Thursday, 9 August 2018
SE Digest Update (and a new travel story to boot!)
quote [ Before I arrived in Japan, I had already set an assumption about how my experience would go. I was traveling solo, don't speak the language, am socially introverted, and I had chosen to stay the first week at an AirBnB private room in a small town outside Tokyo. I imagined most of my trip would be spent alone. ]
I CAN POST!!!
Finally! I felt like I was drowning not being able to interact with SE. You're my friends even if we've never met. I missed you.
I wanted to post this a while ago, but due to some weird glitch in the matrix, my ability to PM, comment, or post was causing a connection error using the Chrome browser. Installed Firefox and all seems well.
Please check out the extended for more info on the future of the SE Digest podcast and a new(ish) travel story I wrote.
For my regular listeners, sorry for the lack of a more digestible SE for your auditory enjoyment this post. Before my computer issues began, I had decided to take a short hiatus in order to retool the show to make it more interesting and expand it in some ways to help it (and hopefully SE in general!) grow more.
First and foremost, I'm going scale back to doing two episodes a month, shoot for a 1st and 15th of the month schedule. Every 10 days makes sense based on the metrics available on the admin page, but I also feel like I'm oversaturating the market in a way. SE is a small community and I only register 10-20 listens on average after 10 days (unfortunately I have no way of knowing amount of listens past that). Hoping the extra time in between episodes will give me a little more time to prepare for them, as well.
Second, I am going to get more guests on the podcast. Tired of talking to myself all the time. I'm already trying to find people I know that seem interesting, or want to discuss a specific topic with me. Either in person or over the phone, I want to have more dialogue on this show. I will invite them to join me in discussing posts as I go through the "digest" part of the podcast, because that should really remain the core or foundation of the podcast, but if they decline the episode may be split into "digest" half and "interview" half. SE first, my silly BS second. And speaking of my silliness, I'll try to refrain from talking about personal life unless it's really interesting. I'm not famous enough for anyone to care about how I butter my toast... YET.
And third, the reasoning behind these changes is I want to reach a larger audience. After 2 years of doing this I feel like I've got the hang of it, I'm not so bad at keeping a pace, and apparently my voice makes for good radio voice. So I'm gonna figure out how I can get the podcast listed on iTunes and other popular streaming sites and feeds that share podcasts. (You hear that Joe Rogan? I'm gunning for your spot at the top!) I'm gonna write some theme music, and even make (or hire someone to make) a decent logo. Gotta present myself if I'm gonna get those listeners.
I may even (gasp!) consider advertising spots if I ever get popular enough. Then I could actually make a little scratch from talking into a microphone in my underwear.
These are all mostly ideas still, and I still need to figure out how to do a lot of it. I'm back to being busy as shit and dealing with life per usual, but I really want to devote more time to this hobby/side project and make it the best it can be. Hope you'll join me for the ride.
I am talking to a few people about doing interviews on the show, so hopefully now that I can post again I will have something for you by September 1st.
Here's a little something something to keep you fed until I get the show back on the road. If you listened to my last episode, you heard me talk about a surprise meeting with a woman in Japan. That was kind of a rough draft of sorts, me sorting through my thoughts right after having the experience. This is a better organized second draft I read on stage a couple weeks ago. Enjoy.
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