COVID Recovery Restless Shores Style

Back in January of 2019 we launched Restless Shores with 221 downloads for that month. In August of 2019 we started a climb that peaked in January of 2020 with 3,276. Then COVID hit. In April we hit bottom at 1,477 downloads. Today we hit 3,300 downloads and we still have one drop and four days to go. We are back to a little over 100 downloads a day. An ocean sized thank you to our fans for getting us through the dark days.

Welcome to

Balmain, Australia; Barra Dos Coqueiros, Brazil; Bezons, France; Gzira, Malta; Qormi, Malta; Boverfjorden, Norway; Sexmoan, Philippines; Fairfield, California; Miranda, California; San Mateo, California; Santa Rosa, California; Plainville, Connecticut; Oak Park, Illinois; Peoria, Illinois; Lawrence, Kansas; Yarmouth, Maine; Fall River, Massachusetts; Holt, Michigan; Norton Shores, Michigan; Three Rivers, Michigan; Weeping Water, Nebraska; Gorham, New Hampshire; Ballston Spa, New York; Mentor, Ohio; Lebanon, Pennsylvania; Herndon, Virginia; and Washington, Washington.

Movers and Shakers

Jeffersontown, Kentucky — 81

Columbus, Ohio — 53

Seattle, Washington — 42

Holt, Michigan — 40

Appleton, Wisconsin — 40

Howard, Wisconsin — 39

Ansonia, Connecticut — 30

Brunswick, Maine — 29

Qormi, Malta — 21

Riverside, California — 20

Hastings, Australia — 16

Warts and all

We recently took the opportunity to binge listen to our Restless Shores episodes. Not being ashamed at tooting our own horn, we couldn’t be prouder.

However, the question did arise, “Should we re-record those first few episodes?”

We can hear the improvement between those first three or four episodes and the tracks we just laid down. We are not disparaging those initial efforts. We are tickled pink with them. We were new to podcasting, the actors were feeling out their roles, and writing a long-term saga (even if it is campy) is not easy. Our footing was not certain in those early days. So, yea, those initial offerings are not as polished as what we are producing now.

Should they be redone for quality purposes?

The answer is no.

We made podcast history with Restless Shores. To redo those first episodes would be akin to rewriting the past. We believe our episodes should remain as they are, warts and all. When people go back and analyze why we are popular, they will see that we didn’t have to be perfectly polished to be successful.

We kind of like that.

Welcome to:

San Francisco, Costa Rica; Pishva, Iran; Roosendaal, Netherlands; Sale, England; Albertville, Alabama; Naugatuck, Connecticut; East Moline, Illinois; Marengo, Iowa; North English, Iowa; Richmond, Kentucky; Mariaville, Maine; Wareham, Massachusetts; Howell, Michigan; Ypsilanti, Michigan; Brooklyn Center, Minnesota; Columbia, Missouri; Farmington, New Mexico; Port Richmond, New York; Claremore, Oklahoma; McAlester, Oklahoma; Pawhuska, Oklahoma; Easton, Pennsylvania; Cranston, Rhode Island; Silver Point, Tennessee; Eagle Pass, Texas; and Lipan, Texas.

MOVERS & SHAKERS

Clichy, France – 78

Farmington, New Mexico – 77

Brunswick, Maine – 60

Columbia, Missouri – 40

Clayton, Missouri – 36

Hastings, Australia – 22

Dallas, Texas – 22

Kaysville, Utah – 22

Konya, Turkey – 21

Newark, California – 20

Lewiston, Maine – 19

Springfield, Missouri – 16

Chesapeake, Virginia – 6

Ellsworth, Maine – 14

Nobleboro, Maine – 13

Seattle, Washington – 13

Shaw, District of Columbia – 12

Los Angeles, California – 11

Lansdale, Pennsylvania – 11

Newark, New Jersey – 10

Say hello to Drew

We are proud and excited to announce that Drew Masse has joined our cast and crew as both a writer and actor. Drew is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine in Theatre. You should check out Drew’s Instagram page for more information on his skill set.

Drew found us when he was looking for more information on soap operas. He was surprised to find an original soap opera produced right here in Maine using Maine talent.  Falling in love with the storyline, he reached out to us, and I’m confident our fans will be the richer for it.

Drew will be working with our lead writer, Greg Tulonen, to bring us even more surprising twists and turns as the waves keep on rolling at Restless Shores. Scandal, intrigue, and salaciousness fifteen minutes at a time.

149 Downloads from brand new locations last week including Bhutan! Just saying…

Welcome to

Jaigaon, Bhutan; Thimphu, Bhutan; Thompson, Canada; Eschborn, Germany; High Wycombe, England; Irlam, England; Nottingham, England; Wilmington, Delaware; Livermore, Maine; Hagerstown, Maryland; Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts; Orleans, Massachusetts; Forest Hills, Michigan; Tinton Falls, New Jersey; West Milford, New Jersey; Melrose, New York; Plattsburgh, New York; Aurora, North Carolina; Statesville, North Carolina; Middletown, Ohio; Bartlesville, Oklahoma; Oak Ridge, Tennessee; Killeen, Texas; and Cudahy, Wisconsin.

Movers and Shakers

Jaigaon, Bhutan – 77

Lewiston, Maine – 70

Huyton, England – 57

Freeport, Maine – 57

Kaysville, Utah – 57

Brunswick, Maine – 54

Aurora, Illinois – 45

Alice, Texas – 44

Seymour, Connecticut – 36

Chesapeake, Virginia – 31

Riverside, California – 27

Shaw, District of Columbia – 27

Portland, Maine – 23

Newcastle, Maine – 20

Hagerstown, Maryland – 19

Atlanta, Georgia – 18

Spring Valley, Nevada – 18

Westbrook, Maine – 17

Willow Grove, Pennsylvania – 16

Vanier, Canada –14

Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania –14

Five days 1,000 downloads

30,000 on Thursday, 31,000 on Tuesday. My since thanks to the writer, cast, and crew for adapting, improvising, and overcoming to make this soap opera work.

Someone in Ansonia, Connecticut and Paragould, Arkansas loves us.

Welcome to –

Hastings, Australia; Vanier, Canada; Southall, England; Pasadena, California; Porterville, California; Simi Valley, California; Ansonia, Connecticut; Dover, Delaware; Mansfield, Georgia; Garland, Maine; Framingham Center, Massachusetts; Anoka, Minnesota; Spring Valley, Nevada; East Brunswick, New Jersey; Lawnside, New Jersey; Cypress Hills, New York; Mansfield, Ohio; Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania; Lewisburg, Pennsylvania; Warwick, Rhode Island; and Alice, Texas.

MOVERS AND SHAKERS

Ansonia, Connecticut — 188

Paragould, Arkansas — 122

Washington, Virginia — 58

Apex, North Carolina — 52

Manhattan, New York — 33

Windham Center, Maine — 31

Lewiston, Maine — 28

Alice, Texas — 28

Riverside, California — 24

Freeport, Maine — 22

Warwick, Rhode Island — 22

Brunswick, Maine — 21

Taunton, Massachusetts — 18

Charlotte, North Carolina — 16

Kents Hill, Maine — 10

Not good with numbers

Being mathematically challenged brings a host of difficulties. We find we try to avoid anything that looks like math. When people start talking math, our brain seizes up. Forget trying to understand negative numbers and fractions.

However, last week, we were paying close attention to the numbers.

On July 30 we broke 30,000 downloads and our first episode passed 1,600 downloads. On August 1, we were downloaded in more than 1,500 cities worldwide.

Those are some numbers we can wrap our numerically impaired brains around.

Oh, we realize that there are podcasts out there that can boast larger numbers. It’s okay because at one point, they were where we are now. We fully expect to get to where they are soon.

30,012

Waking up this morning and seeing this number was a gift. We are excited to hit this benchmark. During the COVID crisis, like many other business, we took a hit. Like many others we had concerns about our future. We know compared to the millions of downloads other podcast have 30,000 may not seem like a huge deal. For us it is. While most of the world will go about their daily lives today, here at New Meadows Media we will be celebrating.