Last Updated: 08/30/2011 09:54:00 AM

BoltTalks Podcast Concept

BoltTalks Podcast Concept

So I have this idea for a technology podcast, which I will be putting into action shortly.  I like podcasts, I listen to loads of them.  One of my favorites is http://www.writingexcuses.com/ their tag line is "15 minutes long: Because you are in a hurry & we are not that smart." The show is short and to the point.  I can listen to an entire show on the way to the  grocery store. I also enjoy http://cfhour.com/ and "Two Devs Down Under" http://www.2ddu.com/ . They are excellent forums for giving out information on a wide variety of topics and the hosts are experts in their fields.

After attending the lightning talks at cf.objective in 2011, I realized that so many people have a story to tell and they can tell it well! So why not give them a forum to do so?  I put the idea out on "the twitters" and it seemed to get an excellent response.

 

So here is a BoltTalk in a nutshell:

  • The show will consist of one interview on one topic.
  • The interview can be a conversation with one person or multiple people at the same time.
  • The scope of the topic should be fairly narrow.  I would rather discuss one point very well, than to discuss several points poorly.
  • The interview should be able to stand alone, without having to refer to other interviews.
  • The interview should not go over 15 minutes. 7-10 minutes would be ideal.
  • You don't need to be an expert on a topic or even trying to teach the audience.  If you like, you can just share your experience and challenges in doing a certain thing. If you wish to rant on one particular topic for 15 minutes, I am down with that too
  • If the idea of being "interviewed" scares you, think of it more as chatting with a friendly peer for a few minutes about something you care about.  You can do that! I know you can. I heard you at the conference lobby bar, talking with your friends over beers.  Just do that, only let me record it (beer optional.)

 

To submit a BoltTalk:

  • Email me on my gmail account with the topic discription.
  • I will contact you about the idea and work out an outline.
  • We will arrange a time to do Skype Call  a Google Hangout (you will need a microphone.)
  • At the arranged time we will chat for a few minutes, while recording.
  • You will be famous (or at least infamous!)  

 

If you have a topic that you would like to hear, please email those to me as well. If you want to nominate a person (or persons) to do a BoltTalk, send me their info (any blackmail information to persuade them to do it, wouldn't go amiss.) 

The podcast will be available via www.bolttalks.com,  RSS Feed & also could be aired on http://codebassradio.net. There will be no set schedule to release the interviews. They will happen, when they happen.  But hopefully this interchange of ideas in the community will make us wiser.