I've been roaming around interviewing people at the STC Conference (yesterday I posted about 10 short interviews on Tech Writer Voices). When doing live, face-to-face interview podcasts, I've learned several things you should definitely not do when podcasting:
Overall, podcasting here at the conference has been an incredibly interesting social experience. It gives a purpose to networking, allows me to meet and talk with all kinds of people (whom I would probably never meet otherwise). It is also making me quite visible.
What's most challenging is simply having the courage to approach someone I don't know and ask if I can interview them. Another challenge is figuring out ways to lengthen the interviews. After about 5-8 minutes, I run out of questions. Still, it's very much like a conversation. Podcasting is like having a conversation with everyone at the conference — talking with each of them one-on-one. I am starting to feel like an STC ethnographer.
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