IMG00159, by Bob Goyetche.
This was my third time at Podcamp Toronto, and I want to congratulate the organizers and volunteers on putting on a great event! I have an intimate appreciation of what it takes to put an event like this together, and you guys did an amazing job all around.
There were so many things right about this event, the sessions, the perfect facilities, the free coffee!, the great support organization. I almost feel guilty saying the following…
An interesting thing happened to me Saturday. It was towards the end of the day, just before the Audacity audio editing session Sean McGauhey and I were doing, someone came up to me and asked ”
‘Will this session have anything to do with podcasting?”
“wha…?” came my carefully-formulated reply.
“It’s just that it seems it’s all about measurement and metrics and stuff, but I’m trying to find out how to podcast “
It was at this moment I started wondering if the Podcamp model had jumped the shark.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great event and everything, and I still plan to attend more. This person’s question made me back up and think that perhaps we’re missing the boat here, so wrapped up in SEO and twitter and whatever that we forgot the name of the event.
Of course it’s not the organizer’s faults. With the unconference model, sessions offered are simply what people have volunteered to present. I think the time has come to modify the podcamp model, and have sessions adhere to a criteria before being approved. There are “veterans” in this space that could help formulate sessions or tracks to help those who are just starting out.
It’s wonderful to get that additional information on podcasting’s related activities (promotion, business development, measurement, whatever), but we need to make sure no one is asking questions like those above, or we’ve missed our attempt to reach out and grow the community.
I spent much of my time in the hallway conversations, only attending a few sessions, so I’m not sure if others felt as this person did, it would sure be a shame if people came to a podcasting event, and struggled to find podcasting content..
If we don’t nudge things over and make Podcamp about podcasting, where will new podcasters find the information they seek?