Get the Tape!
As far as I know, there are no recordings of my grandfather speaking or doing anything else. I have a few of my father, but only because I recorded him myself.
Today, it's rare to find somebody under 25 who hasn't been recorded a lot. But are we taking real advantage of the opportunity we have?
One of the things I love about having a podcast is that it gives us the excuse to approach anybody with a question and get an answer on tape. And I'd encourage you to take advantage of this by getting recordings on people who are important to you, even if you don't have a specific plan on how you'll use them right now.
StoryCorps has a list of great questions to get you started.
What we do is important, even if it's just archiving information for the future.
More thoughts on this below. Also, thoughts on "starting over" in podcasting and the big opportunity for co-hosted podcasts.
Want the audio version of this newsletter? It's available via my podcast on podcasting, Build a Big Podcast.