In this episode of The Podcast Reporter, we report that we had just celebrated (2 episodes ago) our 500th episode of this podcast show.
For myself, this is a great accomplishment for one show. Now, this is not the only podcast show in which I had completed 500 episodes — I actually had a show that did this from 2007 to 2013, and although it had podfaded, it was called The Struggling Entrepreneur.
But for now, this current show is a COMEBACK for me to the longevity of the podosphere and its episodes. By publishing this, and by seeing the resulting statistics of downloads, etc., I am very much pleased by the acceptance of the themes and relevance to our audiences — both for audio and video (as well as written show notes).
What does this mean for myself?
It means that podcasting has grown and that I myself predict that it will be here for a very long time — either until the podosphere shuts down (which is unlikely, since this is today one way of getting your message out without being shouted down by a censoring media and social media oligarchical world), or until we run out of themes, topics and passion for publishing our message in the world (and that will never happen, for the message will be created and distributed in one way or another).
As I contemplate the success of my current 3 shows, as well as the success of my prior 15 podcast shows during my 15 years as a podcaster, I have seen the podosphere evolve into a wondrous avenue of communication and publication.
I remember when I was a CORPORATE podcaster, with my own show about the technologies and offers and offerings from my firm (a fortune 500 company), and how that incorporated into an integrated strategy for blogs, podcasts, videos, pdf files with whitepapers, as well as interviews and promotions. This was a great success in the early days of 2006.
Also, I have seen the podcast conferences bloom — since the very first conference of the Podcast and Portable Media Expo since 2005, to the tech that allows a much easier way to create your show and episodes and then publish them with better quality and less tech knowledge than before — and then from the virtual tickets and telesummits on podcasting to the webinars and the online courses about podcasting.
And I had seen the growth of podcast shows — from amounts of 4-digits of shows in the early years of the podosphere to the current number today of over 1 million shows (almost 1.5 million), with just about every theme possible. I have also seen the proliferation of tools — both electronic and hard copy — to help the aspiring and new podcasters be able to plan, create, publish and launch a podcast show within a matter of days or even hours.
So we recently posted episode 500 (and sometimes not even counting the BONUS episodes that had no number), and we look forward to continue on the journey of podcasting into the future with new listeners, new audiences, new devices, new technologies and new themes and topics. All you have to do is examine the success of the blogosphere to see how many millions of blogs exist, and the rate of increase in blogs after their popularity was exploited — these should give you an idea of how blogs, video, audio and other technologies can affect the success of communicating our messages with our passions (and our attempts at monetization) can help us continue our journey.
So, if you are a new or aspiring podcaster, we hope that you, too, can join us for a great ride in the podosphere and have the success that you can plan for, as well as experience, with your podcast shows and episodes.
Thank you for your attention.
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