- Posted by Johanna on August 25, 2006 at 7:57 am
- Category: LinkBlogging
Things I’ve learned while sampling podcasts:
Text is better for some things; voice for other. People with speech impediments shouldn’t do podcasts, for instance.
I’m having a problem with the lengths of some of these shows. I’d rather hear a focused 15-20 minutes instead of a wider-ranging 45 minutes or an hour. My commute is only half an hour, and more than that, after too long, anyone’s voice starts sounding like a drone to me. If you want to do longer shows, please publish your timestamp index so I can more easily listen to the pieces I’m interested in.
Length also makes it hard to sample a new show. I started trying shorter ones, since I could try two episodes (in case one was just an off night) in the time some shows took for one entry. That’s why I haven’t yet tried the following shows I’ve heard good things about:
Focus is good. Be more than just “two guys talking about comics”. Give me some reason to remember your show. Collected Comics Library, for instance, focuses on book-format comics, while KomicsKast looks at small press.
Use your description effectively. I may skip your episode focused on Marvel’s Civil War without listening, but I’ll keep you subscribed.
I miss the ability to skim easily. If I’ve stumbled across a long blog post, I can scan past reviews of comics I’m not interested in to get to the commentary, but if the podcast doesn’t publish index tags (most I’ve found don’t), I don’t know how much longer I have to listen to rambling about how great the con was before they get to the coverage I want to hear.
One podcast I was enjoying until the guys started making fun of overweight people who’d dressed up in costume. It was just too much loser-in-the-basement for me to want to continue listening, and there hadn’t been anything very informative or unique in the other material to that point.