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  • How To Raise a Human

    These tips might be useful for when your baby suddenly turns into a stubborn little toddler. It's quite an adventure to see him/her develop a personality and free will.... but it can also drive you up the wall occasionally.

    1) Don't fuss too much about food. At some point they will get very picky about it. Just keep serving healthy food. Even if they don't eat their veggies for a week.... they will pick it up again when their bodies need it. Many parents get all stressed about it, and start jumping through hoops to try and trick the little monster into eating the broccoli/peas/carrot/whatever.... but for a young child this just makes the whole "not eating" experiment more interesting and rewarding. The more you fuss, the harder it gets. 

    2) Distraction is every parent's most valuable trick. Is your toddlers screaming their lungs out and refusing to put on their pj's? Don't try to convince, bribe, or force him/her. Distract. Take a nearby doll and pretend that it can talk, or point at the lamp and say "ooooh, look at the lamp; which colour does it have?", or pretend to be a robot... After 10 seconds, they will have forgotten all about their anger, and you can put the pj's on with ease. 

    3) From quite a young age, toddlers are able to understand cause and effect. You can use that to make life a little easier. For example, my 2 year old daughter often doesn't want to wash her hands if I simply ask her to (she enjoys saying "no" to pretty much everything I say at the moment). So nowadays, I simply tell her that her washing hands needs to happen before daddy can serve food (note: I don't "punish" her... it's not even really my choice; I just explain to her that one thing is required before the other thing can happen; it's a universal law of life). 

    4) Routine. Kids love it. Decide with your partner on a set of routines, and everything will go much easier. For example, if the "going to bed" routine is always the same, it will be much easier for your child to calm down and fall asleep. But if it changes all the time, it makes him/her restless.

  • "If you're going to charge me 4 times more, you'd better increase the club membership's value"

    For me, Bald Move has a been a major part of my commute for many years and $48 is a no-brainer and I will absolutely be switching over to that plan, but I can also understand why people would struggle with the decision of whether to pay that price or not.
    I don't understand why this is a hold-up for the majority of us. I'm not suggesting that financial realities are the same for everybody, but seriously, if a cup of coffee for $4-8 seems like a reasonable thing, then skip -one- per month. It's not like they are asking for HBO-size "you're so lucky to be looking at us" fees, right?

    Let's try a though experiment. Imagine you're in a coffee shop. And they give you a  simple choice:

    1) A coffee of your liking, for the price of $5
    2) The same coffee for free, if you are willing to listen to a 30 seconds commercial for Casper mattresses

    It doesn't matter whether you can afford the $5 or not, the vast majority is going to choose option 2.

    Of course, we can hope that this behavior changes when customers become aware that the coffee shop might have to close its door soon. Or if the $5 coffee comes with some awesome additional benefits.

  • "If you're going to charge me 4 times more, you'd better increase the club membership's value"

    @michielterlouw Members can already watch live recordings of the more popular casts. If someone is *that* interested, they will watch it live. I don't think putting it up 5 minutes after would make that much of a difference...

    Well, maybe this is more a personal thingy for me. I often eagerly await the podcast, so if I can get the content sooner .... that's added value to me. I listen to the live recording sometimes, but because of the format (youtube), I cannot use my phone for anything else, it drains my battery and skipping forward or backward is hard.
  • "If you're going to charge me 4 times more, you'd better increase the club membership's value"

    Hope I don't sound like an ass, but I think we're fooling ourselves if we think people will sign up for a 48 dollar membership when we know from previous years that only a tiny percentage signed up for the 12 dollar membership.

    Looking back, I  joined the club after quite a long time consuming their content for free. And the only reason I signed up, is because I wanted to support Baldmove, and because 12 dollars is such a low hurdle. On the other hand, the reason it took a long time for me to open my wallet, is that ... the membership just doesn't offer much added value. I get podcasts without ads, but I don't really mind the ads (they are usually quite funny). And then you get Lunch... but sorry, I am not going to pay 48 dollars to listen to 2 guys talking about their trips to the lake, and which video game they are playing. For that kind of stuff I just have lunch with my colleagues (sorry, no offense to anyone who is a loyal LWJA fan).

    To cut a long story short, there needs to be a clearer distinction between "free" and "membership". A distinction that the homo economicus understand, and goes beyond the "I want to support these guys because they are so nice" incentive.

    Here's my 2 cents:

    As a member, I would like to get my podcasts (the unedited version, I guess) before everybody else. Not as a video, but as a podcast audio-file in my itunes library. Non-members need to wait a day. 

    As a member, I want to be able to give listener-feedback about the shows. Non-members cannot send in feedback. Or if they can... it is discussed only later in the show, after the members-feedback has been taken care of (and only if there's some time left)

    Or maybe the distinction is that members are mentioned by name when they send in feedback which is discussed on the show, whereas non-member's feedback is anonymous.

    I realize this sounds artificial, but I think people experience enormous value when the podcast-hosts take the time and energy to answer their question, and I think this feeling ("5 minutes of fame") should somehow be used to set the membership apart from the free stuff.

    You could take this one step further by somehow having members given the opportunity to call in their question over Skype or have some way to make them a part of the show.

    There needs to be content that is only accessible to members, and that is related to the shows that I love (for example GoT). In other words, if I come to Baldmove because of their GoT podcasts, it would be smart to offer me additional GoT content that requires me to sign up as a member. Maybe the Spoilore editions, or special in-between season episodes.

    What am I forgetting?