S2E10: Death of a Podcast

The Last Episode of the One-Off Technology Podcast? Maybe. This episode talks about the good, the bad, and the ugly that is/was the One-Off Technology Podcast and ends with a big thank you to all of our many listeners and a survey to find out if what you thought we did right or wrong and if we should start over.


The One-Off Technology podcast was first broadcast on February 27, 2016. First season covered a gambit of things, from how to start a podcast, how this one went together, complaints about software and software companies, hardware and hardware companies. We also talked about how to keep your computer safe, cool things you can do with Raspberry Pi computers and about 3D printing.

S1E5 Part 1 was the most popular episode of the entire series. Over the course of the series, we have nearly 1,000 unique users download the podcast but to be honest, only about 244 folks consistently downloaded the podcast. This is only the stats from iTunes Podcasts. We are also on Stitcher and Google Play and we have no easy way to track our success there. Something I plan to fix should we attempt this experiment again.

Episode 9 was the least downloaded episode. I want to thank all of our listeners but I especially want to thank the 36 who downloaded an episode that appeared out of nowhere. Basically there was a 7 month gap between episode 8 and episode 9. To make matters worse, episode 9 was recorded but unedited for over six months. My life had become so hectic and I had lost faith in the podcast. I know and sadly knew that in order for a podcast to gain and keep traction, it had to be consistent and released on an expected schedule whether that been weekly or biweekly or whatever, consistently. Oh, and it had to be interesting.

My issue is that I am interested in so many things. How do you create a podcast that is a catch all for every interest that you have? I often considered doing two or three different podcast titles so I could cover more topics and not steal from one title. But until I can do one podcast consistently it is not time to branch out into other topics.

The other issues with the podcast are the title. What did the title even mean? Also the title was too long to create a Twitter account or an Instagram account. I created a Facebook account but most of the material was the same stuff I posted on my page on Facebook so nothing to drive folks to it really.

Also I lack the art of self promotion. Yes, I see how people hype things but hyping myself is not something I am comfortable with. I am not the greatest things since sliced bread and so to say such things would be lies and I prefer to be my true self. Let the topic be the interesting thing and the way we present it. That was the hope.

I did a survey in some areas where I post frequently asking what people wanted to hear a technology podcast talk about. The winner, Windows patching. Seriously?

Ep: 3 S:2 Net Neutrality is going to die and privacy too #privacyLost

#PrivacyLost Net NeutralityIn this Episode:

We talk about how ISPs can sell your browsing history, how the new FCC chair plans to gut current Net Neutrality rules (and why you should care), and lastly how to protect your privacy. #PrivacyLost

Net Neutrality Explained Simply (the video is old the article is new the information about Net Neutrality is still correct except for the President part)

Why Net Neutrality Matters and how the current Congress plans to break it

Articles if you want to know more:

What to expect now that ISPs can sell your browsing history

Warning US Internet Service Providers could sell sell and share your browsing history without your consent

Why you should surf the web using VPN

Best VPN Providers according to PC Magazine

You can’t buy your politician’s browsing history

John Oliver “Last Week Tonight” Net Neutrality on YouTube (warning bad language)

Because we mentioned it:

AOL and Yahoo will be merged into new company “Oath”

This Congressman says not everyone needs to use the Internet. Do you agree?

A new listener brought to my attention the FCC’s contact page contains a Fax number. Strange Fax machines still exist in 2017 but hey, they gotta print what you fax, right? The Link to the FCC Contact Page shout out to LeonGrey/LukeLahens for the great suggestion.