I thought I’d take a moment to type about the podcast and how it’s doing.
By the numbers.
My father is a very quantitative kind of guy. And I have sometimes had difficulty understanding that point of view. Any attempt to codify or quantify writing just seems to wreck it. (Hello Microsoft Grammar) But I shouldn’t beat on Microsoft, it’s been going on in English ever since the Chancery in Merrie Auld England. But recently, I’ve found great comfort numbers.
Especially this number – ‘209’
30,000 episodes in May.
The Seanachai transfered 209 gigs in May. At an average episode size of 5.9 meg that’s 34,711 episodes transfered. With a weighed average size (just the last 5 episodes) of 6.6 meg an episode that’s still 31,030!
Here’s what the traffic looks like since we launched the new site.
(anybody want to guess about the mystery spike that happened right after I posted a Change in Orbit?)
So how many listeners is that?
No clue. Here the numbers become amibigous. The numbers only show who downloaded – not who actually listened. And of the people who downloaded and listened, how many episodes did they download? Just the two I posted this month – or did they go back and listen to more?
No clue. (Sure feels like numbers are turning on me once again.)
If you say only two episodes. 30,000/2 = 15,000 listeners. Let’s cut the episode number in half as a “fudge factor” and I’ve got 7,500 listeners. Or maybe each listener listens to 20 episodes a month for the first three months and then listens to them as they come out.
How do I find out? Maybe a survey? Seriously, all ideas are welcome.