54. I Was Inspired to Start a Podcast with Tanja & Amanda

Aussie Bloggers Podcast began as an inspirational dream by two Aussie Bloggers – Tan and Amanda – who wanted to showcase the Australian talent in the world of blogging.

Tanja Turner

Tanja Turner is a digital consultant and podcaster who supports individuals and small businesses in using technology. She is co-host of the Aussie Bloggers Podcast and hosts her own radio show once a week at Coach on Fire Radio Network.

Amanda Hoffmann

After years of bookkeeping for her husband and his mates, Amanda made her big step in 2008 when she opened her own bookkeeping business. Amanda studied finance and completed her Cert IV in bookkeeping and registered as a BAS Agent.

She is more than just a bookkeeper. Her passion is real estate investing, social media and blogging. She loves to teach and that is why Amanda can set you up in XeroQBO or MYOB Essentials and show you how to complete your own day to day bookkeeping.

In this episode we talk about:

  • The highlights of Tanja and Amanda’s podcasting journey
  • The starting point for Tanja and Amanda
  • Their thoughts on doing a podcast together
  • What they have learned from podcasting
  • Selling ideas
  • How they manage to create a podcast despite their very busy schedule
  • About Aussie Bloggers
  • The biggest stumbling blocks and challenges when it comes to podcasting
  • The importance of social media in sending messages and connecting to people
  • Managing multiple speakers
  • How they make money from podcasting
  • Showcasing your business through podcasting and social media
  • Is podcasting hot right now?
  • Reaching thousands of people worldwide through podcasting
  • How podcasting changed over time
  • Learning to do the podcasting all by yourself

What would’ve made it easier?

‘We stick right from the beginning. We set the boundaries and we put it together… we were going to try it for three months and then we decided we were going to continue and keep going, which was really nice.’

‘It doesn’t cost a lot of money to start up. We started up with no money. We had absolute no money at all, and it was three months before we even have to pay for our first sort of hosting, and yeah, it is something that is easy to do.’

What would you have changed?

‘I think one of the things would be we would have probably learned a lot more about sound quality before we did any of this and because obviously where you record is really important. It is not so much about the type of microphone you use compared to your space around you. For the first four episodes that we did, we recorded it in a state library, not realising that glass windows, floor to ceiling, is not the best environment to be recording any sort of podcasting.’

When someone is considering a podcast as a medium, how do they know if it’s for them? How complicated is it to do a podcast?

‘Everyone needs to have a podcast. In terms of where can it take you if the opportunities are there… they are limitless. It can take you anywhere you want to go.’

What are the most important things to consider?

‘You need to effectively use a social media platform to get the message out there. And through that, you need to incorporate branded images so that when they see the image they associate it with you immediately.’

‘I think having communication and allowing the other without micromanaging each other is what works really well.’

‘You do have to either have somebody with you to help you through those tough times or you have to be very very diligent yourself and self-disciplined.’

Where to find Tanja and Amanda


Aussie Bloggers Podcast

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Author: Ronsley Vaz

Ronsley is the founder & chief day dreamer at AMPLIFY. He is an author, speaker & serial entrepreneur.

He has a Masters’ degree in Software Engineering and an MBA in Psychology and Leadership. He is known as the creator of We Are Podcast – the first Podcasting Conference in the Southern Hemisphere, and the host of The Bond Appetit Podcast and Should I Start a Podcast. He has an audience of over 3 million in 133 countries.

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