Happy International Women's Day! Just because I’m a cis-gendered white Gen Xer dude, it doesn’t mean I don’t recognize the key role women play in podcasting. More to the point, I very likely would not be in the business of podcasting were it not for the support of some amazing women in my life.
So in this article, I’ve selected a few to thank and draw your attention to their fine work. I’m resisting my predilection for getting all cutesy with the section headings if only to keep the power where it should be: on them and their works.
Mur Lafferty - Mur was one of the first—if not the first—people I collaborated with in the podcasting space who I only knew from listening to her podcast. I reached out and asked if she’d be interested in collaborating with me and my partner at the time, and she immediately said yes. Her acceptance led to more collaborations, which in turn made me think that maybe this podcasting thing had some legs.
Mur is the editor of Escape Pod, the long-running science fiction podcast magazine, and the also long-running podcast, I Should Be Writing.
Susan Schwartz - My podcast consultancy, Simpler Media, may not have become a thing without Susan. She wasn’t my first client, but she was my 2nd. More importantly, she was the first client I didn’t personally know. She had an idea but needed some help making it happen, and my agency was forged right then and there. Now, some five years later, we’re still working together.
Susan is the host of the drinks-industry podcast, Lush Life, which my firm helps produce.
Allie Press - Once a 14-year-old kid reading not-age-appropriate materials I met at a sci-fi convention, Allie makes sure things run smoothly at Simpler Media and Podcast Pontifications. She’s responsible for publishing all of Simpler Media’s clients’ episodes and ensuring they’re distributed to all the platforms. She also produces and distributes all the video-aspects of Podcast Pontifications, including the subtitles and corrected transcripts.
Sam Walker - What started as a friendship has transformed into a working relationship that is—and I’m not exaggerating in the slightest—evolving Simpler Media into a world-class production company. It’s been fantastic working with someone at that skill level, and the business will be forever changed.
Steph Colbourn - Steph and I have been in what I call a bi-directional mentorship relationship (no, it’s not a very catchy term) for several months now. In theory, I’m supposed to be mentoring her. But honestly, I learn a ton from her when we meet for an hour every other week. She’s doing some truly inspiring work and providing loads of opportunities to the queer women and non-binary people in her organization.
Steph owns Edit Audio, a global, full-service podcast production company.
Mai Ling Chan - In the pre-pandemic world, the PHX Podcast Club used to meet on the third Thursday of every month to share a few drinks, stories, tips, and ideas. But mostly just to connect. Mai Ling was an early attendee and quickly threw in her hat to help make the event better. Because COVID, we’ve been on hiatus. But we’re coming back, and I’m looking forward to re-connecting with Mai Ling and the energy she brings to the event.
Leslie D Joyce - Coming back full circle to what got me into podcasting—talking about fiction—is my newest collaboration, this time with Leslie. She’s passionate about the fiction podcast space, with some great ideas I really want to see come to fruition. As a start, she’s publishing Fiction Podcast Share, a weekly newsletter currently comprised of a list of fiction podcasts and audio dramas shared in a weekly drop-in, social audio gathering.
Leslie is the brains behind FictionCasters, an in-progress effort to make listening to fiction podcasts better.
Finally, I need to thank Suzy Buttress and Betty Dannewitz. Both are regular watchers of the live taping of Podcast Pontifications on LinkedIn Live. Seeing them chime in each morning I do the show keeps me motivated to… well, keep doing the show. Thank you both!
And that’s just scratching the surface. There are many, many more amazing women in podcasting I’m truly grateful to have met over the years. Thank you all for your friendship, here’s to the next chapter in podcasting, and happy International Women’s Day!
I shall be back tomorrow with yet another Podcast Pontifications.