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By: Mer

Sun, 12 Sep 2010 16:38:04 +0000

I am an irregular podcaster, and I have been for 4 years. I try to release at least one something every month, and mostly that's worked. Most months, I release 3 or 4 somethings, sometimes more. That works for me. With this arrangement, I *get* to do my podcast, instead of being obligated to do it. I'm not sure why that difference is important to me, but it is. I'm certain that I would have given up on the podcast a long time ago if I'd had a schedule. Is that going to work for everyone? I don't know. The artificial sense of urgency that a schedule creates helps a lot of people get over the learning curve hump, but even though that's a fairly common technique it still doesn't prevent the majority of podcasters from abandoning their projects. There's an unspoken, and I think unsustainable, expectation that podcasts, once they're started, will continue into perpetuity. I think the miniseries is an incredibly underused model in podcasting (and blogging). RSS feeds can clearly deliver a stream of content, but they can also be used to deliver sets of files, too. Look at how it's done on Podiobooks. It doesn't seem somehow acceptable that someone can podcast a certain number of episodes, and then stop. Unless it's a book. But even then, writers seem to be expected to continue to create new, related content after the book is over.