Ocean view at Lincoln City  2017     

Photo Courtesy Brenda C. Jensen                

I write pieces for District 14 (RTO) and thought that your readers might enjoy this and even be inspired to take up podcasting. Use it if you like or pass it on.





The Brave New World of Podcasts


by Mike Keenan


During a winter visit, my eldest daughter, Karyn, lured me to the Community Centre track in Niagara on the Lake, and as an incentive, she showed me how to listen to podcasts on her Iphone. I was immediately hooked. The broadcasts cover a huge range of interests, and they are a great way to ease the boredom of walking in circles over and over again.


Later, after watching YouTube videos on how to make a podcast, I ordered a decent microphone, downloaded a free software program called Audacity (I like its implication) and proceeded to start generating my own podcasts, something that any of you can do with your own special interests. You might even like to include your grandchildren in the process!


My podcasts are geared to travel and retirement, the former called What Travel Writers Say, a natural extension of my travel website at www.whattravelwriterssay.com. The Retirement Coach is a light-hearted approach to retirement based upon 48 rules that I have devised to help create a successful retirement.


Podcasts are available at myriad servers which include Libsyn, ITunes, Stitcher Radio,  Podcasts.com, CBC, NPR and more. 


Most podcasts can be subscribed to via an RSS feed, often called Really Simple Syndication,  which publishes updated entries, news headlines, audio and video. RSS feeds allow me to syndicate my data automatically. Subscribing to a website RSS removes the need for the user to manually check the website for new content. Instead, your browser constantly monitors the site and informs you of any updates. The browser can also be commanded to automatically download the new data for you.


My RSS feeds are as follows:

The Retirement Coach RSS feed - web address: http://theretirementcoach.libsyn.com/rss
What Travel Writers Say RSS feed web address: http://whattravelwriterssay.libsyn.com/rss


Podcasts are perfect for anyone who walks, commutes in a car, works out either in a gym or outside, travels by bus, or is too tired to read. They vary in length from 5-6 minutes all the way up to an hour. Try one; you will like it.



Mike Keenan, SATW


What Travel Writers Say: www.whattravelwriterssay.com

Email: whattravelwriterssay@cogeco.ca



Niagara: http://www.whattravelwriterssay.com/wtwsblog2.html

Poetry of Place: http://www.whattravelwriterssay.com/poetryofplace.html



The Retirement Coach: http://theretirementcoach.libsyn.com/

What Travel Writers Say: http://whattravelwriterssay.libsyn.com/