Setting Things in Stone

A podcast’s cover art helps attract viewers as well as serve as the image that represents our show. This week, I worked on creating a draft of our cover art. I think that I really captured who we are as friends. I’m having trouble choosing a color scheme, so I plan on creating multiple versions before I land on the right one.

As we get closer to recording our first episode, I’m growing more and more nervous that I’m not going to be able to produce high quality content that will attract an audience. I often compare myself to others and it creates unnecessary anxiety and insecurity around my work. I also am finding it really hard to focus lately. At the beginning of quarantine, I found that I was able to find a routine that kept me active and focused. I woke up early, worked out, and then sat down and focused on my work. After I completed my undergraduate courses and my internship came to an end, my schedule began to fall apart. I found myself struggling to motivate myself to stick to a schedule and get things done. This week I tried to control those thoughts and find the motivation to do this project and try to really get excited about this awesome thing that I’m doing with my closest friends.

During a meeting with my co-hosts this week, we sat down to flesh out a first draft outline of our pilot episode. Since this show is unscripted, I wanted to make sure that I created an outline that would act as a guide as we are recording. In preparation for this, I found this awesome resource that gave me a lot of great information and examples regarding this topic.

In the post by Buzzsprout.com, there are three different styles of podcast scripts:

  1. Bullet point approach
  2. Detailed episode outline
  3. Word-for-word script

For our podcast, I chose to use the detailed episode outline approach. This is best for shows with co-hosts. This structure allows for some ad-lib but helps us remember topics as well as other key points that we want to include. I thought that this was more useful than the bullet point approach, which is less structured and doesn’t require much preparation. This is good for people who have no trouble speaking off the cuff, but I felt like we needed a little more of a security blanket. Word-for-word scripts were out of the question for our podcast because it doesn’t allow room for conversation to flow back and forth.

Next week, I am looking forward to recording our pilot and officially get moving on our actual podcast!

Buzzsprout. “How to Write a Podcast Script: 3 Examples.” Buzzsprout, http://www.buzzsprout.com/blog/write-podcast-script-examples.

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