Five Reasons You Should NOT Start a Podcast

Who’s telling you not to start a podcast?! That’s pessimistic and lacking vision. Go ahead and start one.

I don’t know everything, but I do know this: the world needs more podcasts. Here are some answers to common objections:

1. You Don’t Have the Time

After you read your Bible and pray, you have work to do in order to provide your family. Your wife deserves affection and adoration. Your kids are over the moon when you play with them. You need to smoke a pork shoulder and have family and friends from church over this weekend. You need to prepare for Bible study. You have all those things around the house that need to be done. That doesn’t leave much time for the most important thing: a PODCAST! But you’ve got 11:00 PM to 1:00 AM free, right?

2. The Market is Saturated

There might be 8,675,309 Christian podcasts to choose from, but YOU’RE going to say something unique and important and people are going to find you, subscribe, and persist in listening to your wisdom. Your voice needs to be heard on a global scale. Local, schmocal.

3. Good Production Ain’t Easy (or Cheap)

So, you found a cheap microphone and downloaded a free DAW (digital audio workstation). Your buddy who played guitar in high school is going to record some original intro music on his iPhone just for you. And hey, that old fitted sheet your wife wants to throw out would make a GREAT backdrop for when you start vlogging!

4. Your Local People Need Your Best

You’re totally not going through all this trouble to get listens from Reformed Twitter and RT adjacent podcast listeners. Some of your local folks will listen too! And sure you’ll devote your greatest efforts to making sure family worship and your preaching, teaching, Bible study, and evangelism through your local church are just as polished and click-worthy as that upcoming episode exposing Word of Faith heretics.

5. You Won’t Always Have Something Worth Saying

Go ahead: promise your listeners you’ll have fresh content every Monday and Wednesday with bonus episodes on Fridays for Patreon subscribers. You should probably go ahead and commit to live-streaming your Saturday morning open-air evangelism on Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook. You’re totally going to have something noteworthy to contribute to the Christian’s faithful understanding of current events multiple times a week. You’re not going to use filler or be repetitive. You’ll probably only use a fifth of your time to talk about your sponsor.

My Minimalist Wardrobe

In an effort to a) look better; b) have fewer things; and c) lessen decision fatigue, I’ve decided to totally redo my wardrobe. I will:

  • Wear nicer clothes,
  • Have fewer clothes,
  • Wear pretty much the same outfit every day.

Here’s the plan thus far:

  1. Blue jeans (2 pairs). They go with everything.
  2. Gray slacks (2 pairs). I wanted navy slacks at first, but the problem with those is I wouldn’t be able to use the next item.
  3. Navy blazer. This classic is extremely versatile. I can wear it with a my slacks of course, or jeans.
  4. Oxford shirts (2 blue, 1 white) with chest pocket and dress collar. I plan to wear the blue every day, with the white available for preaching, weddings, funerals, etc.
  5. Dark navy blue suit. For weddings, funerals, and occasionally preaching (I have a dark gray suit I plan to hang on to for now).
  6. Socks (3 pairs gray, 1 blue). I really like Darn Tough socks for this.
  7. Vest (1 navy) and sweaters (1 light gray, 1 blue).
  8. Others include white tees and briefs.

That will take care of work and church functions. I already have brown brogues and a decent pair of boots, so I’m good on shoes. I haven’t thought about my coats and jackets yet; I hope to keep 2-3 I have and save some money.

I’ll keep a couple of my old shirts and jeans to work around the homestead, and maybe pick up a sweatshirt and lounge pants to wear around the house.

An Autumnal Poem

The drupes on the dogwoods that bloomed
Aren’t the only red here in these shadowy woods
Because the maple leaves are turning now
In a few, shortening days the Almighty
Will dip a big hog bristle brush into
Paint the three shades of fire and let loose
With a thousand foothill-wide strokes
By rifle deer season, all but the evergreens
Will yield to the coming winter’s turn
Sunlight will reach the forest floor
And the trees will give back to the earth
Has it ever occurred to you
That the cooling shade doesn’t fall away
Until we don’t need it anymore?
And boy, does it go out in style

— Ryan Cornett