Our volunteer correspondents have not been posting links to other MP3 files – even though some of those correspondents are themselves the owners of radio labour stations and should have been using our facility to publicize their programs.
(Search this page for the word ‘radio’ to see what I mean.)
As a result, I’ve suspended Radio LabourStart and it now redirects all traffic to Radio Labour.
There’s also now a good-sized graphical link to Radio Labour on our front page.
I’d love to hear your views on this – either as comments here or as emails to me.
Back in May, at LabourTech Canada, I was enthused by the idea of doing podcasts.
My first podcast went live at the end of that month, and overall I’ve now done a dozen of them.
When I publicize a podcast to LabourStart’s mailing list, I’ll get between 200 to 700 listeners. But if I don’t mention it in a mass mailing, and just publicize using the web, Facebook, Twitter, iTunes, etc, I can get as few as 75 listeners.
I’m not sure I want to use the LabourStart mass mailing every time I do a podcast, and not sure there’s any real interest in my continuing to do them.
Have taken further steps to transfer the domain laborlists.org over to our web server at 1&1 Internet. As you may recall, we were using this domain name on a US-based server to do our mailings until they decided that we were mailing out too much and we needed to migrate everything over to labourlists.org on 1&1.
I recorded my weekly podcast on labour and technology, focussing on LabourStart and globalization. It will go live tomorrow.
I checked if our search function works on keywords and it does — at least in English. If you search on the term ‘FBU’ you’ll see a news story I posted today that has the term in the keywords field, but not in the title or source of the story. It was reported to us at our conference that this may not work in some other languages, so we’re doing further checks.
I looked into our RSS news wire in Russian, which has issues with character encoding. Trying to fix this now.
And as usual, I added a number of new subscribers to our mailing lists (people who have supported our campaigns), signed up some new correspondents, answered correspondence, and posted a dozen news stories on the site.
My fourth weekly podcast is on the subject of how we post labour news to LabourStart — comparing what we do to automated news aggregators like Google News. I think correspondents will find this of interest.
Meanwhile, listenership of my podcasts is rising from week to week. The first three podcasts had the following total number of listeners:
Geocities and Facebook [11.6.10] – 555 listeners
LabourStart’s Global Solidarity Conference [4.6.11] – 255 listeners
We’ve launched a new campaign in support of striking Dis-Chem workers in South Africa. A campaign in support of Mexican workers in Cananea may come online next week; we’re liaising with ICEM about this one.
We now know for sure of over 100 people attending our conference — with two thirds of them having paid registration fees in advance.
My latest Labour and Technology podcast is now online, here.