Podcasts seem to be becoming quite popular, and I’ve noticed a number of bloggers expanding (or switching over) into podcasting. So let’s talk about it!
Podcasting first got its start back in 2004 as a way to make a radio show available for iPod. It’s become kind of like a democratized internet age version of talk radio that’s available on demand. The interview format seems to be popular, and I know Josh of paddictrecovery has been very active on the pornography addiction podcast circuit.
I’ve never considered doing a podcast, because I’m a writer, not a talker. I’m also not a podcast listener, and the main reason I’m writing this post is that I’m curious what other people’s podcast listening habits are, because I really have no idea. I don’t listen to audiobooks either; audio just doesn’t connect to my brain very well. I find it hard to sustain attention, and I have a hard time trying to multitask and do something else while trying to listen.
Another issue for me is allocating time. I could read a lot of blog posts in the amount of time it would take me to listen to a podcast. I can see maybe listening while commuting to work, but then again, when I was commuting and listening to radio, it was always music rather than talk.
Because I haven’t actually talked to anyone about their podcasting ventures, I have no idea how easy or difficult it is to get listeners (or even where to find them), and how easy or difficult it is to get paying subscribers, if that’s what people are aiming for. Does podcasting feel as therapeutic as blogging does?
I do sort of feel like we’re living in a time when everyone’s a creator of something. At some point, does the amount that’s being created start to outweigh the amount that’s being consumed? If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?
The other day on The Daily Show, Trevor Noah interviewed Logan Paul, who has a podcast that apparently is very popular. Why? Who listens to this crap?
Anyway, that’s my little ramble. Have you ever contemplated podcasting? Do you listen to podcasts, and if so, what are your listening habits? I’m very curious to hear people’s thoughts.