I posted Show 1 on May 1 and the response has been overwhelming. By the end of Tuesday, I’ve had about 1100 first time visitors and over 2500 page loads. I don’t know how that relates to other sites, but for me it is definitely gratifying to see this level of interest in a project I’m so excited about.
Something I didn’t anticipate is the global reach of one website. It blows my mind to think that one day I can have a conversation and the next day it is heard in 61 countries. Here the list so far (and shout out to my Lithuanian brothers!)(and The Intro Voice wants a shout out to her Argentine sistas!):
United States, Canada, Oman, Denmark, Japan, Pakistan, China, New Zealand, Australia, Croatia, UK, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, India, Netherlands, Brazil, Serbia & Montenegro, Phillipines, Iceland, Chile, Slovenia, Hong Kong, Slovakia, Bahamas, Lithuania, Argentina, Finland, Estonia, Ireland, Austria, Colombia, Malaysia, Italy, Norway, Mexico, Israel, Spain, Poland, Puerto Rico, Ukraine, Malaysia, Turkey, Uruguay, Bosnia & Herzegowina, Singapore, Portugal, Bulgaria, South Africa, Russian Federation, Iran, Sweden, Switzerland, France, Hungary, Korea, Taiwan, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Morocco, Malta
To everyone who has left a comment so far, I’m trying to think of a creative way to thank you for participating. For now I’ll say thanks, but I’ll try to come up with something. Maybe a bonus snippet of audio or advance access to a show.
Please bear with me as I share some comments that listeners have sent to me about my first attempt at the whole podcast thing. My mother will be so proud.
“…congrats on a successful first podcast, and I’m so looking forward to more more more. I think that it is very important to have this connection to current animators and animation legends as it is very conducive to learning. As animators we must gather as much knowledge on this unique and unusual art-form as we can. And to be able to learn from greats within the industry, that’s just invaluable. Thank you for this great opportunity.”
“i think you have underestimated your audience. while still very niche, this kind of stuff is considered to be “real gems” amongst us. keep it up!!!”
“I’m a young animation studant from Brazil, I’m studying animation at the Animation Mentor.com course, and I loved your iniative to do this audio files with great animator Interviews.
This first interview with Andreas Deja was really inspiring especially because he is talking about the begining that is exactly where I’m. Knowing about his dificulties of living far away from the great studios just like me makes me get more enthusiastic of trying harder and harder to pursue my dreams.
I really apreciate this first audio file, very clearn and even with my poor english I unterstood it with no problem.”
“as a student i try to find as many ressources as possible, and this looks like it’s going to be an invaluable resource. Looking forward to hearing more from great animators!”
“…you are doing something SUPER great!”
That was the most awesome thing ever. I had downloaded the show yesterday but hadn’t bothered listening to it, but since I was up doing some sketches today, I figured I needed something to while away the time. It was so wonderful and uplifting to hear about Mr. Deja’s background. Even living in Maryland, I sometimes feel that I’m pursuing an out-of-reach goal simply because I’m too far away.
On TV and in the magazines they always talk about the voice actors. Sometimes you get to hear from the directors. You never hear from the animators. This is truly a great thing you’re doing.
Can’t wait for the next show!
Also, I’d like to thank everyone who voted for The Animation Podcast at Podcast Alley. Even with 18 votes, I’m hovering at around 60 in the rankings. That’s very compelling, considering there are about 3,000 podcasts there. The show would get a lot more notice though if it broke into their top 50 list. Maybe then we could get some “non-animation” people excited about this artform we love. (pssssst…subtle hint: please go vote) Now to break into the top 10 would be a dream, but the current #10 is sitting pretty with 94 votes. If just 1% of the visitors to this site cast a vote, we’d blow that Star Trek show into deep space. I can dream can’t I? Set phasers to stun.
Many people have been wondering when the next show comes out. I’ll spill the beans and say it’s on the weekend. I know how frustrating it can be when you want a site to update and you keep coming back to find nothing new. (Kind of reminds me of when Seward Street went on vacation last month. I went mad with withdrawals.) I’m saying this so people don’t give up and write this off. There’s more, really.