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Sharon just posted an interesting comment on my Wholly Scrap! blog.

I was really excited to see that you have a podcast. I am crazy for casts. I enjoy your blogs so this would be good. I have to admit I was a little disappointed. It was bascially your blogs read. I kept listening to the interview with Pressed Petals. Nice but the information was old as most of us have seen and heard about all the new stuff introduced at CHA. I won't right [sic] it off as I know you are still new in the podisphere and hope that this will be cast I want to listen to. I want more real Angie Pedersen. I can read your blogs but I want to know about what you think. Conversations, not just interviews!  BTW, I had to laugh at the Matthew Ebel intro. I guess I now "know" his music since I've been listening to so many podcasts.

Interesting insights, Sharon -- thanks so much for sharing your thoughts.  Gives me something to think about, and plan for.  I'd like to address some of these comments, not to shoot them down or dispute them, but to offer insight as to why I've done things the way I have.  A little background info always helps!  I hope no one takes offense at the length of my response -- I'm really not ranting, and I'm not upset; I'm just responding.

Yes, the scrapbooking industry news section is just me reading posts from my SB Industry News blog.  That's something I'm known for (compiling industry news), so I wanted to include something newsy in the podcast, although I hadn't intended to do quite so many.  Feedback I got from the first show told me people liked hearing the news in a podcast, because they could get the news while not tied to their computers; they could take the news with them (even to the grocery store!).  So I added a few more newsbriefs.

But I'm not sure how I would present the news differently, if that's what you mean.  I could mention the headline or newsy bit, then offer my comments/opinions on it, but I have always preferred to offer the industry news in a journalistic fashion -- just reporting the news.  Yes, I have opinions on just about all of the news, but I don't generally discuss them publicly.  Perhaps I'm a coward, but I do work in this industry, and it's not good business practice to go on record as disliking or disapproving of something, when I may work with the company later.  Likewise, my approval of something could be construed as an official endorsement, given my position, which is not something I can always offer, for whatever reason.  So, as lame as it may be, it's safest and wisest for me to just report the news and let others form their own opinions.  I almost always respond to direct questions, however (like if someone asks in my classes what my favorite adhesive is), I'll tell them.  But I hesitate to be too opinionated on the web, because it's archived forever, and those words could come back to haunt me.  I'll leave the opinions to Michelle!  ;)

I recorded those first three interviews in December 2005 as a part of another project, and wanted to use them, even though the information may seem outdated now.  I thought they still give some insight into the people I interviewed, and what they do in the industry. Plus, I thought they turned out well, considered the newbie I am at recording with Skype and at editing audio. ;)

Going forward, I will be doing new interviews, and posting them soon after, so hopefully they will seem "fresher".  My intention is to ask questions that give insights into different kinds of jobs, or how someone got started, or the backstory for specific projects. I also make a concerted effort to make the interviews more like conversations, as one industry professional to another, giving some insight into what it means to be the people we both are.  I try to put myself into those conversations, "the real Angie Pedersen", but it's also very important for me to really listen, and not dominate the conversation.  After all, I'm asking these questions because I really want to know the answers!  If anyone has any suggestions on how I can be more "real me", I will certainly consider them.

I suppose I could answer similar questions about myself, if people would find that interesting.  I've done so many interviews since Book of Me came out (not to mention putting so much of myself into the book!), I figure everyone knows everything there is to know!  ;)  If anyone has any burning questions about me, my life, or what I think about a specific something, let me know!  I'd be happy to add a section to the show called, "Ask Angie".  I'll consider personal, professional, or scrapbooking questions. (that's about everything, isn't it?? ;)  )  I could also pick some of the more frequently asked questions I have on file, and answer those.

I've actually thought about doing "Scrapbookers' Mutual Admiration Society" type interviews -- where I ask some scrapbooking professional a question, then they ask me a question, and we go back and forth and interview each other -- but I didn't want to imply or assume that someone else admires me!  ;)  (But if anyone wants to take me up on such an interview, let me know!)

Going forward, I am planning on doing a show on journaling/writing tips & resources, in which I expect to get up on my soapbox a bit, because I am so passionate about documenting personal history.  Would that count as the "real Angie Pedersen"?  I'm not sure how else I would properly express the real me... suggestions welcome. 

I do struggle with that a bit, conveying my personality in the show -- I mean, I'm actually quite lively and funny in person, but it's kind of hard to display that when I'm talking into my computer, alone in my basement.  LOL  I'd love to show off a bit more of me, on the off chance that some listener would fall in love with me, and hire me to come out and speak or teach!  Because I do put on a pretty good show in classes! ;)

But, like Sharon said, I am still new in the podisphere, and expect to "come into my own" a bit more and more as I continue.  Most podcasts become more "real" as they go along; most experts say not to even bother listening to the first few episodes of a show because the hosts are still learning.  Thank goodness people have listened to my show regardless of that advice, because I'm still in the beginning!  LOL  Every comment I get will help me learn, plan, and define my focus.  I'll define more about what I want out of doing the show, and what I want to be able to offer. 

At this point, podcasting is still a hobby -- I considered how I could pitch it to do it professionally, then decided to give myself a break, and just do it FOR FUN.  (It's quite a concept, isn't it?  Anyone working professionally in this industry knows how rarely that happens.  Too many projects and deadlines to do something just for fun...)  It's so easy to become jaded to events and products and even people in the industry, having an insider view; a just-for-fun project is very significant for me.  (Of course, leave it to me to choose a time-intensive new hobby -- the time I spend in post-production for each show is much more than I ever spent on any layout.)

That about sums up my (rather lengthy) response to these comments.  I hope I didn't come off as reactionary or defensive -- although Sharon did say she wanted to know about what I think!  LOL  Guess she got that!

Your thoughts?

Comments

Molly

Hi Angie
I just finished listening to your 3rd episode, and have listened to the previous ones as well. I was very excited to learn about your podcast when it first started, because I felt there really wasn't a great scrapbooking podcast out there. I am a big fan of podcasts and listen to a wide variety of them!

So I've listened to your 'cast from the beginning, and mostly enjoyed it. I had similar thoughts to Sharon's, that most of the news on this 3rd episode was old news, and things I had read on your blogs before. Because I have your blogs in my bloglines, I always read your entries as soon as they show up, and it is repetitive to hear it again in the 'cast. I am considering unsubbing from the blogs so that it won't be rudundant, but then I worry that I might miss some timely bit of news. Not sure what the solution is there, as I understand your reasoning for including the news in the 'cast.

I very much enjoy your interviewing style, I know it is not an easy thing to do and I think you're doing a good job. I'm sure as time goes by and you get more practice it will flow even more naturally. I was confused by the interview with the rep from Pressed Petals until I realized it was an older interview. It was interesting, though, and I'm glad you included it. Maybe next time if you have an older interview to use you could edit it? Also it was fairly noisy in terms of the Skype connection, but not too bad.

As long as I'm taking the time to write this (long) comment, and you are taking the time to read it, I would like to mention that I think your little musical breaks in between segments are too long, also when your intro comes on it is always a LOT louder than whatever I was listening to before, which is actually rather painful to the eardrums! I know that probably sounds nit-picky, and maybe it is, but maybe there is some noise leveling or something you can do to reduce that?

As much as I love listening to podcasts I really don't know much about putting one together. I'm sure it is not easy and I am glad that you're taking the time to put this one together for all of us to enjoy!

I'm sorry this is so long, and thank you for reading it!
Molly

Angie Pedersen

Thanks for your comments, Molly. I do appreciate the time you took to put them together. With recent comments that have come in, I have plenty to think about. I'm not at all sure how I will address the news segments at this point; I'm considering putting together a poll to get a better idea of what more people want. Hopefully an anonymous poll would let more people feel comfortable voicing their opinion.

I guess at this point all I can say is that...I'm trying. I was so proud of myself for figuring it all out on my own, all the editing and piecing it all together, and writing the 5 pages of content for each show, and now I find out people don't like quite a bit about it, and it sounds awful. Teach me to ask for comments! I guess I opened myself up to that one. Part of the risk for putting myself out there is finding out something I didn't want to hear. I've been fairly lucky till now. Thank goodness I never asked for comments on my books, or I'd be an accountant or something by now!

So now I need to figure out what I can to improve, within my budget and time constraints, and see if anyone still wants to listen.

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