Listen to a more organic, one-take version of this post by double-clicking on the audio icon at the the bottom of this entry.
The longer I’m away from it, the more I miss my radio days. As much as I love writing about gardening and related stories, I love talking about it even more. So, I think I’ve found a way to appease myself and add a new dimension to my written blog, The Daily ComPost.
Over the last year or so, I’ve become aware of just how popular audio blogging has become. I love listening to shows VIA my computer on NPR and being able to download my favorite series on demand. Think of it as Tivo for your computer.
I realize a three minute audio blog, like this one, is no substitute for a great radio show, but it’s a toe in the water for me. I’m learning this new technology and familiarizing myself with how to produce a great gardening show that you can listen to on your computer or iPod – any time you want. These shows are referred to as podcasts (in case you didn’t know), and this format seems like a perfect ‘joegardener’ application.
I did some checking around, bought a few books on creating audio blogs and podcasts, and realized it’s not all that complicated. Even better, you really don’t need any special equipment to get started either. In fact, I already had everything I needed to try it out. I think I’m ready to get something out there, at least. Short of producing a full-blown podcast, these audio blog posts seem like an simple way to ease into the sometime soon-to-be-released podcast show called “The Weekly Compost.”
So for now, every written blog entry will feature an accompanying audio version. The audio will be a bit more casual, conversational and impromptu.
Let me know what you think of this direction or if you have any ideas or preferences for the upcoming blog show. In the near future, I’ll be adding The Weekly Compost Podcast, built largely around some ideas I have for the show – while incorporating your ideas as well. You can post a comment right on this Daily Compost blog page. I’ll look forward to hearing from you.
Editor’s note: Thanks for all your comments and feedback! Commenting is now closed.