I suffer from information overload. I don’t read half my e-mails, and much of the syndicated weblog content that I subscribe to passes me by too. I’m a family man, with little time right now for much else apart from baby talk, nappies, mowing the lawn and maybe a bit of DIY when I’m not working (alright, perhaps a few hours of watching the telly each week); however, I do spend a lot of time in the car (perhaps as much as 20 hours some weeks) and a couple of weeks back, Alex introduced me to the idea of podcasting.
Now, I was fairly late onto the blogging bandwagon, and I’m probably a bit behind the times with podcasting too, but after some initial scepticism (I tended to agree with Anu Gupta and Paulo Valdemarin), I’ve come around to the view that it’s a great idea! In fact, I think it’s such a good idea that I’m seriously considering buying an iPod and an iTrip (one of those tune-your-car-radio-into-an-iPod-gadget-thingies) so that I can listen to podcasts instead of Terry Wogan or Today on my way to work (what does that say about my listening habits?) – although I’ll probably still pick up the BBC Radio 4 comedy on my way home. I have no intentions of creating such content myself (I lose enough of my bandwidth to weblogs as it is, without going multimedia, and besides which, who wants to hear my voice!), but sites like liberated syndication provide a hosting service for podcasters and it was one of their sites that sold me onto this idea – How to pour the perfect Guinness from Tod Maffin’s How to Do Stuff site (thanks to Owen for the original link).
On a similar note to the podcasting idea (but requiring full attention as they are generally video-based), the IT professional technical evangelist team at Microsoft UK have begun to produce blogcasts. It was Eileen Brown that initially alerted me to this, but Steve Lamb has started to blogcast too and now a blogcast repository has been created. Well worth a look if for a quick demonstration of how to do something.