Just a brief update on where I’m at in relation to the podcast. The first episode is out there 6 days and I’m delighted at the response. I’ve currently had 250 downloads and while I’m sure many of them didn’t make it to the end it’s still not a bad first attempt given that I didn’t push it too hard. I made some basic errors though, the most serious of which will cost me a good few listeners. The most obvious of these errors was that I failed to mention my twitter account, or webpage, or the fact that there will even be further episodes of the podcast in the coming weeks. I didn’t even mention my name in the podcast. I’m putting these errors in the drawer marked ‘rookie’ and hopefully the damage done will only have a short term impact.
I want to have a wide variety of people on my first few pods so people know to expect something new every time they tune in. With this in mind I had contacted a call girl who kept a great blog during her time in Ireland. We had some great back and forth via e-mail and I knew if she spoke as well as she typed she’d be an engaging guest on the show. Earlier this week I tried to get her to commit to the show however, and she didn’t get back in touch with me since. I was hugely disappointed but have luckily managed to get an excellent replacement from the US. I will have to record via Skype which will present it’s own challenges which I won’t bore you with but it looks like my replacement will be an even better guest than my original hooker/call girl/sex-worker.
I can tell how many people have listened to my show by checking my Libsyn and soundcloud stats. I do this way too frequently. If I hadn’t left my phone upstairs I’d be checking it now to see how many new listens I’ve had since I started this post. I’d say I refresh both of those pages 50 times a day and my heart leaps when I’ve gotten even one new listener. I heard on a podcast about podcasting recently that the median point for listeners is 141. That is, 50% of podcasts have 141 listeners or less and the other 50% have 141 or more. I’m now in the top 50% at least. I’ve become one of those rude people who check their phone constantly mid conversation. Like the mistakes outlined above I’m hoping this a phase and will pass. The sooner the better.