Today I posted my very first podcast.
“Do you want to listen to my podcast?” I ask my girls. They nod and soon we’re sitting around my computer listening to Podcasting, Blogging, Books and Lice!
“You’re using your ‘other people’ voice, Mum,” observes Gemma-Rose, “not your ‘family’ one.”
I think about this. Yes, somehow I don’t sound right. Oh my, what will people think? Will I get lots of critical comments? Perhaps I should go delete my podcast.
But then I look at Sophie. She’s smiling. “I can’t wait to make a podcast of my own,” she says. “Will you show me what to do?”
And suddenly it doesn’t matter that my podcast is really quite awful. I know I was right to publish it. Sometimes we have to take a risk, try things out and not worry what others might say because there is something far more important than looking good. It’s being a good example of learning for our children.
I showed Sophie how to download Audacity. She decided what to talk about and then disappeared into her bedroom to record her conversation. Now we are uploading her file to Podbean. Sophie is almost a podcaster. Today she learnt lots of new skills. Just like me.
So I’m not going to delete my podcast, even though I felt like doing this not so long ago. It’s out there on the Internet where anyone can listen and comment. And that’s okay. Because today Sophie followed my example. She learnt something new. She’s happy. And that’s all that matters.
PS:If you do listen to my podcast, please feel free to leave me some feedback. I’ll cope with any negative comments. Maybe!