The brains were stormed and some great ideas were shared at our first podstorming session. The session covered the why’s and what if’s but time cut short our discussion of the how to’s. So the output from this session covers the audience, benefits and blockers but only skims over the format and structure of the podcast.
The session kicked off with a brief introduction to Podcasting. I won’t repeat these ramblings as you just need to google ‘podcasting’ to find hundreds of sites offering explanations of what podcasting is?
A good place to start is Wikipedia, then follow the external links at the bottom of the page.
Some participants requested clarification of what differentiates a podcast from a regular downloadable audio file so we brainstormed the features of a podcast: -
- Audio file/ MP3
- Publish-Subscription model
- Listener subscribes to a feed (RSS)
- Episodes automatically download
- Podshow is not a live broadcast but recorded
- Podshow has a structured format, often in the style of a talkshow
- Listener requires aggregator software, known as a podcatcher
- Playback is on a computer or digital music player
After the basics had been wrapped-up I intended to play some snippets of podcasts for those that weren’t overly familiar with podcasts but some technical glitches put a stop to this. So below is a handful of podcasts that I’m currently listening to which should give podcast virgins an introduction to the wonderful world of podshows.
To listen to the Podcasts below you need to enter the feed in to your podcatcher. For example, if you’re using iTunes go to Advanced > Subscribe to Podcast and paste in the feed. That’s it.
Diggnation is a weekly tech/web culture show based on the top digg.com social bookmarking news stories.
The Web 2.0 Show
The Web 2.0 Show podcast discusses Web 2.0 technologies, business and ideas with industry leaders.
Business Week – Innovation of the Week
Each week, BusinessWeek’s innovation and design writers venture out into the world of cutting-edge design and innovation.
Eric Mattson interviews leaders from marketing, social media and more.
Channel Frederator (Vodcast)
UXPod (User Experience Podcast)
A free-ranging set of discussions on matters of interest to people involved in user experience design, website design, and usability in general.
Photoshop TV (Vodcast)
Members from the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) share the hottest Adobe Photoshop tutorials, the latest insider tricks, and the coolest timesaving, job-saving shortcuts to make your time in Photoshop more productive, more efficient, and more fun.
A show about interviewing other Podcasters, similar to Inside the Actors Studio except for Podcasting.
Ricky Gervais & Karl Pilkington
A new, free and irregular foray into video podcasting by Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant and Karl Pilkington.
DJ Battle TV
DJ Battle TV focusing on the DJ, Scratch and Turntablist culture with interviews, live performances, gear previews and more.
After you’ve listened to these podcasts you can appreciate what makes an effective & engaging podcast, whether you agree with my recommendations or not: - interesting topic, information that can’t be found elsewhere, style & personality, focus, production quality…
For earlier posts in this series read: -