Today, September 30, is International Podcast Day! Today at Manlihood, we thought it would be a great opportunity to celebrate our podcast for men.
International Podcast Day™ is September 30th and is an international celebration of the power of podcasts.
In 2004, Adam Curry and Dave Winer were credited for the invention of podcasting. It wasn’t until Ben Hammersly wrote about the online audio shows in the Guardian newspaper that the term “podcasting” was coined.
It’s been almost 20 years since then, and we now have 2.4 million podcasts with 66 million episodes globally. There are more podcasts than anyone could ever listen to!
Blogs centered around personal development for men have been around for quite awhile, but one of the more earth-shaking moments in the manosphere was the birth of The Art of Manliness Podcast in 2009.
Since then, many men have started communicating online with podcasts for men, including Stephen Mansfield with his own podcast, and his GreatMan Podcast. Ryan Michler’s Order of Man has a massive impact in the men’s movement as well.
Enter Manlihood Stage Right…
In 2013, I sent an email to a handful of men that I respected, and pitched an idea. I wanted to make a website to equip, educate, entertain, and engage men to be better husbands, fathers, and leaders. The men had some great feedback. My hope was that I had just created a superhero team to build this crazy thing, only to find out, that most of them never really got involved.
At first, I was dissapointed, but one of them told me, “Josh, this is YOUR thing. We’re behind you, and we support you. But this is YOUR dream. YOU are the guy that needs to do it.”
And so I did.
My first real job was at WFRM Radio in Coudersport, PA at 14 years old. I was running the board for Pittsburgh Pirates games, DJ’ing and announcing on Saturday mornings, recording commercials, and having the time of my life. I went to college for communications, with a broadcasting specialty, spinning plenty of Christian records on the campus radio station. I went on to work at a few more radio stations, as a news director, a DJ, a talk show-host.
Way before all of that, I used to play with a tape recorder, making my own DJ’d mix tapes. Most people hate the sound of their own voice when they hear it played back. I’ve been listening to mine for so long, I’m usually not bothered by how I sound, and I’ve developed the voice and production skills to be able to use it to make a living at various points in my life.
The Birth of the Manlihood ManCast
I always knew I wanted to build the blog into a podcast. But I hesitated for a long time. Part of me was afraid that I was going to be sending it out into the void. Why would anyone listen? Why invest the time, energy, and emotion into something for 20 people?
After listening to other podcasts, I kept telling myself- You can do that. You have all of the skills, the knowledge, the wisdom to create that.
But it was hard to pull the trigger. Self-doubt kept plaguing me.
I was stuck in this place where I knew I could start it, but I didn’t want to fail. I wasn’t quite ready, I didn’t know what would work, or what listeners wanted to hear. I had a plan, but it was just ideas and lots of scrawled notes in a journal, and nothing concrete.
I had a conversation online with Ryan Michler, and he said, “Start before you are ready.”
And that wisdom made a lot of sense. Just do it, and you can work out the details later. You can fix what isn’t working when you actually do something other than thinking and dreaming.
So we decided to get started by recycling some of our blog content into episodes. If you scroll back on your podcast app to the earliest episodes, you’ll see that the Manlihood ManCast then definitely isn’t what it is now! But I started.
Now we’re in a very special time.
The Manlihood ManCast is in the Top 50 Podcasts for Men according to Feedspot. 41st to be exact.
The podcast has just shy of 300K listens. (That doesn’t include the 40K video views on Youtube!)
We’ve interviewed some high profile guests, including:
- DC Glenn from Tag Team
- Judge Joe Brown
- Elliott Hulse
- Larry Hagner
- Brad Thor
- Chuck Holton
- Dr. John Delony
- Jim Shockey
More Amazing interviews are on the way!
This season, we have interviews coming from:
- GS Youngblood
- Nicolas Gregoriades
- Nick Quinton
- Ken Coleman
- Dr. Judson Brandeis
- Cass Morrow
- Morgan Elliot
- and MORE!
Helping men be better men
Podcasting is important to me. This is the entrance into people’s hearts and minds as I do the mission I’ve been called to do.
What is it that drives Manlihood? Our Purpose, Mission, Vision, and Values.
Because the world needs men to lead in their families and communities, and because so many men have struggled to understand their value, Manlihood exists to help men become better men.
The Manlihood Mission is to Educate, Equip, and Entertain Men in an Engaging Way.
The Manlihood vision is to create resources to educate and equip men, to foster a thriving community of men, where bonds of brotherhood and accountability form. We seek to help men be better fathers, husbands, leaders, friends. We want to build through Manlihood a financially sustainable architecture that can support itself, but also to incubate ideas and opportunities from within the Manlihood community that support our purpose and mission.
- Men matter.
- Family matters.
- Integrity and Honor matter.
- Personal Responsibility matters. (If it is to be, it’s up to me.)
- Men thrive and grow in community and brotherhood with each other.
- Truth is everywhere. Wisdom knows how to pick it out.
- Men should value and respect women. (People should respect people.)
- Perseverance, Self-control and Self-discipline are sacred and essential.
- Words are powerful, and how we use them matters.
- Leadership is steeped in influence and responsibility. (Everyone is a leader, and everyone should embrace and nurture that role.)