It was one year ago today that the first show was released. The site’s been around for a bit longer than that, and the idea is even older, but this seems like the right date to celebrate. Podcasting wasn’t even a hobby over two years ago so I could have never imagined that I would spend so much of my spare time doing it. When I started, there were about 3,000 registered podcasts on Podcast Alley. Today there are over 18,000. Many have come and some have gone, but The Animation Podcast is still going strong at the ripe old age of 1.
The Rewards of Podcasting
Over the last year I learned more than I ever cared to know about recording, web hosting, XML, audio formats, the list goes on and on. It’s been worth every bit of effort though, as the rewards have surpassed all my expectations. Sometimes I tell people that I started this because I just wanted my questions answered by the people I admire. A somewhat selfish start that has become so much more than that.
- When I stopped counting, I had listeners from over 60 different countries.
- The first show alone has been downloaded over 16,000 times.
- All shows combined top 110,000 downloads! (Any advertisers out there? )
- I’ve been contacted by so many people who say that their love for animation has been re-ignited by the show. Some of the things people have been inspired to do:
And there are still the selfish rewards.
- Now I have the perfect excuse to bother all my heroes.
- I’ve met hundreds of people – online and in person – who I would have never known.
- I get just as inspired as anyone else when I hear what these great artists have to share – even after the 20th listen!
- I finally have a pretty good idea of how the last 30 years at Disney played out.
- I think my diction is actually improving!
Thanks Are in Order
I do the heavy lifting around here but there are plenty of people to thank.
Above all else, I must first thank my lovely wife, The Intro Voice. She’s put up with my schemes before, but here she’s been more supportive than I could have ever expected. From the beginning, she was on board with this ‘Podcast’ thing because she saw the potential in what we could provide to listeners the world over. She truly sees the value in this and enjoys the shows as much as anyone out there – a true patron of animation! I owe her big time for all those weekends lost to editing sound, tweaking components, and coding this site. She’s always there to listen to a rough cut and give her feedback, which makes every show better for you guys. If we had credits, she’d be my producer and my muse. She’s always saying, “Don’t you have a show you could work on?” AND she’s always willing to record her part when it’s way past both our bedtimes. What a gift she is! Without her, the show wouldn’t be what it is today.
This show would be nothing without the guests. These are people who’s lives are probably as full as any of ours, yet they offered us their time and knowledge. I never feel wierd saying that a show was great, because to me, it’s all about the guests and their voices speaking to you.
Ron Clements & John Musker
(Plus a few more yet-to-be-released guests.)
I’ve said this before: After learning about podcasting, I tried to decide what I would podcast about. Two things sparked the idea in my mind. Jim Hull at Seward Street posted his Milt Kahl audio, and at the same time I was reading Didier Ghez’s first book Walt’s People, Volume 1. (Be sure to check out Volume 2, and more on the way!) I thought, “Well who is recording these interviews for our generation?” And it was as simple as that. Thanks Jim and Didier!
Podcast Inspirations: These are the first podcasts I listened to before starting this journey. I picked my favorite parts from all of these to develop my format.
Dawn and Drew
Reel Reviews Radio
I’ll thank my parents again for generously giving me a laptop which has become the control center of The Animation Podcast – my Batcave and utility belt all in one. (They’re also two of my most avid listeners. Who knew?)
Friends and Co-workers:
Although this is pretty much a one person operation (plus services provided by The Intro Voice), there are some people who have supported the podcast by helping me with technical issues beyond my grasp or just plain offered to help if I needed it.
For the Theme Song: our own DJ Sweettooth, Joe Moshier.
I think I would still do this if only a handful of people listened, but I’ve got more than that. You’re the greatest audience in the podcast world! You’re the other half of this whole process and your feedback and support is always the boost I need to find the time and energy to work on the next show. Thanks to everyone who made talking in to a microphone feel a lot less lonesome. Pat yourself on the back and know that you’re an important part of The Animation Podcast if you ever:
I probably forgot to thank someone. If that’s the case, it’s only because of an oversite on my part and not a reflection of your worth, so I’ll say, “Sorry,” in advance.
Here’s to many more shows for a long time to come! I hope you’ll be a part of it.