Over the last 10 days, I have been challenged with publishing two podcasts. This challenge is part of a social media course that I have discussed in recent blogs. When I signed up for the course, I didn’t know that we would be podcasting. And, when I found out, I was terrified.
I downloaded a program called Audacity and set to work at learning to podcast. I decided to test the system and I just started talking about an issue that has been front of mind this week. May 3rd to 9th was National Palliative and Hospice Care week, and so I just let my thoughts out and I put down a track. Well, it went so well that I put down another track. Suddenly, I had two podcasts that I wondered if I could replicate or at the very least improve upon.
I tried re-doing the podcasts. I tried scripting. I tried point form notes. Nothing worked as well as the tracks that I had put down. So I went to work editing my podcast, which turned out to be much simpler that I’d expected. I cut the ummmms and uuhhhhs. I took out words that I had repeated and smoothed it out.
I was very pleased with my first podcasts. And, I was thinking that I would like to continue podcasting on end-of-life care and other social issues that are important to me. I am certain that having a strong program calendar or schedule and topic outline would make for a better podcast channel. Because of that, it may be some time before I start podcasting every week. However, I am excited about this new medium and hope others take the chance and publish their own thoughts and stories.