Cast of the Week XVII

You’ll find all the nominees for this week at

And now I’m handing things over to u/Mattasher for the winners of Cast of the Week XVII:

Some shoutouts this week to the people who made our week:
Shoutout to If You Were In My Shoes for her willingness to share a well-crafted and poignant personal dilemma, with episode 5. There’s no point anymore.

Shoutout to Joanie for getting a new mic and making a contest out of it. You sound great to us!

Shoutout MondragonMMA and A Brewtiful Mind for each hitting episode 100.

Shoutout to Demi Semi Quaver Note for the awesome recitation of Walt Whitman’s city of orgies, complete with spot-on sound effects. A reminder to please make sure any poetry you post to ykyz is in the public domain, as is the case with Whitman.

Shoutout to Primal Haze for the outstanding first episode, 3 Reasons Why Microcasting Is A Great Idea. We agree with all of them! A reminder, though, to all microcasters: It’s best to fade out your intro music as you begin speaking.  

And, last but not least, Shoutout to all of you for continuing to help promote the site. We’re now ranked at about 120k on Alexa, just 20k away from our April goal.  

Honorable mentions
217. Sweden food, Swedish meatballs by ThatBeardedSwede
Our favorite Swede shares the history of meatballs and his own family recipe ingredients. IKEA may have spread this tradition around the world, but when it comes to meatballs, IMO there’s nothing better than homemade.

25. Let’s Eat and eat some more by Angelibean
Angelibean shares her newfound quarantine skill, eating all the snacks. She’s definitely not the only one stress eating, though apparently, some ykyz’ers are going in the opposite direction and stress fasting. Who knew that was a thing?

250. Tomatoes Indoors by SmartMoney
Turns out, a lot of us have food on the brain during quarantine. Our final honorable mention goes to Becky of SmartMoney with this perfect explanation of how to grow tomatoes inside.  

CotW XVII winners
And now, on to this week’s winners!

Third Prize:
226. Raised And Cake Donuts by SnippetswithSophia
In this mouth-watering episode, Sophia explains the difference between the main types of donuts we consume. Spoiler alert, if it looks like a unicorn or a Pokémon, it’s a cake donut.

Second Prize:
42. “The talk” to save a life. by Doctor Irish
The good doctor gives straightforward advice for dealing with someone who might be suicidal. Never has an episode been so unfortunately timely, as one of the many, many un-considered side effects of extreme “social distancing” has been an all too predictable spike in depression and calls to suicide hotlines.

First Prize:
236. Animal Crossing Filipino textile outfits by fashionmusings
In this episode, Gem explores the intersection of fashion and gaming and describes how the Ayala museum is using in-game outfits to show off traditional Filipino textiles. In times when traveling abroad is virtually impossible, virtual fashion may be the very best thing to go viral right now.

Helping One Another

Have you ever seen a new microcaster come and go in one day? It is always the same complaint: “I don’t understand how this works.” Maybe together we can come up with “training program” for new comers. We all want the same thing. To be as successful as possible. YKYZ is extremely easy to use…after you learn all the places to go.

I feel the goal is to have new creators find their way to YKYZ the same way they find their way to YouTube. Random creators, or even consumers, may find microcasting interesting yet find the site overwhelming. I’ve seen so many other casters reach out and offer help. This fills me with so much joy, but then I still never see the “newb” again. This leaves me perplexed. The only reasoning I can think of is they’re too afraid to ask for more help. Maybe too afraid of making a mistake for all to see.

I would love to hear from anyone ideas on how to keep retention higher. This is an amazing platform that makes podcasting insanely easy, and everything I have heard so far from content creators here is extremely creative. Please share with me anything that would help retain a userbase.

I would enjoy seeing a mentor type system or a training plan or even walk through for new users. Obviously, some of this is extremely far fetched, but the community here is so creative, I have faith we can do it. What outside of the box ideas do you have? My personal short coming is with helping keep new casters that have a different “type” content from mine excited to come back. I am trying better to reach out to anything “nerdy” and keep the conversation going with newer users.

What ideas do you have? Is there something you would like to see from the rest of the community? For the newer users, what was the hardest part of using YKYZ, and what can be done to help ease that transition? Maybe something beyond just the blog. Something that is more hands on to help one another out. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have ideas or input. I would love to be a part of helping keep retention higher.