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"Goodbye, Jean-Luc, I'm gonna miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end."
- Q, Star Trek: TNG

Radio Active #66: Gut Checking Your Productivity

by Ken Newquist / April 30, 2008

Logo: Nuketown Radio Active On this episode of Radio Active, geek fitness gets a gut check, Nuketown delves deep into statistics, I discover a new path to gaming adventure with the Pathfinder RPG alpha, I try two new online productivity tools and offer my thoughts on how to write a better role-playing game adventure in less time.

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I updated the link in the show notes -- thanks for the heads up!

One caveat regarding Feedburner (and I really wish you had a voicemail line because I would've called you with this when I was listening in the car a few days ago):

Feedburner is only going to track downloads retrieved from the feed itself. So, if someone listens outside the feed (like directly from your site, for example), then that download won't be reflected in your Feedburner stats. Sometimes it's not a big variation, but it is going to skew your download stats downward unless you compensate for it (say, by replacing your direct download link on the web page with Feedburner's alias for the mp3 file).

Thanks for the heads-up. I was aware of that limit, but hadn't thought of the hack to make the direct link go through the FeedBurner URL. My plan had been to download my raw log files, and then write a script to parse it for partial and complete downloads based on the total file size of the MP3. Your way sounds a lot easier. :)

Numbers I've heard for podcast subscribers vs. direct downloaders put subscribers at 20-50 percent of total downloads, so yeah, there's a huge variance there.

I haven't had a chance to start crunching the direct download numbers yet, but FeedBurner's telling me I've got 81 downloads so far for Radio Active #66 via the feed.

As for a voice line, I think I'm going to have to look into getting one of those...

Another great show, my friend. Thanks for the plug. Not sure how much traction we're getting, but it sure is a lot of fun, anyway. :-)