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 there.
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 welcome.
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