“It happened on a night like this twelve years ago…” is the perfect way to start a ghost story.
The story I want to tell isn’t a ghost story and it sounds way less exciting to say “It started on a random Tuesday afternoon while sitting at my kitchen table…” BUT that really is how it started. On a random Tuesday morning (March 3rd, 2009 to be exact) I launched the very first episode of the Tapping Q & A Podcast.
To be honest I had no idea where it was going to go. I had 10 interviews already done, I was going to share them, and then…who knows?!
Twelve years later there are over 500 episodes available in the podcast archive, which amounts to 217 hours and 16 minutes of audio.
Anniversaries like this give you the opportunity to take stock. As I have reflected over the last week I’ve been overwhelmed with gratitude. I am so thankful for:
- All of the guests who freely gave their time and hearts to share their passion and expertise
- The people who have been willing to support the podcast with a monthly contribution, even though they don’t have to
- Everyone who has taken the time to listen (even if it was just to one episode)
- All of the amazing pieces of thoughtful feedback I have received from listeners like you
- The recommendations from listeners for topics to cover and people to interview
Without question my life is so much better because I created the podcast.
Help me to celebrate!
Author and creative David Rees once said that “Help is only help when it is offered in the manner for which it is asked.” As a piece of life advice I think it is wonderful. In this case there are four actions you can take to help me to celebrate this anniversary.
1) Listen to a past episode – The beautiful part of a podcast about tapping is that the content is evergreen, meaning you can go back to any of the older episodes and still find value in them. You can find the entire back archive at http://TappingPodcast.com.
Pick an episode with one of the guests you love, an episode on a topic that you need to hear right now, OR just pick a random number between 1 – 501 and listen to that episode. I know there is something in those 200+ hours of audio that will be exactly right for you today.
2) Teach a friend how to listen to a podcast – At the moment less than half the population of the English speaking world (I don’t know the stats beyond that) have never listened to a podcast. There are over 400,000 active podcasts and another million podcasts with past episodes available, even if they aren’t currently producing new episodes.
By teaching someone about the world of podcasting you are connecting them to something that will make their day and life better.
3) Share the Tapping Q & A Podcast with a loved one or two – I end almost every episode of the show saying “Please be our ambassador and share the show with one or two loved ones. Don’t spam your inbox, but if you know one or two people who would find this useful, pass it along. Even if they don’t listen, the fact that you told them you are thinking of them will brighten their day.”
I believe every word of that and it goes double today. (If they don’t know how to listen to a podcast see request #2.)
4) Consider supporting the podcast – I continue to be amazed by the fact that people contribute financially to the show even though they can access it free of charge. Because of these contributions I have been able to upgrade the sound quality of the show and dedicate more time to the podcast to continue to make it as good as I possibly can.
Those who support the show receive thank you gifts, as well as some unannounced bonuses. ALSO, 10% of all the support goes to Kiva in the form of loans to small business owners all over the world.
There are two ways you can support the show:
Let’s celebrate victories big and small
For the occasion of the 12th anniversary this week’s podcast is a tap-along to help us to celebrate victories, both big and small. It is important you take time to celebrate victories of all sizes because it helps to create momentum and to be generally happier.
You can find the tap-along audio and script here: http://tappingqanda.com/501
Whether you’ve been with me for years or if you just started listening this week… Thank you!
Please let me know how I can continue to be helpful in your tapping journey.