03 May 2006

Christian podcasts vs. Wiccan Podcasts -- Podcast Alley

I publish my church's sermon podcast. It amazes me that about 20 people routinely check in to download sermons. This circulation has slowly, but steadily grown. I have listed the podcast on a couple of sites that serve as directories. One of these is Podcast Alley. Podcast Alley is one of the main directories for podcasts. It is set up as a ranking system, where users can vote for the podcasts that they like. The rankings are broken into categories for the podcasts. These vote-based rankings are reset each month, so that listeners must keep voting to keep their favorite podcast near the top. Sermons and other religious podcasts fit under the Religion/Inspiration category.

I find it very interesting to look at the other podcasts in the category. There are a lot of catholic podcasts that fit within the category. That doesn't surprise me, there are a lot of catholics in the world. Some of these podcasts even come straight from the Vatican.

However, there are lots of Wiccan/Pagan podcasts, particularly near the top of the rankings. In the current top 50, which changes daily as people vote, there are 12 podcasts that are described as Wiccan, Pagan, or devoted to witchcraft, etc. In addition there is one devoted to skepticism and pseudoscience, one that is described as "Deep thoughts from a blend of ancient Huna, Christianity, Buddism, Zen, and a dash of Hinduism." There are also podcasts in which a Catholic and Mormon mixed couple give a weekly episode and one in which an Anglican and an Atheist share the reigns. Right now there are only one or two podcasts that look to be from an evangelical protestant point of view. It is hard to believe that the sampling is representative.

I think that the Evangelical podcasters need to:
1. Do a better job of encouraging their listeners to vote, or
2. Agree to vote for each other to bring all the Christian podcasts higher into the rankings.

You can vote for my podcast by clicking here. You then need to click on the "Vote Now!" link. FYI, voting requires that you type in your e-mail. I have not seen any spam come from my submitting votes for my own podcast and one other cycling-related podcast over the last couple of months. You are limited to one vote per month per e-mail and per IP address. Podcast Alley will send you an e-mail, you must click on the link in the e-mail for your vote to count.

If you don't want to vote for me, you can probably scroll way down the list and find some other worthy podcasts to vote for. If you own a podcast that is listed, feel free to post a link in the comments. I will go and vote for you, as long as you promise to vote for me.


At 5/10/2006 10:19 PM, Blogger Rodney Olsen said...

Hello John

Just found your blog.

Good to find another Christian, cyclist blogger.

I'll be back. :)


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