500th Episode Special: The Story Behind Money Girl
Woohoo! It's the 500th episode of Money Girl! Let's celebrate by going behind the scenes. Laura shares the Money Girl story, how she got started as a personal finance expert and author, how the podcast began, its major influence on her career, and how the show gets created for you each week.
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To celebrate this amazing milestone of 500 Money Girl podcast episodes, I'm taking you behind the scenes to share the Money Girl story. You'll find out how I got started as a personal finance expert and author, how the podcast began, its major influence on my career, and how the show gets created for you each week.
Podcasts Have Come a Long Way, Baby
When I started podcasting in 2007, there weren’t a lot of other podcasts. Maybe there were a few hundred shows, at most. The big guys, like NPR, weren’t publishing their shows yet, so the only choices were from independent or “indie” producers.
Podcasts have come a long way since then, especially over the past 2 or 3 years. One tipping point was the NPR show Serial. Everyone who loved the first season shared it like crazy and it became the most quickly downloaded podcast, ever. Saturday Night Live even spoofed it at the end of 2014.
Now, famous people like Alec Baldwin, Marc Maron, and Anna Faris have podcasts that interview other famous people. There are even podcasts about podcasts!
The First Podcast I Ever Heard
When I tell people that I’ve been podcasting every week for over 10 years, they’re always surprised. “Wow, I didn’t know podcasts have been around that long!” Yup, the first ones started around 2004. I stumbled on them after my husband gave me an iPod Shuffle as a gift when I graduated from the University of Florida with my MBA in 2005.
When I tell people that I’ve been podcasting every week for over 10 years, they’re always surprised.
The first podcast I ever heard was Manager Tools, a business show that helps professionals become more effective managers and leaders. I binge-listened for hours while my husband and I were on a long road trip that summer.
I’ve always loved audio, but podcasts sounded so different than radio or an audiobook. There was an intimacy that really hooked me. I couldn’t get enough and was subscribed to over 50 shows at one point. I listened to podcasts on science, philosophy, marketing, management, and health. They all spoke directly to me with specific advice or information that was fascinating.
Another great show I found was Grammar Girl, hosted by Mignon Fogarty. I had no idea how our paths would cross in the future.
My love affair with podcasts continues. It’s a very rare day that I don’t listen to at least a couple of shows. I love reading too—but podcasts serve a different purpose for me because they fill the quiet spaces of my life while I’m doing other things, like getting ready in the morning, driving, eating, or winding down for bed.