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A defining moment

Linda Mills and me at PodCamp PhillyLinda Mills is an amazing person. She’s fun, supportive and (perhaps most significantly) persuasive in the best sense of the word. We had a great time hanging out at PodCamp Philly. Among our antics was a Sunday morning excursion on the Drexel University campus and nearby streets to accost innocent people and find out if they have ever heard of or listened to podcasts.

On Saturday afternoon, Linda asked if I would write an article about Just One More Book for Podcast User Magazine. We talked more about it in the evening and I became increasingly interested in the idea. Forty-five minutes later I found myself committing to being a monthly columnist. And, do you know what? It felt good. It felt good because that’s the kind of person Linda is. Like the podcasting situations Linda and I were discussing, it was a defining moment — a phrase which may become the title of the column.

For my first submission, I am working on an article about making the decision to get started as a podcast producer. I’ll be exploring things like picking a subject that the creator is passionate about, developing a format and strategy, and making it all happen.

I am looking for some examples to cite in my article. If you are a non-music, non-techy podcaster and have an interesting story to tell about the genesis of your podcast, please contact me ASAP. My deadline is September 15.

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About the Author:

Mark Blevis is a digital public affairs strategist and President of FullDuplex.ca, an integrated digital communications, public affairs and research company. His work focuses on the role of digital tools and culture on issues and reputation management. He also leads research into how Canadian opinions are shaped through online content and interactions.
  • http://www.davemadethat.com Dave Delaney

    Hi Mark:
    This sounds awesome! Please let me know if I can help provide you some info about 2BB+. As you know, the history was to create an audio baby book, but it quickly took shape as a podcast.

    I miss you guys.

    Cheers,
    Dave

  • Iza

    You know about my story. I am a total n00b, not a public speaker, not into music, and I got “podcasting fright” partway… And you and Bob helped me recuperate and change my direction with Broca’s Area. So I think I am definitely a good example, feel free to use me if you need.

    When I first started podcasting, I was not thinking about the whole breadth of my actions. I just was willing to try something new and see the results. After a while, it became very strange for me and a bit of a chore. Then, with the help of friends, I decided to tweak it a little and give my podcasting more form. I have so far been very satisfied with my efforts and it has actually given me a lot. I can shape ideas more quickly, I can speak better in front of people, and it is great to be part of a fun and caring community. Anyway, hope there is something in there you can use for your article, if not, no problemo, Lord Blevis dela LongueJambe. PS. Love your hat!

  • http://www.passioknits.blogspot.com Julie

    Hi, I’m Julie, and my knitting podcast is called PassioKnits (pronounced “passionates”). I am very passionate about my craft, and I could talk to a rock about knitting, so deciding to do a podcast was fairly easy. There are quite a few out there now, and I decided, if they can do it, so can I! As my family would unfortunately tell you, I live, eat, breathe, and sleep knitting, so what more would I want to talk about than knitting?! I am a total techno-novice. I know nothing about it at all. I just peck around with Audacity till I get something to happen. I wasted an entire evening trying to improve the sound quality of a show I did on the road, and I finally realized it was not going to happen with the software I had available. I also realized it didn’t have to be perfect, it just had to be available. People could choose to listen to it or not. Thankfully, many did!

  • http://www.knittherapy.typepad.com Kim

    Hi

    I am a knitter who happens to be a two time cancer survivor. I have knitted all my adult life and if I don’t my mind and body gives me what for. I started blogging back in 2006 around this time of the year. Did know a nickle about blogging, podcast and the blogging universe and to tell you the truth I can’t remember how I started blogging. It seems like it has alway been there. Then before Christmas I found Lime and Violet a podcast for the yarn obsessed. I was hooked and never looked back. Not only was I knitting obsessed. Know I have to have every little technilogical thing I can get my hands on. Then came my podcast – knitTherapy…where we live, laugh, and love our knitting all on a daily basis. I am up to episode 10 with episode 11 in the planning stages. My blog lives at http://www.knitkharma.com. The podcast lives at http://www.knitTherapy.typepad.com. I am amazed that I now have over 5000 downloads. I am truly Blessed!

  • http://www.markblevis.com Mark

    Thanks for all of the emails and comments. I have received a number of great stories and have made my selections. Stay tuned for next month’s call for participation in my column.

  • http://www.passioknits.blogspot.com/ Julie

    Hi, I'm Julie, and my knitting podcast is called PassioKnits (pronounced “passionates”). I am very passionate about my craft, and I could talk to a rock about knitting, so deciding to do a podcast was fairly easy. There are quite a few out there now, and I decided, if they can do it, so can I! As my family would unfortunately tell you, I live, eat, breathe, and sleep knitting, so what more would I want to talk about than knitting?! I am a total techno-novice. I know nothing about it at all. I just peck around with Audacity till I get something to happen. I wasted an entire evening trying to improve the sound quality of a show I did on the road, and I finally realized it was not going to happen with the software I had available. I also realized it didn't have to be perfect, it just had to be available. People could choose to listen to it or not. Thankfully, many did!