State of the podcast for 2018

In this end of the year podcast, I discuss the state of the podcast for 2018 and what’s ahead for 2019.

2018 was a good year. I made some format changes that I’m really happy with. I picked up some new audio equipment. I resolved my recording process (I think). I’m not a big statistics guy. I don’t really care if two people or 200 people listen. I’m just happy to have some really great conversations with people and contribute back to the community.

2018 Statistics

Here’s a really interesting graph of my RSS Subscribers.

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No, I don’t have 40,000 listeners. Some of that is inflated by other podcast directories ripping my feed. What I look for is a steady increase in subscribers, which did happen by the end of the year. Albeit with a weird dip in November (broken feed, maybe).

This is from iTunes Connect (Beta).

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I can’t do a yearly review of podcast stats. Instead here’s the peek month of October for my iTunes listening habits. Looking through all the months, I can make some inferences about my audience. The hacking/red team content is the most popular. With a 25-28% consumption rate, the conference podcasts are turned off by most people before the end.

What’s ahead for 2019

I’ve got a new recording setup that will hopefully make producing a podcast much easier. I’ve setup a Twitch channel for gaming and potentially recording EIS episodes on. Follow for notifications on when I go live. I’ll be trying my first EIS episode Monday, January 7, 2019, at 8:30 p.m. CT. I’ve also turned what was my attempt at a GamerSec Discord channel into the Exploring Information Security channel. Here you can interact with us while record (or on Twitch). Join other people interesting in the podcast. Game with other infosec professionals.

Thank you for being a listener of the podcast. I am refreshed from my month off and energized for what’s ahead in 2019.

What's ahead for the Exploring Information Security podcast in 2018

In this reflection edition of the Exploring Information Security podcast, I look back at 2017 and also look ahead to 2018 for the podcast.

2017 was a great year for the podcast. I saw increased listernership. We had a new episode format that involved talking to several security professionals at various conferences. I've also seen an increase in companies and public relation firms reaching out to me to pitch guests. In 2018 I'd like to explore some new formats. There may be a conference panel in the future. I also expect to look at advertising and sponsorship for the podcasts. I also need to work on an archive feed for older episodes.

If you have feedback on any of this or ideas for where I should take the show, I would love to hear them. You can hit me up on Twitter (@TimothyDeBlock), email: timothy.deblock[@]gmail[dot]com, or by leaving a comment below. Thanks for such a great year and I look forward to a fantastic 2018.