Why I’ll keep talking about podcasting (but try not)

Why I’ll keep talking about podcasting (but try not): This post started yesterday as my typical slapped-together agreeable disagreement to a post by Russell Beattie who wrote, “the first rule of podcasting…is that you don’t talk about podcasting.” I started typing about why one should talk about podcasting and then about 2,000 words later I gave up and said, “forget it. I can’t do this. I can’t explain why I think this is such a big deal worth talking about until blue in the face.” I think I now agree with Russell (at least on the “first rule” part): Talking about “podcasting” makes one sound like the complete dork I figure the folks at Hammock Publishing think I am for spending 15 minutes of our Monday staff meeting bouncing off the wall about podcasting.

So, I’ve bagged the 2,000 words of blogging about podcasting (well, at least 1,300 of them).

But I do want to at least enter into the rexblog-record a few thoughts on this topic so I can point back one day and say, “See. I told you so. Remember?” (Which, frankly, is the best thing about having a weblog. Conversely, the worst thing about having a weblog is giving other people something they can point back one day and say, “See, you said that. Remember?”).

So, as of October 6, 2004, here are some things I have determined about podcasting in the week since I first heard the term.

1. Podcasting is a really, really big thing. Big like the first time you saw the web via Mosaic. Big like when Microsoft thought HTML was too simple to ever be anything important.

2. Podcasting today is where blogging was back before you ever heard of it.

3. Podcasting could enable you to turn your iPod into a TiVo-like device for conference calls and seminars and staff meetings and presentations and worship services and high school band concerts and class lectures and club meetings and (you get the idea).

4. Podcasting is not limited to Adam Curry (bless him for evangelizing the concept, however) producing something that follows a radio talk show format.

5. (In fact) Don’t get hung up on the “programming” part of podcasting. The “programming part” of podcasting can be as simple as the “programming part” of making a phone call.

6. Podcasting is not webcasting. It doesn’t have to be about a specific time or a format or “a show”

7. Podcasting is a very easy concept to understand if you regularly use all of the following: iTunes, an iPod, RSS, a newsreader, and (even a little) GarageBand. Podcasting merely ties all of these things together in a “frictionless” channel. You can grasp it even if you don’t use of all these. But if you do, it’s a no-brainer.

8. If you don’t read weblogs via a newsreader, it is really difficult to understand the concept of podcasting. (In fact, if you don’t have a newsreader set up, just forget reading the rest of this post as it will make no sense. Instead, at least click over to Bloglines.com and get over whatever it is keeping you from making your life a lot more simple).

9. You sound like a dork if you say podcasting more than twice in a two-minute time period.

10. I’m a dork.

Other podcasting items so I can move on:

1. I’ve heard myself mentioned on a podcast for the first (MP3) (and second (MP3)) time ever as Tim Germer said some nice things about me on a couple of his shows called Northwest Noise. And yes, Tim. I am older than you. A lot.

2. It appears several people are already staking claim on the creation of podcasting. I have no idea who should be credited, but I’ve learned in the past that it’s always a good idea in matters like this to credit Dave Winer. So, no matter who or what or how this all came together, I, for one, credit Dave.

3. Endgaget has posted a “How To” tutorial on podcasting. I’m sure there will be a gazillion more within a few weeks.

4. I will be doing some experimental podcasting in the near future but I doubt it will be more than that, some experiments.

5. Bumper music will be included on all of my podcasts.

rexblog bumper music: Video Killed the Radio Star (The Buggles)

  • Hugh

    I would admit to being a “dork” (I prefer “geek”) except my 1 gen iPod has been dead for a year.

    Dork and Nerd are derogatory, geek is complementary.

  • rex

    While I take pride in my geekiness, in this case, I’m a dork.