A few weeks ago I realized I was in a podcast rut. The podcasts I listen to and view just didn’t seem as exciting to me as they used to seem. In some cases I’d been subscribing to the same podcast for over two years. I needed a change.

So, I went on the hunt for new podcasts. I decided to try iFanboy. It’s a video podcast about comics and graphic novels. Something I know about, am interested in, but am far from expert on. I thought I would subscribe and see if it is interesting enough to keep watching. Well, it’s my new favorite video podcast. Recent episodes included a discussion of comics and graphic novels that focus on real-life stories; an interview with the author of DMZ, Brian Wood, and author/internet copyright & privacy advocate Cory Doctorow at ComiCon; and an email mail bag show in which the best question asked was from a 14-year-old. (He asked the hosts of iFanboy to talk about who they would choose to write and draw the story of their lives in comic version.)

iFanboy is definitely a good way to learn about comics and graphic novels. (The hosts also do a weekly audio podcast on new comic/graphic novel releases for the week.)

Mixing up my podcast viewing and listening got me thinking in general about the ruts one can get into. It’s easy to get into a rut when it comes to entertainment and learning. And, it’s easy to get in a rut in the work we do as librarians with teens, and in general. Many times librarians tell me that they can’t see a how they can add a new technology-based program or service because their days are already busy. No doubt that’s true. But, how many times are these busy days filled with things done simply because it’s how it’s always been done? How many times are the busy days filled with rut-like activities? If things get shaken up a little, isn’t it possible that instead of having more to do the new activity will take the place of an old activity? (When I hunted down new podcasts I replaced some I’d subscribed to previously with the new shows.)

iFanboy helped to get me out of my listening and viewing rut. I’m going to make sure that other ruts I’m in are given a good shake. I’m looking forward to finding some new ways of doing things (when/where required) that are just as interesting and exciting s iFanboy.

About Linda W Braun

Linda W Braun is a YALSA Past President, the YALSA CE Consultant, and a learning consultant/project management coordinator at LEO: Librarians & Educators Online.

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