Weekly Update (a New Format): Week Two Hundred Eighteen

This is my two-hundred-eighteenth weekly reflection or update.

Last week, I changed my weekly reflection to a weekly update on a current project. For more on why I made this change, see here.

Current Personal Project: Reading Books about Entrepreneurs and Sharing What I Learned from Them via Blog Posts and Audio Recordings Distributed as a Podcast

Metrics (since 4/1/24):

  • Total audio recordings published: 42 (+8)
  • Total blog posts published: 62 (+7)

What I completed this week (a holiday week):

  • Read autobiographies of Ed Thorp and Sumner Redstone (see here and here)
  • Published eight recordings—one was a bonus episode on Ed Thorp (#40 Ed Thorp Part 4)
  • Had four additional feedback sessions—I missed my target by one
  • Compiled and sorted feedback from five sessions completed the week of 5/20/24
  • Tested Google NotebookLM
  • Evaluated a candidate for extracting my highlights from books
  • Updated podcast titles—added series number (e.g., “Part 2”) and other tweaks
  • Researched metrics for podcasts


  • Audio content changes: I now include the series number, how I discovered the book, an intro including what the recording will be about, more context throughout, personal insights and takeaways, and a closing.
  • The average recording length increased from roughly 5 minutes to 12 minutes
  • My current goal for each book is a three-part series

What I’ll do next week:

  • Read two biographies or autobiographies
  • Write seven blog posts and record seven audio blogs
  • Adjust podcast titles
  • Compile feedback from sessions completed the week of 5/29/24 and identify insights
  • Make changes to audio content based on feedback
  • Complete five feedback sessions
  • Identify two people to study who has successfully shared book insights via solo podcasts or YouTube channels (the books can’t be about entrepreneurs)
  • Make a decision on whether to use Amazon affiliate links for books
  • Crystallize, in writing, my “why” for doing this project


  • Listen to my most recent audio recordings and provide feedback on how I can improve them. The more candid the better! Email me at hello [at] jermainebrown.org.

This week was hard. In my post tomorrow, I’ll share more about what I struggled with and what I learned.

Week two hundred eighteen was another week of learning. Looking forward to next week!

FYI: I’m still playing with the format for this weekly update. I’ll add and remove stuff until I settle on a format I like.

Prefer listening? Catch audio versions of these blog posts, with more context added, on Apple Podcasts here or Spotify here!