Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Knitting News Cast Episode 15 Up

I just got done recording, editing, and uploading the latest episode of the Knitting News Cast.

I can't believe I'm on episode 15 already. When I started this back in December, I wasn't sure how long I'd stick with it. And there has been a few times that I've felt overwhelmed about getting an episode out.

But there is always a feeling of satisfaction when an episode is finished and uploaded and ready for the world.

I feel like I'm getting better at recording them. I've loosened up and I think that you can hear that when you listen. Before, I'd stop and re-record if I messed up something. But now I just start over with what I was saying and keep on going.

It has increased the amount of time I have to edit each episode and sometimes I just can't get it to sound exactly right, but overall it has decreased the amount of time I spend on episode.

Also, since I'm writing up knitting news stories a few times a week and posting them to the Knitting News Cast website, it is much easier to pull my show notes together.

I still don't get a lot of feedback from my listeners. I know that people are listening because my stats on Feedburner show that I have a lot of listeners. I guess since my show is a news program rather then an entertainment show, people feel less inclined to interact.

Oh well, as long as I continue to enjoy doing it, I'll keep doing it. I love the fact that I keep up to date on the latest news and happenings in the knitting world. It has really enriched my knitting hobby.

And I've met some great knitters online who do send me e-mails and leave me comments. I try to reply to each e-mail I get and it really makes my day when I get one, well at least the nice ones!

I've learned a lot though from the constructive criticisms too. Although, it all hasn't been kindly said. I guess the anonymity of the web lets some people be harsher or at least sound harsher then they would in real life. Not too many people will correct the way you say something while you are on stage giving a talk but I've had several people do so publicly in my comments.

Ah, I didn't mean to sound so negative. I really do enjoy doing the podcast and mostly look forward to doing it every two weeks.

I hope you take a listen and if you like it leave me some feedback in the comments or send me an e-mail.

Happy Knitting!


Sara said...

Hi Rhonda:

I've been listening to your podcast from the beginning and listen to every one!! Sometimes I get behind, but I only have one (Episode 17) that I have yet to listen to. I enjoy all the reviews, especially, and I often jump up from my knitting, put the iPod on "pause" and look something up that you've talked about. I think I did that about a 1/2 dozen times tonight alone!! ha!

I used to subscribe to several different knitting podcasts, but frankly, I quit listening to all but yours and one other...PixiePurls. Oh, and I like Math4Knitters when she covers a topic I need to know about.

Don't let the uncouth folks get you down. You're right about them hiding behind their computer screens. I'm sure everyone with podcasts has to deal with the likes of those types. Just please know that there are wa-a-a-a-ay more of us out here that love listening to your podcast and appreciate everything you're doing. I can't imagine how much work it is to put one together. Heck, my time management skills are so bad -- I can barely carve out time to knit -- but when I do, I sure am glad to have your podcast to listen to!!! :-)

~ A Faithful Listener
p.s. Marble Falls is really nice!!

from Cajun Country

Rhonda said...

I'm glad that you enjoy the podcast. I really like putting them together and it is great to hear from listeners.

I haven't gotten any negative e-mails or comments in awhile. Don't know if it is because I've gotten better or because now that people understand podcasting better they realize that podcasters aren't professionals. We just podcast because we love to!