I began searching a few weeks ago, wondering why we only seem to attract new listeners in small clumps here and there, and why they rarely visit the website even when they are powering through 200 shows to catch up.
Along my search, I’d find an interesting article here and there. In addition to the recent SF Signal podcast featuring Tobias Buckell and Patrick Hester chatting about Babylon 5, I found a this Babylon 5 Retrospective (not a podcast post, just editorial commentary)
Also, I had previously been wondering about the lack of Babylon 5 chatter on Twitter, until around the same time, when I changed my search filter to use “Babylon 5” instead of “B5” — wow, talk about a major difference! Some days there were as many as 100 mentions!
So why don’t these B5 fans know this podcast is here? Could potential listeners be missing us solely because just “Babylon” is in the name of the site, and not “Babylon 5”?
All this soul-searching began about a month ago, when I observed a Twitter conversation Tony Mast of Back Seat Producers commented on, between 3-4 guys who were planning to start a dedicated Babylon 5 podcast — simply because they thought there hadn’t ever been one.
Tony, bless his heart, set them straight and pointed them here, and while I encouraged them to go ahead with their own show (since we’ll easily be done by the end of 2011 and you guys will need a new B5 fix!), but it underscored a big question for me… how come after 6 years no one knows about us?
Even with a candid JMS interview that lasted 2 HOURS, some awesome interviews with Bruce Boxleitner, Jason Carter, Claudia Christian, Jerry Doyle, Walter Koenig and numerous others, people are still surprised to find out we exist.
Is having a big promotional push now, near the end of all things, too little too late, or would it still be worth it?
I’m still mulling options over, but let me know what you think.
update: I’ve added some different sized logos and banners to our Podcast Promos page, so now in addition to audio promos for the show you can use in your own podcasts, you can now grab different images to show your love!