Sunday, November 18, 2007

Blogs, Podcasts, and Exposure

I've recently been encouraged to branch out beyond blogging to the field of podcasts. Now, for someone whose yellow legal pad has been known to crash, just getting familiar enough with a computer to have a website and a blog is something of an accomplishment. (Confession time: my wife, Kay, designed my website and keeps it running. The blog, however, is mine--thanks to templates and instructions from the folks at Blogspot). Anyway, the question I'd like you to answer is: "Do you listen to podcasts?" And, if you're an author or speaker, "Do you do podcasts of your own?"

Let me hear from you. I want to know how you feel on this subject.

For those who are interested, Miralee won the copy of Texas Legacy Christmas that DiAnn Mills so graciously donated.

I'll be back mid-week with another interview, this one with Teena Stewart. We'll talk about her non-fiction book and how she's trying--like many of us--to break into Christian fiction as well. Y'all come back.

3 comments:

Timothy Fish said...

Our church website has the sermons from each week and I have considered turning that into a podcast. It would be a simple thing to do. The only thing it lacks is the RSS feed for it, but I really don't think it would get used. I occassionally listen to podcasts, if I know they contain something interesting, but it is rare. I occassionally put together a video to put on the web, but I find it to be very time consuming. I do more videos for our church website than what I do for my own.

Like everything else, for it to work well you will have to do enough of it to build an audience. If you are considering it as a way to attract people then it is probably one of the more inefficient methods of doing so. If you are considering the possibility of using it to communicate with the people who are already paying attention, then it can be a very effective way of doing that.

Anonymous said...

You mean whales transmit on an electronic feed?! Awesome. Not interested.

Seriously, Richard, this baby boomer rarely even uses my cell phone. Gimme blogs and e-mail, and I'm good to go.

Timothy Fish said...

Our church website has the sermons from each week and I have considered turning that into a podcast. It would be a simple thing to do. The only thing it lacks is the RSS feed for it, but I really don't think it would get used. I occassionally listen to podcasts, if I know they contain something interesting, but it is rare. I occassionally put together a video to put on the web, but I find it to be very time consuming. I do more videos for our church website than what I do for my own.

Like everything else, for it to work well you will have to do enough of it to build an audience. If you are considering it as a way to attract people then it is probably one of the more inefficient methods of doing so. If you are considering the possibility of using it to communicate with the people who are already paying attention, then it can be a very effective way of doing that.