I’m a big fan of RSS (real simple syndication) – it powers a bunch of stuff you may never think about. If you get my newsletter, it’s because of RSS. I also read about 200 blog posts a day – all via RSS (and feed.ly). RSS makes the internet better for busy people. Much better.
I’m also a fan of Podcasting. I listen to a few different ones that grab my interest and used to have a weekly show that garnered a rather large following. (I miss Social Media Edge). The biggest problem with being on the production side of the microphone was always scheduling the guests. It’s so much work to line up guests. Doing the show was always easy and fun. It was a highlight of my week.
Podcasting seems to be back in the limelight again. I was reading a post in my FeedReader and came across something that interested me. Dave Winer had a quick post titled, “Dear podcast client developers…” in which he was discussing the idea that he wanted his outgoing RSS feed to be a singular unit and that the developers that create podcast clients should make it easier to use and ignore the rest (as in images and text).
But the part that got me was his included ‘podcast’.
Take a listen. It’s almost NSFW (one F word) Here’s the audio that he included.
I mentioned this on Facebook and I loved the comment from Ken Montville:
Here’s what I got out of that.
I’ve always maintained that when a client (or potential client) wants to communicate with you, the method of that communication isn’t up to you. You can’t dictate that they fill out your form. Well, you could but you’ll see drastically diminished results. In reality, it’s up to them. Everyone is different. Some of my clients will only pick up the phone and call me. Some prefer email, and others will start with a Twitter DM or Facebook Message. The choice is theirs, not mine.
On the content side, the same thing holds true. Some people are text based, some are visual as well. All of my posts will always have at least one image. Others want to push the video play button. I realized after listening to Dave that there’s yet another available option. Sound.
Hey! You can listen to my embedded sound file:
But, I hesitate to call this a podcast. When I think of a podcast, I think of the showy style, automatically shuttled over to iTunes and so on. I’ll bet that’s the norm of what most people think too. Is that what you consider a podcast? This is far from that. It’s more of an embedded sound file.
If video blogging is Vlogging is this sound blogging – Sogging?
A side note: I dabbled with my own show called The M-Files for a month or so. Ken Cook created the most excellent intro. Here’s an example of one of the shows. http://hosts.blogtalkradio.com/jckc/2010/05/03/the-m-files-with-mikemueller
He's an avid hockey fan, rides a mountain bike, sometimes rides a road bike, has a few motorcycles (he had a really fast one, bought a cool orange one, rode a really slow one, and wants a really small one). If that isn't enough, he makes cheese and sourdough bread, loves strong beer and good red wine, and poorly plays the Mandolin.