I recently read an article about podcasting that gave me some good direction in the form of pointed criticism. The first was Ten Reasons Why I Don’t Listen to Your Podcast. I’m probably most guilty of #1 and #5. I’m mainly dwelling on #1: “It’s not about anything.”
What is Howell Creek Radio about?
I feel like I need to answer this Question in order to get my podcast writing back on track. Maybe Howell Creek Radio is about something and I just don’t see clearly what that is yet. But it also might not actually be about anything.
Charitable answers to the Question that come to mind are “poetry,” and “finding meaning in everyday experience.” But a lot of it tends to be “Joel journals about being in the thick of his own life.” That’s where the podcast began, and now I have the vague feeling that that’s where it’s coming around to again, like I’ve made a giant loop and am back where I started. It’s not a good direction for the podcast long-term; if that’s all I’ve got, I feel like I may as well screw the cap on and be done with it.
So what could it be about?
Behind the name Howell Creek Radio is a longing to return to country living, where I started out life. I like to think of it, in a warm & fuzzy sort of way, as the kind of podcast that would emanate from a cabin in the woods. Weather reports, descriptions of what’s going on in the local wildlife, simple pleasures, etc. I feel poetry’s a good fit for that kind of theme too. Only problem is, I still live in the city, and have too little opportunity to study what little wildlife exists around our home.
It could be (and often is) about writing and creativity. But in order to be a credible witness to those things, I probably ought to have a demonstrated track record of them concurrent with and outside the podcast itself. Another thought is that the podcast would actually become fictional in nature: i.e., feature pieces of short fiction (which I have experimented with in the past). If done well, that could be a good fit in an area of podcasting that isn’t already too crowded.
I could go on and on. But, in short, I’m ready for Howell Creek Radio to be about something. What is, or could, that something be?