Every once in awhile, I get asked the question "Why haven't you done a podcast?"
Honestly, the question makes me choke---always.
First off, I have never quite got to the point where I understand why anyone would want to hear me talk. Honestly, I am making this stuff up as I go along. There is no grand plan here.
Secondly and more importantly, to borrow the description from my god-daughter, I sound like I have "a toad in my throat."
For those who do not know I suffered though twelve years of speech therapy while I was in school. There was a good deal of mocking my voice while I was growing up. There is still a slight amount of mocking; my wife occasionally gives me a hard time because I can not pronounce certain words properly. Basically, the pain goes deep.
I have made a tape of the last two Open Full Moon rituals that I conducted. These tapes were made just in case I said something brilliant during the ritual (hey, it could happen). A year and a half has passed since the first one was made; I have still yet to actually listen to it.
Why? Because I LOATHE listening to my own voice, more than most people do. One of the techniques used in speech therapy is to have you listen to a tape of your own voice. My voice sounds nothing like I think it does. And my phone voice, which might end up being my podcast voice, doesn't even sound like my ordinary voice...there is always that first couple of times a person talks to me on the phone; they are never quite sure that it is really me, and not my wife.
And yes, I sound like a woman on the phone. Proof of this happens everytime a telemarketer calls me "Miss" on the phone.
So bottom-line: Don't expect to hear my charming voice on your iPod anytime soon. I do not care how much you think it might be helpful to hear how I say certain terms---if I have to listen to the podcast before releasing it, then it is not going to happen.
(Needless to say, these comments also apply to video podcasts.)