I’m a few episodes into the new season of Reading Writers. I’m also 10 episodes deep into recording a new podcast that will be launching soon as part of my role with The Gospel Project. On both, I have a co-host: Dave Schroeder on Reading Writers, and Brian Dembowcyzk on the other. This is a pretty big change for me, since I’m used to just doing stuff like this on my own. But so far, I’ve really enjoyed it. Here’s why:
Arranging interviews is time-consuming. When you have limited windows for interviews, it’s hard to maintain the pace and make sure there’s always someone available to talk. When this doesn’t happen, gaps begin to happen. When your own schedule doesn’t allow you to record, gaps also continue to happen.
It opens up the conversation. It’s a more forgiving format than either interviews or the “Master Teacher” approach (monologue), but it also allows for each episode to build on the last. There are a lot fewer lulls, more random places to go… Every episode is part of an ongoing dialogue, and that’s pretty cool.
It brings familiarity for the audience. The ongoing aspect is also a benefit to the audience. Listeners get to know us and our personalities, even as we try to communicate something meaningful and helpful along the way. As a listener of a number of podcasts that take this approach, it’s certainly been my experience at any rate.
That’s not to say I’ll never use the interview or solo format again, just that I’m not planning on doing it with these podcasts right now. Hopefully you’ll enjoy what’s coming.