Rare for me to write a second blog of the week but when something so momentous occurs…
This week, almost on a whim, Sam and I sat down and finally knocked off our first podcast. Just us two, rambling on about our year past – typically interrupted by Nikki (twice) crashing in to the room she has every right to crash in to, and so my reaction was probably misplaced and then another interruption but this time very welcome when Tom happened to FaceTime from the States – not to speak with me but because he wanted to see Tessa. Charming.
Podcasts have long been on my wish list. (It's a long list I won't bore you with)
Much more popular than blogs (I am constantly told) and so it seems, judging by yesterday’s efforts – which as a venture completely off the cuff and with no preparation, it bodes well.
But to get our recording out there, both Sam and I were a little hazy.
I was aware of something called – Buzzsprout – that I had installed on to my machine for which Nikki had hastily mocked up some art work while I plucked a name out of my dusty head –
DOMINIC HOLLAND BUCKS YOU UP
Anyway, with some help from some people (all much younger than me) – and our little chat made its way on to the world wide web and is suddenly live via my site.
And that’s it. Job done. Right, what’s next? Ah, yes, of course, Christmas shopping…
But then I start to receive emails from Buzzsprout which divert my attention…
“Congratulations. Your first podcast has been listened to 50 times…” and then inviting me to share this seismic news and number on Twitter.
Which, naturally, I do. Using the hash tag #emotionalrightnow
Right... now, who haven’t I yet bought a Christmas present for?
Then I receive a further email from buzzsprout announcing 100 plays and I repeat my tweet with #whoknew
The more astute amongst you can probably see a pattern that is emerging here?
Right, back to Christmas and what to buy for my eldest son, Tom. Blimey, what to buy, indeed? What does a dad of limited means buy for his son of…
Another email drops…
250 listens! I share again on twitter with #idliketothankmyparents
I wake up this morning to loads of Buzzsprout emails. Don’t these people ever sleep? The last email of which is 2000 listens, no less…
Which I can’t share on twitter – and so I must confine my carping to this extra-ordinary blog post – because the only hash tag that can accompany this mighty number is #therearenowords and no more words is a disaster if I want to do more podcasts.
And finally, to report that I still have no inspiration about Tom's Christmas present – until this very moment, that is. Yes, I've got it. What a piece of ingenuity and serendipity.
Granted, not a present I can very easily wrap but what a gift nonetheless –
An invitation to appear on my podcast.
Happy Christmas everyone and especially Tom.
To the millions of people who have to hear this inaugural pod - it can be heard here - but let's please be orderly about it - the internet is for us all and crashing it is not responsible behaviour.
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