In many ways, podcasting is like traveling a switchback. You make progress forward but then you have to go back around before you can go forward again.
Toby, MC and myself have seen great strides forward in our understanding of how to do this. Toby was most experienced in podcasting since he’d done one before; MC had been and still is a fan of many podcast so she’d picked up a lot by just listening to others. I was the one who had little to no experience although I had done many interviews, presentations, etc. over the years.
The point is, even with experience we’ve gone down several roads where we had to turn back and re-evaluate. Now granted, we’re just only finishing our third podcast and the podcast itself is a rather unique and we still don’t know what we don’t know, but we’re all somewhat impatient to get this thing knocked and present the best possible podcast we can.
The good news is that everyone is willing, no passionate to get this working in the best possible way.
One example of the switchback nature of this, for myself, my Great Writers segment remains problematic. I know it’s important. I think it’s interesting. New writers and those who are writing now need to know the struggles of others. Legends like Rod Serling shared the same neurotic musings as we do. Woody Allen has gone in many different directions trying to find his best voice. But delivering that information, making it accessible is the issue.
I keep thinking that I need more entertainment value to the presentation. For example, inserting audio clips from the writer’s material. Perhaps opening it up more to a roundtable discussion with my co-host and producer – etc. I want to try it differently next time and will continue to explore the bast options.
I still think we’re missing that harder focus. There’s plenty of podcasts that have people chatting about movies, etc. I don’t want that. I want more like a Leo Laporte show where even if you’re not interested in the specific topic – like a cellphone issue – you’re still listening because Leo is so damned knowledgeable. I believe we can achieve that. I think we can be the voice of writers in general and screenwriters in particular.
At least we will continue to try.
That’s gotta count for something.