So a major thing with creating and publishing anything is professionalism.
If you publish a book with a bad drawing as a cover, a layout that is ridiculous and riddled with a bunch of spelling mistakes to boot, no one will take you seriously. No one will by your book. With a podcast, things become easier, but there are still standards of professionalism. Good audio, good content, a reasonable website and so on.
It’s something that can give you insecurities every step of the way. Is it unprofessional to not add all kinds of effects and to use creative commons music and to cluster ones website with incomprehensible spouting by the creator? I don’t know.
I don’t know, and I don’t know what to do about it. Well, I kind of do. I deal with this best I can, by doing my own thing. Is it professional? Probably not, at least not entirely. But I’m happy with it, I’m so proud, and I’m staying true to myself, by adding this creatoral spouting. Will it become liked or hated despite or because of this? I don’t know. And for now I don’t care.
At the end of the day, I tell myself, it is about the story. There is a story that needs to be told, it needs to be told now and the way it is being told is perfectly fine for now. The fancy music will come later. This is my story, this is Emilia’s story and if it is not squeaky clean, big budget, commercial, bland and perfect, that is kind of exactly what I wanted, isn’t it?
I have decided that this version of Normally Ordinary can serve as a kind of “first draft”, should there be interest in the future (mine as well as audiences) to reboot it in a way.
This way I can have fun and enjoy the creation of Normally Ordinary to the utmost of my current ability without feeling bad for any quality issues I may currently have. Because there is always the possibility to pick it up again at a later time, when I will have more skill, knowledge and resources to make it even better.
But that might take a while, so for now, I hope you enjoy this version, as I am currently able to make it.