Today is December 11, 2013, 23 days after I launched my podcast. There are 33 days until I drive off the podcast cliff (the 8 week maximum a podcast can stay in New and Noteworthy) in a blaze of glory, going from hundreds of downloads a day, to what I’m sure will be double digits a day. Another podcaster I know will be plummeting that cliff in a week or so, so I should have some feedback about that journey soon.
Since I started this show, I’ve received about a dozen emails: Several people asking to be guests, some podcasters asking to refer guests, a couple fan letters, and today, an inquiry about someone’s own growth. Before all this started, I really didn’t think about any of this. My initial thoughts when starting were this:
- Wow, I love the idea of broadcasting. Sharing my voice with the world
- Wow, there’s actually a chance I could monetize what I love
- That’s all I want to do from this point on!
I am a little embarrassed to say that, yes, I thought about the money quite a lot. I want money. I love money! Money can sustain what you love to do. And I want to do this full time. But monetizing it means I’ll be able to up the production value, and start really taking the show in a bold direction.
Next month will be one of the biggest challenges I’ve faced in life. I will have no work. No income. And be putting all my focus on my site and my podcast. It could be the biggest failure in history, or the most rewarding risk I’ve ever taken. As someone who doesn’t like to spend an extra quarter on a larger cup at a restaurant, I am facing my limiting beliefs head on. Should be fun! : s
Before we get to stats, I wanted to report that I just finished my first Holiday Blues interview. I will be creating a 5-day Holiday Blues special that airs Christmas day to New Years day. It’s mainly for those who feel a little blue or lonely during the holidays, and just want to cheer up a bit, as if a friend or two came over to chat for a while. It’s a massive undertaking for me, so getting it all recorded, edited, and produced in time for Christmas will take laser focus and determination (especially because my last week of my JOB is next week, which is also going to be a very busy week). But, I’m totally looking forward to challenging myself, and getting it done. I predict a few sleepless nights on this one!
Anyway, let’s get down to business…
Current iTunes New and Noteworthy rankings:
- All of New and Noteworthy: #29 (#31 yesterday)
- Health New and Noteworthy: #3 (#2 yesterday)
- Business New and Noteworthy: #2 (#2 yesterday)
- Education New and Noteworthy: #2 (#2 yesterday)
The show is at or near the top quite frequently again (it lost some steam last week). My latest interview must be quite popular. Or more people are finding out about the show.
Not sure, but it’s all good so far! I am pleasantly surprised once again.
Let’s see what the recent download stats from libsyn are:
- Dec 5: 300 downloads
- Dec 6: 271 downloads
- Dec 7: 286 downloads
- Dec 8: 586 downloads
- Dec 9: 694 downloads
- Dec 10: 615 downloads
- Dec 11: 733 downloads
Total downloads to date: 10,473 (was 9755 yesterday)
The 10000 download mark has been achieved! With 733 downloads last night (a surprisingly high number), the 10000 mark got crushed in no time. I say it’s surprising, because my trend has been:
-Show gets released on Sunday
-Downloads go way up the next day
-Downloads trickle down to a couple hundred by Friday or Saturday
But this week has seen a steady increase! I think I’ll stay the course, and keep focusing on the content. Rising numbers are always a good indication things are going well.
Over the next week, I have 6 people lined up to do interviews for the Holiday Blues show. Whoa. That’s a lot to take on. I can barely get one episode out a week, so having to put all this together by Christmas? It shall be a true test.
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