When you host your own podcast (Random Trek, you should listen!) a funny thing happens: people start inviting you onto their podcasts.
I suppose it makes sense, really. When I think about inviting someone onto Random Trek I skew towards people I know will be able to hold up a conversation, so having podcasting experience is a good thing. Now, some might say, “But, Scott, you’ve been on the Incomparable forever! Shouldn’t people have invited you onto their podcasts based on that?”
No. Why not? Well, I don’t talk a whole heck of a lot on most Incomparable episodes that I am on. So, as a host looking for potential guests I wouldn’t consider me either based on those appearances.
Anyway, a couple of people have been foolish enough to invite me on their podcasts as of late:
- TDB – Jordan had me on his 12 step program themed tech/culture interview podcast and it was a lot of fun. I figured we’d talk about my Kindles, and we did, though we spoke more about my unhealthy need to acquire more books. Also Star Trek. Check out the episode (and give the older shows a listen too, Jordan is both funny and a good interviewer).
- The Committed: Based on my appearance on TDB I was invited onto the Committed podcast to talk about Kindles, the future of books, and Amazon’s taco delivery service. Ian, Kirk, and Rob produce a fine show (despite having me on), so you should give it a listen.
- The Incomparable: Speaking of podcasts I’m on, the lasted episode of the Incomparable is dedicated to the best/worst of Star Trek and I’m a panelist.
The other funny thing about having a podcast is that people ASK to be on it. This is something that has never even occurred to me, to be honest. I listen to a fair number of podcasts and I don’t think I’ve ever emailed/contacted the host and suggested I be on (well, other than Your Daily Lex, but that suggestion was a joke which came true. I’m on episode 3!).
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it; it just isn’t something I would do. Maybe I should be emailing people asking to be on their shows!