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I have gotten a rather quite small amount of survey responses. The responses received are definitely not a sufficient sample size to gain any appreciation of what is going on. The survey has only ten questions and has no essay questions to it. There is not necessarily any time limit where the survey would self-destruct but I would prefer to hear back from listeners before January 23rd so that data can be reviewed without any call to rush.
The LISTen audio engineer had issues last night. He really wants feedback. I do not blame him. Producing a podcast like this is a data-driven enterprise. There are very important questions that need to be asked before a first regular season could be inaugurated.
The questions in the survey are not too drastic. One question asks where you listen to the show. Another question asks about your mode of listening to the show whether it be alone, with friends, playing it on speakers for officemates/others, or an option is given to put in your own unique way if I did not specify it. A further question inquires as to what time situation exists as you listen to the show. Those questions help us gear content and decide whether or not the show should remain audio-only.
Means of access are also a concern to us. In production we try to produce files that are as device neutral as possible. We stick to MP3 format to be accessible across the widest range of possible players. How you listen is important because if there is one overwhelming vector that may have a higher quality yet less platform neutral format we could shift to that in a first regular season. Learning how users locate and download episodes is also important as we can try to make things as easy as possible.
Four demographics questions are asked. The first inquires as to where a listener is located in this Amazoogle world. Learning more about trends in this helps us ensure that relevant content is included in episodes. This helps us not only answer whether or not something plays in Peoria but also answer whether it is even being received in Peoria. The next two questions inquire about what role a listener plays in their particular type library. If a majority of listeners are catalogers then perhaps content should be geared that way. If a majority of listeners are reference librarians at public libraries then different coverage might be called for perhaps.
The final question in the survey asks what age range a respondent falls in. This is an important question for multiple reasons. An initial use for data from this question is to tune up things to cut out any phraseology that may use excessive jargon or excessive slang that might be difficult to comprehend. Such also impacts the use of cultural references in speaking. Simply put I want things to be as intelligible as possible to the broadest group of listeners. As we debate in Las Vegas how we open shows this can also help us narrow down our picks.
The demographic data is also important in considering whether or not to seek advertising. The data itself will not be presented to any advertiser. The seeking of ads is something that has been debated for a while. The demographic data from this is also a pilot study to see whether or not it would be worth it to do a more complete survey to have data to show potential advertisers. This is merely a prudent attempt at trying to look into ways of funding a continuing production.
It is fair to ask why there are all these remarks about funding pop up. The production so far has been funded by way of my still having a day job. That is about to disappear Friday night due to factors well beyond my control. Due to an interesting group of factors getting a new job is going to be rather difficult. Frankly the job market in Las Vegas is sufficiently flooded to make open positions extremely rare until probably Easter.
The survey is a way to see if there is sufficient support from an audience to go to a regular season. Going to a regular season is by no means guaranteed. With some sort of funding I can keep going hosting and would be freed up to prepare original content. From what was seen in the request by Blake for feedback, original content in the podcast apparently is desired.
Donating to support me putting LISten together is much akin to a faculty member securing grant funding to carry out research in lieu of teaching. A rough time estimate to putting together original content and creating a show episode in a different format would take around 20-25 hours out of the week. Right now production takes about 15-20 hours per week. Rather than have me worry about a day job or the bills that do not pay themselves donations can help.
One way to show support for the show is to take five minutes to complete the survey and then leave a comment at request by Blake for feedback. A very concrete way to show support is to donate money to help support the show host as the trial season winds to an end. Both ways can help us put together what could be a great addition to information sources in the profession.
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