The Foot of the Mountain
All Podcasters have their reasons for starting their particular podcast. Maybe they want to just spend time talking about bad movies with friends once a week or to celebrate things in their lives that they love or to communicate to a wider audience something they feel may be interesting. I am guilty for creating a separate podcast for each of the previous reasons. When I decided it was time for me to try and lose weight (again!) I knew I needed to take a different approach. The Foot Of The Mountain was born.
I have been overweight most of my life and have been on every diet that has been around. I needed to find a way to do it this time that made me accountable to others rather than just myself.
I was chatting to my wife while we were walking on a beach on a short weekend away together and rolled out the statement “Would it be possible to lose 1lb a week for 100 weeks?”. It felt like it was very do-able. So the idea was in my head but it was how to do it that left me thinking. Anyone that knows me knows that I love podcasts. I love listening to them and I love making them. So it seemed a perfect fit. After a session of brain storming about what the podcast would be and how it would work I stumbled across the title. I thought “ Here I go having to climb this mountain of losing weight again”. I carried on sorting out the format and once everything Weale settled in the head I prepared for the first episode.
Now the way I work when recording podcasts is I nearly always under prepare. Some would say that’s unprofessional or careless but for me, and me alone, I like that feeling of unpredictability. Not knowing what you’re going to say next. Being surprised about the words coming out of my mouth. If you listen to the first episode of TFOTM (and I’d love it if you did!) you’ll hear that I start by reading a prepared piece on mic. Half way through the read I knew this didn’t sound like me so I just stopped and started talking from the heart. To me that’s the essence of podcasting. It doesn’t matter what subject you are talking about. Whether it’s funny or not, whether it’s controversial or not. If it comes from the heart it’ll be fascinating to listen to.
One last point, and after nearly five years of podcasting, I still have doubts when recording a podcast. I’ll be sat in my little converted shed thinking ‘What’s the point?, No one is listening!’
How wrong can you be. Modern technology is a wonderful thing and your word can reach every corner of this glorious planet and can touch people who are alone in ways you cannot imagine.
If you are only 1% interested in starting a podcast then grab a computer, a mic and a friend and start recording. You won’t be sorry. You’ll catch the bug and you’ll be glad you did.
Thanks for your time and if you do get to listen to TFOTM please hit me up on Twitter or the website and let me know what you think!
Oh and #keepclimbing