Do you listen to podcasts? I hear that our world is getting busier and busier and people have less and less time to sit down and actually relish a written book (or anything else!) – does that sound like you? Well, me too. I enjoy podcasts as I sit at my desk and work because I can do more than just work. I can listen to a story or instruction.
There are a few points I can make about podcasting for the podcaster however. Most of them are positive.
They are portable and timely
Podcasts can be downloaded by the listener to tune into when it is convenient for them. Some people listen to them while on the treadmill, some listen while in the car. Anytime a listener can be tuned into your work CONVENIENTLY – it is always a positive.
They are simple to produce
You do not have to have fancy mics or expensive software to do this. I use software to record via Skype. The sound is usually pretty good (at least on my end!) and to be honest, most people are now used to video shot with a mobile phone, and imagery via cell phone. Most people don’t care if your podcast looks or sounds amateurish. Unless you are doing it for a business, you can cheat a little here.
On the negative side, I have to say that not everyone can tune in from work. They cannot use iTunes, or Youtube, and therefore may never remember to check out your podcast or vlog. That’s okay. Just create a post and give ’em text!
And of course, you should always try to use royalty free stuff when doing this. Imagery and music should not be copyrighted because you do not reproduce that for the airwaves for free.
Other than that? It’s a podcast world, baby. Get out there and give it a whirl. You never know where it may lead you!