I have come across an alarmingly common occurrence and despite all rationalizations and empathy I still find it to be one of the most infuriating things you can possibly do: Soliciting content, and then being picky and/or forgetful.
You beg, you plead, you give your listeners voicemail numbers and email addresses and close down the show asking them to contribute… and then when they do… you don’t play it, read it, or even respond with some sort of email. “Thanks, we might not be able to use it, but it took time and we appreciate the effort”.
What the Shit guys?
That is probably the worst thing you can do to a listener: Ask them to do something and then when they do it, ignore it. You are asking them to expend effort, people who think you are neat enough to download your show that probably have to work up courage to interact (I know I usually have to try and record a voicemail 3 times to feel comfortable with it), and then you ignore those attempts at interaction.
It’s snubbing. It’s akin to the same high-school “oh you’re so not worth it” cold shoulder bullshit that should have been left back in high school… and the podcasters who do this aren’t high-school aged by any means.
You very well may not have had the intention to piss me off. You very well might be busy, or scatterbrained, or just non-responsive from some fear of hurting my feelings because what I turned in wasn’t right for your show… but it feels like I’m being ignored, and I’m not worth your time, and I hate it. Especially when you begged for attention in every show.
Granted, you might be busy, you might be so inundated with requests and voicemails and funny stories that the stuff from your closest friends won out in your limited time… but you usually don’t mention that… you just do your little subset and make no mention of the stuff that got dropped, and you don’t send an email to the people who got dropped either. Then you go on to beg for content and donations.
Well, guess what. I am not submitting to you anymore. I’m not going to send you comments or articles or voicemails or emails. I’m not going to send you electronics or cash. I’m not going to send you referrals or reviews. Because you have proven to me multiple times that you don’t have your shit together enough to follow through. You are the flaky dates of the pod-o-sphere and anyone who knows me knows that I don’t deal with flaky, irresponsible people because they PISS me OFF.
Now, there are many podcasters who are WONDERFUL with their interaction follow up. They should know this doesn’t apply to them, and if you are one of the podcasters I regularly converse-with, you are going well beyond the call of what I need from a podcaster I send things to. Usually the necessity boils down to “an email with ‘thanks’ some where in the body”.
Thank you for your time,
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