Podcasting, Defined.

May 8th, 2009 | By | Category: Podcast Quickies, Podcasting, Video Podcasts

For nearly five years and counting, we’ve been creating, and writing about, podcasts. We know what podcasts are, and chances are, you do, too. We love them, and think they are super-neat.

We think everybody ought to create podcasts, because they help you:

  • share your passion and expertise widely, and
  • connect, over long distances, with like-minded people.

Simple, right?

But explaining podcasting to someone else? It’s tricky. You have to craft your simple explanation to accommodate how technical (or not) the other person is. Explaining podcasting to someone who is technologically minded, whether a programmer, a blogger, or even a musician, they usually get it. (Mostly.)

But trying to explain podcasting to somebody less technically-minded? Someone who still hasn’t set the clock on their 1989 VCR? Not so simple.

Into the fray comes “Emily Explains It.” Little Emily Chapman, daughter of pioneering podcaster C.C. Chapman, has a new video podcast series, in which she answers viewers’ questions.

Episode one is entitled, “What is a podcast?” She does a marvelous job with a very straightforward, simple answer to the question.  She doesn’t get bogged down explaining the technical details, but does an excellent job explaining the basics:

“A podcast can be many different things: a video, or just like the radio, or… a friend of my dad’s writes down stories and then reads them out and then people can listen to the stories. You can play them on the iPod but you don’t need an iPod to listen to podcasts.”

Emily has another fun episode about Websites I Like, which mostly is an excellent, brief discourse on Webkinz, which, if you’re in second or third grade, is indeed a wonderful place.

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No Responses to “Podcasting, Defined.”

  1. GD says:

    What a little darling she is too. Well done Emily.

  2. C.C. Chapman says:

    Wow, Emily’s first piece of press. I’m sure this is going to make her day and I’m glad you liked her explanation. I wondered what she would say when I asked her and I still laugh every time I watch her answer.

  3. Keeme says:

    A Superstar is born!


  4. Keeme says:

    A superstar is born… BRAVO!!!

  5. Ron Stroope says:


    Great job! Very informative with a natural flow. So, when can I expect to see your next podcast?

  6. Gramma Liang says:

    Great Job, Emily.

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  8. James Lewin says:

    One of the best explanations of podcasting ever!

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