Podbean occasionally sends out these milestone awards and I have to admit, I do crave the adrenaline hit. Like any other high, as soon as it's over, you're really just thinking about the next, bigger one. I have really been thinking lately about whether or not to share these 'celebrations' on social media. I think here, on this blog, it's appropriate, but I am not too sure about Twitter and Insta (I did post this on Insta, but I felt kinda funny about doing it).
There's psych experiment about unequal pay that explains my hesitation. Here's the summary: 2 monkeys are paid the same pay for a little task. Cucumber slices for passing stones through cage bars to experimenters. Monkeys like cucumbers and both are observably happy with this arrangement.
Next, one monkey is paid cucumber slices and the other is paid grapes for the same task. Monkeys like cucumber slices but they LOVE grapes. Here's what happens. The grape monkey is over the moon happy. The cucumber monkey observes this and suddenly, where he was happy before, he is furious and miserable. He throws his cucumber at the researcher.
This experiment gives a lot of insight into happiness in general - forget unequal pay. It's a huge eye opener. It also explains why I am not so sure about publishing numbers too often. If other people see it, will they suddenly feel bad about their show if it is not doing as well as mine? I recently saw a podcaster post that they got 55K downloads in a year. 55K!!! Holy cucumbers, that's a lot. I'm thrilled with 10K. If I got 20K in my first year I would be in heaven. Knowing that this other show got 55K though... well it does make me feel kind of shit. I think I'd rather not know. Maybe going forward I should NOT post my results. Podcasting is a narcissistic endeavor - that's pretty hard to argue with - so I think we all want to have a big listenership. I dunno. I should just say 'Thanks for listening" and stop overthinking. Comment below with your thoughts: I'd love to hear from ya.