Today is November 20th, 2013, two days after the launch of The Overwhelmed Brain podcast. I posted yesterday about my day after experience, so I thought I’d follow up with the day after my day after experience. I hadn’t watched the stats in libsyn at all today, because I didn’t want to obsess over them. But I do share the end of the day stats below.
But before I get into that, here’s what happened today as a result of launching my podcast two days ago:
- Was invited to a podcaster’s hangout with Alex Barker of The Leadership Dojo Podcast, Jessica Kupferman of Lady Business Radio, Wesley Chapman of Entrepreneurial Success Radio, and Steve Young of Mobile App Chat. For me, it was an absolute honor to be in the presence of some extraordinary people doing what I do, only better. Sorry for all the links, but they all deserve a mention.
- I gained one subscriber to my weekly email list (I got six yesterday). There’s probably no rhyme or reason for the numbers yet, as it’s too early to view trends. But it will be interesting to watch them rise and fall.
- I guest posted on a website called The Internet Business Handbook. In full disclosure however, I wrote the post before the launch. However the owner of the site published it today which I appreciated, since it coincides with my launch.
Now we’ll get to the juicy stuff: Stats.
As of 10:00 PM PST, according to libsyn, the total number of downloads today is 240. This is up 52 from yesterday. Hmm, maybe I need to make a progress chart so it will be easier for you to see the rate of increase. Let’s see if this works:
Nov 16: 13 downloads
Nov 17: 21 downloads – up 62%
Nov 18 (launch day): 69 downloads – up %304
Nov 19 : 188 downloads – up %367
Nov 20: 240 downloads – up %78
If you’re wondering how I had downloads before launch day, it’s because I provided my libsyn RSS feed to iTunes the week before. It normally takes 3 to 5 days for iTunes to review and confirm your podcast, but it only took them 12 hours for mine. Which means I now had to scramble to get my site ready for the traffic I might face. I wasn’t expecting for it to be live on iTunes that fast. I thought I had days to get everything ready. Which leads us to web analytics.
Since show launch, web traffic has increased. Here are the stats:
Nov 16: 10 page views
Nov 17: 47 page views
Nov 18 (launch day): 48 page views
Nov 19 : 277 page views
Nov 20: Won’t see these until tomorrow.
Well, there you have it on all the stats. As for my podcast, I’m getting tons and tons of positive feedback! Not just in the reviews, but people contacting me personally telling me how much they love the show. One person gave me a very welcome critical point too. He loved the show, but he said my voice tended to be monotone quite a bit during one of the interviews. I told him “you’re so right!” It’s true. I could hear it too. Monotone and almost hypnotic. That can work for some shows, but I need to keep it livelier.
In the first few shows, I was just concentrating on so much. My sound levels, the guest, the next question to ask (and if that question would properly segue from the last), the recorder, background sounds, just everything! In fact, one of the bigger lessons I learned after the first four shows was that I was not recording at a high enough volume. I tricked myself into thinking I was louder than I was, because I could hear myself fine through the earphones. However, the final result was about half as loud as my guest. That’s now corrected because I learned to use the Gain and Level knobs on my mixer. Gain is at 70% and Level is at 50%. This works well for my setup.
So, I am getting much more comfortable behind the microphone now. My voice no longer stays monotone. Doing more audio and video chats (not interviews, just regular calls) is really helping me find my voice. I believe the show will improve drastically as I master all the nuances. Mainly because I won’t have to think about all the complexities any more, giving me the liberty to relax.
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