So this was fun ...
It's exciting when either of my podcasts hits the top 100, even if they don't stay there long. (Apple's algorithm includes weighing new reviews, which is one of the reasons we podcasters often beg you to leave reviews for the shows you like!) When the new seasons of Accused and Crimes of the Centuries began dropping around the same time in January/February, they were briefly back-to-back on the list.
It's rewarding to see that the work I do, however sobering at times, is reaching people. You don't get any perks for being in the top 100, but when you're there, you tend to get more exposure, which helps spread word about these cases farther. And that's the whole point: to tell people's stories. To make sure they're not forgotten. To understand the impact their cases had on the world they left behind.
Also: I'm writing a COTC-themed book. I'm so excited (and also nervous about hitting my deadline) because I think it's going to be a really cool thing. It'll be published through Union Square & Co., whose vision for the book aligned perfectly with mine. I can't wait to get it out there. I'd love a whole series of these because I find it fascinating how cases intersect and how criminal cases can literally change society, which is the approach I plan to take.
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