My newest project, in an attempt to get more attention to the websites I’m responsible for promoting, is a podcast. Surprisingly there are a coverage areas that aren’t already being covered by a podcast (though the podcast “industry” would have you believe that the high point for the field has already passed). I have some basic hardware, thanks to research and Amazon. I know how to interview people, and a podcast skips the step of actually writing the article. Maybe this will be ideal for me. Now the trick is to find subjects for a podcast. I have a few mind; it’s just a matter of scheduling appointments.
A lot of the podcasts I listen to have set up Patreon pages or even read ad copy on their shows. I plan to get there one say, but I should probably start attracting listeners first, hm? Doing a podcast will also get me out in the social media sphere too — I can promote my show on those sites, and get the conversation going. More to come as I focus on this.
This is our photo from the article. Notice the focus on the people who aren’t me.
My article on transracial adoption (I never hear anyone say that, I always use the term “inter-racial”) published in FYI (a sister publication of Encore, or you can find it on the website) this week. I don’t often talk about myself or my family in my writing, as I’ve mentioned more than once on this blog, but I got a good response from the story — it’s been shared several times on Facebook and via print copies.
Talking about yourself seems to be the path to success: there are some people (think vloggers or people on Instagram) who have made it a career. Maybe it’s just a hurdle I need to get over. At the same time, talking with people about the article has shown me that I could almost write a sequel to it, with more information on different aspects of the adoption process. I mostly talked about parents who adopted, and the number of adoptions in Michigan, but talking it from the other side, interviewing adults who were adopted, would be just as interesting. Maybe I need to wait another few decades until my son is old enough to answer those questions.
When I write an article (or a news story for TV), I always “write short”: fewer words than I should have for the story. Stephen King claims he has “diarrhea of the typewriter,” where he can’t stop writing. I prefer Mark Twain’s suggestion to “eschew excess verbiage,” and I get to the point. Just say what needs to be said to get the point across, and then you’re done.
Maybe my real passion is in the research, talking to people about what they’re doing and who they are, and learning facts and figures. Then I come back to the computer and explain it to my readers, in as efficient a way as possible. Journalism isn’t the same thing as fiction writing. Telling a made-up story, you… make it up, adding things as they seem appropriate. Telling someone else’s story is taking what they say and making sure it’s understandable to the general public. Surely there is a happy medium between the two, spending more words supporting what the subject of a story is talking about. That’s the next thing for me to work on.