Podcasting tips: Subject matter
Scott Laningham 100000GSNP Comments (10) Visits (3025)
Topics and guests
A well-known guest may be enough to drive interest. He or she may be the topic. In that case I would script some questions designed to bring out some of their history. Then I'll move on to any obvious issues surrounding their area of expertise, and eventually gravitate to something about where they and their work are headed. Our interview with Tim Berners-Lee is a good example. We focused on his early db work, creative work with hypertext to create web pages, some of the pros and cons of the web in our lives, and his current interests and hopes for the future.
If the topic crops up first, then the challenge is to find someone interesting to talk about it, someone who tells a good story. The questions may unfold in a similar manner, although there may be obvious questions driven by the topic that fall outside of that "where we've been, where we are, where we're going pattern." That pattern does seem to be popular, though. I might describe it as -- the setup (the past or the motivation for the activity or issue that is the focus); the hot stuff (the present or what has been achieved or is being achieved); the vision (the future or the ideas of where the project is headed, what is hoped for). Not a rule, and not a pattern that works for everything, but a place to start if you're drawing a blank.
It feels funny even writing this as though it is insider's wisdom. It ain't rocket science, that's for sure. But maybe it is helpful to some out there who want to podcast and are experiencing the "dee
Since I started this I've been pondering a podcast show I might produce for fun outside of developerWorks. Finding the time is a big problem. I love to talk to people, so an interview show where I could talk with anybody about anything (the subject being interesting, of course) is one idea. Just a great conversation with interesting people from all walks. Another idea is an old radio variety show a la Stan Freberg's stuff from the 1950s (I think that is when he did them.) Those were hilarious. But what an enourmous amount of work that would be! Of course, there's always the "history of muffins" idea, but I fear LJCoolBanks may be stealing it away.