►Tell us about you and your podcast
Chris L McClish - a man with "many roles, many journeys, and one spirit!" I was a former psychotherapist for many years.
I had to take early retirement due to a painful neurological condition called dystonia, and I have associated Parkinson's disease symptoms. I have been an author, martial arts Judo sensei, life-coach, fitness trainer, artist, musician/composer, and other life roles.
I draw wisdom from my podcast. I am the creator, host, editor of "Cup of Tao".
My listeners are those who have an interest in self-help and self-improvement using wisdom from Taoism and Taoist Psychology.
►Why & how did you start this podcast?
I had listened to podcasts since the early days of podcasting but I never had any intentions on doing one myself. My youngest son, who had just turned 17, sold me his gaming computer, which I decided to get on and play around with. I used to record music, so I was familiar with digital audio recording software.
I started recording a podcast, freely sharing information that I had gleaned from my years in my helping profession roles. The original podcast was "The Tao Today". The audio quality was terrible. I purchased a better microphone, a new recording software, and soon "Cup of Tao" was born later that month, in late October 2018.
I composed and recording my intro and outro music. Making it a necessary for my podcast to be recorded in stereo for the maximum listening experience.
►How'd you find the time and funding to do this podcast?
It takes me longer than the average person to record an episode. My dystonia and parkinsonism causes my speech to slur and my voice to give out. I have to take many breaks and do much editing. I used to have a good "radio voice" which sometimes reveals itself, but unfortunately, I have to work harder at doing good vocal work. I do all my own editing, purchasing (which mainly was the microphone, software, and a pop filter) and marketing. I made my own sound barrier for my microphone out of old camping matts.
►What do you gain from podcasting?
For a podcast that started rougly 3 months ago, at present there is approaching 2000 listeners/downloads. My listeners per week keeps growing and is currently at 300 per week average.
I currently sponsor myself by advertising my own book "Accepting Life on Life's Terms: Taoist Psychology for Today's Uncertain Times" and doing a quick affiliate commercial for Pinecast (my hosting provider). I have had donations and contributions but they are very small, including paid listens through RadioPublic. I am uncertain how many people purchased my newly released book due to my own promoting it.
►How does your podcasting process look like?
I keep my episodes under 15 minutes, with myself being the only speaker. I use a Blue Yeti Blackout microphone, a pop filter, a microphone cover, and for my software (DAW) - I use Hindenburg Journalist Pro to do my recording and editing. I absolutely love Journalist Pro.
►How do you market your show?
My podcast is available probably anywhere that you hear podcasts. My statistics show a spread of listening agents (RSS, iTunes, Spotify, RadioPublic, Stitcher, Castbox, Podcast Addict, etc.). I use twitter (@coachcmc) to market myself, along with Facebook and word of mouth.
►What advice would you share with aspiring (new) podcasters?
Absolutely get a good microphone, headphones, and a good digital audio workstation. Watch videos and learn as much as you can about audio recording and engineering. Listen to podcasts to see how they are voiced, and the format. Obtain a good intro, along with music (if possible) and a good outro, again with music.
►Where can we learn more about you & your podcasts?
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