Why I haven’t done a podcast yet
Paul Crick, one of the guys I work with at Voxilla, has been mucking about with a podcast on his blog. I’ve toyed with the idea of doing a podcast, but I can’t bring myself to do it, at least not yet.
See, I’ve always wanted to do radio. In fact I did for a time in the mid 1990s. Podcasting is basically the radio of the future, or at least something like it will be. It gives any idiot with a microphone, an MP3 encoder, and a website the ability to broadcast their voice to anyone who can find their podcast and actually want to listen to it. Why can’t that idiot be me? Why can’t it, huh?
For one thing, I’m kind of an audiophile when it comes to the sound of my own voice. I’m the kind of person who records his voicemail greeting ten times to get it right without any stammering, pauses, or incoherent words. I would likely spend hours editing and rerecording a 15 minute podcast because I think I sound like a retard a lot of the time. And time is something I don’t have in abundance.
Next, what would I talk about? I could talk about the same crap I blog about, but who wants to hear that? I’d need a theme, as in “what interesting thing(s) would I talk about.” I’d also need to work out a timeline (e.g. what I talk about when) and music. Oh yes, music. Royalty free music or podcast safe stuff. I don’t need the RIAA and their ilk breathing down my neck because I chose to use a few seconds of someone’s copyrighted work in my podcast.
Maybe I’m dumb for not ignoring all these “can’t do this, can’t do that” rules I’ve imposed on myself. Maybe I should just throw caution to the wind and try it to see what happens.