Paul Colligan, a well-known podcaster behind the site Podcasttools.com, explores where we've been and where we're going with podcasting. He also made me think about where I've been with podcasting and just where I'm going.
Paul says podcasting exploded with the desire for people to be their own publishers. In the beginning, the process of creating, publishing, and distributing podcasts stretched your technical abilities. It was a hassle, and listeners struggled to receive your content too. That has changed considerably.
Now it has become much easier for podcasters to produce content and for listeners to receive the content. New devices are making the receipt of podcasts onto your iPod as easy as pushing a button when a light flashes. And Gigavox's upcoming audio system will bring content management and automated publishing to the podcaster. The Gigavox platform will provide automated insertion and rotation of ads into your podcasts in hands-free, edit-free way.
So in a nutshell, a couple of years ago podcasting was hard. A couple years from now podcasting will be easy. That might be a general trend in technology.
I usually run at lunch, and today I forgot my headphones, so I had to run in silence (usually I listen to podcasts). Running in silence made me ponder some soul-searching questions. How did I get into podcasting? Where am I going with it? What's my purpose and direction?
Here are a few definitive answers about why I am not podcasting:
To be honest, I started podcasting because I needed a topic for my Intercom article on new trends, and you can't write well about something you don't do, especially podcasting. So I jumped in to experiment. I created one show and then I created another, and before long I'd gotten into a rhythm that I couldn't easily step out of, and which I wasn't sure I wanted to step out of.
I've got plans to continue headstrong for as long as I can go. But still I must find a purpose, direction, an overriding motive. Otherwise I will podfade.
Here are some possible purposes for my podcasting:
I was really struck by a post Harry Miller made the other day about finding purpose and brand as a technical communicator. We all need to find that purpose, but that purpose is particularly necessary when you engage in time-consuming peripheral activities like podcasting and blogging. In the meantime, I'll keep plugging away on my blog and podcast, believing with faith that at some future point the purpose will be made known to me.
If you want to share with me your purposes and thoughts, I'd love to hear them.
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