I am thrilled to announce that my obsession over podcasts has led to an offer I couldn’t refuse. I have been asked to take on the role of Podcasting Community Manager for New Media Expo (NMX).
I certainly was not asked based on my experience as a podcaster. (The podfader hang head in shame). What makes me a good person to fill this role is a passion for Podcasting and Podcasters. The moment I discovered podcasts about 7 ½ years ago I knew there was something special there. As a stay at home mom of a newborn at the time I desperately needed intelligent words entering my ears. Podcasts and more importantly the Podcasters behind them have kept me company ever since.
Friends say I should have earbuds surgically attached because they never see me without buds and my trusty ipod. Any moment that I am not interacting with another human being I am popping in the earbuds and listening to a podcast. A conservative estimate average of 6 hours a day for the past 7 years puts my listening at over 15 thousand hours.
While I have a few “always listen” podcasts, I also continuously try out new, or new to me, podcasts so I have a very large variety in my listening. I am always happy to check out new podcasts so send me a link to your show in iTunes to @PodcastJunky and I’ll take a listen.
I also have a great love for Social Media. Hovering over a twitter or Facebook account is not work for me, it’s fun. Interacting with podcasters is certainly not work. At the end of last years Blogworld LA Rick and Dave had a podcasters round table meeting. Quite a few podcasters attended and gave great feedback which was used to make Blogworld NY a better experience for Podcasters. My take on the meeting was a bit different. I looked around at all these podcasters and wondered how it was that I had eaten most meals ALONE that weekend. I had been sent by my day job and had been focusing on Bloggers but I still could have been socializing with podcasters if only there were more communication between podcasters. So I went looking for some centralized place online where lots of podcasters were talking about podcasting. When I couldn’t find it I started one myself.
The Podcast Community Facebook group has grown much more quickly than I ever expected. Administering that group and keeping it healthy and spam & drama free is what I do for fun. That is why I jumped at the chance to represent NMX to Podcasters.
So here I am…listening. Tell me what you need Podcasters. I am here to serve you.