Oh, Man! I Love Blog Talk!

So, after hearing about TAP’s new radio show (Tuesday night, don’t forget to tune in!), I decided to check out BlogTalkRadio.com and see what the deal was. Well, I signed up for a show of my own and got a Skype account, so now I’m a fully-functioning blog talker! I think that this show may or may not replace the vBlogging that I’ve been doing on Fridays. I haven’t yet decided. I may even record myself talking on the radio show and rebroadcast clips as a vBlog. . .

But doing the talking is only part of the fun! There’s also everybody else that’s out there talking, and it’s amazing! There’s stuff from political blogs that many of us will recognize such as MyDD, but even better, there’s a wealth of other, highly unique, radio shows that are totally worth checking out. For example, The Citizen’s Advocate, who’s host dubbed it Samuel’s House of Paranoia this evening. Really cool stuff, lots of chatter going on.

The best part about this form of media is that it’s like walking around a party and listening to dozens of people talking to themselves until you find the conversation you’d like to join in on. People start their shows much like you expect any college radio show to start out, but then as people get interested they join in. Unlike radio shows, however, the audience is typically so small that callers don’t need to be shoed off the line. I sat and talked with Samuel and his other callers for at least a half hour or more about Net Neutrality and censorship. Also, something about con trails that I didn’t quite get. . .

But man, oh, man! Did I ever have a good time tonight! I’ve probably been keeping the wife awake and I’m sure I’ll hear about it in the morning, but it was worth it to do some discovering. Now, TAP is doing their show on Tuesday, so I’m looking forward to checking that out and participating. That should certainly prove interesting, and it will be great to support the NY blogosphere in new and interesting ways!

I also completed my first, highly unprofessional, talk radio blog this morning. Once things get a bit more natural, the idea will be to host local musicians and personalities, do interviews and play local music. I’m going to need to work on getting “segments” in order, so that I can have more continuity to the show. I’ll get that all straight eventually.

The good news is that I have it on good authority (someone who listened to the show, and no, not my wife) that I have a good radio voice. . .

By Tommy Belknap

Owner, developer, editor of DragonFlyEye.Net, Tom Belknap is also a freelance journalist for The 585 lifestyle magazine. He lives in the Rochester area with his wife and son.