There are so many reasons to love pod fiction – both from the perspective of making it and of listening to it. I could write a LOT about it, but instead I’m going to take you on a whistle-stop tour around three of my top reasons.
1. The community:
I’m a big fan of communities. When you give people a chance, they are pretty much brilliant. But there are spaces that cater more towards the dark side of human nature. I think social media is very often one of those spaces. There’s quite a bit of research about this, but I’m going to distil it into two distinct issues:
The anonymous element increases the bystander effect;
The shortened/limited form of communication lends itself to polarised arguments.
I tend to avoid arguments on the Internet because of these two things… But let me get back to why podcasting is so blooming wonderful. In a world where app-based-conversation is often pretty awful, the podcasting community stands out as being lovely. Really, really lovely. People are encouraging and kind in this space. Everyone is welcome and no one is dismissed from discussion. It is genuinely uplifting to be part of this community – both as a listener and a maker.
2. The relative ease with which one can join in:
I started making my podcast (Diary of a Space Archivist) because I wanted to show some of my students how they could make audio content. So my whole approach was about keeping any expense to the minimum.
I have a laptop, audacity and an inexpensive mic. Ok… a cheap mic. This may be obvious if you listen to my show, but I hope you don’t care too much about that because I’m turning out, what I think, is pretty decent content.
Incidentally, I have launched a Patreon site to try and begin putting some cash into the show – but that’s not the point, the point is it’s relatively easy for lots of folk to become part of the pod fiction story.
3. The range of amazing shows:
There are so many great shows out there. They are, largely, available to listen to for free. They are well made, well written and they are more diverse than anything you’ll find on the radio. There really is something for everyone in pod fiction – or there will be soon! If you don’t already listen, I encourage you to take a little dip. I promise you – you won’t regret it.
Geekygirl is changing. This is ok I suppose – though none of us really like change. Change is effort. And who likes effort? That’s why Netflix works – we don’t have to do anything to change what’s happening, we can remain inert and the next episode of our latest binge-watch will just… play.
But here it is. Change. Staring right at me and, therefore, right at you too.
Not fair is it?
Game of Thrones is over and Geekygirl has been re-vamped. Now it’s Geekygirl Productions – and reading past bedtime, whilst still badass, is no longer the tagline.
Much like winter, this change has been coming.
I’ve changed. What I need this site for, what I do, how I make things… it’s all changed. And so – here it is – Geekygirl Productions. A one-stop-shop for my podcasts and books and stuff.
It began with me trying to sew a Santa hat to one of my daughter’s jumpers, because it’s Christmas jumper day at school and we didn’t have time to buy her one.
I had to sew. In the morning. Chugging breakfast and sewing, whilst reminding my daughter to stay on target and eat her breakfast too…
I hate sewing.
Ask me to build a window seat and I’m your woman. But ask me to sew… and it is pure hell.
I had to start over three times. Three times. It was probably one of the simplest sewing tasks in the world… It took me three goes.
Anyway, eventually I wrestled the newly minted Christmas jumper into submission. Then I grabbed all the presents for the teachers and bagged them appropriately. Helped my daughter to dress (she’s three and still needs some help with this and other important things like brushing teeth). Got the dog in the car (to take her to the vet), took child-face to school. Gave the teachers their gifts. Took my dog for a quick walk. Got a call from husband-face. Had to go home to get something husband-face needed and meet him with said thing. Then rush off to the vet. Got to the vet ten-minutes late.
Finally – I am home and writing this.
That’s this time of year – sudden bursts of mania and a bonkers to-do-list.
So, if you also have toddlers and you find yourself desperate for 5-minutes of calm amidst it all… please take advantage of this little Christmas gift from me to you!
Scribble Explores the World is available to buy via Amazon.
If you’ve enjoyed it – please remember leave a review on amazon 🙂
I sit here now, writing this, in an odd state of shock and joy.
I have loved writing and re-writing this story. I’ve loved woking with the remarkably talented illustrator, Gillian Marriott. I’ve even loved formatting the thing about eight times till I got it right! Well… maybe I didn’t love that bit…
But the upshot is that here, at last, is something that I am very proud of. It has been a pleasure to work on it. And I am humbled by all the folk that have encouraged me, and helped me to get it to this point.
So… if you know any toddlers that would enjoy a story about exploration, friendship and accepting yourself just the way you are… then why not treat them this Christmas?