On Monday, Out of the Fishbowl Season I, Episode I hit the airwaves – my very first Podcast episode.
After more than a year of planning – very unlike me, which you can read about here – and a few weeks of marketing and trying to build up some anticipation, i was more than satisfied that we hit the 100 download mark before i went to bed that night.
But even more than that, i was blown away by some of the really amazing things that people had to say:
The majority of the time the audiences tend to be really small and the feedback silences can be somewhat deafening. Which strangely enough can be worse than criticism and overt dislike. Especially with the book – people get excited to hear that i have written a book and i get them a copy and then… NOTHING… which often says a whole lot more than something.
So to have more than a hundred people listening and then so many people responding with very specific feedback [which is far better then the “I loved your podcast” with nothing else which kind of feels like just the words “Happy Birthday” on your social media wall which is kinda almost some kind of effort but not really] felt really good for my soul.
So the fact that people listened was amazing and that so many people responded was just magical.
What was really a gift though, was how people responded specifically, often mentioning things way cleverer than anything i had said or intended. And also that many people seemed to appreciate different aspects of the podcast. So different things resonated with different people, which is amazing.
But don’t take my word for it:
It's a great podcast, and you deserve to be proud of it.
Do you know what? I loved this, thought-provoking on every level. I might end up being less vociferous about quite a lot of things, including pineapple on pizza after this. Thanks so much, tell us when the next one happens, I’m in https://t.co/SUci7fXdKj
I like what you've done with the idea, transferring an expression of personal taste into a metaphor for wider cultural differentiation (or imposition, depending on the case). I used to joke with friends about how microscopic we end up making the things that divide us…
So good👏👏👏 Lunch time well spent Brett. Celebrating our differences puts us in such a great position to not just learn more about each other but also to expand our minds on many issues. I loved this🙌 – even though you call pineapple on pizza evil😂 https://t.co/tAC4DNGTnb
The part you mentioned about bullying and losing a friend saddened me but it also really made me think about things that can be missed on social media sometimes, especially when it comes to banter. Loved the episode…can't wait for others ❤ https://t.co/TiFv9LPp4R
When people start acknowledging that we are all uniquely made, everything would be so much better. Working together would be as easy as watching someone sprinkle sugar on avo (my friends from Mozambique found it strange that I sprinkled salt on my avo).
I really enjoyed listening to this @BrettFishA especially the last point. I'm busy working myself around a relationship with someone who does that, but 10 Fold, and this really resonated with my thoughts on it. 🌼🌷🎤 Great podcast! pic.twitter.com/s8zWSiCMhq
So many good things said by so many different people. And i really appreciated every one.
Also, i need to do a big shout out to my most excellent friend Lusand Mashua for creating the templates for my Podcast artwork, taking something small that i asked her to do and going above and beyond in the most amazing way to create a number of different pics i can use to promote the show. What a gift. Thank you my friend!
And huge thanks to Jake Waldron who gifted me the piece of music that i use as my Intro and Outro and which just really feels like such a good fit. Jake has supported me with his talents on other projects before this and i cannot thank him enough!
And then finally two sets of double tweets which were some other amazing feedback as well as some creative marketing vibes:
Oh wow Brett. This show is hitting home. I had a piece of banter go horribly wrong this week too. My intention was humorous, but was received as bullying. We forget that text has no tone.
It’s also a good reminder to not take things seriously, and remember that our banter about pineapple pizza, raisins, our own context etc is part of connecting, and that our way of sharing may not be taken up the same way by our audience.
For those of you who enjoyed Episode I, you may be pleased to know that the remaining 6 episodes that make up Season I of Out of the Fishbowl are already locked and loaded and ready to drop. They will release each Monday at 10am and so subscribing on Spotify means they will be delivered to you but otherwise the links will be shared as and when they drop.
And if you’d like a sniff of what i have in store – if you can decipher some of the mysterious titles – here is a list of all the names of the episodes from Season I:
Brett Fish is a lover of life, God, tbV [the beautiful Valerie] and owns the world's most famous stuffed dolphin, No_bob (who doesn't bob). He believes that we are all responsible for making the world a significantly better place for everyone.