Sometimes getting the right name for something seems to be the key to making it work. I’ve wanted to do a podcast for a very long time, and I wanted to link it to my website, Bowler Hat Radio. So of course I named the podcast Bowler Hat Radio–perfect, right? And yet, I stalled for weeks and weeks and weeks. Couldn’t come up with a single idea. I had lots of big picture, long-term ideas, like interviewing old friends who were also ESL teachers, former students, colleagues, and friends who came from other countries to make their lives here in Vancouver. On the other hand, I wanted it to be relevant and useful to listeners around the world who are studying English. Should I include tips on improving fluency? Exam tips? Vocabulary? Grammar? How should these be presented? And how do I put together that perfect First Episode? Episode Zero–the one that will make the whole world want to tune in and tune up their English?
Then for some reason my podcast on Anchor.fm disappeared–I couldn’t log in, my password didn’t work; and when I finally did manage to log in, my little toehold was completely gone. Couldn’t find it anywhere–well, there was nothing to find, really, since I had never recorded a show…
Turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I ended up renaming the show, “Talking Through My Hat“–the same as this blog–and suddenly, the whole thing made sense! The show had focus: yes, of course it could and should be about all those things–interviews, stories, tips, vocabulary, grammar, all of it. Suddenly I was free to do and talk about whatever I want–because, after all, I’m just Talking Through My Hat!
So that’s what this is all about. Episode Zero: the far-from-perfect first episode of my podcast that will likely never be heard by anyone, but will be out there nonetheless–my first foray out into Vacuumland.
The first episode of Talking Through My Hat will be out very soon. Do have a listen, and let me know what you think!