I’m on Sherry Mitchell’s Podcast + Questions, Notes, Tips

Onward I march, two steps forward and one step back, wearing my new hat of “podcaster.” This week I accomplished a little more on my novels (h-e-r-e) than last week, but I’m still wishing for a time when I’m not so green at podcasting and I can get back to my books. Read further down for the latest on what I’ve learned about this new audio angle I’ll use later with my fiction storytelling.

"Reach the Unreachable" podcaster Sherry Mitchell, founder/owner of Glorified Fitness Incorporated (GFI).
“Reach the Unreachable” podcaster Sherry Mitchell, founder/owner of Glorified Fitness Incorporated (GFI).

Very fun news is that podcaster Sherry Mitchell invited me to be a guest on her show, “Reach the Unreachable”! The show is on her site, so for this week, I decided to promote hers rather than release a new show at my podcast.

Sherry Mitchell is the founder and owner of Glorified Fitness Incorporated (GFI) (visit her site h-e-r-e). After working in IT for more than 30 years, she retired to fulfill the vision she received from God six (6) years prior. GFI is a Fitness and Learning Center located in North Columbus, OH where holistic fitness for the body, mind, and spirit enables clients and staff members to Reach the Unreachable in their fitness goals.

Note: The interview lives on Sherry’s site, so for this week, I decided to promote her show rather than release a new episode at my podcast. Notice any sound glitches? See the “Guesting” and “Sound” bullets further down.

Click a platform below to hear Sherry and me:

Questions, Notes, & Tips (for blogging, turning blogs into podcasts, and more)

  • Guesting: As a guest on Sherry’s show, I was so nervous that it took me several moments longer than I anticipated to collect myself and I was late. If I ever am a guest again on a show, it would help if not only was I on time — but if I was early. That way we could chat and get comfortable, as well as test how my end of the phone connection sounds.
  • Sound: My nice earbuds broke, so I bought some really cheap ones. Hmmm… I’m wondering if earbuds make a difference in terms of sound recording quality…
  • Facebook groups: Have you used those and have you found them helpful for promoting your blogging (or anything else)?
  • Apple: They have a page where podcasters can ask to be considered by them for promoting. Now that I filled it out, I’m wondering if I also need to create a whole website presence at their site, beyond what automatically loads there about my show via anchor…
  • Equipment: Someone asked me whether what I use is expensive. Fortunately not at all, if you consider that I already had a closet to double as a sound booth, an ancient iPhone 5s to record my voice on via the free version of Voice Record app, a 2017 iPad for a teleprompter and to light the inside of my closet, a 2015 iMac, iMovie to edit and use their free sound effects and music breaks, the free editing app and music within AnchorFM. What I bought recently was a Blue Yeti mic (around $100), a cheap set of gizmos to help it along, including foam stuff, cords, and a tripod to hold it up.
  • Monetizing Part 3 (parts one and 2 are in t-h-i-s post): Yay! I reached the minimum “unique listeners” Anchor requires for them to send me ads to earn money from — but where are they?!
  • Junk mail: now as a podcaster, I get even more than ever. One says I’m extra popular in Japan, but I don’t know what they mean by that and I have my doubts that it would be worth forking over cash to find out.
  • AI: A friend hates Anchor’s automated voice… so if she listened with her sound off so it’ll get me higher ratings, would that be naughty?…
  • Overcast: I first wrote of my frustration with them h-e-r-e and now have given up on ever seeing my show there — dunno how to even log in, no matter what I do…
  • Wonderful Book on Podcasting: Here’s the review I did for it on Amazon and Goodreads: “Profit From Your Podcast: Proven Strategies to Turn Listeners into a Livelihood,” by Dave Jackson, founder and host, School of Podcasting. Having recently started my own podcast show, I know from experience that this book offers far more than any of the other ones I’ve read. Outstanding tips, not just the handful of worn-out ones you get everywhere else. Jackson offers practical, real-life advice, from his own experiences and those of other seasoned podcasters. He goes miles beyond “how to get your first 1k listeners,” to discuss how to branch way, way out. There are chapters on how to give seminars, retreats, juggle real life with work, set financial goals rather than just listenership ones, and lots more. Down-to-earth inspiring, neither outrageous nor overwhelming.
  • Novel writers: Just finished a great novel with a writer for a protagonist by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout. “My Name is Lucy Barton” gives us writers wonderful encouragement to “be ruthless” and not to worry about protecting others with our work.

What platform do you listen to music and podcasts on?

19 thoughts on “I’m on Sherry Mitchell’s Podcast + Questions, Notes, Tips

  1. Brian Dean Powers October 10, 2021 / 12:51 pm

    I suppose I’m showing my age (ten dog years), but I don’t stream music or listen to podcasts. I still buy CDs. And listen to the radio.

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  2. DutchIl October 9, 2021 / 12:27 pm

    Thank you for sharing!!… managed to listen to your chat with Sherry, well done…. what is this about Hot Yoga??.. did I miss something??… 🙂 🙂 I listen to whatever platform works but believe YouTube for the most part… you will get it eventually, just need to exercise patience “Any piece of knowledge I acquire today has a value at this moment exactly proportioned to my skill to deal with it. Tomorrow, when I know more, I will recall that piece of knowledge and use it better. “ (Mark van Doren )…. 🙂

    Until we meet again…
    May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons
    bring the best to you and yours!
    (Irish Saying)

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    • da-AL October 10, 2021 / 2:17 pm

      thanks much for reading — & listening! hot yoga is 90 minute routine done in heated room so as to be more flexible, to detox, etc

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  3. mydangblog October 9, 2021 / 11:07 am

    I’ve been thinking about podcasting but my posts contain a lot of conversations so I’m not sure how that would sound out loud!

    Liked by 1 person

    • da-AL October 10, 2021 / 2:11 pm

      doesn’t have to be all posts — also, I edit a bit to make it sound better aloud…

      Liked by 1 person

    • da-AL October 10, 2021 / 2:15 pm

      oh, & I have a different wordpress to go blog-to-pod

      Liked by 1 person

        • da-AL October 11, 2021 / 1:48 pm

          one thing to keep in mind is that you need an email to make a new wordpress site, & it’s only one email per site — so I had to use a secondary email for my ‘shadow/podcast site’

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          • mydangblog October 11, 2021 / 2:03 pm

            Oh I have another—the email address in my new book is an actual email. It was the only way my publisher could use it lol!

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  4. Stella, oh, Stella October 7, 2021 / 7:24 am

    I really had problems hearing what you said on Sherry’s podcast. But still, what an opportunity. I will look up on Sherry’s site about her concept. I actually didn’t get a notification about your new podcast. That is something I have to click somewhere, I guess. I will look in at Spotify now and again, so I don’t miss anything.
    I hear music usually on YouTube or play my own or on rare occasions from my Ipod, usually in the car. 😉 🙂

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    • da-AL October 7, 2021 / 9:24 am

      thanks for letting me know — yes, unfortunately my end of the conversation was a bit garbled, so here I’ve learned that I need to call my interviewer early and test the mic/phone connection. am thinking maybe I should’ve connected my ‘big mic’ and not just relied on my phone. as for notice, I didn’t publish a podcast this week, figured I’d just promote Sherry’s this week. hers is on her own site & what I’ve included in the post are links to her site. ah — & now I’ll add that to the blog text

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  5. Anonymous October 7, 2021 / 5:09 am

    I just LOVE your blog! You are so informative and fun! I look forward to reaching your level, if ever! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • da-AL October 7, 2021 / 9:21 am

      you are so very kind! I have confidence in you 🙂

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  6. SelmaMartin October 7, 2021 / 2:18 am

    Well, I’m in Japan. And I’ve been listening. But can one woman create such energy? I dunno.
    I listen on Apple.
    Keep going, dear one. Sounding good.

    Liked by 1 person

    • da-AL October 7, 2021 / 9:20 am

      thank you, Selma. are you originally from Japan? surely you’ve got a great story to tell us about yourself 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • SelmaMartin October 7, 2021 / 7:03 pm

        Don’t be fooled by me, da-AL. No one likes to hear about a life that didn’t have horrendous experiences. Mine is like that. Too plain. But I’ve always loved plain.
        Born and raised in Belize.
        Half-studied and worked in U.S.
        married a Japanese man and have lived here longer than anywhere else.
        Love my life. That’s it in a nutshell.
        Thanks for honoring me. You’ve been a jewel to me since my days on Medium. Thanks most sincerely. Be well. Keep going. 😘

        Liked by 1 person

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