I’m actually sort of serious about this podcast idea. I’m sure it’s the 834 hours I spend on the road each week, but I’ve really gotten into the medium and wonder if I have something to add.
Podcast thoughtsJuly 19, 2017
Clearly, I’m not exactly NPR over here so it’s not like I’m thinking about creating the next This American Life. But of all the podcasts I listen to, I have noticed several themes, especially in the ‘life hack/self-improvement’ ones:
1) These podcasts are often created by men. And — sorry — unless said host is in charge of >50% of the home management scene, I don’t really enjoy hearing work-life-balance tips mansplained to me.
2) When they are done by women, the women fall into two categories:
a) Stay-at-home-moms with ‘side gig’ (The Simple Show leans that way even though the host and creator’s side gig is probably quite a big one)
There is a void here. I want to hear from intelligent women who are working more typical jobs (think: set hours and locations), with kids. I want to hear them talk about how they are doing life.
There absolutely may be podcasts out there that I don’t know about that fit these criteria. I actually just started listening to Happier in Hollywood and this has some of the features mentioned above, but it’s a little more niche than I had in mind.
I envision a potpourri of topics: from the trivial (school supply shopping – I just got the list for A’s kindergarten and there are 26 very specific branded items I have to procure before August 21. WHAT?) to bigger ones like making the most of leisure time (one of my faves, as you know) + procuring excellent childcare. Clearly there would have to be guests (or a cohost) involved, as no one wants to hear me blather on to myself week after week . . .
Honestly, I would love to listen to that podcast. If it exists, please let me know! If it doesn’t . . . would anyone else be interested in hearing one like this?
Second, I’d love to know if anyone know how much time it takes to put one together? My gut feeling is that the initial development would take some time, but perhaps it would be more doable after that. I have several hours/week I could devote to it (on my day off, obvs), but probably not much more than that. Maybe more over maternity leave (perhaps the sound of the breast pump could be my opening music. JK).
ANYWAY I am not sure I have the time or capability — but I do feel I have a halfway decent radio voice and a lot to say.
the actual list of school supplies I have to somehow find and purchase. FOR KINDERGARTEN.