2016: A Year in Review
First of all, we want to thank you all for an amazing year! We have been through a lot this year, and you all have come along for the ride. We seriously can't thank you all enough for tuning in. If it weren't for you fine folks, we wouldn't even be here.
Before we get into the fun stuff, we wanted to just list our own personal favorite thing/best part about 2016. With 3 of us getting married this year, the highlights sound a little redundant, but here they are:
Chris: "I got to mark 'get married' and 'visit Ireland' off my bucket list."
Outlaw Steve Jr.: "The whole "my band got signed" thing is good, but also the return of 70s neosoul both in Awaken, My Love and Luke Cage marking an interesting glimpse into what's coming for the music of 2017."
Kris Too: "Netflix shows have been moving in a new great direction and we're getting shows that would never have been approved by a network."
Mr. Naughty List: "I quit my job and I'm starting a new career in tech."
MF Dane: "Despite the XXL Freshman Class, some of the best music releases in hip hop. Basically, really good black music."
MasterMind-rebo: "Getting married was an amazing part of 2016!"
The Wonder Twins: "We got to see most of our college friends this year, AND we met the cast of MST3k!"
The Ginger Giant: "Getting married definitely tops the charts for me."
Now that we have that out of the way, we wanted to break down a few things that make us think that we had such an "amazing" year. To do so, we decided to go with full transparency and give all of you fine people a glimpse at our actual numbers for downloads, listens, streams, etc. Just for the record, the numbers for the year run from January 1 to December 30 (because we needed time to build out the graphics).
The first big stat that we wanted to share is that we had over 50,000 total downloads for the year. This includes all downloads that were completed this year, even for pre-2016 episodes that people needed to catch up on. Since the podcast only started halfway through 2015, and we were on a different release schedule, the numbers are way higher, but we'll break it down like this. In 2015, we averaged about 80 downloads per episode, and in 2016, we averaged about 975 downloads per episode. Whoa.
The next big stat that we have for you guys is actually a list. The list shows off the stats for our top 10 most popular episodes. The stats for these episodes include all downloads and streams that the episodes received between January 1 and December 30, despite their release date. This isn't exactly fair to some of the episodes, because some of the have seen a good bit of downloads randomly throughout the year, while some of the later episodes, though still climbing, haven't had the same amount of time to accrue. Either way, here they are:
The third, and final, fun stat that we pulled for you guys is a break down for the most popular co-host. This is more of a cause for competition than anything, but we thought it was really interesting, and figured we would share. Like the other stats, this includes all downloads and streams for episodes between January 1 and December 30, and is broken down into an average for each of the hosts. These numbers are surprisingly lower than our average of 975 downloads per episode, but that probably just has to do with the number of episodes, age of episodes, and all of that stuff.
In 2017, we are actually going to keep a much closer eye on this statistic, and will be having "punishments" for the least downloaded co-host. Don't worry though. If your favorite makes it to the bottom of the list, we aren't going to be torturing them, but embarrassing them. You can expect something along the lines of solo-hosting an entire episode about Bro-nies, or a video of reading a Twilight excerpt, or something equally as awful.
Looking forward to this year, we are hoping to continue this kind of growth, and we have our eyes set on breaking 2,000 downloads per episode by the end of the year. We'll be doing a lot of stuff to get there, but we can't grow without you all. Continue telling your friends, family, coworkers, and even complete strangers about us. We are nothing without you all, and we thank you all for your ever-constant support.
If you're interested in what kind of things you can expect out of us for 2017, stay tuned for next month's post, or drop us a line at betweenthecons.com/contact.
United in fandom,