Take a deep breath. You’ve gotten this down to an art by now. There are other aspects to the next two months that will bring joy, movement, progress, and healing. Most may be starting off the new year on a low-note or with carried-over energies from December. But, fear not! By mid-January onwards, 2022 really kickstarts things and you’ll get some exercise keeping up with everything 😀
Happy 2022! It’s going to be an amazing year 😀
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Don’t miss my 222 and 2222 sale from 10 January until 28 February 2022 😀 On Etsy Get my channeled letter from your future spouse, life partner or pet for $22.22. Add a mini-reading on the letter, if you’d like at no further cost. That’s 2 for $22.22! In eBook Stores If you’d had an […]
Phew! It’s been a while since I got to catch up with you. I’m pretty sure you’ve also found the last three months full of topsy-turvy moments, insane obligations and other stuff that makes you glad it’s finally the Holidays! Maybe not for long, but it’s welcome, nevertheless. So, Happy Holidays! Good news for air […]
Yep, I went ahead and opened a store. To my surprise, South African vendors are supported, allowing us to join the global store easily. Take this as an official invite to redeem the 10% Off anything on my Etsy Store with the Come Anytime Coupon. Just click below to claim your coupon and support this […]
Phew! It’s been a while since I got to catch up with you. I’m pretty sure you’ve also found the last three months full of topsy-turvy moments, insane obligations and other stuff that makes you glad it’s finally the Holidays! Maybe not for long, but it’s welcome, nevertheless. So, Happy Holidays!
Good news for air signs is that the past three months that seemed like an extended directors-cut-can’t-it-be-over-we’ve-already-done-this-from-three-other-views type of Mercury Retrograde feel is coming to an end. Yep, pee breaks can be taken without feeling guilty from now on. But I digress. This post is about catching up and letting you know the exciting news.
But, before I do, quick note on Mr Winged Feet and his to-ing and fro-ing across the heavens.
Mercury is set to go retrograde in mid-Jan to middish-Feb so we’ve already started to feel those effects. Remember to check your bank and card statements, be extra cautious when online shopping, double-check dates for travel and accommodation (and Covid related protocols and restrictions), service your car, double-check that Autocorrect isn’t hijacked by Gremlins, and be wary of signing off on those deals with buy-now-and-pay-in-three-months…
So, onto my news! And be sure to scroll down for my gobsmacked moment 😀
Agonist Aunt is back!
Her advice is now available to you personally via my Etsy Store. I love doing the Aunt Aggie readings as I think they’re quitehelpful. She’s offering advice, using the tarot and channeling, on Dating, Being Single, Career, Projects, and Relocation. I’ve added an option with a mini-read, too, for the fraction of the cost of a regular mini-reading 😀 Her advice is presented in a PDF file with a unique background just for you, much like my Valentines Channeled Letters. The mini-read is, of course, a downloadable mp3 delivered like most of my other readings.
And because so many of you are interested in the Future Spouse Channeled Letters, I’m also offering a channeled letter reading, with a mini-reading option, from your Future Spouse or Life Partner. Details on Etsy.
If you’ve always wondered what messages your furbaby has for you, try one of my channeled letters from Your Pet or Future Pet. These, too, have an option of a mini-reading.
I delivered Season 1 with 52 tarotscopes for each week, plus 4 episodes on eBooks For Travelers. Unfortunately, due to work commitments, I didn’t get as much reading done as I usually do, so the eBooks For Travelers and my Highly Recommended blog posts fell away. I’m adjusting the format for my Season 2, now already on Episode 4.
The new format will have a bi-weekly tarotscope episode alternating with short Pick-A-Cards and eBooks for Travelers episodes. Now, all I have to do is find time to read those eBooks… Just to clarify, patrons on my Patreon will still get their often super-specific weekly tarotscopes because they love them and so I love reading them!
If you’re wondering what else my patrons are loving, it’s the secret bonuses like my Zoom calls. I can’t believe we’ve had four calls since December 2020! They’re fun and usually bring up some amazing insights. I’d love to do more calls, but time… If you’d like to see what’s new on my Patreon, check out: https://www.patreon.com/LeennaNaidoo
Leenna’s Gobsmacked Moment
I may look like this when I’m gobsmacked, but I can’t say for sure as I’ve never seen myself so. But that’s not the point. The point is I couldn’t find a suitable photo, so…But that’s not the point either! The point is…
I’d like to share something I just discovered last night: Algorithms are pretty useless in finding the golden stuff when it comes to books and other media.
I’ve been looking at the genre pages of different sites and they only show you up to forty or fifty titles, often with multiples of the sample artist/author/studio.
This makes it seem like there’s nothing to watch or read, because modern algorithms and even searches are ridiculously lame at doing their jobs these days. They’re like shop assistants that NEVER look in the back or even squint at the high shelves (shoutout to all shop-assistants who do!).
So, do yourself a favor and refresh your search terms. Keep a list of titles you want to give your time to, and see what the backroom holds. I promise you, it’s like that scene in Indiana Jones where the ark is carted into an infinitely long warehouse that no self-respecting snooty-nosed algorithm would dare venture into!
Wow! It’s the end of 2021! Happy Holidays to you! But before we get there, there’s still some work to do, places to see, and people to meet. And hang onto to your yourself. It’s windy out there, and more bluster doesn’t help! 😀
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The kettle has died! Mercury Retrograde is here! Take a deep breath. You’ve gotten this down to an art by now. There are other aspects to the next two months that will bring joy, movement, progress, and healing. Most may be starting off the new year on a low-note or with carried-over energies from December. […]
A quick reading to help you shift that energy and find some fun the easy way! Timestamps below. Please note that these are general readings for your entertainment and enlightenment, and may not resonate with everyone, or on every aspect. If you like this reading, you might also like my weekly podcast or audio pick-a-card […]
Hanson Roberts, Lightseers Tarot, Vice Versa Tarot, Food Fortunes Timestamps below. As requested by a patron, a flip through four of my decks with some discussion/rambling about the interpretation and illustrations, particularly at the beginning. Timestamps Hanson-Roberts Tarot mini-cards 01:00 Lightseers Tarot 11:50 Vice Versa 27:19 Food Fortunes 43:30 Listen to your weekly heads up […]
A quick reading to help you shift that energy and find some fun the easy way!
Please note that these are general readings for your entertainment and enlightenment, and may not resonate with everyone, or on every aspect. If you like this reading, you might also like my weekly podcast or audio pick-a-card readings. Details below!
Oops! I felt Mercury Retro arriving (with many ‘where’s my head moments’) and thought it wasn’t going to be for a another two months! But it’s from end September to late October, so heads up! But isn’t it a good thing I got this tarotscope out in time? 😀 Time to halt those tech buys, check your transport and other stuff we do to get through Mercury’s wobbly days easily 😀
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Something new! This week I used my new Food Fortunes cards for suggestions for your menu as well as your heads up for the week. You can watch the video of this reading on my Patreon Channel, or download the audio as usual:-D Bon Appetite! Provecho! Geniet dit! Enjoy!
PS. Thanks to those of you who volunteered as guinea pigs for this deck. It was such a pleasure to read for you, and I learnt a lot!
Phew! What a July! We survived! Now, it’s time to get back to business and making progress.
And apologies for the late posting. With my new job, it’s getting harder to find the time to do your monthlies on time. This month, I’ve done a special channelled message from a crystal for each sign with totally random messages.
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Looking at my unimpressive stats, you’re probably wondering if I’m celebrating this milestone or not. Well, I am! But before I get into why, let me first take you through my experience with Buzzsprout so far.
It all Began When…
Oh, I don’t know when…Probably back in 2017, just after I came off the weekday radio slot at LotusFm and wondered how best to start my own regular podcast that suited my schedule (or non-schedule) better. Or maybe it began back when I was teaching in China and occasionally stumbled upon some awesome podcasts on iHeart Radio and thought I’d like to do something like that…
In any case, I decided to go the Patreon way back in 2018 and haven’t regretted it, though, as usual, my subscriber count is very low. As I prefer quality over quantity, I’m very happy with my awesome patrons and what we’re doing over on that channel. But back to Buzzsprout.
In November/December 2020, I decided I was finally ready to do the weekly tarotscopes and thought it would be great to have it distributed to Spotify and Apple. I went back to researching podcast hosting sites. I’d done so in 2017 and couldn’t afford them back then, not that I can afford them much now, but more about that later. This time I came across Buzzsprout as an alternative to Podbean. (I honestly think the podcasting community might be too into coffee, but never mind). I liked the feel of Buzzsprout, but what really sold me was their pay-as-you-go plan and their free plan. Currently, I’m using their free plan with 2 hours of audio and 3 months of hosting for each episode. Once its three months are up, that episode is deleted. If I exceed 2 hours of uploads for a monthly cycle, then I can upgrade for the month to get an additional hour for only $4. This is what sold me. It suits my weekly content needs and my tatty-string budget perfectly! I have plans to add extra content like the eBooks For Travelers episodes and, hopefully, interviews in the future when I can get onto the regular $12 per month plan. But for now, while I’m building up from my 2-11 person audience that I’ve achieved so far via Buzzsprout, I’m happy with the plan.
How I Clicked With the Upload Button
So, me being me, I did my research the night before and got the deets for the artwork, description, file types and stuff like that. I decided to use the same branding as Leennascreativebox as I’ve been doing tarotscopes here since 2016 or so, and it just made sense. It was all ridiculously easy with the name of the podcast being the hardest part of the process for me. On that same night, I recorded three episodes (it was a busy period and I didn’t want to stress about recording episodes over Christmas) and converted them into mp3 format using VLC.
I can’t remember if I registered the night before or the day I uploaded. I don’t think it would have made a difference anyway. Things just ran very smoothly from the start.
On the morning of my first upload, I created the podcast channel complete with branded artwork, filled in the deets with the descriptions, categories etc., then went to the big green upload button and marvelled at how quickly my audio loaded. It was all done in less than 10 minutes. That was the Friday. I scheduled my first episode for that Saturday morning—less than 24 hours.
Then, mindful that I had a busy week, I uploaded the other two episodes and waited to see what happened.
What Happened the First and Second Week
First thing that Friday of the first upload, I got an email from Buzzsprout for each upload, telling me the episode was successfully uploaded and I had x amount of free upload time for the month.
That Friday, I was also able to choose my distribution. When I clicked on the distribution tab, my podcast was already in Spotify, Deezer, and a couple of others. I was then able to apply for distribution to Apple (it’s a bit of process, but not too bad), Stitcher (less of a process), iHeart Radio (I wasn’t sure if I’d be accepted but gave it a go, anyway), and a couple of others. I’m never impressed by Amazon’s treatment of writers so I elected not to use their podcast services and sign another gargantuan agreement with them. The whole process is easy to follow and do, with information about how long to expect before you might hear back from Apple, Stitcher and iHeart Radio.
Six hours later, Stitcher sent me a welcome.
First thing on the Saturday of my very first episode being released, I checked my stats and found I had a listener! All the way from France :-D. The download was on Deezer and not Spotify, so perhaps new content is easier to find on Deezer.
I shared on Facebook, Twitter and with family and friends, and by Sunday evening, I had about another three downloads.
On Tuesday, I got an email from Apple letting me know my podcast was now available on iTunes, Overcast and their other services.
Feeling chuffed, I checked my stats, but there weren’t any new listeners. In fact, it took another two to three weeks before I had any downloads on Apple and Spotify.
With having scheduled ahead, Episode 2 of Way I See It With Leenna, had about two downloads when I checked the next Saturday morning. I shared on this blog, Facebook, and Twitter, using Headliner to create a minute and a half promo audiograms. It was easy and fun creating them and by the end of the week, I had a couple more downloads.
Towards the end of the week of Episode 2, or maybe it was Episode 3, I got an email from iHeart Radio saying my podcast was now available on their service. There was already a download from them as well!
And so it Goes
And so it went. So far, the most listeners I’ve had is 11 when I did the first Bonus Reading for Valentines, but the follow up on the feature the next week went back to about 4 listens. I think it’s still too early to tell what the potential is for this podcast. But I’m happy with it. Why? Because of my patrons! I’ve been uploading the same episodes a day early on my Patreon channel Writerstarot With Leenna. In addition, each episode will be archived for them should they wish to use it for their research or self-growth. And, my patrons have been listening to the podcast on Patreon, often sharing it with their family, too.
A few weeks ago, Buzzsprout was held to ransom by hackers, and I was impressed with their transparency and response. Buzzsprout sent out an email just hours after the attack, letting us know what was going on, what they were doing about it, and what they expected to happen moving forward. They also kept us updated on Twitter in real time. It was great to see the amount of support and goodwill that came from the Buzzsprout community. While I wasn’t affected by the service being down, it’s heartening to track how quickly the site was up again. It was back to normal the next I logged in. Buzzsprout’s technical team get the superhero badges from me 🙂
And on it Goes
I don’t share as often as I should on social media. In fact, I’ve left Facebook, and saw no impact on the number of listens I’ve received weekly. I do share on my YouTube channel every now and then, and I can’t tell if that’s helping or not. So, how do I think the one or two new listeners are finding me? Well, I believe it’s this blog (so, huge thanks to you!), as well as the searches within the service apps like Deezer, iHeart Radio and Apple.
So, is it worth it for me? Yes it is! I don’t yet have a buzz around my podcast, but it’s in a good place to sprout 😀 (I’m sorry, I just couldn’t resist it!)