This post is a little different than the usual one you get from me. I am going to do three things. I am going to celebrate, I am going to share a useful challenge with you, and I am going to ask you for help.
Sunday March 3rd marked the 10-year anniversary of the Tapping Q and A Podcast!!!!
When I started the podcast all I had was a $19 microphone and a doohickey that I bought from RadioShack (remember them?), which allowed me to connect my landline (remember them?!) to my computer so that I could record telephone interviews.
I had no idea what I was doing, but I thought it would be fun.
I certainly didn’t think I would still be doing it 10 years later!
In that time, between interviews, instruction, tap-alongs, and bonus episodes, I have recorded over 400 hundred episodes.
That is more than 168 hours of free content! (As in, it would take you seven straight days without sleeping to listen to all of the podcasts.)
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! For your willingness to listen, to tap along, and to share with other people.
The podcast has been downloaded by people in over 160 countries and more than 1.75 million episodes have been downloaded. (The number is actually closer to 2 million, but because stats weren’t tracked in the early years of the show I don’t know the exact number for sure.)
#2 Go Learn Something
Even if you have been with me from the very beginning and even if you have listened to every minute of the podcast, there is still so much we can learn from those past interviews.
Think of it like an old book you love or your favorite movie. Even though you have read or watched it before, there’s something new for you each time you go back.
The podcasts are no different. There will be something useful when you hear it again – and it might even feel like you are hearing again for the first time.
My challenge to you is to pick seven podcasts from the archive and listen to one each day for the next week. It’s a simple commitment to yourself that will pay huge dividends. (I would also love to hear which seven you chose.)
The whole archive is waiting for you, free of charge, at http://TappingPodcast.com
#3 Help me out!
The podcast is a labor of love.
They don’t just magically appear on the website or in your podcast app of choice. There is scripting, reaching out to guests, recording interviews, editing interviews, writing show notes, writing these emails, making the graphics for social media, and creating the final version of the show.
On average I spend about four hours on every episode of the podcast. Assuming a 40-hour work week, that means I have spent over 10 months working solely on the podcast. (And that doesn’t take into account all the time I have spent learning how to do the podcast and my continuing education to make them better.)
I love doing it. I love the fact you listen. AND I need your help.
There are two ways in which you can support the podcast.
First, tell a friend about the podcast. Well actually, I want to you tell three friends. The marketing budget for the podcast is word of mouth and the most common way new people find their way to it is via a recommendation from a friend.
Think of three people you think would benefit from the podcast. Send them an email, show them how to listen to a podcast, or you might even help them by showing them how to subscribe on their phone the next time you see them.
When people join my email list, I ask them how they found me. My favorite response is always “A friend told me about your podcast.” Those emails warm my heart.
Please help to warm my heart some more and tell a friend about the podcast!
My goal in the next year is to double the number of listeners to the podcast. This isn’t for the pure vanity of doubling my downloads. I believe in my heart of hearts the more people who tap regularly, the healthier the world will be for all of us. This is a small way in which you can help that to happen.
Second, support the podcast. In addition to my time, there are actual costs for producing the podcast. I pay for the hostings, software to edit and make it sound good, and my editor who makes sure all the emails and show notes look good.
There are two ways you can give your support:
- You can become a monthly supporter of the podcast. For as little as $5 a month you get access to a bunch of bonus content, including extra podcasts every month only for supports. You can join here: http://tappingqanda.com/support
- You can make a one-time contribution of any amount https://tappingqanda.com/tip/
The podcast is set up on an interesting business model. Everyone gets free access and then if you think it is valuable, you can give your financial support. It is a risk on my part, putting in the work without any support up front.
Not everyone is in the possion to support the podcast financially, but if you are, I would encourage you to do so. Not because you get bonus content (which is nice), but because it is something you value.
By investing in the podcast you are letting me know you value it AND you are making a statement to yourself that you value your personal growth through the podcast.
There are a number of ways I am hoping to grow the podcast in the future (including transcriptions of all the interviews, including the archives), but I won’t be able to do that without your support.
Once again, thank you for continuing to support the podcast. I hope you keep listening, learning, and tapping along.
Here is to another 10 years!