, a creative medium. Podcasters create content. But because podcasting is digital from start to finish, podcasters are required to possess technical skills as well. 

It’s that second half that’s most susceptible to the wave of automation.

Imagine what you could accomplish with your show if you didn't have to worry about all the little technical pieces, knowing that reliable and dependable software would take care of things you may only have a tenuous grasp of anyhow.

I’m OK with software eating that aspect of my job. Because I want to spend less time making sure files are encoded properly, with the right LUFS, etc. I’d much rather let my brain focus on much more strategic aspects of helping my clients achieve success with their podcasting.

What gets me even more excited is thinking about how the creative process can be augmented by software. Yes, people are writing software that will make it easier to be creative.

 At some point, software might even monitor Google Trends and create episodes based on what people are interested in right now, having an episode available in seconds.

Whether you think that is utopian or dystopian depends on your worldview and resiliency.

Tell me about your automation fears or visions of the bold tomorrow right here in a comment. Or you can go to to join lots of people (OK, a few dozen people) chatting about these episodes.

And if you feel bad that I’ve predicted my own doom, you can go to and set up a small recurring donation. 

And most importantly, if you are in business and you need a podcasting pro in your back pocket to think through the strategies of how you can leverage the coming automation of your podcast, get in touch with me. reaches me, or go to to see a list of all the services I offer clients all around the world.


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Podcast Pontifications is published by Evo Terra four times a week and is aimed at the working podcaster. The purpose of this show is to make podcasting better, not just easier.

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And if you need a professional in your podcasting corner, please visit to see how Simpler Media Productions can help your firm. Podcasting is our only business.

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