Podcast Suggestions- Guests, Comments and Experimentation

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A few suggestions for the podcast.  

My first suggestion would be guests.  The shorter length, daily schedule, and perhaps less formal atmosphere seems like it would lend itself to having “friends of the podcast” pop in.  Podcasts like Cordkillers, Night Attack (nee NSFW) and The Incomparable use this to great effect.  It needn’t be an “expert” to come on and talk about a specific news item within his or her area of expertise; just someone smart and engaging to shoot the breeze with you guys.  If I can make a suggestion, please get the Lowdermilk brothers on ASAP.  

Second, how about a segment–maybe once a week– where you revisit a recent post (maybe from the last few weeks) that generated a lot of comments/discussion?  You could take a few minutes to address the comments or provide additional thoughts/feedback.  I know you guys will periodically jump in and reply to a few comments, but there is often a lot of good stuff that develops in there over the course of a week and you obviously can’t reply to all of it individually.  But maybe if you’re just picking one article a week to revisit, you could read through all the comments (or at least all the Premium comments), pull out a few facts or questions that readers have shared, then address them.

A third, related suggestion would be a shout-out to particularly good comments.  Maybe a “comment of the day”, or the “comments of the week”.  It could be something really insightful; or something that provides great details or facts that would have otherwise been overlooked; or maybe a question or explanation that makes you say “hmmm, I wish I thought of that”; or maybe it’s just a really funny comment.  It could even be something really terrible or bone-headed; the kind of thing where you’re just like “wait, we need to put a stop to this kind of crap”.  Ideally, it would be a mix of all of the above.  Hopefully this would inspire commenters to step up their game.  It would also be another way to connect you guys and your supporters.   

Finally, don’t be afraid to mix it up.  Try stuff and see what works.  I’ve followed several podcasts from their “alpha” episodes through multi-year anniversaries, and even the best ones took a while to find their footing.

 

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7 responses to “Podcast Suggestions- Guests, Comments and Experimentation”

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    These are excellent, thanks!

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    My first reaction to this was, "oh good, more work." 

    A day later, this is still my reaction, sorry.

    I kind of sat on this. I guess I will just say up front that I am currently pushed to my limit from a time requirement perspective. It's not clear to me what else I can do without dropping other things. And the one thing I don't want to drop is the writing, which I consider core to what I do.

    Meaning, this podcast was originally going to be a normal once a week thing. I agreed to do a daily "check-in" that would be 10-12 minutes long, and then co-workers completely misunderstood what I mean by "daily podcast". Today, we routinely do closer to 20 to 30 minutes. Sometimes more.

    It's not possible for me to communicate how disruptive this is to my schedule, or how tiring it is to do 2-hour long podcasts, as I do on What the Tech and Windows Weekly. On the good news front, by keeping it light, and doing it with Brad, FRD is at least bearable and is usually fun to do as well. So I can grudgingly admit that, as it is now, I'm Ok with it. It works.

    But doing more... Hm. I just don't think I can do too much more here. 

    To be clear, these are good ideas. And I will discuss them with Brad privately.  I am absolutely open to changing things up in ways that make sense. But it's important for people to understand that I am stretched to my limit right now. And I'm not sure I could take on a bigger commitment right now.

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    I think Brad and you Paul do an excellent job with your whole website and podcasts ,you make it very interesting and comical at times. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    I must commend you on the development of the site and what you have achieved.

    I certainly wouldn't want to loose what the site is about. Yes I gave a few thoughts on the  WHW thread.

    I guess people want more because what you are doing is great and people will want more.

    I'm sure over time some of the ideas may work there way in, It just may mean perhaps someone sometimes takes over from one of you in the podcasts.

    I think as the site grows, the popularity grows and your success grows not loosing what is core to what the site is about is paramount and that you are always at the forefront to what is happening.

    As it grows it just may mean we have to get used to new faces if the staff level grows.

    What ever you decide just keep up the great work you are doing.

    Thanks

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