Listening to Old Podcasts

Earlier today I listened to the most recent episode of Micro Monday1 as it featured one of my favourite podcasters, Jeremy Cherfas. In it he talked a great deal about what makes a good podcast, the importance of audio quality, and the difficulty in discovering new shows that aren't part of the big networks. What's funny is that I was looking forward to listening to this particular episode because Jeremy had lamented that his sound quality was not up to snuff and I wanted to see just how "bad" it was. Afterwards I wondered whether the audio quality from some of my old shows have stood the test of time and went back to hear a few episodes of Discover ADN, a podcast that launched my podcasting efforts in 2014 … almost six years ago exactly.

For my ears, the podcasts I recorded in my bedroom closet during 2015 and 2016 were some of the best I've ever made. Shows like DiscoverADN and Changing Platforms were fun, short-lived titles to record and produce. The 400+ Doubtfully Daily Matigo episodes recorded up until 2018 were alright, but most of them were done with a cell phone microphone while walking in the park. These were not the sorts of shows that would warrant a second listen, and usually not a first. There were a bunch of Japanese shows that I worked on, but rarely did I speak on the shows. I was there more as a coordinator and producer until the hosts either became bored and quit or — as fate would have it — were picked up by a local radio station.

After the boy was born, there was rarely a time in the house quiet or calm enough to record any shows, so the microphone and headphones were put into their padded boxes and have patiently waited for the chance to come out and shine once again. Now that he's three, perhaps there's time again. The question I have is whether there's anything interesting I could talk about every so often that might warrant a subscriber or two to the show.

  1. Micro Monday is an interview podcast for people using, a social network that aims to be as open and non-corporate as possible.

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