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10 Things I’ve Learnt From Podcasting

#1: You can do it your pyjamas…

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Happy hump day all! I can’t quite believe that we’re on Wednesday already, but it’s here and that means that a new episode of ‘At Home With…‘ has dropped. Seeing as this week’s vlog is a little behind the scenes (but not really) of a podcast recording day that we had last week, I thought I’d share 10 lessons that I’ve learnt along the way through doing this whole podcasting malarkey…

1. It ain’t as easy as it looks; let me tell you. The idea of a podcast between Lily and I had been cooking for almost two years and the prep that goes into the whole thing is long. The fact that Lily and I are no-budge perfectionists when it comes to all aspects of our online careers probably doesn’t aid this matter, but the behind the scenes to making the podcast is quite the process. From reaching out to guests, co-ordinating schedules and pre-recording interview prep (a.k.a Google is AMAZING); emails and WhatsApp’s fly across between our guests, their PA’s, our producers and Lily and I every single day.

2. On the flip side to that, it ain’t half fun. It’s been great to get our claws into a completely new project and embrace a new medium for us, which thankfully you lot have embraced along with us too. We’ve actually only got two more guests to record now, so we’re sadly nearing the end of series one. It both feels like it’s been an age since we booked our first guest and like it was yesterday.

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3. Snooping around people’s homes is easily the best part of it all. Shhhhhhh. I inherited by Grandma’s nosy gene and when you couple that with my love for ELLE Decoration, ‘At Home With…‘ is basically my dream and we just happen to record a podcast whilst I’m snooping. It’s also given me some new interior design ideas and after seeing the living quarters of our latest guest I’m thinking that I need to add a touch of yellow to our home (you’ll hear all about that in episode 8).

4. Speaking of our guests I feel like I’ve learnt lessons from each of them and always come away with a fire in my belly to be the baddest badass I can be when it comes to business. I’d quite like Jo Elvin to be my personal mentor, Kate Johnson is my interiors muse, Terry de Gunzberg my friend who tells me what lipstick to wear and feeds me homemade cookies (she did both of those things during recording, I’m just adding in the ‘friend’ bit), Lisa Eldridge to invite me over for girlie chats and movie nights, Alexia Inge as my business coach and Madeleine Shaw as the mate that invites you over for the world’s best home cooked dinner.

5. Lily and I were so nervous when we recorded our first episode that I’m not sure we actually breathed until we’d finished the recording with Jo Elvin and when we got outside afterwards we were so relieved that it went well that we did a group hug with our producer and sound technician. Thankfully we now remember to consume oxygen during the episodes and as the series has continued it’s something that we both feel way more comfortable with. Practice makes perfect remembering to breathe much easier.

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6. The great thing about podcasts is that you could wear a bin bag whilst recording them and no one would be none the wiser. It’s great. As we often slot recordings into London days of trotting around from meeting to meeting, we often look a tad bedraggled which we don’t care too much about until we reach the end of recording and remember that we always grab a picture with each guest. Our guests look pristine as Lily and I look like hot and bothered bookends. FAIL.

7. There are so many podcasts out there! My eyes have been opened to the podcast world and aside from listening to them whenever I commute between Brighton and London, Mark and I pop on politics podcasts whenever we have long car journeys together because we can never decide on what music to play (Arctic Monkey’s and Red Hot Chili Peppers are the only two bands that we both agree on). The Guardian one is a good’un.

8. I couldn’t imagine doing this alone for many reasons, but the one great knack that Lily and I both have are that we are a good team and I can tell when she’s flagging and pick up the pace and she can tell when I’ve said a sentence and have no idea how it’s going to end and she can finish it up for me. We tag team; picking up the slack with emails and scheduling when the other one is away (big love to Lily for arranging a load of the guests and sorting out the artwork whilst I was away in L.A and New York back in April) and just generally being there for each other. Lame, but true.

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9. Speaking of teams, doing the podcast has made us rely on a team of people more than we ever have before in any other project that we’ve worked on and it’s been a great learning experience. Our producer Sam, cuts it all together and then the sound guy, Adam, smooths out the audio and helps with mic set-up. It’s good to surround yourself with people who have great strengths in areas that you don’t, as Alexia Inge pointed out in her episode (subtle episode plug right there).

10. When it was decided that we would launch the podcast in May. A month where I had absolutely no free weekends down to hen parties, baby showers, birthdays and speaking engagements, crammed weeks and our wedding at the end of it, my hands got clammy and basically stayed that way until the end of the month. But seeing it through, having the most manic month ever and it still being pretty good (YAY WEDDING!) is a reminder that being crazy busy is actually ok and as long as it’s coupled with a bit of downtime in the evenings and plenty of RuPaul’s Drag Race. All will be ok.

Photos by Lauren Shipley

Comments

  • ella ryder

    It’s been worth the craziness then! Looking forward to the Madeleine Shaw one later. I’ve really gotten into podcasts recently!

    Ella xx
    http://www.ellaryder.com/

  • Lisa Autumn

    I totally love your podcasts! I am always counting down to wednesday for a new one 🙂

    xx Lisa | lisaautumn.com

  • All the hard work has paid of though anna! They sound so awesome. I can’t wait to listen to the Madeleine Shaw one xx
    http://www.pagesfrombeth.blogspot.com

  • Joanne

    I’ve actually been loving podcasts lately and I think I’m gonna like listening to yours! Definitely will look it up. <3 I liked reading this!

    Joanne | Life in Blue Skies

  • I love your podcast! Being totally honest, At Home With… made me listen to more podcasts so thank you for introducing me to this new world 🙂 x

  • NatalieLeanne

    I’m just listening to the podcast with Madeline Shaw who I also ~love~! You and Lily have done such good jobs! xx

    http://www.natalieleanne.com

  • Awww this is a lovely list, you’re so right about the world of podcasting because you din’t realise how big it really is until you take a step into it

    Mel ★ http://www.meleaglestone.co.uk

  • Chloe

    I love your podcast! Being totally honest, At Home With… made me listen to more podcasts so thank you for introducing me to this new world 🙂 x

  • I am listening “At Home With…” right now! Great work Anna ^_^

    Laila from Townhouse Palette

  • Great post! Yours and Lily’s has been the first podcast I’ve ever really gotten into 🙂

    xo, Liz
    http://lipstickandconfetti.com

  • Philippa

    Really love the podcast! Keeps me entertained while driving to work!
    Philippa x

  • Ray

    I’ve always wanted to give podcasting a try, great post.

    http://www.underaytedray.co.uk

  • I have yet to venture out into the world of podcasts, but yours has been a great way to pass time. I really enjoy listening to the two of you together, be it in podcast or on You Tube.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • We absolutely love listening to your podcast! It has opened us to a whole knew world, and gives us inspiration. Not just in interiors but in life as well! Can’t wait for the next episodes!
    -Ash & Shelbs
    http://www.astoldbyashandshelbs.com

  • Izzie

    I’ve been listening to your podcasts in the car, my 8 week old baby is not a fan of being in the car but totally calms when I have your podcasts on, you both clearly have calming voices! I love the content and the chilled baby makes it double win so thank you thank you thank you! Xx

  • So obsessed with your podcasts, both you and Lily are doing such a great job with them! Can’t wait for more!! x

    Millie | http://www.bymillie.co.uk

  • Loved this post! Your podcasts have really opened my eyes to the world of podcasts too! And I have been thinking of doing my own!! I really loved the one with alexia from cult beauty was my fav because there were so many tips and i love business stuff!
    https://www.bevseyeview.com

  • Serein Wu

    Great post! Podcasting is great way to reach people, I do a weekly one called behind the beauty, would love for you to check it out.

    xoxo Serein Wu
    http://sereinwu.com/

  • I love the podcast so much! I’m so glad you and Lily decided to do it together – you girls make the best team 🙂 x

    http://chloeharriets.com/

  • Iida-Emilia

    Thanks for sharing! I love your podcasts. It was also interesting to read this since podcasting is probably going to be my next career step at my current job. I’m excited about it but at the same time I’m sooo nervous!

  • Lindsay Davison

    I’m so inspired to start a pod cast after listening to the first few episodes – you girls are killing it ♥

  • I love listening to your podcasts after work because it’s so relaxing. Great job girls! x

  • Carmen Wood

    Loving your podcasts! Post was super useful too x

    Carmen | http://carmenmwood.com

  • Jessica

    I love podcasts in general and am so happy I stumbled upon this! I’m adding your’s to my list. Thanks for sharing.

  • elisha mae

    I loved this little insight into yours and Lily’s latest project! Such a fun post to read and about to listen to your latest episode with Madeleine Shaw now! #foodie

    Elisha-Maé | http://www.elisha-mae.co.uk

  • C Leiper

    I’d love to listen to the podcasts but I’m profoundly deaf 😢. At least with the YouTube videos you can get rough captions (they’re done phonetically so they aren’t perfect but better than nothing).

  • I really liked the podcast with Kate la Vie. I will most def listen to more episodes 😀

    Kaya-Quintana | http://kaya-quintana.nl/

  • Juji

    as an avid listener of many, varied podcasts – I found ‘at home with…’ not only thoroughly enjoyable but really well put together! Props to you both, and to your team – it’s a very enjoyable listen for so many reasons. Interesting guests, great topic, well thought out questions, decent audio production, and of course your great rapport as hosts.

    Side note, and starting this comment by saying, not trying to be totally snarky, but as a blog reader slash blogosphere watcher, it’s also fantastic to see you both launch something so fully grown and thought out… instead of the usual half baked apps, website schemes or slapped my name on it and called it mine jewellery lines I’ve watched so many other bloggers launch.

    I’m not even finished with season one yet, and I can’t wait for season two!