Research from The Diffusion Group projects a growth of podcast
listener in the US alone to around 57 million with the next few years.
|Podcasting is a rapidly growing way to
reach listeners around the world. With small cost of entry, hundreds
of thousands of new "broadcasters" are hitting the podcast "airwaves"
daily. Millions of listeners around the globe are finding new, fun,
interesting, entertaining, enlightening, and informative content that they
want to hear.
podcasting their services and messages server their own members such as
the Sunday School Teachers who can't participate in the service, members
who are traveling, members who are ill, members who live at a distance and
others. In addition, podcasts reach into the community so that prospective
members who may have found UU through a web search, can sample the
services. Podcasts also reach listeners in many other parts of the country
bringing the Liberal Religious message to those who do not have a local UU
Podcasting serves social
justice and other missions of the congregation by providing a message that
can be spread through email links to like minded churches, community
organizations, associations, and individuals who may be enlisted to
support the congregations work.
Do people listen?
Yes. A smaller congregation in the Chicago area who
began podcasting in January of 06 reports that podcast listeners add an
additional 50 or so listeners a week and that over time many other find
and listen to archived podcasts.
Why podcast? The reasons
are many, and all good, why a congregation might want to seriously
consider implementing a podcasting program. We're here to help you get
going so read on.....
|The word about podcasting
rapidly spread through the already-popular weblogs of Curry, Winer and
other early podcasters and podcast-listeners. Fellow blogger and
technology columnist Doc Searls began keeping track of how many "hits"
Google found for the word "podcasts" on September 28, 2004. On that
day, the result was 24 hits. There were 526 hits on September 30, then
2,750 three days later. The number doubled every few days, passing
100,000 by October 18. A year later, Google found more than
100,000,000 hits on the word "podcasts." [Wikipedia.org]