Tuesday, August 29, 2006

When and How to Stay Committeed to Podcasts

As a musician and music teacher I am inclined to listen. I am (according to Howard Gardner) Musically Intelligent. Which simply means I can make organizational sense of sound and tend to learn things best by listening. In this visually obsessed world, I am somewhat handicapped. This is why I was initially attracted to podcasting. There was something nifty about the concept of learning by active listening. Last summer I thought, “my students will eat this up”. They will want to make their own podcasts. They will want to listen to them all! Yeah, sure.

My initial enthusiasm waned pretty quickly once the school year got started. Responses to the concept of podcast listening and podcast creation ranged from, “what’s a podcast?” to “who cares?”. I was also feeling a time crunch to listen to all these podcasts because I made the mistake of not listening during “transition periods” during my day (see below). Then I read a blog that dissed podcasts badly (The Top 7 Reasons Online Podcasts Suck). That’s when traditional teaching returned and I unsubscribed to all those unlistened podcasts.

It’s now a year later and I am, once again, feeling the love for podcasts . This time, however, I am taking a practical approach and studying the real possibilities here. I have come to the following conclusions about podcasting:

1- Podcasts should, at least intially, be listened to alone

2- Podcasts should be highly specific and organized around subjects (for example, buddhism or fly fishing)

3- Podcats should be listened to at “transition times” during the day (because who has the time!). Such times include, commuting to work, grocery shopping, walking, jogging, waiting for the bus, etc..

I’m ready to give podcasting another go.

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technolainie said...

Hi there,

I need help with a project I'm doing for work, and I'm thinking this is the right place to find help.

We're conducting a study on music, the media, and the technology young people use today. But most market research is totally bunk because of the survey junkies who participate in online panels- they don't accurately represent the ideal consumer. So we've been recruiting a more upscale, educated, and technologically friendly group of people virally (everyone at my office sends an invite to their friends who send it to their friends, etc.) to take a short survey on these topics. The results will help large media companies see that while it appears they're serving the U.S. so well, the people who don't traditionally participate in market research are NOT being served.

I used a Facebook and MySpace profile to recruit people to recruit their friends, and it's working well, because there are cash incentives involved, but I need to find MORE places to recruit these folks. Any ideas? Where do young techies hang out these days?

If you know anyone age 12-34, please pass this on to them. (Sorry, anyone else is too old)

But more importantly, if you know where else to find these people in their natural habitat, please let me know!

frank said...

Try Stumble Upon.