If podcasting were easy, then everybody would do it. Oh, wait a minute. Everybody IS doing it. Well, it seems like everybody is doing it. I want to make sure that I do it better. So, THANK YOU for completing the survey.
I’ll share with you my thoughts about each question of the survey.
How do I hear about podcasts?
Mostly I have 2 avenues for finding new podcasts (podcasts that are new to me, at least). Other podcasts mention shows that I sometimes check out. And I may troll iTunes for subject matter that interests me.
Audio volume is important to me.
I get frustrated when the volume varies between making my ears bleed and not being able to hear what’s being said. I don’t always get it right, but I work hard to make sure the volume of my podcast is intelligible and clear. I want the level to be comfortable for my listeners.
Podcast frequency preferences vary depending on the show.
I’m not a fan of the daily show because it’s just too much for me. I mostly listen to shows that come out weekly. Some shows come out twice weekly or they may release a bonus show every now and again. Personally, I don’t find that too hard to manage. When I fall so far behind on a podcast, even if the podcast isn’t serialized (aka Serial), I tend to give up. Do you do that? It may not make sense, but I figure I’m so far behind, “What’s the point?”
Podcast length preferences also vary depending on the show.
I’m not fond of really short, snippet type podcasts. I know podcasts with tips and techniques are popular, but I don’t listen to those kind of podcasts. I’m more of a deep-dive guy so I prefer podcasts that spend some time on the topic. Most of my favorite podcasts are between 30 minutes and an hour. I know there are quite a few multi-hour podcasts that are popular, but I don’t listen to those much either. So you could say, I’m a middle of the road guy when it comes to the length of a podcast.
I listen podcasts mostly at the gym.
But I also listen sometimes when I’m driving, or when I’m working inside The Yellow Studio. Here in Dallas we’ve got a popular sports talk station that is mostly “guy talk.” They launched the year I moved back here, 1989. I’ve been a faithful listener ever since. So, I’m that odd-bird who listens to terrestrial radio. When I’m in the car, or even in my studio, I’ll often be listening to that station because the personalities are entertaining and the subject matter is interesting. They took a novel approach to programming years ago and many stations around the country have copied them, but they were the original. Sounds like podcasting, huh?
What other podcasts do I listen to?
By the way, I do listen to my own podcasts. Not because I’m vain, but because I want to make sure the “product” is the way I want it to be. I’m puzzled by podcasters who say they never listen to their own shows. I’m usually listening with a critical ear and view…wondering how I might have done that better. Or how I could make that point clearer. Or told a better story there.
Mixergy with Andrew Warner is a longtime favorite podcast for me. Andrew goes in depth so his style appeals to me. He mostly interviews tech entrepreneurs. He was doing this thing long before the current trend of entrepreneurship podcasts started. Andrew will go where most other interviewers won’t. He’s fearless to ask the questions we as listeners most want asked. I’m a big fan.
Here’s The Thing with Alec Baldwin is another longtime favorite. In spite of his demeanor with the paparazzi I’m a fan of Alec Baldwin. I think he’s entertaining. I’m not judging his moral character. He’s a smart guy, capable of directing really good conversations.
The Freakonomics podcast is another regular for me. I’m a fan of their books, too.
I currently have 91 podcasts in my iTunes account, which is where I download all my podcasts. That includes my own podcasts, of course. I subscribe to my own to make sure the feeds are working properly. Ironically, out of those 91 podcasts I don’t find myself regularly listening to even 10% of them. I even have to confess that I’ve got some in there that I never listen to. I only subscribe in case they release something that catches my attention.
One genre that I’m completely out on are the “interview an entrepreneur” shows. I admit I subscribe, but never download some of those shows. I’m fascinated at how many shows can interview the same people. Periodically (although not often) I’ll listen to snippets of one show, then another, and another…just to see if the entrepreneur says the same thing. Mostly, I find they do say the same thing. I have a more contrarian view of entrepreneurship than your average bear though. You knew I might, right? Read Carol Roth if you want to know how I mostly feel about it.
I’ll avoid those questions about what I like about Leaning Toward Wisdom.
Well, I do admit that I really enjoy putting the shows together and doing them. I hope you enjoy them, too — but true confession…I’m not doing them solely for you. I’m doing them mostly for me. If that’s selfish, then so be it.
But I do appreciate you. A lot. I don’t take any listener for granted.
One hope I had when I began was to find like-minded people. I had a hope that I wasn’t the only person who sometimes felt like I was surrounded by ninnies. And I was rather confident that other people were equally – maybe even more – interested in wisdom, and finding ways to exercise greater wisdom in life. Foolishness is all around us. This little podcast is merely my feeble attempt to take a deeper dive into some areas of life where greater thought might serve us better. I’m glad you joined me.