“Is podcasting just a form of busking?”
For those who don’t know, busking is a term used mostly in Britain to describe street musicians and performers. The root of the definition is people who perform publicly for tips. Seth is not only a friend, but one of my fellow Marketing Podcast Network hosts and creators, so I chimed in.
My response was quick, but I think accurate and definitive: I said, “Certainly not. Podcast listening is opt-in and on-demand. Busking would be pushing your podcast through a loudspeaker system and blasting it to people who didn’t ask for it.”
Tanner Campbell disagreed on Twitter. And then devoted an entire episode of his show Podcasting Sucks, to arguing against my position. He called me out and picked apart my answer in a good, old fashioned, social media throw down.
Perhaps Tanner doesn’t realize that the first time I came to anyone’s attention on the Internet, I posted a scathing review of a social media conference by calling out the speakers there I thought did the attendees an injustice. The dais included Rand Fishkin, Danny Sullivan, Neil Patel and many others considered luminaries then and now.
And I stood my ground. Which is, incidentally, why I started getting invited to speak at conferences rather than attend them.
That’s right Tanner! I was kicking up stuff on the social medias before you had facial hair. You poked the bear, son.
I respond to Tanner’s rebuke in today’s commentary, which for the record, will be presented in a satirical caricature for fun. This is, after all, as Tanner put it, a silly topic. So I’ll be silly with it. Enjoy!
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