When I started working in the blockchain space, back in mid-2017, I was pretty new to the concepts and the ecosystem. I am one of those who have come into the blockchain space from a software engineering background and not from a token/bitcoin investor background. Coming from this background has certainly helped me in understanding the core technical side of blockchain and how it helps with solving some of the major issues with centralization.
Issues with learning Blockchain concepts
Initially, when I was learning about blockchain concepts and searched for material online it was pretty confusing. It was either too philosophical (blockchain would change the world stuff), or too deeply technical (why ProgPoW is good/bad) or too focussed on FinTech/Token stuff (exchanges/wallets/tokens/ICOs). There were very few articles or blogs or proper sources for learning core blockchain concepts like consensus, finality, blocks, etc. in simple and easy-to-understand language.
It took me almost a year to get these basics right in my head.
Why a new Blockchain podcast?
Fast forward to winter 2019 - I was in my hometown in India for vacation. One fine evening, one of my childhood friends (having an IT background) asked what I was working on. I answered Blockchain. Instead of asking which ICO or token he should invest in, he asked me what blockchain is, how it works, and what problems it solves. I tried to explain some of the basic blockchain concepts, in the most simple language possible, and he just got it. That’s when the idea of creating a podcast about blockchain concepts came to my mind. I thought of helping people understand blockchain concepts in 5 minutes, the same concepts which took me months to understand.
A few months later, fully bored of being at home during the Easter weekend, I thought of finally starting on the podcast. I recorded the first episode and sent it to a few friends for feedback. They suggested some changes in the tone and pace, and I finally got it almost right after a few re-recordings of the first couple of episodes. (Tip: Setting up the mic for a standing position helped with the tone, pace and overall confidence.) And then I finally published the first episode on May 21st, 2020. Yay!
Blockchain Podcast for Beginners
Block Shots aims to give you a basic understanding of the most important blockchain concepts in less than five minutes. You can learn blockchain, consensus, hashing, signing, governance, nodes, etc. and many more concepts while having that morning coffee or while walking towards your car in the parking or whenever you have those five minutes. The idea behind Block Shots is to bridge the gap between the highly technical and highly philosophical learning material available on blockchain.
Episodes are published twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays.
In addition to the audio, I am also publishing the transcripts of each episode on a dedicated Medium publication - https://medium.com/blockshots. This could be useful for those who prefer to read.
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