Not a podcast

I’m not going to start podcasting, at least not yet, but I just spent an hour with a Sony MiniDisc recorder. I used a lapel mic attached to my v-neck collar and brain-dumped for exactly sixty minutes with no pauses, breaks, or stops in the recording. It was interesting. I have attempted to podcast (somewhat) by recording a blog post or two in the past, but never really took to it. I have never felt that I have the material to warrant a podcast of my own. I love to write, I love conversation, and I love music, but to put it all together in a podcast hasn’t so far worked for me.

That said, I have a couple of ideas regarding supplemental podcasts to accompany some upcoming writing projects, but ignoring that I have little confidence that anything I could ramble on about would be of interest to a subscriber – let alone myself.

What I’ve recorded today is for me. It’s a diary; it’s a therapy for the ADD issues and general mood/mental health that I’ve been going through lately. It surprised me and struck a deep emotional nerve at one point, sparking a brief episode of tears during the recording. Powerful. Personal. I am actually listening to the playback now and I normally have a real problem with listening to my recorded voice or watching myself on video. This is different. It’s hard to explain.

I’ve just been through an emotional crash. Perhaps it was a reaction to speaking so honestly in private for an hour that made me cry so hard, but I feel better now. Well enough to write this post. I feel a little lighter.

I think I’m going to start my day now. 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Not a podcast”

  1. Hey Jen,

    Your first audioblog episode ages ago, the one about shoes. That was really good. It had this sort of New York / beat poetry feel about it. It felt more like a totally prescripted spoken word piece, or poetry reading, rather than the usual rambling “this is radio on the internet” style that most podcasts are.

    It’s definitely a direction you should follow – short, sweet and well written. Your voice works so well for that format, especially when you announce the date and time to start – actually it’s also got a touch of the hard boiled black & white crime film about it as well, and something else that I can’t quite pin down – reminds me of something, but I can’t figure if it’s a specific thing, or just a vague impression that makes me think I’m remembering something. Perhaps the writing of Cynthia Hymel… Argh, now it’s bugging me 🙂


  2. Woah – you actually listened to that… eek.
    I’m embarrassed and flattered all at the same time! Thanks, Matt! 😀

    I may dabble… it’s not out of the question.

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