How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Podcast

There are three ways I interact with y’all on the Internet.

The first, Twitter, is delightfully immediate and informal, and I use it many times a day. (It’s really gonna suck if Twitter goes evil.)

The second, blog posts, seems like it should be close to Twitter in terms of immediacy and informality. But the more I write, the less this seems to be the case.

The blog posts I enjoy most are the ones that get to the heart of the matter quickly and simply. They give me the desired Ah-ha! moment and, boom, they’re done. (With, however, a level of detail that Twitter can’t provide.)

But writing posts like that…the good bloggers make it look easy, but it’s not. I myself have only written a smattering of random posts. But it’s never really felt like I’ve gotten better, or that I’ve developed a theme. Like my blog is really about something.

The third, podcasts, is something different again. Quite different.

It’s the only one with a schedule, so there’s a more of a rhythm to it than tweets or posts. (More practice.)

It can feel more immediate, more lively than a blog post, because you hear the host’s intonation. More emotion comes through. It’s easier to incorporate listener responses, like a Twitter thread. It’s fun.1

And because it’s an actual chat, rather than text on a page, the same rules don’t apply. You can go on long-winded tangents. You can get to the heart of your topic sideways, or even miss the critical point and fill it in the next week. You can make mistakes and laugh about it. If you’re enjoying yourself, your audience will too.2 And week by week, you can get a little better, hone your presentation skills, discover the topics you really shine at.

Basically, it’s one route to becoming a good blogger, if blogging alone isn’t cutting it.

 

1. And did I mention show notes? I really like putting things into the show notes.

2. Or they’ll stop listening. Same diff.