The comments on Thursday's podcast post indicate that a lot of people are confused. So, I thought I'd try to clear things up a bit. :)
Q: What is a Podcast?
A podcast is a radio show that is hosted on the internet, instead of a radio station.
Q: How do you listen to a podcast?
There are two ways. First, you can click on an embedded player, like the one in this screenshot:
However, if you click on the "Balzer Designs" tab at the top of the blog and then choose "Adventures in Arting Podcast"...
Or, you can subscribe to the podcast (for FREE) via iTunes. Every time there's a new podcast it automatically downloads to your iTunes podcast library. Easy peasey.
Q: When do people listen to podcasts? They're usually 30-60 minutes long.
There are a lot of answers:
- Personally, I like to listen to podcasts while I'm painting or scrapbooking. It's a great way to get in the mood for creating and it feels a little bit like you've got company.
- My husband likes to listen to podcasts at the gym (on his iPod) or as he's falling asleep.
- I've heard from a lot of people who like to listen to podcasts when they're driving. You never lose the radio signal!
- You could listen while you're cooking or cleaning -- it makes the time go just a little bit faster.
Q: Why do people listen to podcasts?
I can't answer for everyone, but I enjoy the personal aspect of podcasting. I feel like I really "know" the people on the podcasts I listen to. There tends to be a casual atmosphere on most podcasts that I find really appealing. And it's like a blog. If you like the host, you'll generally like the content they have to offer.
I started the Adventures in Arting Podcast because I wanted to find a way to share my enthusiasm for all things arting -- not just my own art. An hour-long podcast packs so much more information and inspiration than a week of blogging possibly could.
And finally, very specifically about Thursday's post with the giveaway, there's been some confusion about the video in this screenshot:
The "video" is a still shot of Monet's painting mixed with a short (less than 2 minute) audio file about some of the history behind the painting. This is not the podcast you need to listen to in order to be entered into the giveaway. If you were confused and accidentally left a comment about the video, instead of the podcast, feel free to leave a new comment to be entered to win a spot in Life Book. :)
I hope that clears up any confusion. Please let me know if you have any questions. My goal is always to make Balzer Designs a fun and easy place to visit.