I am a chronic procrastinator, I don’t know anyone who waited till the absolute last minute to start school projects as much as I did (sorry mom). Through my life, I haven’t stuck with many of the things I’ve started. Such as sports in high school, I regret not sticking with baseball every day. I also don’t apply myself to things that matter like schoolwork hence why I almost didn’t graduate on time (thanks Ms. Saco for letting me stay later so I could). But I have finally found something that I’m sticking with, and it’s honestly the most surprising one in a sense. My Podcast.
For the past few years I had the idea of starting a podcast but always thought ‘Oh, no one will listen to it’, or of course ‘I’m not gonna stick with it’. But earlier this year I decided to venture out and try it. For those who don’t know about my podcast it’s called “Pro Sports Potluck” and is on all major streaming services. I had to put the shameless plug in this right? Anyway, right as I started it, legit no more than a month after I put out my first episode, the sports world came to a halt due to Covid-19.
In front of my eyes, the most essential part/content of my podcast slipped right through my fingers. For a moment I thought that was the end of my podcast, that wasn’t the case. I had wanted to do this for so long and had already put so much into it, I couldn’t just let it go like a balloon into the sky.
While I did stick with it, it’s still been hard to create the content I want. Which is why in 5 months I have only put out 7 episodes. I’ll try to put into perspective what it’s been like creating content for a sports podcast during the time of no sports we just had. I’d say it’s like being a fisherman in the winter on a river with 7 inch thick ice and only one hole that moves all the time/isn’t there. Weird analogy, I know.
To put it in layman’s terms, it’s been very hard and sometimes there has been content to go off of, even though it’s little, and other times it’s not there. There were more than a couple times that I wanted to give up. Throughout the whole time there was barely any content, so I had to switch it up a little bit.
The joy/sense of accomplishment I get from doing research for an episode, as well as recording one is too good to give up right now. I am set on growing my podcast until I can make it a somewhat legitimate side job and beyond. I’m starting to get into making it a video podcast as well, to grow my audience onto YouTube. I am reaching out to athletes weekly for possible interviews. I am doing the work that needs to be done and damn does it feel good.
If I look back on this in 5 years, no matter if I made it successful or not, I am gonna relish in the fact that I stuck with something through major hardships. I am hoping for the best, but I know there’s a good chance I will be one of the many podcasts that go undetected forever. Honestly, I am okay with whatever happens.