Rob from the Computer Guru show here! I have some cool news today, which is that a project I've been working on for about a month now (whenever I have some spare time) is finally ready to show you. I just launched the new Guru Show website today:
It's completely rebuilt from the ground up. Unfortunately a situation with the previous website caused me to have to launch this about two weeks ahead of schedule, so I'm still doing some UI / UX tweaking (this means not everything is as polished as I'd like yet). That said, this site accomplishes something I've been interested in for a while now.
The site was built to put the focus on our podcast. Up to this point, we've been focusing heavily on YouTube and treating the actual podcast feed as a bit of an afterthought. However, I've been watching the statistics over the last few months, and our following on various podcast networks and apps is actually growing rapidly, and far more than our YouTube channel. Here are some interesting stats to consider:
That image shows the "downloads" our Podcast files received each month between June 2016 and December 2016 (accurate as of yesterday). A download in this case constitutes either someone downloading the actual .mp3 file via the site or RSS feed, or else streaming the file in a Podcast app / network website / desktop player.
In June we had an average of just 9.5 downloads per day. Assuming that we didn't get any more downloads this month, we'd already have an average of 124.5 downloads per day in December. That's some serious growth!
Since YouTube has kind of proven that they are not interested in helping content creators, this told me that I need to put our focus on the Podcast. It's worth noting that this growth began to occur right around the same time we started using Voat on a consistent basis - that's not lost on me. You guys are awesome and we owe you a lot.
Anyway, the new website is built to focus on the Podcast feed. We'll still be making video versions of the Podcast, because I think that the extras and contextual stuff I put in there is cool and it doesn't take much extra effort on my part to do. However, the Podcast audio will be the priority and I intend to have it up on the feed the same day the show airs. Typically right now I'm getting the YouTube videos up the following Monday, so this will be a big improvement.
As some of you may know, we've discussed doing some extras and special content for Patreon members. That is absolutely, 100% going to happen. We've been waiting on relaunching the site to get started with some of that stuff, because I wanted the new platform up first. Now that it is, we're going to be remaking our Patreon levels and adding some real perks to supporting us that way.
The whole point of our Patreon page is to help keep the lights on without having to resort to displaying ads on the website or videos. Right now the show is pretty much completely out of pocket for our company, and while we do gain customers as a result, it's still a pretty big up-front cost. We're going to be seeking new sponsorship opportunities, including using some affiliate programs (think Audible / Blue Apron / Casper Mattress type spots you may hear on other podcasts). This seems like it would be a good way for us to maintain a balance and make sure the show stays free.
One of the things I'm really excited about on the new website is that we're using Discord as our chat platform. This means you can now voice chat with other listeners during the show, as well as use text chat. With Discord's latest update, we'll soon be able to do screen sharing and video chat through that platform as well. This will mean some cool possibilities for Patreon member extras and new ways for us to communicate with you.
2017 is going to be a big year for the Computer Guru Show. We're very excited to have you guys along for the ride. Let me know what you think of the new site (and feel free to point out any bugs!).