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Episode One: Introduction

A Podcast for the Data Nerd and the Data Nervous

I asked him to jump in at any point and ask questions or comment because the idea of me talking for 30 minutes about data is boring even to me. And jump in he did in the most wonderful way. I am trying to keep the podcast to 30 minutes based on my own research and on data I found (to hear about that research and data, you'll need to listen to the podcast) but we talked for 48 minutes! His job is to get it down to at least 45 minutes. The sweet spot for podcasts is between 20-45 minutes. I would like it shorter than that but I have to admit we did a damn good job. You should listen.


We did more than talk about data, though we did do that. We talked about podcasts we listen to, what we look for when we look for information, and what we wanted to be when we "grew up." I am happy to report that I don't think either of us actually did grow up!


My husband and I own the house next to us. We turned a back room into the studio. A really nice, open, newly-painted back room. When Bryce got there he said it wouldn't work because there was too much of an echo so we ended up setting up in a part of the house I hoped no one would see because it's a disaster but it provided the best acoustics. I told him when Data Doyenne takes off (and it will), I will upgrade us to a better studio space. That's the two of us in the "studio" in the photos with this blog post. My poor husband spent a week redoing what I thought would be our studio. That's okay. It will be the space in which I develop and record my upcoming Data Doyenne classes (look for those coming in May).


I did note in the podcast that I would post any citations and access to data mentioned on the podcast ahead of the it airing in case anyone wants a preview or wants to do some homework. Below are data points/books/websites referenced on the podcast.


How do you vet data and information? The University of California at Berkeley library has a wonderful resource that I used on the podcast. You may access the information here.


In my conversation about why analytical skills are so important and what employers are looking for, I referenced two websites and a book. They are as follows:


  • Alison Doyle on The Balance Careers

  • Indeed.com noting top analytical skills

  • Mark Jeffrey of the Kellogg School of Management from his book Data-Driven Marketing: The 15 Metrics Everyone in Marketing Should Know

Information on podcasting and podcasts was taken from the open-source book Tools for Podcasting, by Jill Olmstead of the School of Communication American University.


In ending the show with an Arbitrary Senseless Statistic (ASS), I referenced BabyCenter.com for popular names and meanings.


I would also like to note that this podcast is a production of Ratchet Boi Records. Listen to Ratchet Salón on all streaming platforms – everywhere you find music - and follow @ratchet_salon_band on Instagram. Logo design by Liam McGurl (and I love the logo!). This podcast is sponsored by Wild Mountain Botanicals, The Sparkwork Studio, Dognanny Originals, D.O+S.S. (website in the works). To sponsor, send me a message on the website.

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