Be A Better Podcast Listener
You remember during the first episode when I said a bunch of stuff about why I’m not making White Roof Radio any more? Blah blah blah, words words words.
Except the part where I mentioned social media engagements, and how they had dropped off and the show didn’t even get emails. You remember that part, right?
The rest was crap. That is the reason why I stopped making White Roof Radio. Ok, the rest wasn’t entirely crap and this was probably the third of fourth reason. But still. A reason is a reason and it’s giving us a topic to talk about for at least 2 weeks.
And that is; Being a better podcast listener.
You’re here, along with about 19 others. I consider you to be my biggest fans. You are following the blog, probably, and the secret twitter, probably. If you aren’t, you will be soon. Probably.
At least you are listening, hopefully in a podcast app. And For that, thank you! That means you made an effort beyond scolling, beyond a double tap, beyond a like. You tapped or clicked a link that opened an app you don’t normally use and then clicked a button. Beyond that, you have to make an effort to remember to open that app again in a week if you want to listen to the next episode.
When it’s said like that, it sounds like a lot of work. And for many, it really is. That is a lot of effort to put forth to get content. It’s my job to make sure it’s worth your while. With this show, I don’t know if it is or not, but I still appreciate the effort that you have to put in to stick with me.
Sometimes, the effort you put forth is not enough for the podcaster.
At the end of the day, podcasters, like myself, are attention seeking divas. That’s why you hear so many begging you for stars and reviews over at Apple Podcasts. Everyone knows those don’t help your stats.
It’s time everyone comes clean and treats those for what they are; giant acts of ego stroking.
While I’m a fan of those reviews and stars, they aren’t everlasting. There are great comments for White Roof Radio going back to 2005. But once you have left your review, you aren’t going to go back and do it again.
But because we are such attention seeking divas, we keep begging you for them. I am here to tell you that you don’t have to do that. While they are helpful, they are helpful in a way that Amazon reviews are helpful when you are a looking at a product. They don’t really do much beyond that. Imagine I have put an asterisk at the end of that sentence. It’s for you, podcast creator, because you know better. This show is for the listener, so you can slow your roll.
Anyway, attention seeking divas. Right.
You do want to support the shows you love, right? You use your favorite shows discount codes for squarespace or the latest meal box. And that’s cool. But what about the little, independent podcasters that you listen to? What are you doing for them?
We are going to start with the easiest way to support your favorite show. Ready? Keep following them, but expand your following. Do you have the show in your favorite podcast app? If so, you should make it a point to follow at least one of their social media accounts that is twitter. Facebook is crap and you know it. You can follow them, but you will never seen their posts. Instagram is the same way. If you want to really help a podcaster, the best way besides following their show in your favorite podcast app is to follow their twitter account.
Sure, they might only post reminders about the show. Sure, it’s probably the same as all the other social media site posts. I get it.
But on twitter, unlike the other sites, you have more power. And, your engagements, at least in my very humble opinion, are more powerful.
How many times have you been on twitter and seen a post by someone you don’t follow because it was liked by someone you do? That’s a little thing called amplification and it’s makes your like on twitter way more powerful, at least to me, than the other social media sites where your like seems to only feed the algorithm.
This week, let’s all do an experiment. The last show of mine, as of this writing, had 19 plays. I was the only one to like the post on twitter. What I would like for you to do is take a minute, go over to twitter.com/donburnside (@donburnside) and like this post with this episode. That’s it. I’ll pin it to top and the link is in the show description.
Let’s do this for a week and see where downloads are next week. And, we will discuss another way that you can support your favorite podcast without spending any money!