“Does the world need another podcast?” Stats shared at WYNC’s Werk It Festival reaffirmed my question from months ago.

By Julie Cusmariu – October 9, 2019

I’m back from the 5th annual Women’s Podcast Festival-Werk It, produced by WNYC Studios. I listened and learned, and a few things in particular have stuck with me, including gratitude. So glad to be hosting and producing my indie podcast and for the dear people that listen and subscribe and who are patrons too (patreon.com/julieinconversation).

Before I was about to launch into my previous podcast series (39 episodes worth) #Motherhood#LetsCreateAVillage in November 2017, I hosted a solo show asking “Does the world need another podcast?” I was really just asking out loud, should I be doing this thing? Still? Now ? Even when everyone and their neighbour is podcasting ?
Don’t we have enough to listen to? In this age of ‘over’ consumption, unlimited distractions and things to watch and listen to in any and every moment?

Then, to reaffirm my questioning, during the welcome and opening remarks of the Werk It festival, Depelsha McGruder, Chief Operating Officer of New York Public Radio shared these stats with us:

⭐️22 % of Americans are now listening to podcasts on a weekly basis. ( I’m Canadian and I don’t have those stats for Canadians or other countries but must be quite similar).

⭐️There are more than 700 000 podcasts available (I’m assuming worldwide).

and get this…

⭐️There are 29 million episodes available to choose from (in 2019).
So, my podcast is one of 700 000! My episodes are part of the 29 million! Clearly there is no lack of options. What is also clear is that voices and stories make a crucial difference. There is an audience that will be impacted and touched by your voice, your story. There are listeners that will find benefit and pleasure and satisfaction to listening in. In mine and in yours and in theirs.
So here’s to all the podcast creators representing and here’s to using your voice and broadcasting it ( if you feel called to).
Thanks Werk It for the stats and the industry experience.
Thank you for listening and being part of the Julie in Conversation audio experience, sharing and listening to voices that create change, while opening minds and hearts. Cheers. ✌️ Tune in wherever you find your podcasts, Spreaker, Spotify, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts and here.

Julie Cusmariu is a certified life coach, certified mentor coach, and intuitive consultant. She helps leaders and creative individuals trust their intuition and use their voice to create positive change, gain clarity, and lead with meaning and purpose. Julie is the host, creator, and producer of ‘Julie in Conversation’ a weekly live podcast with expert guests inspiring personal and collective change.
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