Thank you for you ideas Reto, very appreciated. Yes, TalentCast is indeed mainly a one-person project and I am quite at the limit of what I can do, because of my health situation and because running the project really takes a lot of time, about 30 hours a week, and often more. Last summer break I didn't have a break at all and spent my time on programming the website. This summer I will have to install two new servers with new server software, and I will have to replace almost all hardware. The software has expired, the hard disks are full and at the moment there is just one simple consumer hard disk keeping up the server. If it breaks, the website and mailserver will be down for a longer time. So I cannot delay maintenance any longer. That's why I will start the summer break one month earlier than usual.
For TalentCast, listeners mainly come via our radio stations, not via our podcast, and I am very grateful to Ede FM, Universe Radio and Fame Music Radio for Broadcasting TalentCast every week. Although quite some people listen via our partner radio stations, not many are willing to visit our website and to vote, so far out most votes come via the fans and friends of the artists.
Some years ago I updated the voting page and prepared it for counting votes differently for certain members, for example regular listeners or for people who vote after listening to the programme. In the end Catself and I decided to keep the voting as simple as it is. Everybody understands the rules and nobody can say that we treat some artists better than others. Some of our artists dislike the voting, they simply don't invite their fans to vote for them.
I know how annoying it is to bother your fans and friends by asking them to vote for you. Indeed you have to vote frequently very many times per voting round or to connect with your Facebook profile, or even like a page. I tried to keep it as simple as possible, knowing that people would try to cheat the voting. To keep the voting simple it took my quite some time to build monitoring tools to detect manipulators.
To be honest, for me the voting and also the amount of website visitors is not so very important, it's just nice if people come to vote. I am happy that quite some people listen via the radio stations to our artists and I hope they enjoy it.
Last summer when I built this forum, I hoped that more members would write here, because I would really love it if TalentCast would become a small community where artists and fans meet, support and advise each other. When TalentCast started ten years ago, SellaBand was such a place and I really enjoyed it. For me social media websites are competitors, not other independent music radio stations. It's great there are so many.
Nice, while writing this, a great musician signed up. Let's make him an account. Hopefully next Friday on TalentCast.