Where do we turn for information in this age of computers and search engines?!?
Why, Wikipedia, of course:
A podcast (or netcast) is a digital medium consisting of an episodic series of audio, video, PDF, or ePub files subscribed to and downloaded through web syndication or streamed online to a computer or mobile device. The word is a neologism and portmanteau derived from “broadcast” and “pod” from the success of the iPod, as audio podcasts are often listened to on portable media players.
Merriam Webster defines Podcast: a program (as of music or talk) made available in digital format for automatic download over the Internet.
More specifically, the podcast I will debut in just a few weeks will be called More Stories with Eric Sheridan Wyatt, and I am subtitling the show: “The creative writing podcast focused on craft, process, and good literature.”
I came across some very interesting statistics a few months ago, and they go something like this:
- There are over 450 MILLION English language blogs in existence, and the average person spends only about 2-3 minutes reading a blog before moving on to another website.
- Viewers of web videos are a little more patient: They spend 3 to 10 minutes watching a video that interests them, but there is even MORE content to choose from: Around 100 HOURS of new video are added to YouTube EVERY MINUTE of EVERY DAY.
- There are only about 225,000 podcasts, covering all of the various topics and interests, and people who listen to podcasts typically give 30 to 45 minutes of their time and attention to the content of podcasts they choose to listen to.
There is a lot of “digital noise” out there, and those of us with blogs and websites struggle to carve out a little niche. A podcast about creative writing, and focused on things similar to what I am already blogging, teaching, and talking about on an almost daily basis seemed like a natural compliment to both the text-based blog (which you are reading) and the video blog (The Three Minute Writer) and, ideally, reach out to new and different people.
What Does it Mean?
Starting in mid-August, on Thursdays, there will be a blog post which includes an audio file with the latest “episode” of the recorded podcast. I am shooting for about 30 minutes in length, and the topics will be varied, but will all center around creative writing, the creative life, and things related to these areas of interest for me. It will be like a radio show, with me as the host. (And I get to pick the topics…unless you help contribute!)
You will be able to play the audio file right here on the blog, just by pushing the play button. Or, if you are a little more tech-savey, you can “subscribe” to the podcast and it will automatically download to your portable device (iPod, smart phone, tablet, etc) and be ready to be listened to any time you are in the car, on a jog, doing the dishes, or floating in your pool.
The podcast is just another format, another medium, for me to connect with you, and others like you and me.
Not everyone will be interested in listening to me talk about creative writing for thirty minutes, but there will also be some new folks drawn into our discussions, I hope, because of this new venture. I also hope, once things are underway, you’ll want to share the podcast information with others who might find it useful.
Some of you may already listen to other podcasts…what are some podcasts you find engaging, whether they are related to creativity, or not?