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BlogAwkward Silences

March 22, 2019

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  • September 26, 2019

Our Thoughts on Awkward Silences So Far: A Retro Episode

We've taken some time to reflect on the podcast so far, now we want your feedback!

Carrie Boyd

Today, we’re releasing a special episode of Awkward Silences! It’s a Retro, full of our thoughts about how we’ve made the podcast so far and where we see it going.

The main thing we learned from recording this episode though? We need your feedback! We need to hear from you, dear listener/reader, about how you interact with our beloved pod and what you’d like to see from us in the future.

Without further ado, here’s the episode! I’ll outline below some of the ideas we talked about. There’s also a form for you to leave us any feedback that’s on your mind.

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Conversational vs. Structured

This was one of the big debates when we started Awkward Silences, and we’ve almost come to a conclusion. We’re feeling a little more conversational. The chats we’ve been able to have with all the amazing guests that have come on the podcast have been informative and, most importantly, fun. Plus, we’ve had a great time geeking out over UXR with so many awesome people.

But, there’s something to be said for a little bit of structure. Whether that means we’re directing the conversations in more direct ways, or setting up more complicated story-like episodes, a more formalized structure would offer us a lot of opportunity to tell more in-depth stories.

As with all of the debates we had in this episode, we want you to be the tiebreaker. Leave us feedback in this form!

Biweekly vs. Weekly

This is mostly a logistical debate. After all, we are only three people, and we all have other parts of our jobs that need to get done. So, moving the podcast up to weekly installments would mean more editing and writing work for me, and more recording time for Erin and JH. Since we don’t really know if our listeners even want to listen to Awkward Silences week after week, it feels like we need some feedback before speeding things up.

Other Debates

We’ve considered a lot of different things in the making of this podcast. Should we bring on two guests, or maybe a panel, and let them hash out more complicated topics? Should we try bundles of episodes that follow one specific thing? Should we do some original research and put it on the air? Should we bring the rest of the amazing User Interviews team into this madness? It’s hard to say without knowing how our audience thinks about what we’ve put out there already.

So, we need your input, dear listener. You’ll be the tiebreaker on most of our debates. Plus, it just wouldn’t feel right to do a podcast about user research without doing some user research on our podcast, ya know?

You can fill out the form at the top of this post, or you can email us at We appreciate any and all feedback, good, bad, or ugly.

Carrie Boyd

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Carrie Boyd is a Content Creator at User Interviews. She loves writing, traveling, and learning new things. You can typically find her hunched over her computer with a cup of coffee the size of her face.

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