I really don’t know what to write. But, I promised a blog post, so you’re getting a blog post. I apologize in advance for all of the randomness.
First up, I’m happy to report that the Podcast has a small, but steady audience. Anchor.fm (the wonderful hosting service I use) reports that there have been a total of 49 total plays across all three episodes (including the preview), with an estimated audience of 12. I’m actually encouraged by this, as I didn’t think anyone would want to listen in the first place. So far I’ve been posting each episode to the Facebook page, Instagram, and Twitter account. I’m not really sure how to increase listenership, but there has to be something else I can do, right?
Second, I’m still toying around with the overall layout of podcast episodes. I like having an introduction before getting to the episode proper, and I like the concept of a listener mailbag segment. One of my friends contributed the very first question, and I had a lot of fun crafting my answer. I definitely want to continue with that.
I’m also going to keep the ads in the middle of each regular episode. I’ve never messed around with monetizing anything, so this has been quite the learning experience. Anchor.fm itself is sponsoring the podcast so far, though they’ll eventually find a better sponsor once listenership increases. Fingers crossed.
Next, I’ve been thinking about starting a merch shop and/or a Patreon, though I don’t think I have a large enough fan base for either of those. One wonders what kind of merch I could sell: coffee mugs? socks? novelty pens? guitar picks? The possibilities are endless!
I’ve also been thinking about starting a YouTube channel, featuring letsplays of some of my favorite vintage computer games, and travelogues of places I visit. Of course, I’m only one person and don’t want to stretch myself too thin.
Finally, I’m happy with myself for (so far) not giving up on the podcast and The Twice-Lost Geek in general. I still struggle with anxiety and depression, but I’m coming to see all of this as the creative outlet I need. Personal development wise, I’ve finally learned that I’m capable of going and doing fun things completely on my own, and I have one heck of a list! The list includes: The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, Trundle Manor, Mammoth Cave, a music store that an old friend from high school owns, a return trip to The House on the Rock (and Wisconsin in general, to be honest), Scotland (which will be happening next year, for reasons I can’t quite yet discuss), and so much more!
In closing, I want to thank each and every one of you who read this post, liked the Facebook page, followed on Instagram and Twitter, or listened to an episode of the podcast. It’s nice to know that others are along for the ride.