Diary of a Podcaster Part 12
Ever had what you thought was a great idea for a podcast that looked good on paper but turned into something quite different, once you started recording? Well I had that experience on Sunday evening and today I am dealing with the results. It all started with an innocuous Twitter conversation (don’t many things I hear you say) which highlighted a minor cultural difference between the US and the UK. Having recorded with an American co-host for many years this is a common occurrence, so I decided to make it the theme of the next Contains Moderate Peril podcast. I initially thought of several fun examples that could be discussed; the British obsession with the weather, cheese-rolling and Morris dancing. However, rather than take a scattergun approach, I decided to list specific categories in the show notes. Subjects such as school, work, food, social customs and public holidays were added for discussion and I believe that is where thing started to go wrong.
Braxwolf and Syl kindly joined me for the recording and being respectively American and Swiss, are eminently equipped to contribute to the proceedings. What became clear after about thirty minutes of recording was that the discussion was becoming a bit dry and formal in tone. I was hoping it was going to be lighter as the initial Twitter discussion had been. So, we then focused on some more fun examples and the tone of the debate shifted. However, it has become clear in the editing process today that the show is a little uneven and I have decided to record some further material at a later debate that focuses on the trivial rather than the serious. Certainly, I attribute no blame to my guests and think I perhaps tried to impose too rigid a structure on the recording session. Syl has also stated that perhaps the listeners should be given more credit and may be content with a more formal discussion. This is a good point. However, for the time being this show remains under development and will be re-edited with additional content and released in the New Year.
In the meantime, this situation presents me with a gap in my current podcasting schedule, such as it is. I’m currently publishing a new show once a month, usually toward the end of that period. Due to some positive feedback I received recently regarding some material Brian and I covered in 2015, I’ve decided to produce a compilation. Yes, it would appear that if in doubt, a clip show can save your bacon. Ironically, that is indeed one of the subjects that will be making a return. Our discussion of bacon and eggs was great fun to record and found an audience upon its initial release. So, I’ve decided to produce a food based “greatest hits” show that will include the aforementioned topic as well as the follow up debate we had about fruit and vegetables. I shall record a new introduction and some framing links placing the various discussions in context. Whether it works or not remains to be seen and will more than likely be the theme of the next instalment of Diary of a Podcaster.