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This week I received the following email from Howard B. I wanted to share it and my response to everyone:
I know this will come across as a whiners post … nevertheless I felt I had to write it.
I listen to podcasts every day in my one hour trip by car to work and back. Most science, history and music. I discovered your podcast last month and downloaded about 20 of them, looking forward to it.
This week I abandoned them after tasting about 10 of them, erased them and unsubscribed. Why ? I KNOW it is an amateur effort and I DO appreciate your work and the lack of resources. However I could not suffer any more listening to the poor readings kills being recorded as a podcast. Scripts being read aloud with, sadly, poor and stuttering reading skills and little effort to inject variation in the reading tone. I thought it would improve when I moved on to recent scripts. But it doesn’t and it is just too difficult to listen to. It’s a great project but basic skills are letting it down hugely.
I wish you all the best.
To Howard I say thank you. Thanks for leaving. I was taught if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t. But thats me, I know a lot of Internet people feel the need to share their opinions on everything and I don’t expect everyone to like my little podcast. I’m not doing it for everyone. I’m doing it because I want to. If you want to listen great, go ahead. If you don’t like it unsubscribe like our friend Howard here. But here is something to chew on. People are actually listening to this podcast. A lot of people actually.
Looking at the above chart from my Libsyn statistics you can see that on average 1,000+people download the history podcast episodes daily.
The website is doing okay, with about 70 visits per day. I am interested in what you 70 or so folks think about this post. And I would like to ask you all a question. What do you think would make this website more valuable to you? In other words, what do you want to see on this site?
Well, some of you may have noticed that my last post to the website was months ago. Even more have noticed that I haven’t published a podcast in over 9 months. Listener David B. noticed and sent me this email.
I have been listening to your History Podcast broadcasts for a few weeks, and I have greatly enjoyed your programs. I have noticed that there have been no new podcasts since February, 2009. I was wondering what has happened to the show, plus put in my vote to for its return to the air. Thanks for your hard work on the show!
David, thanks for the email! You were one of very few to email me. You are also one of very few who enjoy the podcast according to the iTunes rating in the iTunes store. Everytime I read those reviews I’m discouraged from doing anymore podcasting. I never thought I would be a contender for the Podcast Awards, but geez those folks on iTunes are just plain mean! However, the real reason is with my daughters arrival almost a year ago, I have had very little time for anything related to a hobby. And since that is all History Podcast is, it is the first thing in my life to be dropped.
I have not deleted the old podcast episodes and all of them are still available to download via iTunes or this website. I want to continue to podcast, but until I get more time or suddenly require less sleep, it is not going to happen. So David and anyone else who actually reads this, hang in there. There maybe more coming…
In the meantime, I will continue to try to post on this website as often as I can. I look forward to reading your comments and emails.
Image courtesy of: sonnyandsandy
On this day in 2005 we released the first ever history podcast episode. Episode number 1 was The Only Atomic Bomb Ever Dropped on America. Check it out for a bit of nostalgia and some really bad sound quality. Hopefully, I will have sometime to record some new episodes soon. Thank you all for your continued support. Image credit: existentist
Today I moved the feeds over to google. It should automatically redirect everyone but just incase here are the feeds for your reference. Thanks for listening and reading! Image credit: Colleen AF Venable
This feed is for the blog:
This feed is for the podcast only:
History on Air
Started in 2005, History on Air features over one hundred different podcasts on a wide range of historic people, places, and events, including: Benedict Arnold, John Brown, the Crimean War, the six wives of King Henry VIII, cave paintings, and more.
While I don’t believe we have ever had a podcast on cave paintings, I do appreciate the fact that the AHA finally taking notice of our little podcasts. Somehow, I feel the podcast is more official now. Thank you AHA!