I think it is a good idea. I listen to several podcasts daily. Namely BBC Africa Today, BBC World News, and various other news programs. I have a iPhone 4, and listen in my car via a connection to the car stereo on my way to work, as well as through a dock connected to my stereo at home. I use headphones to listen while walking the dog as well. I enjoy the ability to receive the content when and where I want. I am sure your day is already full with the blog and website, so perhaps you could start off with a weekly podcast and see how it goes.
As far as who would listen, I think you would be surprised! Providing a link to the download, and getting it listed on iTunes would certainly offer your content to a large number of people. Once 4G is widely available, you could easily do video podcasts as well. Think along the lines of YouTube post, but in a longer format. If you have any other questions feel free to contact me. I look forward to your daily updates on the website, and think that a podcast could only broaden your audience.
Great Jeff, exactly the feedback I need.
How you listen is:
1. iPhone 4, and listen in my car via a connection to the car stereo.
2. A dock connected to my stereo at home
3. Use headphones to listen while walking the dog as well.
I enjoy the ability to receive the content when and where I want? I do not understand this?
Promoted the Podcast:
1. Providing a link to the download
2. Listed on iTunes
Audience like various things.
3. Writing - Articles, Quotes, Questions Data, Jokes and Gossip
5. ??? Podcast
6. Tweet - a notice of something
7. Facebook a notice also
These are all various ways of entertaining.
I don't listen to podcasts because they take too much time to get through from beginning to end. You can't skim ahead like you can when reading an article.
I sometimes watch your videos because the video portion is unique - I get to see things I would not ever see otherwise but I probably wouldn't watch anything over 10 minutes.
Otherwise, I enjoy your posts and check for new ones almost every day. They take me out of my day-to-day world!
Durham, NC USA
I have been reading your blog for a long time. Podcasts are little audio files that are downloaded, is what he means by "I enjoy the ability to receive the content when and where I want". He does not have to be staring at a video, or on a home computer, or listening to a live stream at the time it is made. The file is downloaded and then listened to whenever there is time.
Personally I do not listen to them much. But they would probably help your site get better known.
People in the USA often listen to the Radio on the way to work in the car, or at work. I am now wondering, do people turn on Podcast at work to listen to while they work?
People working cannot watch a video.
People working cannot surf the Internet.
However, people working are normally allowed to listen to the radio, this Podcast thing reminds me of a Radio.
Plus the cost of a Smartphone or Ipod is a lot cheaper than a computer, and I am expecting Smartphone with Internet to dominate the market in the next couple of years. We are making the whole site Smartphone ready.
Sure, if you will do shout-outs of businesses for a cheap price, then I'd go for it. There's a site where you can have that done for $5.00.
I listen to podcasts about 8 hours a day. I get most of my news from podcasts.
I have paid for a podcast aggregator on the droid OS. Podcast players manage the feeds to only receive new updates as they arrive.
I would love to listen to a podcast from the hobo traveller!
I downloaded one from BBC. This was cool, it appears I could start a download or a show or set it to auto-download. Then when I had spare time, turn it on speak, set it on the desk and listen to the show. I did it on the computer, but a smartphone would be good, I could listen to shows on the long bus trips.
Questions and Answer Half - Hour
Call in Questions? I was thinking, maybe I can set up a Voice Mail that then emails the voice MP3 or wav file to me. I can then put answer, make into a MP3 file and upload when I have a half-hour of Questions and Answers.
Now I need a telephone number that goes to Voice Mail and then send the file to me by email.
Thanks, this is good stuff.
The techno stuff about i pods and things are going straight over my head. I do enjoy your travel experiences, some of which I have mirrored.
So as the weather girl says, in short summary
I listen to podcasts. They fall into four categories--learning Spanish, how to pick up women, old time mystery theatre, and a brilliant radio host (who I actually pay to subscribe so I can listen sans commercials). For me, the spoken voice is most intimate.
I love your observation about the wireless modem changing the world in 2011. I wonder Andy, how prophetic and under appreciated that realization might be.
Podcasting has become easy to do and pretty inexpensive.
I have been looking over the videos and blog posts hobotraveler has to offer and I believe yours might be one of the most interesting podcasts out there!
I'd LOVE to see a podcast by hobotraveler.
Hi Andy, I tried posting on my Hobo but whatever became of it is beyond my skills. Oh well, about podcasts. I enjoy reading your blog, but I think a podcast will require much more work on your part. Just coming up with 5 minutes worth of content every day is considerably more than what you are doing now. If you wrote 2 pages every day you'd probably lose readers. Your blog on the other hand gives us an idea or point to mull over. If you're looking for a lengthier format have you considered writing ebooks? You could make money selling them on the Kindle store. I wish someone would write a book on the best cities and towns in Central and South America to live on a budget with real descriptions and requirements for visas, etc. You can gleen a bit from forums and guidebooks but I bet quite a few looking for a place to hang out for a few months would like such a book and it could direct them to your blog too. Just an idea!
My Hobo is still a work in progress, our challenge it to make it fun enough that people spend the time to learn how to use it.
There are millions of people who cannot read or watch a computer screen, the Podcast is for people who can listen, but not read or watch. Workers, walking, exercising and such, they download onto an Ipod or Smarphone and listen later. These are small files than a video.
I am going to write a paper book, and it will be on kindle. I am not fond of E-books, I would need to sell for around 50 dollars and people are not happy, 50 dollars is too much to pay for an e-book.
I have offered many times to allow people to call me on the telephone for 25 dollars per hour, one person has offered to pay. It does not feel that people feel this is a good deal or value. I know that I can do personal guidance to a person that could save them maybe 500 dollars on a longer vacation. One small piece of advice specifically tailored to a reader can save hundreds of dollars.
Example People want to fly to Thailand, and they keep getting prices of 3000 dollars round trip. I can walk them through the process of buying a plane ticket to Thailand and show them how to do so for maybe 1000-1500 round trip.
The path to take when entering South America, where to enter and where to fly out of can save 1000's of dollars in extra airfare.
Questions and Answers Podcast, therefore I can do this on a Podcast and maybe I can then sell private consultations.
Readers call and leave a voicemail, I listen, bring into the system, merge onto a recording and answer, then load to Podcast.
Time is almost irrelevant to me, I write readers with advice all the time, just typing this comment takes longer than talking and answering a question.
Many people cannot read, this Podcast goes after the slower readers, maybe about 85 percent of the population.
OK, that makes sense. I'd gladly pay $19.95 for an ebook with helpful info. Maybe a series of ebooks, instead of one big expensive one. At any rate, am finding good stuff in your archives.