Thanks for the input Chris.
At the risk of sounding defensive I would like to offer a different perspective as a listener, not a podcaster.
There are times when I like headlines USA Today style and there are times when I like more detail and a more relaxed experience.
Sometimes I read USA Today but other-times I prefer to spend some relaxing time with the NYT or WSJ.
I consistently hope that we can keep it under 30-35 minutes but usually that just doesn't fit.
As far as 5 or 10 minute shows that certainly won't fit my personal routine for listening.
When I get on the road for a 45 minute commute I like to turn on a good podcast and enjoy it for most, if not all the commute without switching from one to the next.
I know that Cory will bellow but I very much enjoy being able to listen to a single TWIT podcast that covers my commute (you may have noticed the subtle hints that he is not a Leo fan..)
BTW, have you listened to the Mac OS Ken podcasts, the "preferred" podcast of our sister site Macsimum News. Sounds like that is the focused type of coverage that you would enjoy. For me it is too frantic.
Different strokes and all that...
I guess we are doing a different type of Podcast than you are looking for. Sort of looking for Headline news and finding the Prairie Home Companion.
Rick: You didn't come across that way but you have ever right to feel defensive since you were willing to put yourself out there for comments on the podcasts. That's never easy and I respect that, and I also appreciate you (and everyone else) not ripping me a new one for my comments...
Your last example of Headline News v. PHC is an excellent one, by the way, because those two shows exemplify two very different styles. Neither is better than the other; just different. (And, as you'd expect, I never got into PHC
) I'll check out the Macsimum podcast, too.
Another thought that comes to mind is perhaps mixing up the podcasts - perhaps PHC-style one week and HN-style the next - and checking response.
But after reading the comments on this thread, I go back to a question I'd posted on the other thread that triggered this one: Is there really a "problem" at all? Is it because there are so few O'Reilly winners that people think too few are listening to the podcast? Does anyone know the number of podcast downloads each week to determine the membership percentage potentially listening? Is that number growing? Is it just a matter of promoting the podcast more, as I'm trying to do in the newsletter?
I think talking about this is healthy, but I totally concede that at the end of the day, my info-getting style might be the minority.