Saturday, 17 June 2006

What podcasts do you listen to? Which ones actually keep you coming back?

Honestly, there are so few podcasts out there that I can stand to listen to anymore. I deleted a whole slew of podcast subscriptions the other day because I felt like I was wasting massive amounts of time on those occasions when I did listen, and because many of them have simply turned me off completely and therefore got skipped over and never listened to (and honestly that's most of them).

What are my pet peeves? Okay, here's my harsh list for what will cause me to kill the audio before the podcaster even gets started.

  • Any podcast that opens with anything even remotely like "your speakers are about to blow up" or "warning, "the sound you're about to hear may cause damage." Give me a break. Everyone says that, and the only potential damage is me pushing a pencil through my ear to drown out the un-original intro.
  • Don't say "welcome to the world of (anything)." That's as lame as the movie trailers that start with "In a world..." People laugh and cringe at the same time. And it's sad when cringing is accompanied by uncomfortable laughter.
  • Open your show with "blahblah podcast" plus the date and then never use the word podcast ever again. Use of the word "podcast" more than once in any single sentence, or in more than one sentence in a row should be a felony. Agh. I know it's a freakin' podcast, it's not like it magically found its way onto my computer - I had to do all kinds of work to find it and access it. Tell me something I don't know and (here comes the 'o' word again) original.
  • As much as it might mean to you, chances are nobody else especially wants you to pontificate about how you and your girlfriend celebrated her 31st birthday this past weekend. In fact, your girlfriend probably doesn't want you saying it either...
  • Podcasts about podcasting. Uh, yeah.
  • Crappy indie music. Note that I have nothing against independent music if it's good. But any music that's bad (indie or otherwise) is bound to drive away listeners. The operative word is 'crappy.' If you played "We Built This City" on your podcast opener, I'd probably click the 'Close' button, too.
  • Repetition
  • Repetition
  • Repetition
  • Seriously, you don't need a blog entry with the same copy/paste text on the page for every episode. I'm reading to see what's different, not what's the same. I already unsubscribed from the podcast, don't tempt me to do the same with the blog.
  • Snot noises (sniffling, etc). Seriously, blow your nose or take a decongestant or something.
  • "So I thought I would talk about something like that and so ummm yeah so uh I am going to talk about that now..." GAH!

They can't all be that bad...

Anyhow, my new goal is to find 10 awesome podcasts that attract, deserve and retain my attention. Let me know if you have suggestions.

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Friday, 23 June 2006 09:57:33 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
My main problem with podcasts is that I can't find the time to listen to many of them. So while I have lost of subscriptions and an ever growing backlog I'll list just the few that I actually listen to.

The Word Nerds @
sparkletack @

Probably of less interest to you unless you'd be serious on brushing up your German (because it is in German) are Annik Rubens 3-5 minute tidbits @

Okay, exception to the rule, here is a podcast that is not on my regular-listening list but I always plan to put it on there: podictionary @

But the two podcasts I really listen to the most I am not going to list here. :) Because they are baaad and vulgar and inapropriate and indecent. Even though one might or might not have won a Comedy Podcast Award sometime in the past. If asked, I'll deny everything.
Florian Zschocke
Sunday, 25 June 2006 11:23:55 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Yeah, a lot of podcasts are crap. I think that will change as the medium matures and people figure out what works and what doesn't. If you think it's bad now, you should have checked it out about a year ago. There was nothing except podcasts of 2 guys sitting around talking about their day.

Anyway, the podcasts I routinely listen to are just about anything on (especially TechNation), the TechNet radio podcasts, the BBC has a show called "In Our Time" about science and philospohy, the subjects are hit or miss as far as my personal interest, but the ones I'm interested in are usually good and well done. If you like the left-leaning politics of their podcasts just save you from reading the stories. I personally don't like Steve Gibson but his Security Now podcasts can be very informative.
Saturday, 01 July 2006 16:13:19 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Greg, I've gone thru similar growth and pruning of my podcast subscriptions. One that I've stuck with and always like to recommend is Reel Reviews (Films Worth Watching):
Wednesday, 28 November 2007 16:42:10 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Boston police dept decided to intentionally use the repetitive and/or loud snot noise to try to run me out of libraries, book stores, restaurants since January 2004. I moved here May 2001.
bill anderson
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