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Just from my point of view, for a real, dedicated, worldwide, consistently growing audience, you need some sort of visual option on your podcasts. This would be easy enough to do using Windows Live Movie Maker. Or on Mac, it's I-Movie I think. It's a free downloadable software for making Power Points as a movie that has a sound file. The sound file would be your podcast. You just drop the podcast into the Movie Maker software and then start adding slides and finally time the slides.

Also, I think it would make your podcasts more popular if you break them up into pieces so they're about 10-28 minutes, that's just a range that I can personally withstand during my busy life. Most times in the middle, about 15 minutes or so, is what I can regularly dedicate my time to on a daily basis. Two hours almost never works because at the very least I need a break and other pressing matters demand my attention on a daily basis.

So to keep "fans" coming back for more, what I notice by being a "fan" of other youtube figures, is that what they're teaching right at the moment has to be in a small enough chunk that I can take it in during the fast pace of my day. Then if I have time, I can go into their youtube channel and see specific subjects based on their titles, and catch up on more subjects I want to learn about. Anyway, I'm just thinking for the largest audiences at this point on the world wide web, your 10-28 minute range is the most "consumable," and that people like the video aspect of shows, even if they're not watching that aspect. Like if they know you designed it so it can be watched or listened to, either with or without the video, and you kept the video down to pics that held for a long time, people would find that interesting enough to hold on for between 10-28 minutes per day or maybe at least five times a week. That's my max that I can put into one subject, So that's just one viewpoint!.
 
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Well, for the first one, can you take the podcast of mine that is your favorite, and do that which you suggest?  That way, I'll better understand.

As for chopping stuff up into shorter ones.  I suppose we could arrange something.  Maybe we could set up a parallel feed where the longer stuff is broken up into shorter stuff.  Would you be willing to that editing?

 
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I have a problem which is, I'm doing an entirely separate internet video project which is something I don't get enough time to dedicate my time to, much less to add to my load. Mostly, I'm trying to learn. But if you have a podcast you could suggest that might be something elementary that you think I might be able to do justice to, send the link and if I have the time and inclination to monkey around sometime, I'll throw something together as a sample!
 
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Have to say I like the longer podcasts as I do a lot at driving so during up one thing for an hour drive or a couple long  ones for those days I'm in the car 6 hours is nicer than having  to build a big playlist on the other hand I'm about twenty from hearing them all now as summer has been diferent this year
 
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Which is why I think that if we wanna travel this path, then it would be a side project.  Some people like them as long as possible, and some people like 20 minute bites. 

As for the time it takes to make this stuff:  I have to admit that i am getting a bit frustrated in this space.  People want more, and they want higher quality, and they want lots of other things from me.  I'm just freaky tapped.  Plus, the more stuff I make, the more people want.  And the more hate mail I get. 

So I'm open to ideas.  And, at the same time, trying to constantly figure out how to optimize my time.


 
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I'll have some free time after Wednesday I'll email you when I'm ready to take on a pile for editing and posting.

I do think that dropping power points into some of the short ones might be a fun project,

would you like me to put one together as a test if I can find the free time before college?
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I can see the advantages/disadvantages of short segment/entirety pod casts, but it is obvious that one size will not fit all.

Somebody with a half hour commute each way and a half hour lunch break would want a one hour podcast divided into three 20 minute segments.  The person on a multi-hour road trip does not want to be fumbling with their i-pod @ 70 mph in traffic.

Perhaps something as simple as a short "beep" at a break point, would allow the commuter to hit the "pause" button, without irritating the long-hauler?  It would take more work to set up the podcasts with "natural" breaks.  Spontenaity would be lost.

I do like the idea of using power-point slides...a picture is worth 1,000 words.  Adding a visual to the verbal tends to emphasize the verbal.


 
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I love them just they way they are, length and quality.  I am in and out a lot so I just hit the pause button and then I can come back to it.  I don't care that there is background noise, a cat or kid barking or someone eating pie.  I makes it more real for me - less sterile.

With about 12 hours to fill up it is great to have it there to listen to for an hour or so.  I am doing other things while I listen and sometimes there will be a particular nugget that will perk my ears up - 'wait- what did he just say?' and I'll replay it a bit. 

But most of the time I am doing some kind of administrative work and I actually have an extra notepad on the side to make notes about the podcast.  Add me to your list of people that have listened to every single one.

I am currently trying to listen/watch a long Skeeter video - it is very informative but - it is a video which means I have to stop what I am doing and commit to watching it.  Call me hyperactive but I have to multi-task.  It would be great if it was a podcast like yours.
 
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I'm forever having to stop and start when I'm listening to podcasts, in a most unpredictable manner.  Having set length sections would be no use to me at all.  The stop/start function however is a godsend. 
 
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That's all awesome feedback. I never thought of getting the audio set up in my kitchen so in that way, I could enjoy listening for a longer segment of time while in the kitchen. I don't know, Paul, when what you have to offer is so great and when your heart is so big is it any wonder, you find yourself in this situation? To the guy that offered to help make up some vids, that's totally awesome. Stuff like that, piecing out volunteer work, that seems like a workable paradigm, and confining one's own efforts to only what is manageable while still having time to stop for lunch!
 
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