Apart for absolutely hating the way my voice sounds when recorded, this podcast assignment is giving me some serious anxiety. After listening to “slow” I immediately understood the need for layering and dynamism within a podcast in order to make it interesting and captivate my audience. Except I don’t know what to talk about. Should I talk about something that I’m interested in and hope and pray that someone else is too? Or should I focus more on my audience and what they might like to hear. Right now I’m viewing this podcast as a public speech, just not delivered in person. I’ve learned that when you give a speech, you should recognize your audience, your relationship with your audience, the uniqueness of the audience, what the audience already knows, and how they might react. Seeing as this class brings together an eclectic group of people, I feel that my audience analysis is all over the place, and picking one topic that everyone will enjoy is a huge challenge. Right now I’m leaning towards talking about something that I enjoy, or want to talk about and make the podcast so incredibly interesting that even if my listeners weren’t interested in my topic initially, by the end of my podcast they’ll want to know more. Not sure if this is the right approach, or a logical one, but I feel as though I’ll enjoy the project more and be more creative if it’s about something I enjoy and know a lot about.