Pontifications on Podcasting


Wwell, I won’t lie, I’ve definitely looked at just not bothering with the podcasting side of things recently. It’s a time drain, it’s tedious, it’s deathly lonesome and many other things, but while trying to sort out my thoughts on podcasting today I came up with this:

For now, the only way I can articulate how I feel about podcasting is say you were meeting up with someone for a chat, but they didn’t say anything the entire time as you hold a one-sided conversation. As you search for things to say that might be interesting to them, they have no response and you can’t read their reaction (face/body language).

I don’t know about most people, but that’s an uncomfortable situation to me. I firmly believe “it’s only awkward if you make it so” and comfortable silences are definitely possible, but in this situation I don’t know – I feel like there should be some sort of reaction or feedback in some way, not necessarily a comment. I don’t know how or what, but something.

It’s the best way I can articulate what I think I feel at the moment. Sure, a comment is nice but it’s not exactly what I’m after. I just need feedback of some sort, whatever form it might take.

What I also intended to add to this comment but didn’t was the fact that typically I’ve always been a much better listener than a talker. My friends always mentioned that I was great at listening, particularly when I was in high school. Ruben, on the other hand, is a talker which is why in part we work so well - he talks and I listen. Even when I do have things to say, a large portion of the time it remains unsaid.

Podcasting, in a way, was an exercise to become better at speaking because in general I just don’t like to talk unless it’s to raise my voice in song because singing is definitely something I enjoy doing even if I don’t do it well.

Jimbo over at the Overnightscape Underground had some great comments for me though, so I’m grateful for that. I will take some more time to think things through.