Performers and audiences

I am convinced that alongside (but poorly if at all correlated with) the personality dimension Introversion-Extroversion is another I think of as “Performer”. I am highly introverted, but love standing talking to an audience. By contrast I know several strong extroverts who really do not enjoy that sort of attention, but if thrown into a den of lions room full of people would be happily chatting to new acquaintances within minutes (I’d still be hiding in the furthest darkest corner, trying mentally to project an invisibility screen).

So, I prepare the 5 minute Bible podcasts and read the stories because I hope for an audience. The bigger, the better!

This morning I was depressed looking at the stats and realising just how few people actually listen to a full episode. (Facebook has begun to show how long people listen for, and most switch off in the first moments and few are left by 30 seconds into the piece.)

Then I got a treat, an email from Librivox from the “thank a reader” section containing this encouragement:

He reads the book like an actor acts in a movie. He acts out every character that he reads. He puts so much passion and life into his reading and he is so expressive. He keeps the listener so engaged and his pronunciation is excellent. He is by far one of the best readers I have ever listened to.

That is just what I was trying to do when reading my part in Woman in White! Then to complete the chasing away of the blues, searching for a post I had made in one of the forums I came across this reference to my voice:

his voice is: soft, tender and warm. When I listen to his voice, I have a feeling that I have just been given a freshly baked, warm and soft doughnut.

This introverted performer is delighted. Until the next time I look at the stats and see how few people do actually listen till the end.

BTW it is my birthday tomorrow (15th May) so if you want to “make my day” just invite some friends to listen to a story or a Bible podcast and drive those terrible stats up ;) I might even do an encore!

One comment on “Performers and audiences

  1. ThaliaKR

    Happy birthday for tomorrow, Tim!

    Now, I don’t know about the fb stats you’re looking at, but I just read in a stats widget I’ve started using myself that one bug they have is if people read one blog post, and don’t refresh it, the default stat recorded is that they spent less than 5 seconds at my site – because it doesn’t have an exit point to count.

    So I just wonder if some people who listen to one full story at a time may be being miscounted as leaving early?

    Here’s the explanation from my widget:

    “The time between when a visitor accesses your first webpage of their visit, and when they access the last is what we call the ‘Visit Length’. Unfortunately it is not possible to detect with the Standard StatCounter Project when they left your website for a different website. Instead we take the time they accessed your last webpage of their visit as their ‘exit time’. Although this isn’t 100% accurate it is very close and nonetheless provides a valuable insight into your visitors.

    If you only install the StatCounter code on one page of your website and your visitors never reload that one page. Then your visit length will always be less than 5 seconds! It is highly recommended to install the same code on all pages of your website you want to track.”