Oh hey everyone. This is Danielle. Welcome to another about me blog. For those who need a refresher, this blog series is a way for me to share with all of you my past projects. This will hopefully give you a sense of who I am as a creator while also allowing you to experience my past work. Sweet, right? Let's jump into it!
So, one medium that I was never really into as a teenager is podcasts. I knew they had something to do with talking but I would much rather listen to my music than talk radio.
To my surprise, the same class that forced me to create a blog also required that I create a podcast. It didn't have to be anything special. We were given 4 podcast assignments such as record an about me episode or discuss a topic that is important to us or incorporate songs in our podcast. It was a lot of fun and something I found I was pretty good at. After all, I had a lot that I wanted to say and podcasting was a great form of expressing my opinions on certain topics.
I began to look deeper into the world of podcasts and came across a few I thought I would have an interest in. At this time in my life I was very interested in Harry Potter academia and progressive Christian conversation. The three main podcasts I ended up subscribing to were Relevant, Mugglenet Academia, and Alohomora. There were a few others but obviously I am not going to list them all! I couldn't get into podcasts right away. I found that I really enjoyed Mugglenet Academia but never wanted to spend time just sitting there listening to the show. Alohomora and Relevant were shows I desperately tried to enjoy but never quite got the hang of them either (I would eventually). I put many episodes on my iPod nano and listened on the way to and from campus. Sometimes I really enjoyed the content I was listening to, but most days I felt like I never really liked the people I was listening to and didn't get why people enjoyed this stuff. It seemed as much as I wanted to enjoy podcasts, they really weren't for me. That is what I would tell myself for the entire semester.
I continued to follow Mugglenet Academia. I loved the podcast and it's subject matter, Harry Potter, so much that I even submitted an application to be a student guest on the show. I longed to be on a podcast and the prospect of making my own was daunting. To my excitement and horror, I received an email invitation in my inbox the summer after I graduated college to be on Mugglenet Academia. The subject matter was a bit unfamiliar to me, but I grabbed the opportunity to be on the only podcast I had enjoyed for the past few months.
Being on Mugglenet Academia was amazing. Of course I was nervous and didn't put on a performance I can say I am proud of. But everyone starts somewhere. You can listen to my episode at this link, and all episodes are available at this link.
Anyway, the episode I guested on was posted at the end of June and, naturally, I wanted to listen to it. Being that I hated listening to podcasts and just sitting around, I decided to add the episode to my iPod and listen at work. Since graduating, I had been working at a data entry job that I'd worked at during past summer vacations. We were allowed to listen to our iPods, but I never listened to mine because I found that I enjoyed music too much to not focus on it. This would be one of the few times I had worn headphones at work up until this point. After listening to the episode, and cringing a lot, it occurred to me, "why not listen to podcasts all of the time at work?"
My life was changed forever.
And so it began. I not only added all of the podcast episodes from shows I was already subscribed to, but I found new podcasts. I listened to Harry Potter podcasts, podcasts about Christianity, Disney podcasts, Game of Thrones podcasts, etc. I even started listening to audio books. It seemed that podcasts had become a main stay in my life.
I began to dream of ways I could create my own podcast. There were so many ideas in my brain that I didn't know where to start. Eventually I had an idea to create a Disney podcast where I, and a few other hosts, would discuss the animated films. I began reaching out to friends who I knew loved Disney and three of them said they were game! We called the show Talk Magic to Me. After several episodes, a new host, a new name, and new content galore, the podcast came to a close. But I didn't want my podcasting to end there. I just wasn't sure where I wanted to go at that point.
During my time on Talk Magic to Me, I also guest hosted on a podcast called the Enlightened podcast with my friend, and co-host on Talk Magic to Me, Jen! I also was a guest host on the popular Mugglenet show, Alohomora (mentioned above as one of the first podcasts I ever listened to. See, I told you I would grow to love it!).
Eventually, I started a podcast called Keep Calm and Read On, in reference to one of my favorite posters of all time. There I talked about books and reviewed a book a day. While the podcast was never one I took a lot of pride in, I did have some awesome opportunities to have great guests such as my friend Jen again, Jordan Taylor from Blimey Cow, and Nicole Rivera of Mugglenet.com who I am glad to call a friend and who I would end up working with again in the future. You can listen to most episodes from that show here.
One of my favorite things to have come out of Talk Magic to Me is Behind the Magic. One of the co-hosts on the podcast, Rachel, introduced me to her friend Zeek while we were still doing our Disney podcast. Zeek also enjoyed Disney and so we invited him on for a few of our final episodes. Meanwhile, Zeek was also working on his own Disney podcast, Behind the Magic. When TMTM ended, Rachel teamed up with Zeek for the podcast and it has been going strong ever since. I've guested on the show a few times (all of my episodes are here), and it is always so much fun. I have to say that Rachel and Zeek are some of my favorite people to podcast with (and favorite people in general!).
I dabbled in a few other podcasts after that. The first was another Disney podcast except this time with a much more cynical and sarcastic approach called, Did We Need That Sequel? Following that I tried out a vodcast called Books and Video Games where I talked about books while playing video games. Yes, I know, it was kind of lame. The final podcast I worked on was A Year of Big Books. In the beginning of 2017 I decided I was going to only read big books (books 500 pages or longer). That dream did not last long, and obviously neither did the podcast. But I swear, it was a fun idea. I SWEAR.
That, my friends, is the very condensed version of how I got into podcasting and the many podcasts I have worked on. Hope to see you at the next About Me blog.
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