A few months ago I set a goal that within the next year I wanted to appear on a podcast I listen to. This was a concrete goal that I could use to measure the success of my blog without resorting to page views as the end-all be-all metric of short-term success. For me, this would be proof that voices I respect have at least a shred of respect for me. Proof that I am part of the conversation, instead of just a member of the audience.
If you follow me on Twitter you know that I am a big fan of The Menu Bar. The Menu Bar is a different kind of tech podcast. It’s topical and current, but isn’t focused on mentioning every thing that happened each week. It’s funny and one of my favorite listens each week.
Over the course of the last few months since episode one of The Menu Bar I have become friendly with Zac and Andrew on Twitter. So when they asked the Bar’s patrons to help them try a crazy experiment—a live call-in show—I was excited about the possibility of participating and humbled that they would let me on their show.
I learned that podcasting is hard. After trying it for about fifteen minutes I have so much more respect for people who do it week in and week out. The technical challenges of broadcasting a show live pale in comparison to the challenge of talking to two people over Skype when you know other people are going to hear your voice.
Hopefully I’ll have the opportunity to get more practice.