I’m going to try making a podcast

I spend a lot of time thinking about the nature of my profession and the people I work with. Now, I’ve created a podcast so I have an excuse to talk to those people, ask all sorts of questions, and share interesting parts of the work!

Write Open Source is going to be a behind-the-scenes podcast for and about the technical writers and other experts who document open-source software. We hear about special projects, overcoming challenges, and learning new methods.

To create the podcast, I chose anchor.fm from Spotify. It simplifies the workflow of creating, producing, and distributing your podcast to all the major platforms, for free, from one simple mobile app.

I’m not sure I’ll publish regularly: I tend to “go silent” as I approach major work deadlines. On the upside, my interest in and involvement with the subject is evergreen, so I don’t expect to “podfade” out of existence. The main question in my mind is whether I’ll be able to get other tech writers, who are notoriously introverted, to speak on the record about their work. I have a feeling the audio format will make this easier than, say, trying to make a video series on the same topic. We’ll see how it goes.

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