Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Tell Me What You Think

I have been mulling over an idea this week and I'd like to run it by you. 

Since we got this new computer, I've been thrilled at having up to date technology at my finger tips (well, okay, as up to date as any computer technology can be two months after you've brought it home). As well, I've been listening to several podcasts. One of them mentioned a friend who used Garage Band as her pocasting "equipment". It just so happens that iMac comes with Garage Band.

And so, my little brain has put two and two together and I've been contemplating jumping into the podcasting pool, as an adjunct to the blog. What do you think?

Do you think I have what it takes to be a podcaster? If I do this, what kinds of things do you like in a podcast? What don't you like in a podcast? What's the best length for a podcast? (The ones I listen to are anywhere from 30 minutes to 90 minutes.) Should I put together a test cast first?

Give me some feedback; let me know what you think.


  1. Ev
    I don't like poor presentation. It drives me to the delete button when a podcaster says um or such every other word.
    I like interviews, well done interviews, such as by CraftSanity and KnitPicks.
    I don't like to hear excuses for why the podcast was late or such. Just get it done, never mind why it's late.
    I listen mostly in bed and can stay awake for a half-hour cast.
    Short book reviews are great, not necessarily knitting books, just what you've been reading or listening to.

  2. I agree with the above commentor: 1/2 hour podcasts are the best. I sometimes like music, but I usually listen to the podcast for the authors opinions, reviews, etc. I like to hear about the authors reactions to things.
    Can't wait to listen to a podcast,

  3. I love listening to podcast, and I think you would have lots of information to share. I love hearing about new things, like events, products, and books. About 30 mins seems to be a good time. I find myself running out of podcasts to listen to as I catch up on all of them, so more is always better. Oh, and I also like hearing about what you are working on.

  4. I agree with Susan but totally can't understand how Roslyn has run out of podcasts. (I'm a year behind on many of them because there are so many I want to listen to!) I like interviews and conversations, techniques, stories, and also reviews of books, patterns, yarn etc. Some music is ok if it's pleasant (or amusing!) and like it best at the end so I can easily stop if I'm not enjoying it. The podcasts I like the best are well-edited and well-spoken - though I guess my fondness for Lime and Violet kind of puts the lie to that one. Heh!

    I think you would do great, Ev! You always have something interesting to say.

  5. Hi Ev, I think you could do a great job with a podcast as your blog is very interesting. I was in the knitting shop you worked at in Kelowna with my sister about 4 years ago, for less than 1 hour, and I've read your blog faithfully since then.

    BUT, and it is a huge BUT, I think podcasts take an incredible amount of time. I agree with the 4 comments above as to time and quality of podcasts. I think you need to be big in the yarn business like Webs or Knitpicks, before you can pull off big interviews. I think you will spend more time planning the podcasts than actually knitting.

    I have been amazed at all the knitters that start podcasting and they say they have been knitting for a long time and then say 1.5 years. I've been knitting 5 decades! I know you have the experience to do a great job.

  6. I have pondered for days over what to tell you. I love reading your blog and try to follow it faithfully. You do such beautiful work, so I'm sure you have a lot of knowledge to share and opinions and ideas that would be worth hearing. My dilemma is that I've never heard a single podcast yet. I think you can listen to them on the PC, which I do have, but not an MP3 player or I-Pod or anything like that. Too old to be bothered with all that stuff! LOL Still, do think that if you choose to do this I am sure you will do a great job of that too. :)