Podcast pontification

There is a bit of advice they give writers, and that is “If you’re going to write for a genre, read the genre!” The idea being, if you want to sell to the Young Adult market, make sure you read at least some Young Adult novels. The same goes for fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, romance, etc. So you’re not going to write (or sell) a (good) horror novel if all you ever read is period romances.

I’ve started to apply this theory to podcasting. I like podcasting. I think Kevin and Ursula Eat Cheap is a lot of fun to make. And I’d like to make more podcasts. But if I’m going to do more podcasts, I aught to listen to more podcasts, to see what other people are doing, and how I can improve mine.

So, in no particular order, the podcasts I listen to the most[1] are :

Now, I had planned on doing a big review of each – but let’s face it, it’s better if you listen to ’em and judge for yourself[2].

With all that, I’ve been considering maybe trying a couple of other show ideas. Why? I LOVE recording and broadcasting (probably a holdover form when I was in radio in the early 90’s). It’s FUN.

HOWEVER! I have a confession : I’m terrified. You’d think I’d be OK, considering my past in both broadcast and live performances[3], but NO. Scared shitless.

Ain’t that a bitch?

I’m going to do it anyway, though, because I’m starting to get a whisper saying “you have to record this other thing” and it won’t go away. And as I’ve learned, the only way to make those voices go away is to actually DO it, and damn the consequences….

[1] I also have a TON more podcasts I subscribe to but don’t listen to every episode of, or are podcasts of weekly radio shows I only listen to if I miss the live broadcast, like The News from Lake Wobegon or This American Life.
[2] I will say that if you write OR podcast or do damn near any creative endeavor, you need to be listening to ISBW, because 90% of the advice Mur hands out applies to whatever your craft is. Just replace writer with “painter” or “podcaster” or whatever.
[3] including the one night at RHPS I was playing Rocky and I wore the near transparent briefs…oops….

About Kevin Sonney

Kevin Sonney - who, contrary to popular opinion was NOT raised by wolves - grew up in central North Carolina. He fell into the technology field by accident in 1991, when he gave up the wild and crazy lifestyle of an on-air AM radio DJ to become a mundane technical support monkey. The technology industry has never really recovered from this. Kevin has worked for such names as IBM, Red Hat, webslingerZ, and Lulu Technologies (we won't mention the ones that didn't survive the experience). He currently works as a Linux Administrator for Apptio. In his spare time he rescues stray animals and plays video games with his two sons. His wife, we're sad to say, helps him get past the really hard bits. Kevin is still not very mundane, he just got better at hiding it.
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