What is personal podcasting?

We took the diary first to the blog and then to the microphone.

It's as simple as that.

You have to be confident or crazy or a little of both to sit down in front of a microphone and talk about your day to day life, the ups and downs and the whole shebang or at least as much of the whole shebang as you can share without violating the confidences and privacy of the people closest to you.

I've been doing it for just over six years now and there are plenty of people who have been doing it much longer. I don't quite care if Tom Webster, professional consumer media behavior tracker, thinks my podcast or the whole genre of personal podcasts is painful of not. Tom would love for there to be fewer podcasts so there is more money to be made with less competition by the folks who pay for the results of Tom's research even if the podcasters like me could care less about making money.

The New York Times wants us to get out of the way of the monetizers but we won't. We'll keep sharing with our small audiences not because we seek fame or fortune or affiliate marketing deals or advertisements.

We'll keep doing it because we want to create and contribute and be a part of little communities spread over thousands of miles. You can't put a price on that.