Wednesday, October 04, 2006


Podcasting is easier now than it has been in the past. There are a lot of people out there that do it, and even more that listen. My friend Joel using podcasting as his method of delivering the piano music he plays. Many others just talk about things going on in their life. I remember growing up when I would receive a cassette tape in the mail from a friend who had recorded herself talking to me instead of writing me. That was the coolest thing ever. I thought at the time, "It will be so awesome if someday this can be done faster than using the mail". Obviously even then telephones were an option, but long distance was not as cheap as it is now. Now I can talk forever on my phone and it will only cost me 30$ a month. I can't even imagine what my life would have been like if I had that option when I was in high school. I could have easily paid for our phone and talked almost my entire life away. Looking back I'm glad that was not an option for me. Really, with as much dead time as there is on the phone, I sometimes wouldn't mind if people would just record their thoughts and send them to me all at once, then I don't have to worry about them getting off topic because of a question I ask. I can just hear what they want me to hear and move on.

Anyway, podcasting is big. There's lots of good reasons to do it, and just as many good reasons to listen. I compiled a few small lists of reasons of what I think about podcasts. In general. Specifically, I think there is a lot of potential in podcasting, and I think that a very small group will be able to fully take advantage of it for what it can be used for. I also feel the same way about the TV. I'll leave that for another time though.

3 Reasons Why I don't podcast.
1. I don't like to hear my own voice.
2. I like being able to proof what I'm doing and organize and coordinate it.
3. I don't have a good quiet place that I could record my voice other than my car ride to and from work, at which point my focus is driving.

3 Reasons you should podcast.
1. It's faster to talk than it is to type.
2. Posting a podcast is as easy posting a blog (link to podcast posting instructions)
3. A podcast can be listened to from the computer without having to look at it. Busy people only need the time to start the podcast, then they can continue taking care of their kids or making dinner while listening.

3 Reasons I don't listen to podcasts
1. Podcasts are generally too long. I can tolerate a 20 minute podcast, but some of the technology sites I go to have 1 hour plus podcasts.
2. I hate commercials. Some of the podcasts I've heard have a 5 minute commercial introduction, I understand your have a need to earn money from advertisers, but this is annoying.
3. I hate rambling. Some of the podcasts I have heard are from people who have never had a public speaking course in their life. I understand being nervous in front of an audience, but this is in the privacy of your own home. It's like singing in the shower, you just do it and don't care if anyone is listening.

3 Things that would make me listen to podcasts.
1. If a podcast is short and downloadable, then I can listen on my short 30 minute car ride home.
2. Don't ramble. Try to organize your thoughts before you start talking, think about public speaking, please don't say "um" 600 times.
3. Be dynamic and excited. Some podcasts are just people talking, very monotone, "Buehler, Buehler" C'mon, you wanted to say this, so say it.

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