Tuesday, January 8, 2013
A Note on Podcast Reviews
I just listened to another podcast. I couldn't stand it. I had to close VLC ten minutes in.
I had planned to review every active podcast over the next month of so. I was going to give up the good and the bad of each effort. I was sure every podcast was going to have something I thought was good, and it was going to have stuff I thought was bad. Apparently, I was being overly optimistic. With the podcast I just shutdown, I was really beginning to wonder what I could say that was good about it. That the hosts were enthusiastic, that they really seemed to enjoy what they were doing, and that the audio quality was above average? That wasn't going to be enough. The bad, on the other hand, was going to be lengthy as hell.
There doesn't seem to be much point shitting on the efforts of people for no particular reason. I like to have a valid reason to shit on someone. Producing a podcast that I don't enjoy? That's not reason enough.
I don't have to listen to the podcast. And I won't be. These hosts obviously have their fans. So no reason to raise the hackles of those that are enjoying their effort. People will discover the podcast on their own, and they'll either enjoy or it or they won't. They'll have their reasons for either.
I'll continue listening to EVE Online podcasts for the time being, evaluating them to see if they offer me anything I want to hear. If I end up adding them to my podcast queue, then I'll review them. If I never review a cast, then I'm simply not a continuing listener. The podcast wasn't my cup of tea (, earl grey, hot.)
My Crossing Zebras podcast review. It may very well end up being the only podcast review that ends up on this blog. Time will tell. I personally think Crossing Zebras should be EVE Online's most listened to and popular podcast. But my preference in podcasts is only an opinion, after all.
At the end of all this listening, I will post an exhaustive list of all the active EVE Online podcasts. So that folks can go out and discover them on their own. Just because I don't like something, doesn't mean it's not worth the time of day for someone else.