I’ve trying to clear the decks ready for the National Novel Writing Month – the 50,000 word challenge in the month of November. So I’ve tidying up and finishing off various things, and trying to make sure I have a clear run at it. In theory there are thirty whole days, in practice, I have a family wedding, a family party, clubs, groups, meetings… and stuff! Wouldn’t you think then that starting a MOOC, even a two-week MOOC is a little foolish? Well, maybe but it is connected to my writing.
The MOOC I’ve started today (massive open on-line course) is about podcasting – The Power of Podcasting for Storytelling and it’s run by the University of Wollongong in Australia. If you don’t know what a podcast is, this is what Wikipedia says:
A podcast or generically netcast, is an episodic series of digital audio or video files which a user can download in order to listen to. It is often available for subscription, so that new episodes are automatically downloaded via web syndication to the user’s own local computer, mobile application, or portable media player.
So it’s like a mini radio programme which is shared with listeners, and I have been thinking for a while that it might be an interesting and exciting way to expand what I do – here, and in the stories I write… I’m not sure if I’m brave enough ever to actually share one, but the process of learning about it I’m sure will be valuable and it’s a challenge to think about story-telling in a different way.
My family always say I have a teaching voice which is different from my normal voice; I was asking them about it at dinner this evening and it seems as if I have other voices too… I have a telephone voice, and I also have a talking to myself voice… this is getting worrying! How many me’s are there, and which me should do the podcast – should I ever actually do one!!
The course suggests it’s useful to
…use a blog to keep track of your thoughts, useful ideas and reflections throughout the course. If you choose to use this approach you will have the start of a personalised process journal that you can continue to build as you become more familiar with podcasting processes.
I don’t think I’ve ever had a process journal before… that might be interesting in itself. I’ve completed a couple of the tasks already… only another thirteen to go!