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On Friday night, Mail Chimp said no to our pleas for sponsorship.
“We appreciate the urgency of your readers and recognize that your work is very important. However, at this time we’re unable to help with your podcast. Though we understand unique value of service you provide, it’s currently outside of our purview of sponsorship.”
I said to Mr. B: “my problem now is I don’t have a Plan B. I’m not already on itunes so I can’t show existing subscription numbers (which is what an advertiser wants). So if i move to itunes now i’ll need to do it for 3-9 months to get numbers. Or I keep things as is. Or I get a benefactor who can donate 3 months of podcast revenue so that I can do it for free… or …”
and husband nods, pats my head and says … wait for it …
“so it’s not this. you’ll have another idea tomorrow.”
By the end of Saturday night I decided to give myself a break, and to wait until January to begin to figure out how to change things. but you can be sure i’m still trying to figure this out.~
Sunday morning I did a long run (back up to 55 minutes for the first time since i was sick last year). It was a perfect sunny day. i listened to a recovery podcast. I had bacon and eggs and decaf and mandarines for breakfast (husband ate 9 mandarines in one day). I made cake with pear and almonds.
I don’t know what Plan B is. and that’s OK. It’ll come to me.
I just have to be patient. Ha. I suck at patient. You?
Edit: I know it’s easy to think of me just giving up the podcast subscription for 3 months to see what happens. I talked about that with my husband, too. I wasn’t sure that itunes was the right thing, then I got caught up in wanting mailchimp to sponsor. I emailed them, they didn’t answer, I thought we could convince them, now I see that it’s a whole other thing entirely, the sponsorship thing. I’ve read all the comments about the podcasts and I feel sad that i can’t do more! I feel like I already do a lot ‘for free’ on the site and while a few things generate revenue, I can’t really take on doing more for free right now.
while i appreciate everyone’s concerns, please realize that there is no roadmap on how to do this. there is no right way. there is only what i feel is best at any give time.
because the most important thing is that I stay underwhelmed. my sobriety is important to me. so plans (at least for me, at least for now) need to move stepwise from A to B easily, or they don’t move at all (for now).