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This is Leo Notenboom for askleo.net.
A little over three years ago I did my first podcast:
Intro from podcast #1
That's a MIDI version of the theme from The Naked Gun movies, in case you're curious, and a much cheaper microphone.
Aside from a brief hiatus, it's been a weekly event ever since.
I'm considering discontinuing the podcast, and wanted to take a moment to reflect on podcasting in general.
Podcasting is certainly not dead, if that's what you're wondering. Particularly after the entrance of iTunes into the field a couple of years a go, there's now a wide variety of highly rated, entertaining and informative podcasts. Given the chance, I listen several to quite regularly. I recently ranted on my personal blog how local radio stations are not meeting my needs, but my solution turns out to be fairly simple: listen to some great podcasts instead.
Podcasting lets you choose what you want to hear and when you want to hear it.
That's not to say that podcasting doesn't have it's rough spots. I know that many don't always live up to the schedule that they set out for themselves, and that can be a tad annoying. Some of the most reliable are actually repurposed radio shows that have a hard deadline that they must always meet.
So why am I considering discontinuing mine?
Even though I have it down to a routine by now, creating a podcast is extra work and time. As you might imagine, my podcast is not just a "stream of consciousness" style that works for many others. My approach has been to produce something that hopefully is reasonably professional. Sometimes that requires several "takes" for me not to trip over my own tongue.
It's also exactly 3 minutes long, and that's on purpose. The original intent was that this podcast could be inserted into anyone else's, or even broadcast radio, and having a fixed length made each week's podcast a predictable insertion. While I've gotten pretty good at writing three minutes worth of copy, sometimes it's over, sometimes it's under and I don't find out until after that first take.
And I'd like to try a few other things. Video is calling, though I know simply replacing my audio podcast with a talking head video podcast isn't something I see as adding much value. Just like the audio podcast has evolved, it's going to take some time to play with video.
My podcasts have tended to be more like opinion pieces anyway, so if I do discontinue the audio, I'll probably replace it right away with a written equivalent.
I'd love to hear what you think. Would you miss the audio? Visit askleo.net and enter 12383 in the go to article number box to access the show notes, the transcript and to leave me a comment. While you're there, browse the hundreds of technical questions and answers on the site.
Till next time, I'm Leo Notenboom, for askleo.net.