Start your own podcast – interview with Dave Jackson

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I’ve been doing my Computer Tutor podcast for over 6 years now. My new podcast, What Was That Like, has been live for just a couple of months and has a steadily growing audience. So I’ve been asked by some of my friends and clients, “How do you start a podcast?”. For that answer, I went to the podcast expert: Dave Jackson.

me with Dave Jackson


Dave Jackson has been podcasting since 2005 – that’s back when podcasting had barely begun to even exist. Since then, he’s created many shows of his own and they’ve been downloaded more than a million times (maybe close to two million by now).

He still does several shows regularly. The 3 that I listen to – every episode – are:

School of Podcasting – this is a podcast about podcasting, every Monday. It’s great information for anyone who is just starting to think about doing a podcast, or anyone who already has a podcast. Usually 45-60 minutes.

Podcast Rodeo Show – Dave picks a show, listens to it for a short time, then gives his honest opinion about what’s good and what could be improved. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Usually around 10 minutes.

Building a Better Dave – this is Dave’s personal podcast where he gets really transparent and talks about stuff he’s observed, what’s going on in his life, or whatever he wants to talk about. No set schedule. Usually 15-20 minutes.

The thing about Dave is that in addition to being very knowledgeable about almost any aspect of podcasting, he’s also just a really nice guy. He’s someone you’d look forward to just hanging out with.

And recently, he was inducted into the Podcasting Hall of Fame. It’s safe to say he’s a great source of information about podcasting.

So for this week’s Computer Tutor blog and podcast, I actually invited Dave in and I asked him a bunch of questions about starting a podcast:

  • What do you like most about doing a podcast?
  • If someone asks you, “What is a podcast?”, what’s your quick answer?
  • What does it cost to start doing a podcast?
  • What mistake do most people make when starting their own podcast?
  • What was one of your shows that completely bombed?
  • How long before a new show starts making any money?
  • Why should a new podcaster hire you to help them get started?

And then I wanted to ask him a few non-podcast-related questions just to keep things interesting:

  • What’s something that most people don’t know about you, that they might find surprising?
  • What’s your biggest fear?
  • If you could say something to your 20 year old self, what would it be?
  • What are you excited about right now?

You’ll know when you listen to this that we had a lot of fun talking about podcasting and a variety of other things. To listen to our conversation right here on this page, just look at the podcast player that’s at the top of this blog post, make sure your speakers are on, and hit the Play button. Or you can listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher Radio, Google Podcasts, or whatever app you use to listen to podcasts.

And let me know what you think in the comments below!

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