Episode 100

For those of you keeping score at home, Episode 100 of my humble little podcast is just a few weeks away. Rather than continue the tradition of finding a new guest and introducing him or her to the wonderful world that is my listening audience I’m going to change things up a bit. The guest for Episode 100 will be…


Dayle has been kind enough to “host” Episode 100 and I will get to tell my tales of gaming, diabetes, podcasting and whatever else comes up. And to that “whatever else”, I am putting this PSA out here to get some input from all of you. If you have any questions you would like answered or topics discussed from my point of view, here is your golden opportunity. If you have a question you want to ask or a topic you’d love my input or opinion on send them in to askchris@justtalkingpodcast.com and they will find their way into the podcast. As always, your contiued support of this adventure is most appreciated.

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For Your Review

I try not to make asking for things of you, my eager reader, a frequent visit. I have posted about Tour de Cure and Step Out and many of you have generously donated. Thank you. The 2011 Tour de Cure event in my area is in the beginning of June. I will be signing up shortly and probably asking for your donations again. I don’t assume that every one one my readers can donate but I figure if the option is there, you will at least consider it. Sometimes a single tweet is all that is needed to get the ball rolling. I open with this comment about asking for stuff because I want to reiterate that I don’t take any of you for granted. You don’t have to read this stuff. You don’t have to listen to my podcasts. But I know you do both. I have numbers to prove it and everything.

I feel like I’ve hit a real stride in my podcasting over the past few months of Just Talking. Converstations have flowed quite well, almost too well. I’ve had a lot of trouble finding interlude points in each episode. My guests are carrying more and more notoriety with regards to the fields that they work in. I know that some of these conversations leave behind my core audience but I hope that you find some part of each podcast episode informative or entertaining. Trying to make a podcast with two distinct audiences is not an easy task. Life would certainly be much easier if Just Talking was exclusively dedicated to Video Games or Diabetes but my life is not that simple and I don’t think my podcast – an extension of me – should be that simple either.

So here it is.

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Default Digit

I’ve noticed that I default to testing my blood glucose on my left pinky. Most of the time I load up a test strip, set my Delica to ‘attack mode’ and prepare my left pinky for pain before realizing I have 9 other options at my disposal. Most of the time I move my lancing device to a different finger for the actual test, but most of the time I touch my pinky before moving to the eventual victim of my next test. It’s a weird habit whose origins I cannot pinpoint.

This brings me to the participation portion of today’s blog post.

Yesterday I asked Twitter (twice) for their their ‘default digit’ for testing blood glucose. The feedback was quite impressive.

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Like a Ninja

As far as the whole online scene is concerned, George is one of the first people I found online. Be it the crazy sombrero (which we discuss on the podcast) or YouTube Tuesday, he’s good people. It’s funny to think that up until this podcast this was the first time we had actually spoken. Sure, I had seen his vlog posts so I had a rough idea of what I was getting in to, but this is a hell of a way to have a first meeting. Hi, I’m Chris. Let’s record an hour long conversation!

My only regret is that we didn’t get in to our mutual love of bacon. I guess that means he’ll have to come on again. Darn 😉
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Who Goes There?

I’ve made a lot of references to an entity among the Internet that I affectionately call the ‘eager-reader.’ Obsessed on how I am viewed in the eyes of my peers, I tend to focus on the daily blog traffic my posts are able to generate. My ultimate goal is to be able to measure the impact of my posts based not on hits, but comments. The feedback and eventual discussion that can result from a post is something that I hope can take my thoughts and words to the next level. Of course, all of these hopes and lofty goals do not mean much if there is no discussion, if there is no feedback. Talking to myself doesn’t really accomplish much. Continue reading