TAY and Podcasting seem to go together about as well as PyramidHeadCrab and the XBox360 version of The Wolf Among Us. That doesn't mean I'm not willing to give it the ol' college try though. I've got a few successful podcasts under my belt, what could possibly go wrong?
I've done my homework on previous attempts*. PyramidHeadCrab, DocSeuss, GranArcanum, and possibly others have all tried valiantly to get such an idea off the ground and rolling. It even seemed for a little while that it was actually going to happen. We had a logo established, it seemed like Shiryu was going to create some music and effects, and Gran had done some solid legwork on trying to establish a hosting list. None of what my predecessors have done was inherently wrong at all. They just ran into the hardest part of podcasting: getting the damn thing kickstarted and running, and then sticking to it. In my five (six?) years of podcasting for the likes of Multiplaying, Global HQ, TWOCast, LAGWAR, and numerous others this has and always will be the hardest part of the gig.
It's really easy to look at a podcast and say "I could do that". There's a reason for that, believe it or not, to be quite blunt, anyone can! The act of podcasting, talking about something you're passionate about, is incredibly easy, super fun, and highly rewarding. The act of maintaining a podcast is edit-intensive, time-consuming, and requires very strict scheduling. This is one subject that I won't pretend is all unicorns, rainbows, and 100% completion rates for Steam Achievements. Podcasting takes dedication and a sincere desire to put out content on a regular basis. The second you let one week slide without an explicit warning beforehand, or half-ass your standards, you're screwed. Not trying to be intimidating here, but I've been through this.
I'm truly willing to put in the work on another podcast. I miss doing it, and I've had multiple successful, and very fun runs in the past. TAY is a brilliant community full of gamers from all stretches of life, and I know for a fact that it wouldn't be hard to put together a simple podcast to discuss things like:
- Cool or interesting articles of the week on TAY and Kotaku (or, more than likely, bi-week)
- What's going on in gaming that's not in the press?
- What are the hosts playing and enjoying? More importantly, what are the hosts drinking?
- Any cool games coming out soon?
- Discussions about gaming that we're all secretly clamoring for but are having a hard time writing. Examples: Gaming and it's relationship to literature (Duckhead), political discussions (PHC), etc.
- And lastly, just Talking Amongst Ourselves, literally.
And so, like my fore-TAYers before me, I come to you TAY with a simple question. Does the idea of a TAY Podcast seriously interest you, or should we just let it rest peacefully? I'm not going to be offended if you say to just let it lay. There's not much point in making a Podcast if the very group it's based around wouldn't find it interesting or worth participating in, and that's okay. Not trying to guilt trip anyone or anything of the sort. I'm just a man with a microphone wondering if anyone wants to listen and maybe even chat back.
* I spent 5 minutes searching for "TAY Podcast", so basically I've got a PhD in the history of such a fascinating subject now.