Well, we really coloured outside the lines with this one! Trixie and I sat down by the fire on Thursday evening to discuss our podcast and the survey results, and recorded an hour of audio, which I managed to cut down to 45 minutes.
The podcast might make a lot more sense if you read along with our notes on the survey results (PDF, 715kb).
You’ll probably be interested in this discussion only if you really have a personal attachment to myself or this podcast. You get to meet Trixie, and have a little behind-the-scenes look at how we think and talk about Howell Creek Radio.
This kind of episode is an indulgence, probably more fun for us to record than it is for most people to listen to. I only feel comfortable foisting this kind of thing upon you because because it’s rare (once in five years). Production-wise, it was a real learning experience compared to the way I normally podcast, and there are definitely things I’ll do differently next time to increase focus, sound quality and efficiency.
As regards the survey itself, I feel it was a success and I’m thankful for all your thoughts. Off the top of my head, here are my major take-aways:
- More episodes: I’ll be releasing consistently on Saturdays and announcing when I’ll be taking time off.
- Music: I didn’t mention this in the podcast, but I’ve already been thinking it would be good to start relying less on the music to lend interest to each episode. One response in particular confirmed for me that this was the way to go. I’ll definitely still be using music in a multi-layered fashion as I have been, but the selections will be shorter and take more of a back seat to the writing.
- Memberships: All past and future episodes will always be free to listen to – it seems I didn’t make that clear enough in the survey. The results still seem to confirm, though, that making some kind of donation mechanism available would be a good idea in the not-too-distant future. A print edition and a coffee mug are the most likely next steps, whenever I can get to them.
If you have any responses or thoughts about anything we talk about, let us know in the comments, we’ll be there to respond!