- Oct 20, 2009
In terms of the discussion about Best and Worst, this has been a very helpful discussion. I'm glad that I can be honest with you all about the current state of the show and you have been so helpful in not cutting us down, but trying to toss out ideas to help make it better. So please know that none of this is being taken like a slap in the face.This is a really good point.
I do a podcast (and have been featured on a couple others) geared toward audio (think: audiophiles, without snobbery) and we used to structure our interviews/discussions so that we appeared more "polished" and "prepared" but what we found was that the listeners appreciated the real-time discussion/reactions. If your podcast is telling a story then structure certainly applies but for discussion-type podcasts the structure is more of a limiting factor.
When the conversation is more "off the cuff" it tends to be more lively. Of course, I'll often jot down things I want to talk about with my fellow podcasters and I take notes as they say things I want to come back to but we don't discuss anything about the topic before we hit the record button. At some point the audience is past listening strictly for the content; it's the personalities that keep them coming back to a podcast/team. When conversations are more organic the reactions are not just more "real" but... there. The listener, IME, appreciates the feeling that they're in the mix with you in real time moreso than listening to after-the-fact thoughts and anecdotes. You guys do a great job of this in your weekly DIS Unplugged podcast and maybe extending that out to your other series' would benefit you and the listener.
I also don't want this to be perceived as anything other than some feedback from a listener. I think you guys do a great job with your shows. But the PP made a good point in response to Craig's earlier reply and I wanted to expand on that with my own podast experiences. I really and truly appreciate what you all (the DIS team) are doing. I understand how feedback can sometimes feel like a slap in the face for all the work you're already doing and I hope my responses are not taken as anything more than constructive criticism.
As for discussing the topic ahead of time... at the very least Ryno and I have to know what the topic is, because he is the host and I'm usually his right hand man on the final product. Sometimes we involve the entire group on the decision when we are struggling with a topic, but utilizing the Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies board will most likely eliminate the need for group discussion ahead of time and we can shift more towards reacting to their responses - not always responding to polls, but just their opinions.