Project 52: 4/52 (Yikes, I'm way behind!)
So, Podcasts are pretty much my thing - I talk about them a lot as a result; it should be no surprise that one of my weekly writing topics is about Podcasts. I'm sure I've mentioned them before in some capacity on this blog, but I've been thinking about podcasts in general this week. (As a complete aside: Sarah, how the heck do you consistently write something every week?)
Why do I like podcasts so much? I think it's primarily because the content that I can get from podcasts I can't get anywhere else. There are some exceptions to this rule, when traditional radio stations release popular on-air shows as podcasts (such as one of my favourites, CBC's Under The Influence or KFAI's Crap From the Past). Sometimes podcasts even cross over to the radio realm (usually through syndication). Either way, my favourite podcasts combine to provide me with the ultimate programmable, personal radio station.
The other thing that's neat about them is that they are usually amateur in nature / quality (the above examples of professional podcasts notwithstanding). Anybody can make a podcast. Not everybody can make a successful podcast, but it doesn't matter. If you can find a way to record your voice, and upload a file to the web, you can create your own podcast. Why go through the legal hassle of pirate radio when you can broadcast without regulation (okay...not completely without regulation - that's one reason why Creative Commons exists)?
Hence why I podcast. I've always loved playing around with recording my voice, especially when I was younger. I remember having my own tape recorder that I played with when I was growing up. I had a lot of fun being on the air when I took Radio Broadcasting, but that line of work is not a career interest for me. It's just a hobby - which makes podcasting the perfect avenue to keep working on that hobby.
But I've hit a wall lately; part of podcasting is creating a sense of community with your listeners. I've been doing Alternative Airwaves for years now, and I feel like I'm sending the podcast out to nobody. I keep wanting to change things up and try something new, but it never sticks because I don't get any reaction, or I get bored of one idea and move to another. I'm toying with the idea of hanging it up for that podcast, but I hate the idea of quitting on something I've worked so hard on.
I haven't released a podcast in over a month now, and the last one was admittedly half-assed. I'm at a point right now where I don't want to release another one until I feel energized about the idea and put in a solid effort and make it sound GOOD. I hope I can do that before too long, but for right now, I'm just taking it easy and finding good music in the meantime.
That's all I can pound out on this tiny keyboard right now; I hope that in reading all of this, I've sparked some previously unheld interest in Podcasts and that you go listen to either Alternative Airwaves or Futurama Pedia (or both!). Thus ends my brief shameless plug.