I don’t know when it started happening but my life is being taken over with podcasts. At the moment it’s just the constant downloading and loading of new podcasts as they pop in to my bloglines account, soon I fear that it will be the compulsion to start recording my own!
It started quite gently with ocassionally downloading a podcast about knitting (BritKnitCast), then the BBC started to make the Archers available as a podcast, then I discovered F1 pod casts, then other BBC downloads, free london walks …. aaaaagh, it’s too much!
I seem to spend half my life downloading the latest episodes so that I can listen to them on the train, life in the morning seems unbearable now without the latest happenings of Ambridge filling my head.
Even though my life seems to have been taken over with podcasts, I love it! I love the fact that anyone can create one on whatever subject is passionate to them. Someone can record something and then an hour later it’s online for anyone to hear. This morning I was listening to Stephen Fry’s podgram, his ramblings on whatever pops into his head – marvelous! Once I week I can be seen howling with laughter on south west trains listening to the Adam and Joe show.
Podcasting is not just for comedians or radio shows, the voluntary sector can create high impact resources with relatively little effort. Podcasts are an easy way to connect supporters to your cause, communicate with your funders or record the outcomes of an event. sounddelivery have recently created a series of podcasts for the Guardian website for mental health action week http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/audio/2008/mar/26/society.guardian their website also has links to other organisations who are giving it a go http://www.sounddelivery.org.uk/about-sounddelivery.php - why not have a listen.
You don’t have to invest in expensive equipment to jump on the podcasting bandwagon, Michele Martin has talked recently about using your mobile phone to create recordings using Gcast. It seems quite an easy process as Michele recounts:
- Created my account, which includes adding my cell phone number and a pin number.
- Called the G-cast number.
- Easy instructions walked me through recording my podcast. I was able to listen to it and then decide to upload or delete.
- When I was ready to upload, I just hit the # key.
- Within a few minutes, my podcast showed up at my Gcast podcast home.
So why not give it a go and let me know what you come up with, then I can download it and listen to it on my way in to work!!!