Well, if nothing else, it is good to know that I have been given ample opportunity to express myself.
There is still a lot I don't know about getting podcasts into more brains. It seems that podcasts are getting downloaded about 3000 times. That still seems a lot smaller to me than any of my videos. Plus, it seems like things get broken in the podcast stuff about ten times more often than in the video stuff.
I guess the big perk, to me, with the podcasts is that it is easy to convey a big gob of information. Maybe I am infecting only 3000 brains (I would rather infect 300 million, but hey, who wouldn't) but hopefully, each brain will convey that information to a few more.
Part of me thinks that I need to spend less time making podcasts and more time figuring out how to get the current podcasts into more brains.
Every once in a while I think "I'm done, I can't think of anything else to put into a podcast" which is followed about a quarter of a second later by "well, except for this ... and this ... and processing about 20 more books chapter by chapter ... and there are about 20 more movies to review ... and I have about 20 more people to interview ..."
Shorter works better (for me). 20 minutes? Just a guess - I'm no radio pro. Less time downloading, listen right at the time you find it (cuz you don't have to wait too long to get the thing over a slow connection w/interruptions). Want high density info value (cuz life is often pretty full). But shorter is more work for you cuz you gotta slash w/that blue pencil (or whatever that is w/audio); but maybe editing s/b delegated (like a publisher's editor for a writer) and you get to hear what's left of your beautiful masterpiece and weep b4 it gets ul'd. Bit hard on you, but...
What's your favorite listening among the more popular talk shows? Terry Gross? The Motley Fool? Commonwealth Club? Philosophy Talk? City Visions? Jack Spirko? Anything there you'd want to shamelessly copy to add attractant to your pods? <g> Come to think of it, IIRC an truly fantastic example of audio reporting/teaching art was created by This American Life a couple years ago; in 2 or 3 shows they explained the impenetrable reasons beneath the economic crash to the rest of us. It was not entertainment but almost purely education.
Then of course, there's gaming Google... Don't even want to think about what that takes. <g>
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Paul, maybe you might want to keep a few of the first ones free... just in the interest of giving folks who are unsure about purchasing the first couple hundred an idea of what your early ones are like. I think they'd be more apt to purchase with a sample or three. I'll purchase them all anyway, since it's a reasonable way to support the empire. It's high time I paid you for some of your airtime anyway. My iphone is full, so I've had to delete most of your early podcasts from it's memory anyway... -be good to have them on the machine at home.
I've followed you since you started, and have enjoyed listening to you "hone your craft", so to speak. I view all permaculture through "Wheaton eco-scale glasses" because of your podcasts. I know you're from a techie background, but I gotta say the information you present is only part of the reason why I listen to you. I'd guess I'm not alone in this. Your first podcasts wander around a lot more than they do now, but for folks who are just beginning to incorporate the larger permaculture concepts into their worldview, (as I was when you started "podding",) there's a distinct value in following someone who runs through the ideas like a puppy chasing butterfiles. Hearing Jocelyn herding you back on task is one of the things that made your presentation instantly accessible, along with your consciously humorous way of addressing problems. Wheatonisms like "the dapartment of making you sad" and "toxic gick" are more than a part of my vocabulary now... they're part of my worldview. Not that I agree with everything spouting from your pie-hole... btw I found a paleo recipe for pie crust you need to see (ooo! Paleo Pie!)... but the vast majority of your opinions make dang good sense and your rationales for them are there in an approachable, affable manner.
Your early work is as valuable for hooking "hearts and minds" as what you do today. Might consider leaving a couple loss-leaders out there for folks.