Greg "Doc Lures" Vinall
Podcast Host, Lure Maker, Scientist, Educator
Why Is 1 Million Downloads An Important Milestone?
A million is just a number, like any other. For the host of a podcast entitled “Vegan Recipes For Beef Farmers” a million might be an unachievable goal.
For podcast host Joe Rogan it’s 0.5% of his monthly downloads.
And for the Australian Lure Fishing Podcast it’s the culmination of 25 months of consistent hard work, dedication and commitment. But for ALF host Greg Vinall it’s an important milestone because:
1. Getting to this point meant overcoming his natural tendency to be a private and introverted individual (it’s true, though I’m sure many will find it hard to believe). Greg is now comfortable behind a microphone, but he wasn’t always – and he encourages other introverts to work on being more outgoing, so they can influence positive change in their own sphere.
2. The continued uptake of the audio by listeners, increasing website traffic and use of ALF tools, apps and resources indicate that people find this content helpful. Obviously, that is a key aim of the podcast!
3. Perhaps most importantly, the fact that a podcast promoting sustainable fishing, catch and release and waterway health is so well received is symbolic of a cultural shift in recreational angling. That shift will ensure the future of fishing for decades to come, which inspires Greg to continue helping and promoting these principles.
Here’s to the next million downloads!
This result is indicative of the growing audience of your podcasts. Well done!!!
Producing 3 per week must take a lot of energy.
Given that your podcasts, as well as all the other information for fishers all over Australia that you provide, are assisting the Fishing industry and environment, I believe that it would be appropriate for the government to provide some financial assistance to doc.lures and the Australian Fishing Network.
In effect you are doing some of their work.
I would encourage you apply for this.
Also, because you have built up such a large library of podcasts, maybe it is time for you to reduce the 3 per week to 2 per week.
Hi Phil, thanks so much for your kind words and sorry for the late reply!
3 episodes per week is certainly a fair bit of work, but there are plans afoot to reduce the load – hopefully whilst maintaining the output level, or even increasing it 😉
As for Government funding, I’d love to apply mate, if I could only find an appropriate pot of money to apply for. Interestingly, I’ve offered my services (free) to a number of fisheries agencies and they’ve always politely declined. Government departments are very conservative about media and like to do all of that sort of thing “in-house”. With a few exceptions, they generally do it really badly and reach only a small audience – one that is suspicious of their messaging. With my background and audience it would be a dream to help facilitate communications in the rec fisheries sector, but sadly I can’t see it happening any time soon.
Appreciate your support mate! Tight lines.
Congrats Greg – and well done to the growing lure fishing community for supporting you. I’m sure like me, most anglers really appreciate that your approach to why fish eat lures is all based on science and diligent research. Oh….and a splash of honest “dunno why” factor! You always squeeze the very best, last drops out of all your guests. Thanx mate – for your tireless efforts and basically giving up fishing so we can all listen in 3 times a week!
Thanks so much for your kind words Brett! It’s been a great ride and as you know, I’m not done just yet!