Saturday, April 7, 2012

LOFT LIFE: Tablets Talk

I admit it. Having an IPad sucks up your whole life. That is simply because almost everything you do in your life is there: pictures, music, emails, SKYPE, FB, Internet radio, magazines, books on Kindle, books on Nook, books on IBooks, books on Ebooks, and more books, notes, reminders, ABC TV, Fox News, CNN (if anyone actually watches that anymore), banking, and really any sites you need from stocks to recipes, Talking Tom (hey, if you haven’t tried it, don’t knock it), games (Angry Birds, Words with Friends (a must have; I mean, if Alec Baldwin thinks this is worth getting arrested and thrown off a plane for, it must be good, right?), Bejeweled, Pop It, Solitaire--well, you get it), and now, last, but so newly discovered, certainly, not least--Podcasts.
I am crazy about Podcasts. I had a radio show once upon a time, and that was what solidified my romance with radio. As I have already told you (see A pause for the comma, July 2010--and by the way, this one was too good to have NO comments, so do it!), I am an audio kind of gal.
Not only am I smitten with listening to Podcasts, I am beginning to realize this is the venue for my getting both my column and blog to the greater public. I am a natural podcaster. 
Okay, true, first I have to learn a lot about what to do, how to do it, how much it costs, where to host it, how to market it, etc. But, hey, since this is the new frontier, that should be fun too. And, there are scads of podcasts about podcasting, of course.
Through podcasts I have also found other writers, other podcasters, who are becoming friends as as well.
If you haven’t entered the world of podcasts, I highly encourage you to do so. 
Some of my favorites so far are:
The History Chicks; I should be writing; Car Talk; Podcast Answer Man; Imus in the Morning; Laura Ingraham; Joel Osteen; Joyce Meyer; 1 Year Daily Audio Bible; and Stuff You Should Know. Most of these are free. A couple of them are paid. Imus’ podcast subscription fees go completely to his Kids with Cancer ranch, so that is a good cause, as far as I’m concerned.
I hope to learn how to podcast quickly and then will call on y’all to subscribe (free) to my podcasts. Until then, why not think about something you are passionate about and join the ranks of us who have it in us to share something good with those we know, those we don’t yet know, and those who just care about what we care about.
Suffice to say, my IPad will continue to take up a lot of my time. But, then it is also allowing me to make my time a lot more fun, and maybe even more productive.