Podcasting rules of thumb

by Amber Rhea, May 5, 2006 - 3:18pm

From FrogBody comes "20 Ideas for a Great Podcast."

It's an excellent list, and agree with most of the points. But - snark alert! - if the Frog were to really follow his/her (I don't know which it is; "Carson" is a gender-neutral name) own advice, s/he would've broken this list of 20 things into at least two blog posts, in keeping with rule #4.

Anyway, here are some specific tips worth reiterating (that is, the ones I feel most strongly about):

You should read the full list. (But the comments are boring, you can ignore them.)

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Rusty Tanton's picture
Rusty Tanton

I think this part is dead wrong:

If you are interviewing, prepare the questions ahead of time. Send them to your guest so they can be coherent.

It's an interview, not an infomercial. I could read a press release if I wanted canned a canned spiel. The rest of the list is good general advice though.

Posted on May 5, 2006 - 3:59pm

Rusty Tanton's picture
Rusty Tanton

To clarify, I think preparing questions is fine, but giving them to guests ahead of time isn't.

Posted on May 5, 2006 - 4:00pm

Amber Rhea's picture
Amber Rhea

Well, also to clarify, I was really only endorsing the part of that tip that I quoted ("Don't ramble, be organized") - 'cause like I said, I agree with most of the list, not all. I wouldn't make a sweeping general statement that it's always inappropriate to provide your guest w/ questions ahead of time, because there are so many different types of shows out there, w/ so many variables - but in most cases I agree that giving the person the questions ahead of time is lame. (Very different from, say, simply telling the person what topics you'd like to discuss).

Posted on May 5, 2006 - 7:15pm