Going live!

Published June 5, 2008

Leo Laporte is turning his life into an internet show. But this isn’t like Justin TV, this is podcasting at its finest. He joined in the group of people who were live streaming themselves recording a show, which meant you could interact with people via the chatroom and it was all real time. Then he took that idea and brought it to a whole new level. Now he broadcasts live from his office A LOT. I still don’t have the schedule clear in my head, it’s every day except Mondays and Fridays, I think, and obviously there’s a time difference between here and the US.

But, it is brilliant viewing. It’s like watching reality TV that is good. Leo sits at his desk, he talks, he podcasts, he records jingles, he unboxes things, he shows us around his studio, he has guests, he records the radio show, and we get to see it all. It’s really amazing, and I just wish I could stay up late enough to watch it all.

This clearly inspired us at Sidepodcast, and this past weekend, whilst we were recording the video previews, we streamed live to the world. It was a last minute thing, and set up quickly, but it worked really well. You can read about it and see the recorded stream here. And the finished video is here, if you’re interested.

I really enjoyed it. There’s something about talking and knowing people could be watching you right there and then that makes it feel a lot more worthwhile. Not that making the video isn’t fun normally, but it just adds a little extra something. I’m nowhere near the stage where I want to host a live show, or allow people to watch us record the podcast (way too much of a work in progress at the recording stage), but I think we’re going to do it again.

It’s just another way to interact with people, and it’s great. I think it will be a long time before we are as good as Leo though!

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