These last couple of months have taken a toll on us all. I don’t think the social isolation has bothered some of us much, but for others it has been traumatic. Combine that with the fact that many businesses that we simply took for granted before, were forced to just pause operations, and if they were not financially secure enough to take that “pause” from income coming in, they had a hard time surviving. Many closed for good! Others must henceforth alter their mode of doing business.
In the meantime, we here at Slablog Podcasts decided to limit our times recording together and began only doing 2 podcasts per month. I like that schedule better actually. It gives us time to line up other possible guests. The interviews also last longer. Thirty minutes, as opposed to 15 minute chats. The time increase allows us to talk more casually and more at length with our guests without worrying about the time limit so much. It makes editing and post production much easier for me also. It seems approximately 30 minutes is a good podcast time anyway. One hour seems too much and can become very boring. Fifteen minutes just isn’t enough to develop a conversation very well.
We are recording an interview with a guest today and will be publishing it about June 1st. Our guest will be another motorcycling buddy of mine, Ron Curtis, that I left behind in Georgia when I moved south. He has agreed to call in and catch up a little and talk about what he’s been up to, motorcycle wise. Look for that podcast in about a week and a half.
Another idea we’re tossing around is doing short 5 min interviews on the street or in public places remotely then publishing those as bonus content under the title of “Slablog Shorts”. Lloyd and I will have to be mindful of possible opportunities as we go about our days and carry a small remote recording device around with us. This will also be a way to get short interviews at motorcycle gatherings, like rallies and group rides.
Having the whole world locked down and staying home has spawned a new kind of entertainment and content broadcasting. I see innovative ways the internet is being used to bring talent and information to us that were not used so extensively before.
I’m wondering if the “forced” trend will bring about some radical changes in the way the internet is used. Television also has undergone some unique approaches to the confinement restraints. News shows are synchronized broadcasts with each participant sitting in his/her own living space at home. Talk shows have the host at home using a laptop and cameras to do just about the same things they did in a studio…all dressed up. Of course getting the bands to play together requires a little more thought and effort…and technological uses unheard of until now.
The medium of digital sounds tapped into from servers all over the world bring us front porch concerts and podcasts galore. It reminds me of the old 40s radio shows where folks sat down in front of the radio and enjoyed sounds from all over; songs, radio dramas, talk shows and game shows.
I don’t think things will ever be back to what we called “normal” before all this happened. Too many discoveries have been made out of the necessity to just keep going. Its similar to what happened, albeit at a slower pace, when news outlets and magazines discovered they could send out content over the internet instead of selling hard copies at physical newsstands on street corners and storefronts across the globe.
I don’t know if Slablog will benefit from all this or be harmed. I really don’t. I guess that all depends on the quality of content we manage to dispense and how long we can keep it up. I am editing Episode 11 tonight and tomorrow morning, and expect to have it published tomorrow sometime. Ronnie and I chatted with Ian Scobie today, a UK lad who rides an old K75 BMW with a small trailer in tow. He hails from Columbus, Georgia these days but is a Brit through and through. I’ve known Ian through my motorcycling hobby for many years now and he is a quality mensch! I hope you enjoy his words.