Does CFI track downloads of the podcast? I’m curious about the size of your listenership, including ITunes and RSS or straight from the web downloads.. particularly before the IT disaster. If you do, I also wonder how that metric might have changed over the past few years.
Second, you replied in this post on May 5th that the dearth of new podcasts is due to your law school schedule which is perfectly acceptable. My question here is, don’t you have a #2 who can fill in on occasion?
Thanks for the question. First, we do track the listenership, and according to our service provider, and have a total of almost 5 million downloads, about 3 million of which have been on iTunes specifically. Obviously, some shows are more popular than others. Our listenership has continued to increase over the last three years in ways that have exceeded our expectations. Unfortunately, we have no way to track how many listeners hear the show on broadcast stations, a number of which now air past episodes.
There is no one else in house at CFI who has the time (nor whose job it is) to do digital audio editing, and the issue is complicated by the fact that D.J. and I live in Saint Louis, not in New York where the other CFI offices are. (This is also where the show is recorded from—we moved the recording studio here when we moved). FWIW, I think I will be able to edit the numerous shows we have recorded but havent yet posted in the weeks ahead. D.J. has had some great guests and we look forward to getting those online.
I hope this answers your questions and I’m glad you enjoy the show. Cheers,