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Episode 57: Fail Forward

How to Fail Forward

Featuring a guided meditation, MaJhane talks about how to fail forward when something doesn’t work out the first time around. If you are interested in the transcribed version of this episode, click here. If you want to stay updated be sure to check out this page!

Guided Meditation

Go ahead and get in a comfortable position.

Start by doing a few shoulder rolls. Nice and slow. You can tilt your head from left to right, left and right. After a minute, roll your head in a circle two times in one direction and then rotate it around in the other direction.

Now that we’ve loosened up our bodies a bit, we will close our eyes or lightly rest them. Whatever, feel comfortable for you, and we’ll go ahead and get started with our deep breaths.

Give me a nice long slow inhale. Hold. Exhale. Hold. Inhale. Exhale. Hold. Inhale. Exhale.

Beautiful. Go ahead and return to your normal breathing.

Alright, we’re just going to take a moment and acknowledge all the things that are going on in our heads right now.

Acknowledge your feelings. Allow this to be your check-in. What mood are you in this current moment? Are you upset? Tired? Relieved? Happy? Content? There are so many emotions that you could be feeling right now, and you need to be able to name them. Acknowledge them.

Beautiful. Now I would like for you to start to push your thoughts off to the side gently. It might be a bit tough, and it’s okay. Just try your best. And if those thoughts keep coming to your mind, acknowledge them and once again push them off to the side and focus.

As we continue with these moments of stillness, I invite you to breathe in all that you have been manifesting: love, hope, financial abundance, beauty, respect, guidance.

As you exhale I want you to release those feelings of fear, stress, burdens, inadequacy.

Continue with this intentional breathing for a moment.

Lovingkindness Exercise

As we prepare to bring our awareness back to our surroundings, I want first to take one last moment to offer ourselves some Lovingkindness. If you can, place your hand over your heart and repeat after me

“I am love. I am whole. I am enough.”
“I am love. I am whole. I am enough.”
“I am love. I am whole. I am enough.”
“I am love. I am whole. I am enough.”

You can go ahead and put your hands back at your sides or in your lap. And we’ll close out with this final deep breaths.

Give me a nice long slow inhale, hold, and release.
Hold. inhale. Hold. And release.
Hold. inhale. Hold. And release.

Thank you for doing that guided meditation with me. Remember to always give yourself that lovingkindness and that grace.

Last Week Recap

Last week I talked about how I made the switch from the Anchor app to Libsyn. I started with the pros and cons of Anchor, why I chose Libsyn and how you can do the same. This week I am going to talk about why I decided to leave Libsyn for Buzzsprouts. I promise this is my last switch for awhile. Let’s hop right in!

Why I left Libsyn

I’m sure you’re probably asking yourself, “why did she decide to leave Libsyn so quickly?” I know I haven’t been on the platform for very long (9 days, to be exact), but I wasn’t really digging it, and I’ll explain why below.

Confusing interface

For starters, the interface was confusing for me. When you log in to your account, there are words everywhere, graphs in one corner, and tabs in another. It was sort of like sensory overload. Everything was a bit too overwhelming. I had to constantly google my way around the interface, which is expected because it’s new to me, but it wasn’t as straightforward as other websites I’ve used.

Storage uncertainty

Next, Libsyn tells you how much storage you have left by using gigabytes. I don’t know about y’all, but I don’t know how to convert minutes to gigabytes, so it was always a gamble with how much content I was actually uploading. When I uploaded Episode 55, I was surprised to see that it took around 30 megabytes, leaving me with 20 megabytes remaining for the month. As a post-weekly podcaster, that obviously wasn’t going to work for me. To top it off, since I used a code to get the month free, if I decided to change my plan, I would lose those free privileges. I didn’t want that, so I was at a standstill.

Subpar communication

Also, the communication with the staff came off as subpar. I know I’m giving mixed messages because just last week I said they were very helpful. In truth, the first person I talked to about my account was helpful and friendly. I really enjoyed talking with him. However, the second person that I talked to when I was trying to figure out my upload issues wasn’t as helpful. We were doing a whole lot of back and forth emailing which lasted longer than necessary.

Lack of problem-solving

This leads me to my next point: the lack of assistance with problem-solving left a bad taste in my mouth. This isn’t me saying that I expect Libsyn to lay the solutions to my problems out on a silver platter, no. But, I was hoping to be led in a better direction than just telling me I can search online for a program. Newsflash that was the first thing I did! I just needed a push in a specific direction. Have you ever been in a situation where you had certain expectations based on your experiences elsewhere? Well, that’s where I was coming from, but you’ll understand that sentiment more as you continue reading.

Didn’t fit my preferences

In all honesty, I wasn’t prepared for the advanced system that Libsyn provides. I think my expectations coming from a free version of a podcast publishing host were not fit for what Libsyn offers. At the end of the day, whatever publishing site you choose to use really depends on your preferences. Libsyn wasn’t the right fit for me at this moment and that’s okay. I had to try it out and make the decision for myself.

Why I switched to Buzzsprouts

When I realized Libsyn isn’t for me, I did some research. I utilized the Facebook groups I’m in to see the different platforms that might work better. One website that really stuck out to me was Buzzsprouts. I looked at their website and saw that they were user-friendly.

How it started

Our relationship officially started with an email. I wanted to ask them if uploading multiple files for one episode was possible since that was my main issue with Libsyn. They let me know that they don’t; however, they actually sent me links to different places to edit my files to merge them. I was not getting this treatment from Libsyn, so I was shook. Mostly because this was all before I decided to make the switch to Buzzsprouts, they really offered the information for free without me having to do anything other than ask. It shows me that they actually care about the podcaster and not just trying to get money. This made me feel confident enough to sign up with Buzzsprouts.

Buzzsprouts pros

When I actually went on their website, created an account, and scoped everything out, I fell in love. Honestly, I feel like Buzzsprouts is an excellent step up from Anchor. Their interface is clean, simple, and labeled for easy usage. I’m going to take a moment and share some of the features I’ve been enjoying since I made the switch.

Easy to read storage bar

Instead of megabytes, Buzzsprouts uses hours and minutes to let you know how much storage is left for the month. For example, I picked the smallest plan, which offers 3hrs of content for $12/month. My episodes are 20-25minutes in length, giving me plenty of room to create content without worrying about upgrading. There will come a time when I will need more storage (Shoutout Podsmas), but that is the future MaJhané’s problem! as you can see in the picture above there’s a progress bar on your homepage that lets you know how much time is remaining, meaning there is no guesswork involved!

Episode transcriptions

Another feature I enjoy using is being able to add transcriptions to every episode I upload. This, by the way, doesn’t mess with the upload allowance. If y’all know me, y’all know I’m all about my captions. I’m really trying to be as inclusive as possible in order for everyone to have equal access to my content. This was the reason I started publishing my podcast on Youtube, I wanted listeners to have the option to see the closed captions if they are hard at hearing.

Episode chapter markers

Another feature they offer is the ability to add chapter markers, which is really cool. I’m aware that some people don’t have time to listen to the full episodes, but they want to get to the meat and potatoes. Chapter markers show you the episode’s breakdown, allowing the listener to enjoy the part that matters to them. This option is available on Buzzsprouts and any other platform that allows it.

Friendly staff

Lastly, their staff is super friendly. Since that first email, I’ve been in constant correspondence with them to make sure that this final switch sticks. They were more than happy to help me and offered a lot of great troubleshooting solutions when needed.

Challenge

I know I typically do weekly challenges, but this is one I want you to hold on to always. I challenge you to allow yourself to fail forward.

Last week I made a whole episode on making the switch to Libsyn, and it ended up not being the right fit for me, and that’s okay. I was able to see that it wasn’t working out got proactive about it. I didn’t sit there and beat myself up over it, worrying if people would judge me or laugh at me because it didn’t work out.

How to fail forward

I had to fail forward and learn that Libsyn is a great app; it just wasn’t what I was looking for. Buzzsprouts is something that I really enjoy; it’s user-friendly and works for me. So allow yourself to fail forward. Take accountability for your actions, and don’t be afraid to get it wrong sometimes. Allow yourself that time and space to regroup and move forward. At the very least, don’t count yourself out.

If you find this information helpful, be sure to check out my other posts! Until we meet again, please be kind to one another, and from the bottom of my heart, I love you.

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