The term netcast was popularized by Leo Laporte and This Week in Tech as an alternative to the word “podcast”.
They felt that the term podcast was too closely aligned with Apple’s products, which didn’t reflect the device-agnostic spirit of podcasting.
It was the mid 2000’s, I was in college, and I thought that a radio show delivered over the web was pretty neat.
Fast forward 10-ish years and podcasts (not netcasts – sorry Leo!) are finally becoming mainstream.
I’m bullish on the future of podcasting.
Podcasts are great for multi-tasking; accessible to those with vision issues; and pair nicely with the growing popularity of smart speakers.
For folks with restricted access to bandwidth, you can compress the hell out of podcasts without losing a ton of quality – unlike video.
But if you want to use video, that’s totally doable, too. Just publish a video of the recording session, or livestream it to YouTube or Twitch.
I don’t think it’s enough to just be optimistic about podcasting, though. I should have some skin in the game.
That’s why I’m dusting off my mic, firing up Adobe Audition, and getting back into recording & producing podcasts as an extension of my blog.
Along the way, I’m going to share what I’ve learned. Check back for more.
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