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Why I Podcast

Back when I was in Japan, movies took forever to come to theaters. Whatever was released in America, aside from Spider-man (because the Japanese love that Spidey), took at least 9 months to reach me. Two years in the worst case.

The best I could do was read reviews and spoil myself with wikipedia entries. One day I was looking on YouTube to see what people were saying about Taken. I found a video review by Spill.com, which is now defunct. The review itself wasn’t amazing , but what stood out to me the most was the rapport the reviewers had with each other. No formal scripted stuff, and instead just genuine conversation among friends. It’s the exact same way I talk about movies with my friends.

So I checked out more of their shows, and all that banter really helped me cope with homesickness. And the more I listened to this stuff, the more I thought I could do it.

I gave it a shot, and boy were those early entries rough. They didn’t really take off either, but the lacks of hits didn’t bother me because I wasn’t focused on an audience. I did those shows for me. I wasn’t listening to other people laughing and having a good time anymore, I was actually chalking it up with my best friend. Those conversations are now for keeps– audio mementos, if you will.

For anyone who’s felt my shows have lacked a little focus, now you have more insight. I never want to sacrifice authentic human interaction for a “perfect” interview question and answer, even if it does get a little awkward from time to time.

Along the way, I’ve been able to sharpen up my speaking. I’ve had the best crash-course on working social media. And the biggest caveat? I’ve actually been able to connect with people. I learn a lot from my guests, and slowly my listeners have gotten more vocal about how the shows impacted them too. And after working so many years of teaching, I think this medium is one of the best ways to learn.

Tune in to what you can. Take what you want. Share what vibes with you.

Thanks for tuning in!

3 comments on “Why I Podcast

  1. Neil
    June 3, 2014

    Hello all! Some people have been asking why Annaleis and I have decided to do a podcast (some people have also asked what a podcast is, but that’s a story for another time). I think that’s a good question, particularly since our podcast really isn’t about anything. So many podcasts have specific topics, ie movies, comics, cars, sports, sex, music… But ours does not. We just talk and laugh and joke around about what’s on our minds, and what is going on in our lives.

    Putting a set time aside, every week to talk and laugh with a person I love, and share my life with, is amazing. We get to create this little window in to our lives that we share with others. We get to sit and create this together. We are interacting. Not texting, not Facebooking, or tweeting, redditing, Google plussing or any of the other countless ways that we communicate with others these days. When we are done recording and we publish it, we open up ourselves to the world. The people that listen will hear our voices, our thoughts and our laughter. We allow strangers in to our world. They can listen, judge, laugh, enjoy or hate it. But it’s truly us. Together. Not really giving a flying cow what the outcome is because we know what we put out is real, and it’s ours…

    It is also something that will be there forever (however long that is). Long after we are gone, these words, the hours spent, the stories told, will be there for others to hear. We plan to have friends and family come in to podcast with us. Not to interview them , but just to hang out and hear their stories. For my Sisters kids to hear their mom before she was their mom. To be able to share my moms voice with her great great grand kids. For all of our friends and family to have a conversation frozen in time that will be handed off to others.

    Let me stop here to say my sister does not yet have kids and, as far as I know, is not preggo!

    We plan to take our pod-casting “on the road”. Pod-casting from baby showers, weddings, birthdays, and holidays. Anywhere a memory and conversation can be saved, and later shared. To know that my family and friends laughter will be forever saved is why I podcast.
    So, if you have a chance and want to check it out, please do! If not, it will be there if you decide you’d like to. And if you’d like to be a part of the podcast, please join us!! We would love to have you…
    Thank you again for all the support. The response as been amazingly positive and very humbling…

    I hope to talk with all very soon…
    Love and Laughs,
    Neil (the freaK)

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