I realised today that I’ve not written a blog post for the best part of two months, and with 2016 now in full flight, what better time then now to get back on the blogging bandwagon. Looking forward to the year ahead, I think 2016 could be the biggest one yet for me both personally and professionally.
Personally, my first child is due in less than two weeks (11 days to be precise) and I am currently in the process of planning a wedding in May (I say ‘involved in planning’, it’s more a case of me popping in on conversations to ensure budgets don’t get out of hand!).
Professionally, my Ghost Stories podcast is continually growing in listeners and engagement. The dream would be to have the support to produce it full time and maybe even hire additional team members – however, I would settle for it becoming a financially self-sufficient project by the end of 2016. In addition to the podcast I have a few other exciting projects in the pipeline. I won’t reveal anymore now, but keep tuned to find out more in the coming months.
Now, as I am positive people don’t read this blog just to get a glimpse into my life, I thought I would begin the year by highlighting some of my favourite podcasts and podcast episodes of 2015.
Favourite Newcomer: “My Dad Wrote A Porno” (iTunes / Facebook)
I felt lucky to stumble across this gem of a podcast on the week of its launch. I would go so far as to say it is the funniest podcast I have ever listened to. In fact, I would like to give it an honourable mention as the only podcast I have ever listened to in a group. Normally, listening is something I would do on my own, making this podcast even more entertaining as ashared experience. From episode one, ‘The Job Interview’, all the way to the last, ‘Monday Morning 7.45am’, I was hooked and can’t wait for season two.
Another Favourite Newcomer: “PS I Love You XOXO” (iTunes / YouTube)
My other top new podcast of 2015 (minus my own of course!) was ‘PS I Love You XOXO’, the Sony Playstation focused podcast created by Kinda Funny’s Greg Miller and Colin Moriarty.
I am a Playstation gamer, but find it difficult to keep up to date with the latest gaming industry news. This podcast has filled the void, focusing on content relevant to me as a gamer, whilst all the while being fun and entertaining to listen to.
I highly recommend checking it out if you a gamer, regardless of your console allegiances.
Most Anticipated: “Serial – Season Two” (iTunes / Website)
‘Serial’ was without a doubt one of the biggest podcasts of 2014, and the first three episodes of season two launched in the weeks leading up to Christmas 2015. Having listened, after waiting the best part of a year for it to return, I notice a similar style and production values seen throughout season one of the podcast. After the success of season one, I would love to see the second be a resounding success. However, my worry is that the subject matter for season two may not be as interesting and emotive for listeners outside of the United States. That’s not to say I haven’t enjoyed it so far, but I listen to as many podcasts as I can as part of my chosen hobby and career, I am not positive the average listener will feel the same way.
Will lightening strike twice? For the positive impact on the podcasting industry I hope so, but only time will tell.
Favourite Episode: “Risk! – ‘Shock’ 19 Oct 2015” (iTunes / Website)
Anyone who loves story telling (is there anyone who doesn’t love a good story?!) should make an effort to listen to this podcast. Their stories can make you laugh, cry and cringe and although I could pretty much pick any episode from 2015, one that particularly stood out for me was ‘Shock’, released back in October. Now, I won’t reveal anything more about the stories other than there is definitely adult content involved, so don’t throw it on around little children…you’ve been warned!
So there you are, a little update about me, some of the things I’ve been listening to and what I’ll be getting up to in the coming months. If you discovered any particularly amazing podcast in the past year, please recommend them in the comments below – I am always on the lookout for a new an interesting listen, regardless of genre! (Point in case, I often listen to Stone Cold Steve Austin’s podcast, and I don’t even watch wrestling!).
That’s all from me – hopefully I’ll have time to write again before another two months pass…depending on how much time this whole ‘having a baby’ thing takes up!