Last year I took part in the Dog Days of Podcasting challenge, making 35 episodes for the run and having some good fun in the process. After the final episode was published, I compiled all of the show scripts, notes, and audio files into a digital book that was — for a short time — available in Apple's various stores. I learned a lot of things in the process, and was introduced to a number of other podcasters who have since become regular voices in my ears while commuting to and from work. As the start of this year's run comes around, I'm wondering if it makes sense to participate given how little free time I have during the day.
For the 2015 run of episodes, I was working irregular hours with large gaps in my day where it was possible to record, edit, and publish in tiny increments. Now that I'm no longer (teaching) in the classroom, my available free time has all but dried up. Each of the 35 episodes last year required roughly four hours of work. That's four hours each and every day, with the majority of the time going towards research. I just can't afford to set aside that much of my day right now.
But there are options.
I've been toying with two ideas for the last few weeks and have even recorded a few episodes of each theme. The question I have is whether I can make 35 of them for a daily publication schedule.
The first idea is one that focuses on the sounds around Japan. More specifically, the machines that speak to us and how loudly they speak to us. Some existing episodes include announcements from the Shinkansen, invitations from vending machines, warnings from trucks turning at red lights, and the like. You really have to live here to see just how excessive it can be. Every episode is exactly 180 seconds long, making it short enough that people could quickly listen and move on.
The second idea is a play on that phrase "a picture is worth a thousand words". Essentially it's a show where I use exactly one thousand words to describe a photo that I've taken that day. The podcast will not include the photo, but instead a link to an image. The premise is simple: let me describe a photo while you imagine what it looks like, then you can see the actual photo to check how accurate my description was.
It's sort of like a silly game, and one that people might enjoy playing along with. This second idea is one that I could probably do indefinitely as it involves describing something that I will have a lot of context for to people who have probably never been to this little corner of the planet.
Which one would you rather listen to? Are either of these program ideas interesting enough to maintain a following for 35 days? Let me know on 10Centuries. If you don't have an account, just get in touch via the contact form. I'd be happy to extend some more invitations.