Aaron Dowd - The Podcast Dude

Hi! My name is Aaron Dowd. I’m 32 years old and I live near Fort Worth, Texas. I help entrepreneurs and freelancers make awesome podcasts so that they can grow an audience, attract clients, and discover their true passion.

If you’d like to learn how to make a great podcast, I share everything I’ve learned about podcasting on my show, The Podcast Dude. You can listen to all 75 episodes for free, and get access to everything I’ve learned about podcasting and audio so far here in the Successful Podcasting courses for $99/month. My show was hot for awhile in Apple Podcasts, which was cool.

I also publish articles on Medium and video on Youtube.

If you’re wondering what podcasting gear I recommend, go here.

When I’m not helping people make podcasts, I love writing, podcasting, playing drums, working out, reading, and drinking coffee.

My friends/clients include:

5by5 -> Back to Work, The Web Ahead, The Big Web Show, Asymco
Adam Martin -> Makers of Sport
Adam Stac -> Changelog
Authentic Jobs -> Hired
Brett Terpstra -> Systematic
CodePen -> CodePen Radio
Creative Mornings
Charli Prangley -> Design Life
Dan Cederholm -> Overtime
David Sparks & Katie Floyd -> Mac Power Users
Frontside -> Frontside Podcast
Funsize -> Hustle
Humana Design -> This is HCD
Jake Parker & SVS Learn -> 3 Point Perspective
Jane Portman -> UI Breakfast
Jason Blumer -> Thrivecast, Businessology
Jenn Lukas -> Ladies in Tech
KPCB -> Ventured
Katie Kovalcin & Tim Kadlec -> Path to Performance
Patrick Johnson -> The Start
Sean McCabe -> seanwes podcast, The Podcast Dude, Invisible Details, In the Boat With Ben, Lambo Goal, Overlap Audiobook
Chris Coyier & Dave Rupert -> Shoptalk Show
Shawn Blanc -> The Focus Course
Simplecast (This is where I work and it’s awesome)
Whitney Hess & Paul McAleer -> Designing Yourself

and more. I want to thank all of these people for sharing their voices and knowledge with the world and for teaching me so much.

When + Why + How

My professional journey started in 2010 when I started learning how to record, mix, and master music. At the time, I wanted to be a professional drummer and I wanted to produce and record songs with the bands I was playing with.

Eventually I started helping people produce and edit podcasts (I loved podcasts too much to not get involved). Podcast production and post-production (editing and mixing/mastering) slowly turned into my full time job. By spring of 2014, I had enough freelance clients to quit my day job as a Jr. web developer.

In 2013, I’d made a new friend (Sean McCabe) at a Dribbble meetup in Austin, TX. In early 2015, I helped him start a podcast network. We made a ton of other cool things too, check out seanwes.com.

At the end of 2017, I launched Successful Podcasting (online course where I teach what I’ve learned about podcasting and podcast editing) and joined my favorite podcast hosting company, Simplecast, to help them make it easy for people like you to publish podcasts and grow an audience online.

So that brings us to now. Thanks for reading!

Things to do next:

If you’d like to hear me play drums, check out my punk band, Not Half Bad. I think you’ll like us if you like The Menzingers, Against Me, Iron Chic, or Gaslight Anthem.

I also played with singer/songwriter Kolton Moore. People say we sound like The Damn Quails, Ryan Bingham, Reckless Kelly, John Mayer, and Jason Isbell. We’re on hiatus till a future unknown date.

If you’re looking for some good books to read, go here.

If you want to hire me for some training or consulting, send an email to [aaron] @ [thepodcastdude.com] and tell me a little bit about what I can help you with.

If you’d like to read some blog posts I wrote, go here.