Sportsman’s Blog Planning First Podcast

Sometimes I wonder if I’m not a glutton for punishment.   Then again, so much of this new technology on the Internet truly fascinates me.   Ever since beginning my blogging career about 20 months ago I’ve yearned to do something a bit more.   Spice things up just a bit.   Don’t get me wrong…the blogging is all in good fun and I’m not getting bored or moving away from it by any means.   Instead, I’d like to announce that plans are presently underway to greatly expand the manner in which I communicate to the blogosphere (that would be folks like you).

That’s right…beginning in about 3 weeks (about the time of the Minnesota Fishing Opener in mid-May) I plan to release my first audio podcast to be found on this blog.   Over the past few months I’ve been gearing up for the big event and I’m really excited about this new opportunity.   In doing my research, I’ve determined there are several dozen good blog sites that focus on the outdoors (hunting, fishing, etc.), but the number of sites producing a quality outdoors podcast are still just a handful, albeit, a growing handful.

That led me to explore further the fascinating world of podcasting.   By definition, podcasting is nothing more than distributing audio or video files over the Internet.   Sort of like being entertained by a radio or TV program, but with this format you can play the broadcast when it’s convenient for you to listen.   Unlike a radio broadcast where you must listen at a certain scheduled time…with a podcast you can either listen using your computer connected to the Internet…or if you choose to be trendy, you can also get one of the latest mp3 file players like an iPod.   By using such a device, you can download hours of music or programming to listen later when you are commuting to work or traveling on an airplane, for instance.   In other words, listening to a podcast is akin to audioblogging where your ears are strained and not your eyes. 

In preparation for adding this new blog feature I’ve spent more money than my wife needs to know about purchasing new condenser mics, cables, digital recorders and other associated studio equipment.   I now have the equipment necessary to produce a broadcast either sitting at my desk in my home office…or taking it on the road as a conventional radio reporter might do getting a field story.   During the upcoming weeks I intend to do both as I learn not only how to produce a decent podcast show, but also to better understand just how all this new equipment properly functions.

During the weeks to come I will share much more about my podcasting intentions, but suffice it to say that for right now we are probably about three weeks away until I launch the new venture.   In the meantime, I urge you to check out some of these other fine outdoor podcasts just to begin whetting your appetite, so to speak.   Some are produced similar to the manner in which I intend to conduct my upcoming show…others, well…you be the judge.

Incidentally, a new podcast that was just released this week is actually put out by the Minnesota DNR.   By clicking HERE you should be able to load their newest program on spring turkey hunting.   (NOTE:  To listen to this and some of the other programs I’m about to mention, you might need the latest version of Apple QuickTime installed on your computer or some other program such as REALPlayer.   If the file doesn’t automatically load and play you’ll know you need to install one of these or a similar program on your computer.)

Check out these outdoors-oriented podcasts:

Then check out some other great podcasts:

Do you know of any other great outdoor podcasts?   Leave a comment and tell me about it.   Then stay tuned for what will soon be my first attempt breaking into the podcasting world.   I’ll share more details as I get closer to releasing the inaugural show.

Oh, and before I forget to say it…thanks for all your continued support of this blog and for where I plan to take it in the future.   Your comments and well wishes are always much appreciated.

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Required Reading For Anyone Who Ocassionally Has An Appetite

Recently I was checking out a web site that serves as the Academy Awards, so to speak, for blog sites pertaining to culinary dining and the food preparation world.   At first, my interest in the site was mostly out of curiosity in seeing how all these nicely constructed blog sites vied for the “best of” award in several different food blog categories.

In particular, one category immediately intrigued me.   It was the award for the “Best Blog Post” category.   I quickly grew curious…and I wondered what type of writing or what topic would lead to achieving an award such as this.   Let’s face it…with hundreds of different food blogs and another hundred or more posts within each blog…it had to be a really intriguing entry that would capture the judge’s attention for the best…and in fact it was.

What I discovered was a blog entry by Barbara Fisher who summed up my sentiments on eating meat better than I ever could have put into words.   Indeed, this entry achieved the Best Blog Post award because it defined those of us who eat meat as normal beings…and not the blood-thirsty carnivores that the vegan world would make us out to be.

Read the entire post, but consider these excerpts from Ms. Fisher’s award-winning writing:

“…if you cannot deal with the fact that an animal has to die so you can eat its flesh, then, you shouldn’t be eating that animal in the first place. It isn’t necessary for most humans to eat meat anymore–human knowledge of nutrition and the global marketplace have made vegetarian diets more pleasant, palatable and nutritionally sound than ever before.

So, if you don’t -need- to eat meat for its nutritive value, and it squicks you out to think of eating an animal, then why not just stop eating meat, and while you are at it, stop whining about it…”

“…Why do people insist on eating meat, but complain if it looks like it came from the carcass of an animal–which, even if it is minced and turned into sausage or trimmed into boneless cutlets, or cooked, shredded, ground and pressed into the shape of cartoon characters, is whence all meat comes? Why is it so hard to wrap one’s head around the fact that meat is the product of slaughtering an animal for the purpose of human consumption…?”

“…People have forgotten, that in order for us to eat a hamburger, a cow dies. Most Americans live sheltered lives where the fact that in order for us to celebrate Independance Day with fried chicken and barbequed ribs, chickens and hogs must die…”

I found this post quite remarkable because even though Ms. Fisher doesn’t mention hunters per se, she most certainly understands the food delivery system and how generations of families are being removed from understanding the source where meat is derived.   Nobody knows this better than the sportsman who basically handles his kill from field to table.   Yet, we now exist in a world where some people think it is cruel to kill a cow and to take pleasure in grilling a nice steak.   Heaven forbid we spend an entire weekend chasing a deer around the woods so we can rejoice in the kill and the eventual sacrifice the animal makes for our dietary desires.   Unfortunately, some people just don’t get it.

I loved the title for Ms. Fisher’s post, “Meat Comes from Animals: Deal with It, or Eat Vegetables.”   That pretty much sums it up right there for me.

As sportsmen and as grocery-buying, meat-eating consumers…we most certainly do not need to feel guilty about eating the flesh of some animal.   Yet, we live in a world where many folks with this “holier than thou” attitude would like us to believe that craving venison or even farm-raised beef is some kind of terrible sin.   Truth is, we all make choices in this world and this includes what we consume in our diets.

So tell me, if I respect and honor a person’s choice to not eat meat and allow them to take pride in being a vegan…why then should this person not reciprocate with the same respect shown back to me?   After all, I don’t go around telling people how they should eat…why then should I listen to a person who thinks their meat-free culinary belief is better than mine?

It’s time this world wakes up and realizes that ever since the beginning of time there have been herbivores and carnivores roaming the planet and some facts just are not meant to change no matter how you might reason a rebuttal.

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