A Quick Mid-Year Report on Statistics

 Posted by on 30 June 2014 at 5:00 pm  Statistics Review
Jun 302014

Philosophy in Action Radio has enjoyed a nice little bump in traffic over the last few months:

Here’s the stats from BlogTalkRadio for both live and archived shows:

As you can see, BTR didn’t promote the show much during the first few months of the year, so I’m glad to see that’s changed in the past few months.

Here are the stats from Libsyn, which hosts my podcast archive:

So that’s 29,257 for May and 25,065 for June. Not too shabby!

Once again, thank you, thank you to my generous contributors! With your support, I’ve reached thousands of people — and I’ll reach ever more in the months ahead.

Report on 2013

 Posted by on 6 January 2014 at 10:00 am  Animals, Horses, Personal, Pride, Productivity, Statistics Review, Year in Review
Jan 062014

So what did I do in 2013?  A whole heck of a lot, as it turns out.

First and foremost, I broadcast new episodes of Philosophy in Action Radio every Sunday and most Wednesdays — 80 episodes in total. 50 were Q&As, in which I answered 169 questions. 29 were interviews, and just one was a podcast. Happily, my listens and downloads increased by over 50% in 2013, to 371,621 in total. That’s pretty awesome, if I do say so myself! You can read more in my Quick Year-End Report on Philosophy in Action Radio. Also, I wrote regularly for NoodleFood, publishing 653 blog posts. Oh, and I did a whole lot of behind-the-scenes development for the web site, including changing podcast hosts in July.

Apart from my radio show, my work efforts in 2013 were largely consumed by the editing, publication, and promotion of my first book, Responsibility & Luck: A Defense of Praise and Blame. When I began working on it in late 2012, I never expected to do so much editing, but I’m very pleased with and proud of the results.

Now let’s look at some of the smaller events and projects, personal and professional.

The first quarter of 2013 was dominated by house repairs, mostly reconstructing the master bathroom and my office after the massive water leak discovered in December. That went well, with one notable and significant exception — namely, that the costly repairs done on the foundation to fix an occasional leak in the corner of my office didn’t work worth a damn. That’s a huge problem — not just because we wasted thousands of dollars on those repairs, but also because we installed new flooring, repaired drywall, painted walls, and re-installed baseboards on top of it. So fixing the problem again will require me to do repairs on all of that — yet again. Unfortunately, the company that did the work — Peak Basement Repair — has been nothing short of horrendous in response. They’ve attempted to wash their hands of any responsibility, and after going round and round with the owner’s wife, I don’t trust them one iota. I’m not willing to have them rip up my office, because goodness only knows whether they’ll fix the problem or just make a huge mess and cost me even more money. Hence, fixing that — with some better people — is on my list for 2014. But wow, I just wish that leak could magically go away. I hate having people working in my home with the passion of a thousand fiery suns.

Just before those repairs began in earnest, my parents visited. That was the first time that I’ve attended the National Western Stock Show… and wow, so much fun! It was a delightful — and exhausting — visit. My parents are very adept at running me ragged with fun!

In the midst of all the house repairs, I planned and prepared for SnowCon 2013. That happened in March, and the repairs were done just barely in time for us to have guests and host events at our home. (It was down to the wire!) You can read my report on SnowCon 2013 for more details.

In the spring, I travelled quite a bit too. Just before SnowCon, Paul and I travelled to South Carolina to attend the wedding of Eric Daniels and Rachael Griffin. That was lovely! In mid-April, Paul had a medical conference in Tucson, so I joined him for a few days of that. In early May, I attended my 25th high school reunion at Garrison Forest School. In late May, Paul and I travelled to Atlanta for ATLOSCon 2013. My lecture on “Moral Amplifiers” was new work, and I was glad that people were enthused about it. As always, I enjoyed spending time with my ATLOSCon peeps… and best of all, Greg and Tammy! That Sunday’s episode of Philosophy in Action Radio was only the second time that Greg and I broadcasted together in person, and that’s always so much fun. In early June, I visited my sister Meredith, her husband, and their awesome son Clyde.

All that travelling was delightful, except that it interfered with my attempts to get Lila back in work and in shape. The weather was not helpful either: when I’d leave, we’d have delightful riding weather, and then I’d come home to cold and snow. I wasn’t able to work Lila consistently until May, in fact: my first lesson with Martha Deeds wasn’t until May 16th. BOO! This year, I’ve packed a good bit of my travelling into January — although dammit, I’m still running into the same problem!

Oh, and I was supposed to visit Paul’s family in late June, but the fire risk was too high for me to feel comfortable leaving the beasts. So I stayed home, and Paul visited without me. I’m visiting them now… finally!

On a sour note, the first half of 2013 featured some horrible behavior and ever-worse revelations from close in-town friends. My life improved dramatically when I cut ties with them after [events], although that was very hard for me to do for [reasons]. After that, I decided to be more self-protective. So I’m far less tolerant of creepy, dishonest, malicious, or otherwise uncalibrated behavior from people. Life is too precious to waste on crazy and/or awful people, just because they’re Objectivists.

By June, my work with Lila was in full swing — finally! Happily, I began riding regularly with my former instructor Cyndi Meredith. She’s an excellent western trainer: I’ve learned tons from her. She’s also become a good and trusted friend, for which I’m very grateful. At Martha’s suggestion, I bought a new jumping saddle — a barely used Jeffries Elite — to replace the saddle that I’d been riding in since middle school. That was much more comfortable for me, as well as for Lila.  (She was having problem with her hind end in my old saddle, which cropped up again later in the year.)

Also in June, Martha asked me whether I wanted to compete on Lila. I wasn’t sure, initially. However, I woke up in the middle of the night saying, “YES YES YES!” So we scheduled my first competition for the one-day trial at the Colorado Horse Park in early August. Suddenly — and to my surprise — I became so much more serious about my training. Also, I had so much to do to prepare, including equipment to buy.

Late in June, I attended one day of a Pat and Linda Parelli Tour. I learned quite a bit about horsemanship from that.

In July, I finally closed the OLists. They’d been very quiet for ages — partly due to the collapse of the Objectivist movement after repeated WTFery and partly due to the increased use of Facebook for such communications. Some of the OLists have become more-or-less active groups on Facebook, which makes me happy. July also featured a lovely visit from our good friends Kelly, Aaron, and Livy. I enjoyed teaching Livy to ride Lila, and I loved watching Paul geek out with Aaron. Kelly has been such a good friend to me, particularly this year; I always enjoy talking with her — not just lots, but positively too much.

As our first event approached, Lila and I made rapid progress. Still, I struggled with some bad habits, particularly that of dropping Lila just before fences, just when she needed me most. Those failures were often really difficult for me to manage psychologically, particularly in the lead-up to the competition. I had to learn to ease up the pressure on myself a bit, even while still working hard to do my best. In late July, I took Lila up to Longmont for a dressage schooling show. We did all three training level tests, and I was really proud of her (and me).

August featured my first three-phase event! The big surprise was that Lila was quite scared in the stadium jumping phase, refusing the first fence and sucking back at every one after that. We made it through, however, and she was great in cross-country. (Paul was very excited and supportive, which surprised and pleased me!)  As a result of that experience, I took Lila to two schooling jumper shows — one in late August and another in September — to get her used to jumping unfamiliar courses. By the second show, she was more calm and relaxed than me!

Later in August, I attended Clinton Anderson’s Walkabout Tour. I learned more about good horsemanship in that, but I was disappointed by his belligerent attitude and the too-long breaks between events.

Lila and I continued to work hard — until everything ground to halt in mid-September. In Colorado’s torrential rains and floods, we only got about four inches, but that was enough to do damage to Lila’s feet. They softened, and a small bit of gravel got stuck in her hoof under her shoe, and eventually worked its way out her heel after many, many days. She was very lame for about three weeks, and even after that, she wasn’t quite right. I was very stressed, mostly because our second (and last) event of the season was fast approaching!

In early October, the weekend before that event, Paul and I headed off to Atlanta for a small workshop among friends on personality theory that I’d organized. That was really interesting for me, both personally and professionally. Also, it was tons of fun! (Next year, I hope to do a similar workshop of the psychology of productivity.)

Lila seemed sound on returning home, thankfully. I had just four days to ride her before the event, which was not nearly enough time! Still, we managed. Lila and I did well — definitely better in all phases than our first event. Alas, the dressage judge noticed a “shimmy” in her hind end, so we scored badly. Still, we were allowed to continue after that, and Lila was excellent. My mother came into town for that event, and that was a huge treat for me. Her support of my riding — and her good example and knowledge — means so much to me. Paul attended the event too, and he was very enthused and supportive, which I loved!

After that event, I began foxhunting Lila with the Arapahoe Hunt, which I joined in November. It’s very different foxhunting than what I did as a junior with my mom. It’s wide-open territory, and we hunt coyote. So it’s often fast and hard hunting, with few stops. Still, I love it, and I’m so glad to be doing it again.

Even more exciting, Martha invited me to train in the warm weather with her and other students in the equestrian mecca of Aiken, South Carolina for the whole month of February. HOLY COW! I’m going, and I’m so excited!!

November featured a quick but fun visit from Rory, plus a quiet and lovely Thanksgiving with our friends Howard and Susan.

In November horse news, Lila’s hind-end shimmy showed up again — worse than ever. At Martha’s recommendation, I took her to Dr. Diane Wagner — a holistic vet. The problem seemed to be chronic pain, likely exacerbated by wearing a boot (and hence, being slightly uneven) to help her recover from that bit of gravel in her hoof. The first treatment went well, and the second treatment was the icing on the cake. However, in the three weeks in-between, Lila had to be on just light work. BOO!

So that I’d have a horse to foxhunt, I borrowed Dixie — a very quiet four-year-old paint mare — from my friend Cyndi. She was very quiet in the hunt field, and I started her over fences in some lessons with Martha too. She’s a good girl, and she did well. She’s been a fun project for me, although she’s not what I’d want in a horse. I still have her now, but I’ll give her back to Cyndi in late January, before I leave for Aiken.

In mid-December, I noticed that my favorite kitty, Elliot had become quite skinny. I took him to my vet, and he’d lost a pound, which is a big deal in a cat. My vet diagnosed him with kidney disease, and that makes me very sad. I can prolong his life by feeding him as much as he’s willing to eat of a modified diet. I’ve been doing that, and he’s already gained a bit of weight. Meanwhile, Mae decided to become “Houdini Dog,” and she’s been escaping from both the dog run and our property fence by various methods. She’s very smart and determined, and I hope to solve the problem soon… but we’ll see what happens!

For my birthday on December 13th, Paul bought me a wonderful dressage saddle! I’d been searching for it for quite some time, and I found it the day before my birthday, then tested it on Lila on my birthday. It’s wonderful to ride in: it’s already helped me get a better body position in my flatwork.

My parents visited again over Christmas. We went out to Breckenridge for a few days to downhill ski (me) and cross-country ski and snowshoe (Mom, Papa, and Paul). Also, Mom and I were able to ride twice. It was lovely to have two good quiet horses — Dixie and Lila — for her to ride. I feel really lucky to enjoy spending time with my parents as much as I do.  They’re fabulous people, and they set a great example by living life to the fullest!

In December, I began planning SnowCon 2014, as well as making definite plans for SnowCon Tahoe in late January. Fun times!

Did I mention that kitty Merlin was cute and naughty all year long? He’s now a big kitty, at least in body, if not in spirit.  Also, Paul was his usual awesome self all year long, working hard and publishing a slew of fabulous columns on health care and related topics.

That was my 2013! Holy cow, that was a big year!  I think it was my best year yet, and I’m looking forward to making the most of 2014 too!

June Statistics Update

 Posted by on 8 July 2013 at 4:00 pm  Statistics Review
Jul 082013

As y’all know, I’m transferring my podcast archive from Podbean to Libsyn. As a result, my statistics will be a bit difficult to compute during the transition. But I have a bit of extra news worth reporting since my June 24th Mid-Year Statistics Review.

First, check out these awesome statistics from BlogTalkRadio for recent episodes. (The number of “listens” here includes listens to the live show, as well as the archived version.)

As for my podcast archive, Podbean shows 26,546 listens for June. That’s a new record! Also, on June 24th, I had a single day with over 2400 downloads. WOOT!

Mid-2013 Statistics Review

 Posted by on 24 June 2013 at 11:00 am  Statistics Review
Jun 242013

I’m long overdue for a report on my podcast statistics… and I’m happy to report that my audience continues to grow at a lovely pace.

Let’s start with the stats from BlogTalkRadio, which hosts my live show and its own archive. Often, they promote my show, resulting in good to amazing numbers of listens. The best ever was just last week: Sunday’s Q&A has been heard over 22,000 times on BlogTalkRadio. I love to imagine that many people in a room, listening to me. YOWZA!

Here are the stats for some recent episodes:

Here are the stats, broken down by month, for all my time on BlogTalkRadio. I’ve had over 90,000 listens so far in 2013. That’s not too shabby!

Not all those listens via BlogTalkRadio are sticky — meaning that people return for more. Yet some of them are, as can be seen in the growth of people listening to the podcasts hosted on Podbean. (The podcast files hosted on Podbean are used by my web archive and RSS feeds, including iTunes.)

So far in June, I have 19,171 downloads from Podbean. Here’s the breakdown by day. I’m happy about those two nearly-2000 days, but I want to see lots more of them!

Here’s the stats for 2013 so far from Podbean, broken down by month. It looks to be just under 120,000 downloads so far. Plus, June will probably be my best month ever. Not too shabby!

Even better, here are the stats from all time: 366,909 downloads of all my podcasts. I’m particularly enthused to see that I’ll surely surpass my downloads for the whole of 2012 in July of 2013. That means that 2013 will be a darn good year!

For all that… thank you, thank you to my generous contributors! With your support, I’ve reached thousands of people — and I’ll reach ever more in the months ahead. Already, I’ve done so much more than I ever could have done as a philosophy professor in a traditional academic environment. That’s just one of many reasons why I’m glad to be carving out my own path as an intellectual entrepreneur!

Top Blog Posts: 30 Days

 Posted by on 10 June 2013 at 2:00 pm  Statistics Review
Jun 102013

I’ve been digging into my blog stats a bit more lately, and here are the top posts for the last 30 days, as of Saturday. I thought y’all might be interested in the numbers too.

The higher numbers at the top are largely thanks to StumbleUpon.

May 282013

As May draws to a close, I wanted to remind y’all that you can support my work via Philosophy in Action’s Tip jar. (That “y’all” is thanks to the unbelievable fabulousness that was ATLOSCon 2013.)

That support enables Philosophy in Action Radio to reach an ever-wider audience. Recently, that includes 19,861 listens and downloads for April 28th’s radio show, where I answered questions on self-interest in marriage, atheists attending religious ceremonies, multigenerational space travel, drugs as treatment for mental illness, and more. It includes 4530 listens and downloads for May 12th’s radio show, where I answered questions on taxes versus slavery, infanticide after abortion, emergency medical care, and more.

Mostly though, I hope that people contribute to the tip jar because they find value in my work. Here’s a few comments that I got with tips lately that I particularly enjoyed. I received this first one after my April 14th radio show, in which I discussed moral judgments of obese people, among other topics.

This second one references my December 30th radio show on the good in American culture.

Finally, this third one is talking about my May 15th interview with Paul McKeever, which I agree was fabulous!

Oh wait, I just found another… about my February 20th interview with Chris Mortensen:

If you enjoy my blogging and radio shows but you’ve not yet contributed (or you’ve not contributed lately), please consider throwing some love in the tip jar. That really makes a dig difference to me, financially and spiritually.

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Again, my hearty thanks to everyone who has contributed to Philosophy in Action in May, including those of you at ATLOSCon. I couldn’t do what I do without your support!

Over 18,000 Listeners on Sunday!

 Posted by on 2 May 2013 at 2:00 pm  Statistics Review
May 022013

I’m delighted to report that, thanks to promotion from BlogTalkRadio, Sunday’s episode of Philosophy in Action Radio had over 18,000 listens just from BlogTalkRadio alone. That’s the most-listened-to episode I’ve ever had. Hooray!

Just based on my BlogTalkRadio statistics, here are the ten most heard episodes of Philosophy in Action Radio:

  1. Q&A: Marriage, Religious Ceremonies, Space Travel, and More: 346 live + 18222 archived = 18568 total
  2. Q&A: Cloning, Hypocritical Allies, Beauty, and More: 98 live + 17794 archived = 17892 total
  3. Q&A: Judging Others, Chivalry, Blue Laws, and More: 56 live + 8644 archived = 8700 total
  4. Q&A: Right to Work, Deception in a Crisis, Gifts, and More: 483 live + 7478 archived = 7961 total
  5. Q&A: Nihilism, Radical Honesty, Psychology, and More: 140 live + 7015 archived = 7155 total
  6. Q&A: Addiction, Government Unions, Materialism, and More: 505 live + 6502 archived = 7007 total
  7. Q&A: Rape Fears, Family Conflict, Atheist Prayer, and More: 64 live + 5714 archived = 5778 total
  8. Q&A: Psychic Powers, Office Politics, Freedom, and More: 50 live + 5537 archived = 5587 total
  9. Q&A: Third Parties, Selfish Parenting, Bigotry, and More: 42 live + 5515 archived = 5557 total
  10. Q&A: Federal Government, Empty Threats, and More: 43 live + 4842 archived = 4885 total

So thank you, thank you to all y’all who contribute to our tip jar. That reach is a big part of what you make possible… and I’m so grateful!

Quick Year-End Podcast Statistics

 Posted by on 31 December 2012 at 1:00 pm  Statistics Review
Dec 312012

I’m going to write up an official year-end report later, but I can’t resist mentioning these statistics, which I just quickly compiled for a post to Facebook:

Just from 6 months on BlogTalkRadio, we’ve had over 100,000 listens. From my own archive on Podbean, we’ve had about 135,000 downloads or listens for the whole of 2012.

That’s just awesome, if I do say so myself!

Remember, today is your last chance to support Philosophy in Action’s work in 2012! Every week, we apply rational principles to the challenges of real life, and we’re heard by thousands of listeners. In 2013, I want to reach an even larger audience, and you can help us do that!

Thank you, to everyone who contributed in 2012! You’ve helped us make those super-awesome numbers so super-awesome!

Nov 032012

Last night, I realized that Halloween was the birthday of Philosophy in Action Radio! It’s been two whole years! Hooray!

My first recorded broadcast — a webcast, back then — was on October 31st, 2010. Since then, I’ve broadcast 121 live shows over nearly 124 hours, answering 468 questions and interviewing 13 people. Wow! That’s a heck of a lot. See for yourself in the archive of episodes and archive of topics!

I love what I’m doing with Philosophy in Action Radio. I love that I’m speaking on fresh topics every week, and that my supply of topics seems limitless. I love that I’m covering issues of real-life practical importance, and that I’m able to help people live better. I love that I’m reaching thousands of people with each broadcast, and that my audience is growing by leaps and bounds. I love that I’m talking about the good in life, and that I’m not just griping about politics. And yes, I love that I can do all that in my pajamas, and that no one is the wiser!

So thank you, thank you to everyone who has contributed to the success of Philosophy in Action. Of course, my Sunday co-host Greg Perkins deserves much thanks, as do the generous folks who contribute to our tip jar. Without that support — and the support of others too — Philosophy in Action wouldn’t have survived these two years, let alone be growing like gangbusters, as we are of late.

Really, I couldn’t be happier about where Philosophy in Action is today. And I’m so excited to see what’s in store for us over the next two years!

P.S. Please don’t forget to vote for Philosophy in Action in the “General” category for the Podcast Awards! Remember, you can vote every day. Help us make even more awesome happen!

Nov 012012

Hooray! The voting for the Podcast Awards — opens today. Philosophy in Action has been nominated for the “General” category. (Thank you, thank you, to everyone who submitted us!)

The voting runs from today through the 15th, and you can vote every day. (Voting resets at midnight Eastern Time.)

So pretty please with bacon on top, vote for us, early and often!

I am really excited about the prospect of drawing in a much larger audience via the Podcast Award. I’ve already gotten a good bit of new traffic just from being nominated. Plus, check out the growth in my downloads of late:

That’s just under 20,000 downloads for October, which is a big increase from August and September. But… I’m greedy! I want more! So if you enjoy the show, please vote for us as often as you can between now and November 15th.

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