LAWYERS: DO YOU WANT TO BE A PODCASTING STAR? . . . At the Legal Talk Network, they know how to do podcasting. And now they'll do it for you, too, according to this notice that describes the Legal Talk Network's affiliate program.** (Note: pdf. Thanks to a reader for the link.)
Becoming a part of the Legal Talk Network isn't cheap: it'll set you back $2,500 in start-up costs, plus another $1,500 per month. But they'll take care of the technicalities for you, plus you'll have access to Legal Talk Network's audience.
As for me, I'm not signing on, even though my own podcast has been lying dormant since my April report of my trip to New Orleans. (My entire 48-podcast series can be found in the "podcasting" category.) I'm not quite ready to give up on podcasting. Rather, I'm spending my weekends doing other things while continuing to think about different formats. Although it would be fun to drum up interest among a wide, general audience of non-lawyers, I haven't hit on the magic formula yet. I'm still thinking about that.
Meanwhile, I'm also continuing to enjoy some of the admirable non-law podcasts that are free for the taking--for example, Filmspotting (f/k/a Cinecast), This Week in Tech, Diggnation, and the Slate podcasts. Like all podcasts, these are best enjoyed on an mp3 player rather than a computer. That way, you can keep mobile while you're listening: your podcasts will be there for you while you're commuting, exercising, or working in the yard.
There's still lots of talk about the future of podcasting. Are podcasts just a fad? I don't think so. Listen to a few good ones and you'll understand why. Heck, you might even check out the Legal Talk Network if you have a chance. It features lawyers, of course, and you don't get any CLE hours, but it's still not bad. Just remember to sample it in limited doses--like all things law-related.
**UPDATE: Oops! Legal Talk Network removed the .pdf file from the Internet after I linked to it. I guess if you want more details, you'll have to talk to them directly.