After 230 podcasts, I’ve got some practical advice I want to share. If you’ve considered podcasting but are put off by the technicalities, I want to show you how easy it can be. I am an advocate for quality production. Podcast listeners deserve respect and consideration as much as radio listeners. But I want to show that it need not be either burdensome or expensive to achieve that quality.
What’s more, not only is good sound quality desirable in a podcast, it’s also, in one way, even more crucial. Think about it. A radio broadcaster only has to compete for the listener with whatever programming selection is currently available 1) on the frequencies in that area and 2) at that particular time.
The podcast listener, on the other hand, has a much wider selection – infinitely wider in a sense. I subscribe to and download more podcasts than I succeed in listening to, and there are many more quality podcasts on subjects of interest me that I have yet to encounter. The podcast listener is spoiled for choice.
So what happens when I encounter a podcast on my MP3 player which is poorly recorded, noisy or unintelligble? I simply skip to the next one on my playlist. In many cases the content of the material on these podcasts is interesting and valuable, but what use is that if it is inaccessible?
Blogging has flourished because the only skill required is basic literacy. However the principles of making and processing recorded sound are not on the curriculum in most primary schools. The thing is, though: they could be. It’s really not that complicated at all.
In fact, the whole thing about audio quality boils down to just two points. On Saturday, I’m going to use just two slides, and talk about each one for just 5 minutes. After that – it’s up to you. I can go on for hours about this stuff but no one really wants that. So I’ll answer any questions, and discuss practical situations until we’ve had enough. If there is interest we can do practical examples but again, I’m mindful of the unconference ethos: I’m only going to cover stuff if people are interested.
So what are the two points? I call one The Underlying Principle and the other The Golden Rule, which sounds very fancy except they’re really just common sense really! Just your basic primary school stuff! ;)
See you on Saturday!