Can I be honest with you?
I despise podcasts. I truly do.
I have done my very best to give them a fair shake.
The first time I attempted to listen to a podcast, was several years ago. I was trying to make an effort to walk a mile or so per day, around my neighborhood. I asked a few of my friends to recommend podcasts to listen to as I walked. I needed something other than music, because as a theatre nerd … well, I am prone to sing and dance along. Pretty much can’t help it. It’s what we do.
I remember flipping through one after another, but nothing could grab my attention. I wasn’t hearing anything exciting, in fact they made me sleepy. I was bored out of my mind. Flipped over to my mp3 player and returned to music.
Then my husband started listening to podcasts. He would come home from work and talk about really interesting topics that he picked up through podcasts. I remember the first time he recommended a podcast that I should just listen to. He was convinced I’d be as fascinated by it as he was. I got the name of the podcast, title of the show, and then he dropped the bomb shell. It was approximately THREE HOURS of talking on the subject. My husband drives all over the county for his job. I can understand how he can work through three hours of a podcast. I have nowhere in my life where that sounds like a fun way to spend three hours of my life.
Finally, my husband started trying to force us to listen to them when going on long car rides. The topics sounded interesting, but I was blown away by how boring they were. One podcast took twenty minutes just to get through their show intro and banter before starting on the topic. Another one consisted of clips from radio shows, documentaries, and interviews. They probably had an hour of clips and two hours of their introducing the clips or repeating what was said in the clips to each other. Oohs and ahs, and setting up questions to be answered in the next clip. A third was full of details I really didn’t need to know in order to set up the story. The color of your shirt, that’s just not relevant… unless the podcast is about that shirt.
I feel like podcasts take people who are long story tellers, give them 15 minutes of content, and then they extrapolate that content for a full hour show. I keep shouting in my mind GET TO THE POINT!
There was one podcast that had the longest music intro I have ever heard in my life.
So… if you love podcasts… sell me on them. Who do you listen to, why do you love them, and why should I give them a shot?