If you listen to whatÂ many people say concerning this new and exciting broadcast medium, you will often hear the words, “anyone and everyone can, and should, have their own podcast.”Â I really can’t say I agree with this.
Although anyone can have their own podcast, I am of the opinion not everyone should.
Now that I’ve said that, I guessÂ I should clarify.Â I don’t mean to stand in anyone’s way or step on their rights of free speech, but there needs to be more to an audio podcast that just having something to say.Â You need to say something that people want to listen to, (or see, when talking about video podcasting.)Â Otherwise, why take up space in the virtual world.Â
Although it is true anyone can rant and ramble on about any subject that interests them, it is my opinion, (and I have to be blunt), if it doesn’t appeal or interest others . . . there won’t be a soul there to hear what you have to say . . . so in my book . . . what’s the purpose.Â (Maybe you don’t care about this orÂ just want to get on your soapbox and go off on a rant to get it off your chest.)Â My answer to that is, go ahead, but, don’t get upset when nobody shows up to listen to you or they click away to something else before you even get to the heart of your matter.
If you listen to those in the know about podcasting, you will find they recommend you do testing to see what your audience really wants to hear or if they really want to listen to you say it.Â You may want to have some of your close and trusted friends listen to it first, but keep in mind, you need good, solid, constructive critique of your product and you need to be willing to listen to what those you’ve asked to give their input say, or, at least, weigh what they say in good faith and use it to better yourself and yourÂ “webcast”
See ya next time . . .