Wednesday, January 22, 2014

On Podcasting and Planning Ahead

Vincent van Gogh. Lying Cow, 1883.
"The age of thirty is, for the working man, just the beginning of a period of some stability, and as such one feels young and full of energy.

"But, at the same time, a phase of life is past. This makes one melancholy, thinking some things will never come back. And it is no silly sentimentalism to feel a certain regret. Well, many things really begin at the age of thirty, and certainly not all is over then. But one doesn't expect out of life what one has already learned that it cannot give, but rather one begins to see more and more clearly that life is only a kind of sowing time, and the harvest is not here."

Letters of Vincent van Gogh
February 8, 1883
Written about three years before he arrived in Paris, van Gogh was thirty himself, and working in his traditionally-Dutch-inspired colour palette. Little known, it seems, as the explosion of colour brought on by the creative surrounding of Paris are the lauded stylistic period of his career.

And that's saying something, really. Seems like he foresaw greater things ahead of himself, and that his "harvest time" would come later.

So, what I'm getting out of this quote is: plan ahead!
I pontificated earlier about how planning stuff is quite fulfilling. I think this is a great example of it at work.

That's not to say I'm all inside van Gogh's head of course, but it does seem to ring of a self-fulfilling prophecy. In the most positive of senses.

With that said, I pose a thought and a question.

For ages, I've loved listening to podcasts. I'm addicted. I have a variety of topics I like to listen to, from history and language to knitting and humour.

If I began a podcast, would you be interested in listening? What sorts of things would you like to hear about? Share your thoughts and opinions - I'd love to hear them!


Elena Knits said...

I love knitting podcasts and if you were going to start one, I would be listening!

I would be interested in your projects, opinions, design ideas, yarns you use and also any other not knitting related aspect (Elbie, arts, etc.)

Kate Price said...

I think it's important for you to decide what your niche/voice is for a podcast. If I think about the ones I love, they have a certain point of view (eg Knitting Pipeline - nature, piping and knitting, Down Cellar Studio - talks about photography as well). Your voice might be about designing, it might be about your local area, or another hobby that you can connect to knitting. Can't wait to see how you go!

Sheila said...

I'd definitely listen if you started a podcast. I'd love to hear about your knitting and designing. I find that the podcasters I enjoy most are those that capture their personality in their podcasts. That may be through other hobbies or activities, or tv shows or books they love,

Michelle said...

I mainly listen to knitting podcasts, with a few interview-type shows thrown in, but there is definitely room for your voice out there. I'd never quite know what to expect from your show and that would be a strength. I love the idea of podcasts as dialogue between knitters. It makes me want to start one just to "answer back." As much as I love knitting talk, I crave something more from knitting podcasts than updates on WIPs. It's the person behind the needles that makes a show, just like I imagine it would make a Knit Night, and I think your personality coming through would make a great show. Do it!!

Elena Knits said...

Michelle, I'd listen to you for sure if you were going to start a podcast too!