The second factor is largely a technological one. Podcasting hasn’t really changed since it began, despite the fact that it has grown so big. For the most part, I think podcasters have largely rested on their laurels, content to simply put out podcasts in the form that exists now, rather than innovating to make the form better. For most, that’s a reasonable notion. But podcasting needs to innovate, or it will drown in its own success.
Category: Bad Podcaster Habits
Podcasting is often described as a community, implying that we all should be good neighbours. What does that mean?
The point erupts from time to time (see Scott Roche’s podcast ep “Public Critique” from a few months ago, or John Miereu’s taking-the-Canadian-polite-hat-off, “Social Media: It’s Okay to Rock the Boat!” post), and sparked an interesting discussion on Twitter last night (look for the #podcrit tag). (Aside: if you know of more examples of this kind of discussion out there, please add them in the comments.)
(This is part one of a two-part series that sprung up from that discussion. The second part will follow.)
There were essentially four discussions that came up:
- Podcasting needs more real criticism in order to get better. Too much criticism is too soft, and really just supportive fluff.
- Podcasting needs to grow the pool of listeners, not just cross-pollinate the listeners we already have. New blood, rather than spreading old blood around.
- The notion of “podcasting standards” gets raised — not only in terms of production and content quality, but also in terms of the physical structure of podcasts, the use of tags, and other mechanical things to assist intelligent podcast discovery.
- The notion of “genre” has been abused within the podcasting arena; specifically, podcasts aren’t given genres, but “podcasting” is classified incorrectly as a single genre.
(These are my distilling points from the conversation. The discussion ranged quite a bit, and I’m sure I’ve missed something…)
What follows is my consideration of these questions, along with some ideas on what we might do.