This episode is basically the introduction of the Soya Says Podcast.
When I wrote my first blog over 10 years ago, I was wondering what should it be called. I named it Soya Says because a lot of my closed ones call me Soya and Says because the language of my blog is typically conversational. But when podcasts became a thing, I started to wonder if Soya Says should really be a blog or a podcast because in the blog, end of the day, Soya is writing not saying. So here we are, the first episode of the Soya Says Podcast where Soya is actually saying!
Although I must clarify, most of my podcasts are going to simply be the audio version of my blogs. Now my first blog was about blogging itself. So, its only fitting that my first podcast should briefly talk about podcasting.
So, here’s the question – The soya says naming convention aside, why do a podcast?
Actually, I have been eyeing on starting a podcast for some time now and the whole coronavirus situation has helped me find the time for it. At this point, I would also like to mention some of the stats that I came across around podcasting. These stats, especially when compared with the previous year’s data, confirm that podcasting is a niche rising platform. I was sold.
So, let me share some of these stats,
- As of 2020, there are over 850,000 podcasts out there
- Podcasts are available in over 100 languages
The top 5 genres of podcasts are,
- Society and Culture
- News and Politics
I firmly believe that all meaningful content can broadly be described as either Education or Entertainment. If you see these top 5 genres, it perfectly reflects that.
So here I am, jumping on the podcasting bandwagon. The video version of these podcasts will also be available on my youtube channel that is youtube.com/soyatubes while this podcast will be distributed through anchor.fm on all popular podcasting platforms like Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and others. My anchor URL is anchor.fm/soyasays and if you are ever lost, you can always find me on my website shoaibqureshi.in
Now I know a podcast can sound alluring and something that is easy to start but hard to maintain but I feel pretty confident about carrying this on. Especially considering I have several blogs that I can easily talk about and reach audience through this audio platform.
Here’s the promise that I want to make, I made a similar one when I started my blog and that was not to get too technical or philosophical and keep things simple and light. This spirit should carry on in the podcast as well.
And finally, as always – suggestions, complaints, comments and insults are most welcome!