ESSAYS, HOW-TO ARTICLES, AND GENERAL MAKERY BY [BRUCE ALDERSON](about-bruce-alderson).

Things that make your podcast much less annoying to listen to

I have tried to love podcasts for a few years now. There are several that I like, but I find it difficult to listen to any of them consistently. I'll binge listen for a few weeks, but for whatever reason I get stuck and move on to the next show.

There are a few things that podcasts do that frustrates me:

I admit that part of the problem is the way I find, consume, and collect shows. iTunes isn't great for discovery or browsing. It does well enough at distribution, but the store is still too monochromatic for the social aspects (shut up, Ping). I end up hopping between sites to find shows, to check in on show statuses, and eventually I just don't remember to do those things. I have lost contact with a few shows due to issues with iTunes or my podcasting apps.

I know that the platform will improve, so I can live with the fragmented social, news, and show information bits. I can also live with gaps in production (TV and Netflix have me trained to binge and wait). What I can't learn to love are the crappy production things. I discovered that there are specific formats that work way better for my brain: shows that are carefully cut, curated, and polished are the ones I consistently enjoy.

There are a few podcasts that are carefully produced, which makes a world of difference.

Things that are important to keep me interested in your show

The balance of production quality, focus, and length are the attributes that make the most difference to me. Facts are a close second as opinions get old quickly, and facts are so easy to check.

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