I’ve been quite satisfied with how the podcast is developing. Now that I’m used to the format and the length of time the process is coming to me more naturally. Some of the feedback that I’ve been getting backs up this line of thought.
From ckfarmer on episode #80 of my normal podcast:
This was a superb podcast, I wish this stuff was around in the 1990’s before I got married. This episode contains real truth that all men should hear. Anyway, I will certainly be teaching my son all about my new found knowledge as he gets into his later teenage years. I have benefited myself from this knowledge, but only in the last few years.
Stuff like this is encouraging. It’s good to know that although the number of people listening still remains small the content is exactly what they’re after.
Regular commenter Mark T on the same episode:
Thanks for identifying why I let my boys listen to you. I hadn’t concretised it myself, but you’re essentially right. It’s good balance to the feminised namby-pamby environment they get at Montessori school, and they enjoy listening to you (including the swearing) in part because it’s a little bit ‘naughty’ compared to that environment. To the credit of Montessori education though, and also my influence, they’ve now developed an ability to think for themselves that surpasses most adults. As I’ve commented previously, the effect on you was perhaps similar, even though you have unfond memories of Montessori. This more than counter-acts the negatives of whatever concretes they’re taught at school. Hence my 9 year old (who’s particular bright) can understand a lot of what you’re talking about.
At that age and younger it’s not the content that matters so much but the method. Once they have the ability to think for themselves, you only need to expose them to different ideas for the right ones to germinate. I was perhaps similarly bright when younger, but lacked any perspective whatsoever on the male-female dynamic – the area in which you are strongest.
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: smart kids educate themselves. Your job is to help open and focus their minds and then get the hell out of their way. This is why reading is so important from a really early age. Once they read for pleasure then the world opens up for them. Listening to podcasts from yours truly helps a bit as well.
If they can now absorb in their pre-sexual years a little of what I’m now only learning from you in my 40’s (whilst ignoring the politics where you’re wrong), they will have an amazing head-start to life I’m looking forward to seeing.
Anyway, if you’re not listening to the podcast then what are you waiting for? And if you are listening then help to spread the word so more folks can discover my radio greatness. You can feel good about yourself by knowing that you’re helping to save the world. After all, that’s what it’s all about, or so I’ve been told.