I've got to admit that I quite dislike when people take statistics or random facts or completely unrelated data sets and attempt to make them say something they don't. I'll be the first to call bullshit when someone tries to relate the sky being blue to the veracity of their statement about raising the dead to make an undead basketball team. (Come on. Everybody knows zombies play football.) Establishing that, I would like to make a big fucking deal about the following picture:
This is the Top 10 list for the month of August. In other words, the month that ended yesterday. Now, I've been podcasting for nearly a year, and I am always thrilled to see this show do well in the rankings. However, I have never seen the podcast in the #5 spot be in the #5 spot. In fact, I've never seen the 1 Year Audio Bible Podcast end up in any other position other than #1. Why is that?
Come on. You know where I'm going with this. The Christian podcast has an audience that pagan podcasts just don't have. Or, perhaps, they did. Perhaps this is a sign - a small sign, granted - that pagan podcasts are finding an audience. And not just the standard audience for such shows, but a larger, growing audience.
Pagans are branching out and looking to new media sources for their research. Podcasts are a great way to not only do research, but get various views on the big and small issues in paganism, Wicca, magic, and more. They also provide a semblance of community. You can tune in to a friend and spiritual adviser that breaks the big questions down into easily digestible bites. This community is becoming a centralizing force in the quest to become some form of legitimate religious and spiritual social pillar.
And, yes, that might be reading a lot into a Top 10 on Podcast Alley. It might be reading a lot to say that beating out the enormous vote-getting power of the big name Christian podcasts is a sign the tide might be turning for the pagan community. We might no longer be a community of individuals who want to remain solely solitary. Just maybe we are coming together. And that starts with shows of solidarity like this.
Love and Lyte,
Just as a footnote, please remember to VOTE as it is a NEW MONTH!