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Headhost In The DarkDragon*Con 2014 was a very busy, very fun convention, and I’m very happy to have had the chance to participate not only as a wide-eyed viewer but also as a big-mouthed podcaster & presenter. :)

I was one quarter of the “Podcasting: Present, Past and Future” panel, along with good friends Chuck Tomasi and Kreg Steppe who collectively come from Technorama and individually podcast with Freestyle and Look What I Found, respectively. Also on the panel was someone I was not really familiar with, but will definitely change that in the future, the host of Nobody’s Listening and creator of the NLCast Network, James Kennison. The panel was set-up and moderated by Charles McFall, who I met last year.

Here’s the audio recorded by the good folks at Alpha Geek Radio, who were also live-streaming the entire event. I’m very happy to see this kind of support for the podcasting track, so they have my own thanks as well as bigger and better kudos.

We could have easily spent an entire panel on any one of these time eras, past, present or future. I think we spent a little too much time talking about the past, but it’s also the easiest thing to talk about. We gave some advice about podcasting, lessons learned and supportive slogans, but that was probably more effectively covered in Podcasting 101-type panels (which I did not attend this year).

About the present we spoke only a little. There are eminent things on the horizon of significance to podcasting, like the podcast patent wars, the release of new devices like smart watches, the rise of the fourth (or is it fifth?) wave of podcasters (who think they invented everything), the influx of professional radio and television productions being released as podcasts. Despite all this, we moved quickly into the future, in part (I believe) because there is some sense of frustration and urgency, and it always feels more useful to be a bit ahead of the current activity rather than reacting only to the present.

The future of podcasting is somewhat in question, and generally has always been. We’ve had some great leaders who have contributed those initial steps, and some great innovators along the way, but we are in a period of plateau. We, the podcasters, have become complacent with what has become established technology, and have ceased to truly innovate.

Instead, we see some motion in the bigger players like Apple. Despite my love-hate relationship with Apple products, they largely lead in podcasting support, from iTunes and its introduction of podcast “station”, to the Podcasts app for IOS, to the directory at the heart of iTunes which dictates certain rules, regulations and guidelines upon podcasts.

I’m not comfortable with the podcasting medium being defined by corporate or government interests. As a technologist, it offends me that we would not seek the best technological solution and possibility. As a broadcaster, it offends me that we might stifle the exciting prospects of a brand new medium by indifference. As an academic, it fascinates me that we have something which its own unique features and surprises me that we haven’t studied it properly.

So, I am revisiting this blog and podcast. The perpetual danger that always accompanies people who cry out “Why doesn’t such a thing exist?!?” is that someone will point the finger back at the speaker and say “But why don’t you do it?”.

I am not alone in this journey, and I’m going to need more time than a single hour to do it. So I’ll be blogging here, podcasting when I can, and enlisting others along the way to answer, from a philosophical standpoint: What Is Podcasting?

I’m always conscious of my limited knowledge of the way the rest of the world works, so I invited Katharina, a friend and European resident, to talk about what podcasting means in Europe.

Katharina (@KMLaw on Twitter) has been a podcast listener for 5 years and a podcaster for 4 years. She is currently the host of Luscious Leftovers and co-host of Every Photo Tells.

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UP004: Podcast Idea: “24 Hours ‘Round The World”

An audio call for comment and participation in the “24 Hours ‘Round The World” podcast, in which participants from around the world give a short slice of what their world is like, at that hour.

A conversation with podcaster, author and IT professional Chuck Tomasi. Chuck is the host of Radio Yesterday, The Gmail Podcast, Freestyle and co-host of Technorama and The WordPress in 10 Minutes in 10 Minutes podcast.

Chuck and I talk about what has — and hasn”t changed about podcasting over the last few years, what makes podcasting special, and what needs to change.

Find the root of all Chuck’s podcasts at http://www.chuckchat.com.

UP002: Movin’ ‘n’ Shakin’

A short discussion of what mobility means to podcasting.

The first episode!

Thanks to Devin Cox (@devincx, Forward Momentum Productions) and Anthony Gartner (@anthonygartner) for helping out with the PodFacts this week!

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