Podcasting Questions Answered
Here are my answers to interview questions related to podcasting from a U.P. student.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
1. Why the need to communicate online?
I need to communicate online for a variety of reasons. Aside from the personal need to experiment and reach out to others via this medium, I'm also interested in testing different types of internet strategies and ideas.
2. What kind of information do you usually send? What are the topics, and where does your choice of topic come from?
The Viloria.com Pinoy Podcast offers Tagalog lessons. I choose the topics per episode based on news stories, or as a result of talks with my friends. Sometimes, listeners request for a particular topic via email or voicemail.
3. Who do you intend to reach? (target audience)
I'm podcasting for those interested in learning Tagalog (i.e., foreigners who plan to visit the Philippines), and Filipinos who are homesick and who want to hear Tagalog over the internet.
I started podcasting in April 18, 2005 (please see PinoyPodcasters.com for a list of podcasts arranged by first episode date). I got interested because people were trying it out, and it gave me the chance to reach out to people even if they were not sitting in front of their computers.
What have I learned? The best way to get your podcast publicized is via the iTunes directory. Also, it's quite challenging to come out with a podcast weekly. It's so much easier to just write.
I've also learned:
It's so much easier and convenient to maintain a text blog, because you can update it in any internet cafe. With a podcast, you'll need a microphone, sound editing software, and other things not readily found in internet cafes.
If you're a mobile person, however, it may be easier to record your voice than type (i.e., you're trekking, hiking, biking, driving)
Podcasting Advantage: Some things are better heard than read, or said than typed.
If your computer already has a soundcard, get a microphone (around P600). If you don't have a soundcard but have a USB port, you can try getting a Sopu Headset (headphones and mic, with USB cable) at P2,000.
You'll need hard disk space on a web server for your MP3 files. If you're just starting out, try the free service at Podomatic.com
The audience can easily adapt... most computers already have the soundcard and speakers needed to listen to podcasts. People can also load those mp3 files into their cellphones, iPods, or other mp3 players.
Parents may even be interested in child-friendly podcasts.
I try to podcast once a week. Sometimes, if I'm too busy, my episodes come out twice a month.
9. In your opinion, what is the future of podcasting in the Philippines? Can it survive?
It will take a while. If a lot of people don't enjoy writing/blogging, a whole lot more find recording their voice terrifying.
(The exception would be podcasting couple Jason Ruby and Anna Johns.)
Will it survive? Yes.
In the short-term, however, you'll see a lot of podcasts which will die early, similar to the many cob-websites and blogs of experimenters. Perhaps if a group offered the boring techie behind-the-scenes service ( i.e., recording, post-production), then more people will try podcasting.
Given the Filipino's propensity to voice an opinion over AM radio, podcasting will definitely survive. It may just take a while before it truly catches on.
As for podcast listening (or podcatching), expect it to grow faster than podcasting as DSL and internet broadband subscriptions become more affordable in the Philippines.
Related: Podcasting: Who's Tuning In?
NOTE: This is weird. Why am I participating in an interview on podcasting via text? I should put up a sound file. Perhaps in the future. Stay tuned!
SURVEY: Do you want screen tutorials on how to create podcasts? Please let me know. Thanks!
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