If you know me chances are you also know I have serious feels about podcasts. I like them. A lot. For over a year I’ve been tossing around the idea of starting my own podcast. I went back and forth numerous times on what to create a podcast about – public history, fandom, or craft beer in the North. After much stalling, mostly out of fear, I’ve committed to creating the Historical Reminiscents Podcast.
Part of my podcast creation fear was around the idea that I needed other people to create a podcast. A lot of podcasts are based on conversation and include more than one person. I didn’t know who I could approach to create a podcast with me. What if there was just me? Would it sill work? And would people be interested in listening to me talk? Eventually I shoved all those fears and nagging questions aside and decided to dive in.
Inspired by some of my favoruite short solo podcasts such as Katie Linder’s You’ve Got This and Chip Sudderth’s Two-Minute Time Lord I’ve decided to enter the solo podcast world and create something dedicated to public history practice, archival impulses, and historical insights. Both Linder’s and Sudderth’s podcasts were designed to feature just one person, on a weekly basis, for a relatively short period of time – 10 or 2 minutes respectively. After listening to a ton of solo podcasts I kept coming back these two podcasts as a format that I could work with and fit into my life.
The Historical Reminiscents podcast, named after the original history blog I started in 2008, is currently in production with plans to release the first episode later this month. Despite deciding to go the solo route I would definitely welcome guests on this podcast. Interested in chatting about the shape of public history or archives in Canada? Connect with me on twitter (@kristamccracken) or send me an email at krista.mccracken[at]gmail.com