Friday, February 25, 2011

Dedchan : Reloaded

Work with Dedchan has been moving right along over the last few weeks. I've got a,b,c,ani,m,z,and a text board which all work and all are linked to each other. I'm so happy with it's progress I'm thinking about adding a few more boards, but only after we get some actual traffic. I'm not too worried about the traffic part just yet, since the more traffic we have the more i have to be on the ball to catch people who might want to post some unsavoury things on the boards. Thus far the entire website takes up less than 10mb, which is freaking awesome, and I haven't had any problems with people posting things that are completely not ok.

The radio stream is dead. There are a few more days left in the month, but the program I use, SAM, has been misbehaving, and windows explorer keeps dying and I can't figure out why. so the desktop needs a reinstall on the windows partition and I've got about three other computers to fix this weekend for some clients of mine.

Thats about all I've got for you guys now, maybe next time I'll have something slightly more interesting to talk about next time.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Things with the radio have been going relatively well, but honestly everything I've done thus far hasn't really been enough. The IRC channel is always empty, so much so that I rarely pay attention to it anymore. I log everything that happens in there, so I do know that there's been a small number of people coming in and out, mainly my friends Dedman and ProtoSkar. Thanks to you guys for popping in and keeping me company while I did homework and tried to run the stream. Your company during the last few months has kept me from closing the channel completely. For those of you who liked the facebook page, thank you. For those of you who follow us on twitter, even though it's pretty much the same people in the facebook group, thank you for following! 

Moving on, the website will stay up for the rest of the month, then it will deleted and changed to something else. My current plans for the webspace are essentially an imageboard with a BBS added to it, that way I can have both anonymous posting and registered posting. I guess we'll have to see how that turns out, mainly because I'm not entirely sure that the webhosts I have will be ok with that sort of traffic. Who knows, I'll just have to make it and see if they take the site down or not. Honestly, that website has eaten a pretty large hole in my personal time, so I have to use the space and most of the code for something, otherwise I feel like I wasted my time with it. Something functional will be born fro, the old website and stream, but what it is only time will tell.

I will continue to post the statistics for the radio stream through February and who knows, if the listener base has expanded between now and then I might give this thing another month, but only if I can get the other DJs back into the mix.

Now thats what the real problem with the stream has been, DJs. Now, I'm not going to go out and blame everyone but myself, mainly because I realize that people have lives outside of the radio, but so do I. A large majority of my DJs have been inactive since the new year and one of them has been essentially demanding the stream from me whenever he wants it. One of the DJs has stepped up and taken his post when and for how long he promised, which is great. Malus, keep up the good work and I hope you continue to work on the stream after I'm done with it. I'm not sure who the stream will pass to after I'm done at the end of the month, but I hope someone who will work as hard as I did and as hard as my predecessor did will get it in the end.

Moving on to other things, my plans for the facebook page and the twitter account depend on what the name of the station will be after I leave. At this point I'm looking at leaving the facebook to whomever the current administrators are and the twitter will be closed at the end of the month unless the name of the station is kept the same. In any case, something will take it's place.

Thanks for listening and thanks for the support to those of you who did support us. It helped a lot and I'm incredibly happy that I had the time that I did to bring my best music to people who seemed to want to hear it.

Hope for the future,

Friday, February 4, 2011

The numbers are IN!

Well, the last month has been absolutely fantastic for this station! I'm not sure if our numbers are as good as some of the other stations out there, but I'll be the first to admit I was completely floored at the number of people who listen and the positively astounding regions of the world that we get listeners from!

Alrighty, now on to the things i assume no one cares about but me! Haha, the image above this paragraph is simply the representation of each day's peak listeners drawn over the course of January. What it also keeps track of is the amount of total time spent listening, the average uptime (which is really only important to me), the average listen time, and the average number of hours listened contiguously. Yeah, I said contiguous, so look it up already. Anyway, the overall peak of the month was about 37, which up to date is the highest I've carried by myself. Also, if you'll notice the two or three pronounced dips in the graph, those would be the days someone else was working the stream for me. The program I use will only track my listeners when it's the one streaming, so as long as someone else is streaming, even using the same software, it doesn't get tracked by SpacialNet. Thats why I also use the graph following this paragraph to track how many people listen and for how long, but we'll get to that. And yes, thats my mouse in the way.

This map shows you (and not entirely accurately I'll admit) about 500 points where people listened from in the month of January. Now please note that it'll only show me 500 points tops, so the map isn't accurate to the number of listeners we had last month. Now scroll down and check out the numbers down at the bottom. Yes, thats right, in the month of January we had almost 15,000 unique listeners. Thats so beyond anything that I thought we could pull off over all time, even less in one month! Let me explain the graphic just a little bit more before I move on to the plans for the website and all the things I'm working on for the future of the station. A unique connection is one that isn't counted more than once, for example, you and a friend listen to the station from school, thats one unique connection. You then take your laptop home and connect to the stream from there, thats one more. Your friend goes home and connects to listen in some more, thats three. The total connections is a count of how many times over the given time period someone connected to the stream. Either one of those numbers is absolutely astonishing to me, and hopefully will continues to be for the near future.

Now, on to the website. It's be a little touch and go on the website lately, and for those of you who do actually use it occasionally, thank you so much! I've put quite a bit of time into learning how to make a website in the first place, then learning a portion of html and hopefully soon php, then getting everything put together and up and running 'right'. Ugh, let me tell ya, I wasn't planning on it being so hard. But thats ok. I've been having a lovely time learning and doing all of that. It's almost been as fun as the radio is, but then I realized that I don't get much in the way of traffic on the website, but thats ok too. Honestly I don't know how much longer the website will stay, but seeing as it doesn't cost me a penny to run, it's probably not going anywhere.

There are some extra plans for the website that I'm trying to implement, mainly because I think everything I do has to be done the hardest way possible. One of the things I'd like to see ont he site in the near future; a comment section of some kind. I was hoping that learning html forms would help me set up some sort of feedback form, but I failed in that and honestly I think php will offer a bit more for the work.

that brings me right up to the present. I've been working on getting some new DJs in on the stream to mix things up a little bit, and they'll be starting in the next few weeks. I honestly can't wait for them to start and hopefully do a better job than I am of running this thing. Here's to the new blood!

Til next week,