Last year, I FaceTimed my business partner and MakeWorkWork co-host, Habbi, which is a bit odd for us. As two individuals who have packed work lives, we generally plan our calls days in advance, if not weeks, and have them via Zoom.

Habbi picked up this spontaneous FaceTime call and I could barely hold in the news — we made it into a podcast mentorship program hosted by someone whose work we love and who we’ve both admired for a long time, Myke Hurley, co-founder of Relay FM, an independent podcasting network, and the host of one of my favorite podcasts, Cortex.

Over the last year, we’ve had monthly calls with Myke and the rest of the podcasting group where we’ve learned new things about podcasting, received advice that has helped us secure our first sponsor for MakeWorkWork, and now worked on editing and publishing podcast episodes with the rest of the group in our first mentorship group podcast series. 

These last two months where we have been working on our individual episodes for this group series have pushed me as a podcast creator.

I usually work collaboratively with another host on a podcast episode, and I’m never (with the exception of one episode) the one editing the podcast. These past few months I’ve worked on my own to write a script, record my audio, and edit and mix my podcast in a way that brought my recording and the clips of others together. It was new, exciting, and challenging for me. 

You can listen to the full episode here, where the topic for this initial series is our personal hero. 

When I started out as a host of one of Buffer’s podcasts in 2016 I knew I’d found a medium that resonated with me more than any others had before. I love being able to listen to people’s voices through podcasting, it feels incredibly personal and as a creator, it’s also become a stronger way for me to express ideas and thoughts. 

I’m immensely grateful for Myke’s mentorship, which has been truly insightful this last year. He is quick to reply to questions and is a wealth of knowledge on anything from editing a podcast to running a podcast like a business. He’s been incredibly generous to this group of podcasters in so many ways and it’s been amazing to see the impact that one person can have on so many people’s work and projects over the course of a year. 

If you give the episode a listen I’d love to know what you think, and I definitely recommend listening to the rest of the episodes to come as well. 

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