First half million downloads!

The Lesbian Romantic Podcast has reached its first half million downloads! After 2.5 years of podcasting, with 106 episodes released, I am thrilled with this milestone.

For most of us indie podcasters, growing an audience is a long-term adventure. We don’t have media budgets or existing networks to promote our work.

Not giving up pays off, though. I saw my number of downloads grow from 1 to 10 per day, to 100 per day and finally over 1000 per day.

The Lesbian Romantic now reaches thousands of people across the globe every week. It also has a very active listener community on its website.

The podcast is listener-funded. Since March 2017, listeners can pitch in to make sure the podcast can keep going. While still far from profitable, contributions continue to grow.

I will continue to focus on creating the podcast by myself. Sure, it’s often a bit lonely (right, fellow podcasters?), but the benefits outweigh the disadvantages. I like the independence.

Today, I decided to share this post to encourage my fellow podcasters not to give up. I most certainly will reread it on days I feel discouraged ;). Podcasting is a lot of work.

Here are my tips to keep going:

  • Accept that growth will most likely be slow
  • Cherish feedback, but keep doing your own thing
  • Focus on your core listeners. They will tell you where to go when you need advice
  • Consistency is key. Deliver as promised. Do the best you can to stick to that release schedule
  • Don’t expect the money to come rolling in. It won’t. Think of it as a marathon, not a sprint
  • Join podcaster discussion groups. You’ll feel less alone. Also: listen to The Feed Podcast by Libsyn even if you are not a customer
  • Never forget what made you choose your topic and this format. Keep your focus.

Last but not least, a heartfelt thank you to my fellow romantics of the community and all listeners across the globe. Your support keeps me going!

One last special thanks to Muriel, my wife. Without her encouragement, I would have given up by now.


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About The Lesbian Romantic

The Lesbian Romantic Podcast is a lesbian fiction podcast. It brings lesbian romance stories as an immersive audiobook. New episode every Tuesday.

7 responses to “First half million downloads!”

  1. Sarah

    Congrats Sigrid! Hopefully we continue to see the downloads and the community grow even bigger and better! 😊

  2. Mx. Nat

    Congratulations my friend!!!

  3. KayJay

    Congrats!! 😀 You are building something quite special here with this community. I feel lucky to be a (tiny) part of this <3

  4. JennyT

    Congratulations Sigrid and thank you so much for your work. Artists who create new and beautiful works of truth and beauty are the humans who make life worth living for the rest of us. In your particular case you are making something totally unique and it is just so much enjoyed and appreciated by me and so many I know. There can never be enough queer stories out there for us, we have centuries of silence to make up for! 🌈☀️👏👏

  5. Annie

    I’m so glad that you’ve never given this up! Thank you so much for all of your hard work…IT IS A GIFT…and you’ve got proof a half a million times over now! (And counting!)

    Congratulations, Sigrid!! You deserve constant and continuous growth and success!!! I feel lucky to have found TLR and everything and everyone that comes along with it! 🤗

  6. Romi

    You did it, are doing it and will surpass it! WHHOOOO HOOO! Thank you for not giving up! For countless, sleepless nights to bring us many stories! Hopefully you don’t have to eat Top Ramen to support our addiction! 🙂 LOL. Proud moment you’ll soon replace with 1 million downloads. Cheers to an amazing Audio Architect! 🙂

  7. Bonnie

    Congratulations, Sigrid! We are the fortunate beneficiaries of your vision and persistence. Here’s to many millions more *raises early morning libation*

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