Quick Poll on My Podcast Topic

I’m rethinking the focus of my podcast, and I’d like to get your feedback. With each of the following poll questions, you can see the results immediately. If you have responses that don’t fit the yes or no answers, please use the comments field below the post. Thanks for the feedback.

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By Tom Johnson

I'm a technical writer working for the 41st Parameter in San Jose, California. I'm interested in topics related to technical writing, such as visual communication, API documentation, information architecture, web publishing, JavaScript, front-end design, content strategy, Jekyll, and more. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

  • Kai

    Thanks for asking, Tom! I cherish your podcasts for TW methods, trends, etc., especially the interviews/dialogues. Reading your own posts would seem redundant to me – it’s usually easier and quicker for me to sread or scan a written post.

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/eileenpotter Eileen Potter

    I squeeze in podcasts when I can. It’s usually quicker for me to scan posts in Outlook. Listening to a podcast about a specific tool (Flare, WordPress) – it might be tricky if the topic is solution-oriented and you’re trying to visualize where you are in the application as you listen to the conversation.

  • http://xmlpress.net Richard Hamilton

    Tom, I agree with Eileen; it’s usually quicker for me to read. I’d actually rather have transcripts of podcasts than podcasts of written blogs, though I understand that former is much harder to do than the latter.

    • http://idratherbewriting.com Tom Johnson

      Richard, I keep meaning to experiment with this using Adobe Soundbooth, which I think performs an auto-transcribe of audio, but I’m wary that once I translate the text, I’ll have to clean it up. Maybe not. This is on my to-do list.

  • Margaret

    While reading is quicker, I often listen to podcasts in the car while driving. And interviews are better when you hear the voices.

    • http://idratherbewriting.com Tom Johnson

      Margaret, I agree that interviews come across better when you can hear the voices. Definitely right on.

  • http://www.uni-q-docs Oana Bota

    Being a technical writer it’s faster for me to read lines. Usually technical people would rather read between the lines instead listening postcards. Although, it’s up to each of us what is the best way to find news / information.

    • http://idratherbewriting.com Tom Johnson

      Thanks Oana. I agree that reading is faster and many times better. But it’s not always possible to read (e.g., while driving, exercising, walking). Also, there’s something intangibly personal and intimate about hearing the human voice. It’s the connection with the Other. It helps bridge the gaps between us all.

  • Kirsty

    I’m not sure about the WordPress question. Currently, I’m using Blogger, so it wouldn’t be likely that WordPress podcasts would be of interest to me. That being said, I think our Marketing department have started a WordPress blog … so my thoughts might change in the future. 😉

    • http://idratherbewriting.com Tom Johnson

      Thanks for your feedback on this topic, Kirsty. I think I’m going to keep the wordpress stuff at a minimum, prob. just screencasts on wordpress every now and then.

  • Salome

    Thanks for putting together this site and all of the podcasts. They are very helpful, fun and insightful.

    I do read the e-mails and I do download the podcasts from iTunes and listen to them either at work or on the road.

    Thanks again! Keep up the good work. ☺

    • http://idratherbewriting.com Tom Johnson

      Salome, thanks for the feedback about how you listen to podcasts. I’m trying to do more but have slowed down with my interviews lately.

  • Breanne

    I just found your podcasts a couple of weeks ago. I downloaded some of the latest ones and heard this one today.

    You mentioned that you wanted to improve your speaking and that was why you read one of your blog posts. I really appreciated being able to hear one of your blog posts, because honestly, I try to avoid the computer during my free time lately. (Full-time job on the computer & online Technical Communication undergrad student.) I also recognized a noticable improvement in the flow of your voice when you read the blog because you were focused on that aspect of podcasting. The improvements I noticed then have continued throughout the podcasts posted after that date.

    Also, I enjoy the variety of types of podcasts you post: interviews, presentations, monologues, and reading your blog posts. I have found that I have a more difficult time when the podcasts are longer than an hour and fifteen minutes; 40 minutes to an hour seems to be just perfect (but perhaps that has to do with the length of my commute time).

    Thank you for your podcasts.

    • http://idratherbewriting.com Tom Johnson

      Breanne, thanks for your feedback on the podcasts where I read my posts. I didn’t get much feedback on them, so I enjoyed hearing your thoughts. I do want to convert more of my blog posts into podcasts, so your comment may encourage me to do more of that.

      Do you have any podcast topics that you’re interested to hear? If so, let me know. I’ll also try to add more podcasts from my own posts. Thanks again for leaving your comment. If you have future feedback on ways to improve the podcasts, let me know.

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