November is a very busy month on the Internet. There seem to be a whole collection of community activities that happen at this time of year. NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is probably the most high profile, but Movember (grow a moustache for charity) seems to be getting more well known as well – I even overheard someone at work say they were going to participate in that this year. Then there’s NaBlogPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) which several of my blogging friends are going to do, and then there’s my own personal favourite – NaPodPoMo (National Podcast Posting Month). Read on to find out more…
Although I’m possibly better known as a video blogger, my comfort zone is definitely audio blogging and podcasting (which is like having your own Internet radio show). Maybe it comes from having a father who has presented his own radio show for many many years. Maybe it’s grown from spending happy times podcasting with the geekdaddy. Heck, maybe I just like talking. But whatever it is I love listening to audio books and podcasts, I love reading aloud with my children, and I love rambling on in front of a microphone.
When the geekdaddy and I first started podcasting in late 2006 it was quite technically complex to record and release our shows. We recorded in front of his Mac, and then he would edit the show together, upload it to a hosting company, and release it to our iTunes feed. How times have changed! These days I can record and release a podcast on my iPhone, with no editing or complexity at all! If you’re at all tempted to try podcasting I urge you to try out Audioboo – a free service where you can easily record audio segments of up to 5 minutes either via their website or using a smartphone app (available for both Android and iPhone).
I first became aware of NaPodPoMo (which as I said before is short for National Podcast Posting Month) two years ago when a good friend of mine, Simon from the Nipper News website and podcast, participated. It’s a simple premise – all you need to do is release a podcast every day for the month of November. Thirty days, thirty podcasts. By the time last November rolled around there was a small community of us audio bloggers using Audioboo to interact regularly, and we all agreed to take part. The geekdaddy and several other friends completed the month successfully, I must confess that I ran out of steam and inspiration about half way through the month and didn’t complete the exercise.
This year I’m going to be taking part again, and I’m hoping to successfully complete the month. I want to prove that I can do it, and I want to develop my creativity further. I haven’t got any specific theme for the month, I shall just talk about whatever I feel like! I won’t be posting all my podcasts to this blog, only ones that I think are relevant to this audience and subject matter. If you want to follow my whole NaPodPoMo journey you can follow my audioboo page (there’s an RSS subscribe button there to make life easier for you if you want to follow me!)
But enough typing about it. Here’s an audioboo clip where I talk about NaPodPoMo:
If you want to find out more about NaPodPoMo head on over to the Ning community page. And if you have a smartphone why not download the audioboo app and give it a go yourself?