Posted at 8:00 AM on December 18, 2007
by Jeff Horwich
That's the question we've gotten an awful lot lately. The second most-common one is "What can I do to help?" Truth is, there's no easy answer to either question.
What's happening with us is technically that the show is going on hiatus, with no immediate plan to resume weekly episodes. This is not a surprise; our weekly season was intended to be a test-run, with the future depending on our success and the ability to support the show financially.
We've done our part, and so has our growing and enthusiastic audience. When we're waking up Monday to blog posts like this one, something must be going right.
Now some decisions have to be made. And, let's face it: We've created a show that carries quite a bit more overhead than just one guy and a microphone.
So, if you like the show, what can you do? I'm in an awkward position to give advice. But there are a couple of first-cut things:
* Forward the show's homepage (www.mpr.org/intheloop) to some friends, or point them to the podcast. It's never too late to pick up new listeners! And we designed these shows to make for good listening no matter when you put your ears to them. Please note that said friends need not necessarily be in Minnesota ;-)
* Review the podcast on iTunes. We've got lots of listeners, but not necessarily the quantity of reviews to match. This is a great way to help influence folks around the world to check it out.
* Fill out our online feedback form, and make sure your friends do as well. We want to hear what you like, and what we can work on. We'll be collecting all the feedback to try to measure audience reaction to the fall season.
* If you're an MPR member (and of course you all are, right? :-) MPR is always interested in what you have to say. MPR also has a general contact form you can also use to give feedback that goes straight to our Membership department. (You don't have to be a member to use this form, of course.)
Beyond those simple points, I'll have to leave it to your boundless creativity. Rest assured, we're feeling the good vibes from you all toward the show, and I'll go into the holidays feeling blessed for all your support.