Beat the Summer Boredom
Joseph Terry, Print Sports Editor, shares how podcasting can be a fun and creative way to pass the time during the long summer months
For us creative minds, the summer months can sometimes feel flat. Snatched away from our dear Exepose and societies at the university, the creative urge nagging you could be a frequent occurrence for the next three months. One week into my three-month respite from this thing called ‘university life’, the creative urge is being as insistent as ever. Luckily enough I have something I can pour hours into, and it’s something you can easily begin yourself.
These days, I pour hours into my podcast, where I wax lyrical about my driving passion (pun very much intended), cars and motorsport. From diatribes against the government, jokes about Fiats getting put next to Ferraris at car shows, and stories from the past of rusting cars with no reverse gear — no episode is the same as the other.
It’s not all a petrolhead talking cars however. One episode takes around 4 to 6 hours to produce, record and edit – the production of an episode an involved process of using news reports over the week or following race results to extract storylines. And don’t get me started on clips for TikTok and Instagram. The dopamine release as you hit publish or share is amazing, however you sure work hard for it.
The dopamine release as you hit publish or share is amazing, however you sure work hard for it.
It became a fad to podcast in the lockdowns, and I think the era of podcasting for the sake of podcasting is on its last legs. Therefore, if you want to start your own show, I think the key these days is to have what marketing execs have been calling a ‘unique selling point’ for years. The reason why I find so much enjoyment in the project is the chance to talk and think about cars, something that I already do off the microphone. If anything, the niche aspect of the show makes it even more creative. The point of outlining how important personal enjoyment is to prove that no podcast is too left-field if it’s host is knowledgeable. Not to say that gossip podcasts are passé, but you certainly stand out of the crowd talking about the price of petrol compared to another podcast discussing your friend drunk-texting an ex.
You must have something interesting you want to talk about after all?
(If you want to listen to Execelerate, search for ‘Execelerate’ on Spotify — and you can follow the podcast on Instagram and TikTok @execeleratepodcast)