I've now been doing the podcast for a few weeks and am anxious to see what the download numbers show at the end of the month. Thank you for all my readers and medical blogger friends who have subscribed and promoted the podcast. I remain the #1 health podcast, and am still in the top 50 overall. I've found that I am still trying to find my style with the podcast. What works in the blog (humor, especially) doesn't work as well when spoken. One of the problems is that I am required to turn in a script that gets edited and eventually approved. I actually don't mind this process, as many of the suggestions are quite helpful and there is a need to make sure the content is good. The problem is that I then have to make it sound like I am not reading a script. This is especially hard with humor, as much of humor sounds best when it doesn't sound scripted. If you sound like you know you are telling a joke, then it isn't as funny as if you slip something in subtly. Writing is much more forgiving in this. I think the voice I will take in the podcast will be different from the one I take here in the blog. The humor will be more covert than overt. I'll aim for chuckles rather than ROFL.
That being said, I do find it an enjoyable thing overall. I have gotten very nice feedback and see it as a good opportunity to give useful information to non-medical types as well as to give physicians another tool to explain things to their patients.
Again, I want to thank all of you who have helped me with this.