Is it Just Me? The FOMO with Podcasts
Is it just me? Or am I the only Introvert experiencing FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) because I'm not listening to or publishing a podcast?
On one hand, the potential to receive loads of information from the comfort of my leggings is huge. On the other hand, there is a high risk of losing precious minutes of productivity to a podcast that doesn't deliver.
As an author, conference director, and blogger, I know my next step is to produce a podcast. I also believe I won't be a great host unless I listen to other successful podcasts, which I don't.
HERE ARE MY EXCUSES:
1. Skimming vs. Commitment
With a blog, I can get the information I need in a minute or two and dig more deeply when the subject matter calls for it. With a podcast, I have to hang in there and wait for loose ends to tie neatly into a bow. At times I've hung in there for forty mintues, and only have knots to show for it.
I am never quite sure when to listen to a podcast. I have a very short drive to work. Exactly 8 minutes, 12 if I get behind the school bus that stops every 50 feet and a whopping 14 if I get behind a tractor, so there's not a lot of time to get into a podcast in traffic. And I would never find myself sitting on the couch or at my desk listening to a podcast without having other things going on in the backgound, like folding laundry or scheduling next week's memes, and if that is the case, isn't the point of deep connection with the topic being lost?
3. My Intolerance for Small Talk
My attention span is about the same as my commute, so if I'm not hooked in that amount of time, I turn off the podcast. More often than not, after the eight minutes wheezes by, the introductions and music are winding down. My chit-chat tolerance has been spent and I've moved on to other things.
As an introverted thinker, I tend to lean torward the practicality in an activity or project. I need to know the time spent will lead to results, change, inspiration, or learning. While I like the idea of connecting with others from afar, more often than not, I feel like a third wheel to the podcaster and guest yuking it up on an inside joke.
5. Conflicting Viewpoints in My Head
As an introvert, I'm supposed to be a great listener, but also see patterns quickly and therefore am eager to move on to the next point. I appreciate serious topics often heard on podcasts, but appreciate more the practical and realistic approach, becoming bored with the filler. I take pleasure in remote connections but value the tradition of making eye contact during a sincere conversation.
All the experts show well-documented data on why-as-authors-we-should-be-podcasting, but I can't help but wonder if there are other introverts like me who find some podcasts to be the committee-meeting-that-could-have-been-a-memo. (Oh, do take time to watch this classic video after you finish reading).
Several high-ranking blogs in the last few months have published the accolades of podcasting and success stories of podcasters. They provided the data, statistics and enough information for my overthinking gland to overactivate.
I'm afraid I'm going to get my introvert card taken away, not to mention my author card, if I don't subscribe-to-and-publish-a-podcast-right-now. Obviously there are thousands of successful podcasts in the market on every imaginable subject, so naturally I fear I am missing out on something.
TO CAST OR NOT TO CAST
The thinker and learner in me says, "organize, commit and carry through," The author in me says, "It's time to expand beyond your comfort zone." And the Christian in me says, "Lord, forgive my excuses. How can I serve you through this massive communication vehicle?" and "How can I put my needs aside to understand the needs of my audience, while leading them to you?"
I can no longer tuck my excuses in my sleeve if I want to be a successful author and responsible Conference Director. I can, however, use my own intorverted experiences and approach to learning (which is not audible, by the way) to create a podcast that touches the lives of other Introverted Believers. After all, they may share the same misgivings.
Or is it just me?
I've had several requests and suggestions to start a podcast from The Introverted Believer viewpoint, so I want to get my heart and head in a place that will meet the felt needs of Introverted Believers and serve God.
I want to put away the excuses, listen to the experts, and stay true to who I was made to be.
I'd love to learn more about your podcast habits. Will you help me by taking three minutes to complete this survey? Oh! And don't forget to watch the video!
What do you think? What do you love about podcasts? What are some of your favorites? Give them some love in the comments below.
Or do you prefer blogs and articles? Why have you not fallen in love with podcasts?
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