I quit podcasting a couple months ago. The passion sort of dropped off or wasn't there to begin with. I was clouded by my love of listening to podcasts and made my own. I learned a lot and it was really fun. I'm glad I did it, because it helped me realize the things that I love more than making podcasts.
During my podcasting stint I had a constant frustration that I couldn't pinpoint: Podcasting lives in the past. Sure, new clever show formats and content is created all the time, and there are a lot of INCREDIBLE podcasts out there. The distribution platform behind podcasts hasn't really changed over the past 10 years. iTunes is still the main home for podcasting, and this is a problem because iTunes is outdated bloatware.
The "pod" in podcasts comes from a time where iPods were the number #1 tech device on the market. We need to take the "pod" out of podcasts.
My grandmother who is an iPad/iPhone user can't figure out how to download a podcast, yet she can use Facebook and read this blog.
You have to download a separate podcasting app to even listen to one.
PODCASTS STILL USE RSS FEEDS.
It's not hard to figure out how to upload a Youtube video, yet it takes a manual to upload a podcast.
I switched to making videos because not only does it work well with my photography background, but making Youtube videos feels like 2016. Podcasting, whether you're uploading or downloading, feels like we're still in 2006. It's not accessible to the non-tech savvy crowd, which is the biggest problem with it. If finding a podcast is not as easy as logging into Facebook, there's a fundamental problem with how it works.
Podcasts are slowly getting more popular through media coverage, yet it still feels underground to be a podcast fan.
Fortunately, Anchor could change this, but I don't know how this "Instagram-ifying" of podcasting will affect long-form content.
I want to get back into podcasting. I just want it to feel....now.
If only we had a Youtube for podcasts.....