the facebook vs. the lost dial analysis


Lately, I can’t help but wonder if my “hiatus” from Facebook is having a negative effect on The Lost Dial. Being the tech behind the show, I’m constantly watching how many times our show is listened to, how many people visit the site, pretty much just keeping tabs on visitors. On both Pod Bean and Facebook, numbers seem to  be dwindling. Or perhaps it’s just what every show/podcast in history goes through?

I’ve noticed the dip start to happen around the time I stopped regularly promoting the show on my Facebook wall. In fact, it was part of my experiment. My Twitter followers know I talk about the show quite frequently. Ironically, the days I’m most quiet (on Twitter) are the days I’m in the studio. It’s hard to keep up with tweeting about what we’re talking about or what we did talk about when you’re in the flow. Plus, after the show, we tend to have a “debriefing” and discuss how the show went, plans for next week, plans for the rest of the day, and what inappropriate thing Barb recently said. (Listen to the show to find out more about that.)

Creatively, I feel the show is in a good place, or is getting in a better place, as we find our groove (even if that means a few of the original members decide to do other things, I’d like to say that I wish them well and not to lose touch). Should The Indoob ever start a podcast, future, past and present LD Crew members are welcome to join it. I actually have a few people in mind I’d like to have on my show should I ever do one. But at the moment, most of my energy is placed into the Dial and seeing how far we can take it.

This was Mike's idea...

I’ve got a bunch of ideas and would love to follow through with them, but I just need to know our listeners, or our Dialers, are out there supporting us. I want to interact as much as possible. Sooner or later, I’m hoping the ANR lounge will get internet service again and maybe we can set up a Skype account so we can talk to people on the air. I may also open up a YouTube channel since Mike and I have plans to make commercials and other video related things.

With all that said, these are my reasons why I’m hoping my negligence of Facebook isn’t negatively effecting The Lost Dial. Sure we’ve mostly declared ourselves to be #TeamTwitter, I’m hoping the show will find newer fans outside of Facebook even though that site is the best way to keep our fans informed as to what we’re doing. The Lost Dial’s Facebook page will still remain active, and if anything, that’ll be the few times I’m personally using it. As of right now, I have don’t know when I plan on regularly using Facebook, especially since I recently found a few people who have very similar opinions about what social networks are doing to our culture. At least with a podcast, it’s actually people talking to each other verbally with words… and soon with video! But give us some time with that.

In the meantime, continue to interact with us including Facebook. Besides Twitter, we are now on Formspring, so please ask us questions and we’ll answer them on the show… maybe in video form! Tell your friends!

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