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April 19, 2005

You can't podcast cat pictures (yet)

For a while now (a few months, to be precise), I have been toying with the idea of introducing a podcast on this weblog. I even asked a fellow blogger, Mr deedee, to co-operate in what I envisioned would best work as a joint venture. I haven't been talking about this too much here because I figured it would take a while to come to life.

Well. It looks as if it's going to be the Perennial Project. "Perennial" as in "probably never going to materialise".

The problem is manifold:

  • An podcast should be interesting, or not be made at all. Too much garbage is already clogging up the ether. It should express something new in a new, or at least original way.
  • An interesting podcast must by definition transcend the boundaries of a written weblog, it must offer something that could never be done in writing.
  • Recording a podcast takes planning. Serious planning. Unless you want to limit yourself to two-minute snippets, you need to create concepts, structures, outlines. This in turn takes time. A lot more time than writing a quick entry. Even more time than writing a well thought-out entry.
  • Recording a podcast takes a technical infrastructure and, if you don't have the time to spend at least half a day on it, a production team that does some of the work for you. This, in turn, costs money.

I guess what I want to say is that I seem to be unable to produce the kind of podcast I'd like to make. Lately I've got barely enough time to think of proper weblog entries, so even though I kind of have an idea of what I'd like to podcast, there's no way I'd have the time to do it properly. Or the money to have it done properly.

And I'm beginning to think that unless you don't care at all about quality, the story of podcasts as "Every (wo)man's private radio station that is going to undermine traditional radio" is nothing but a fairy tale. To be done properly, there seems to be no other way than to do it professionally. And there's no way to cheat yourself out of the dilemma — since podcasts are still limited to audio transmissions, there's simply no possibility to podcast cat pictures, even though I'm convinced that as soon as there's video podcasts, there'll be no shortage of cat videos. They're much easier to produce than good audio podcasts, and there's an abundance of viewers who want to watch just that sort of thing. Could be the next huge business idea, actually. Remember you read it here first.

Posted by Horst on April 19, 2005 11:01 AM to metablogging | Tell-a-friend

dieter said on April 19, 2005 03:18 PM:

You could probably give away your ideas hoping that someone - preferrably a student, cos they are quite the only ones with enough time on their hands to do such things - will make something good out of it. This implies, of course that your ideas will get broadcasted but not remunerated.
Or else, you find out if script-writers for podcast shows are searched for, anyplace...

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