An intro, or something thereabouts.

  • From: "Sean Randall" <sean@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcasting@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 16 Oct 2005 17:58:04 +0100

Hi all,

I joined this list yesterday after realising that, as I have a podcast, it
would probably be a good idea to get into the community a little.

For those of you who are interested, my Podcast started out not as a Podcast
at all but as a couple of software reviews and ramblings I recorded with
vague notions of Main Menu playing them.
When they didn't, I decided that, as I was getting some webspace of my own
(and as I was fairly interested in what the discussion of podness was all
about), I figured I'd put them online as Mp3's.

So, after writing a PHP web page that listed all the mp3's (with their size,
date and such), I twigged that a Podcast wouldn't be that hard to run along
side the web page, and would provide an alternative method for people to
access my stuff.

It was but  an hours work to set up the rss and make sure it listed my files
in a similar method to the actual web page, and (rather to my disbelief)
I've since received over 200 E-mail messages in regard to the content up

One of the developers of a program I reviewed even saw his way clear to
making accessibility changes to software he'd written as a result of a
positive review - which inspired me all the more to carry on.

I know one or two of you on this list have listened to (or at least seen)
the Podcast - the content is generally aimed toward people, like myself;
using screen-readers and various programs (which I review, not in exhaustive
detail, but enough to give you an overview, with my own opinions thrown in).

Some of the stuff is aimed toward developers more than users (the latest,
for instance; is intended for Jaws scripters and I did go a bit over the top
with wild ranting in that one), but overall I think things are being
generally well-received.

I use Gold Wave to record things and tend to be casual, bordering on the
point of - well, no bordering. I'm just informal and never go through a
Podcast with a prepared script or anything of the sort.
As a result, things tend to go a bit up the wall sometimes. .. But that's
generally mildly entertaining.
People have told me I should try a more structured approach - but I really
do think being warm and open with people about the things you are interested
in is a much more Human way to go about it.

I don't have a question or anything - and have absolutely 0 experience at
this sort of thing either - remember that I only put my files as a Podcast
because I wanted to give people another way to access my files, so they
aren't weekly updated or anything like that.
But it's good to be able to sit down and think "I'll record another Podcast
now" and to have it go up and listened to, so I'm gonna keep at it so long
as there's at least a single person listening.

if any of you guys have things for me to review, though; content always
welcome - you never know what interesting things people might turn up.

so: the URL to my Technical - well: Technical-ish Podcast is:

Keep in mind the site itself is rather new - and as always, feedback is

Cheers - and I hope to learn a thing or two hanging around this list!

Sean R.
[Santa's Little Helper goes off running with George Bush,
leaving Homer all alone]    Homer Simpson: I guess you might say
he's barking up the wrong Bush.    Homer's Brain: There it is,
Homer. The cleverest thing you'll ever say and nobody heard it.
 Homer: D'oh!
Email: sean@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


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