Today, September 7th, 2017, marks the first anniversary of The Married with Board Games Podcast. Check out this post when we announced the show! The year really has flown by, and as I began to think about everything that happened in the last year, I figured it made for a great blog post.
I realized there’s so much more to podcasting than recording and putting out an episode every two weeks. I want to share my five most important takeaways from the past year and give you some insight into the ups and downs. First, let’s start with a down.
1. We (mainly I) made a ton of mistakes
Starting something new is always met with uncertainty. Honestly, I had no idea what I was doing going into this, and to some extent, I still don’t!
First of all, a couple of times, we lost some good content. We recorded episodes that, due to my impatience, disappeared into the digital abyss. We had to re-record on several occasions, and those second recordings failed to capture the excitement and atmosphere of the originals.
Secondly, again due to impatience, our audio quality was recorded poorly. Either I didn’t check a setting on the microphone or recording software, but the file going into the editing process was just bad. You can’t fix audio that’s been recorded poorly. (I tried)
Finally, on a few occasions, I left stuff in that should have been cut out. It went out into podcast land your all of your ears to hear. This is stuff that Lara explicitly told me to “cut out” while we were recording. It was simply a matter of me being distracted while editing, but a mistake nonetheless.
As you can see, the podcast is far from perfect. However, I wouldn’t have it any other way. That’s because…
2. I’ve learned many lessons
Making mistakes is essential to learning lessons. One of my absolute favorite quotes is from Robert F. Kennedy. He said, “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” And boy, have I failed greatly! Now just waiting for that second part.
I’ve learned so much about podcasting: How to improve that poor sound quality, how to edit a poor recording as best as possible, what levels are best, how to have guests on the show, etc.
I’m not an expert. I don’t know if I’ll ever be, simply because I don’t have the time to dedicate to becoming one. However, I do like to think that I have amassed a decent amount of technical knowledge.
I also have learned some life lessons, like don’t procrastinate, take my time, and put more effort into our work. I want to create a product to be proud of, and in order to do that, I must take time and be intentional about everything I do. Our goal is to create the best product we can for you. Which leads me to…
3. Listeners are thebomb.com
I’ll make an assumption that if you are reading this, you either are curious about podcasting, or have listened to at least one of our episodes. If you are in the latter group, oh my goodness we cannot thank you enough!
Lara and I can talk about games any time. But the fact that you all want to listen to it brings us a tremendous amount of joy. We’ve seen steady growth ever since we began which tells us we are doing something right.
You also are all just wonderful people to interact with. We thank you for tweeting, commenting, and following us on all of our social media platforms. Your input and feedback has been essential to improving what we do. We feel like we have made many great internet friends, and we sincerely hope to meet you all one day. And speaking of friends…
4. Relationships have been formed with our guests
The idea of having guests on the show always intimidated me. I don’t know why, but it did. But after our first guest, I realized it wasn’t too difficult or bad at all. In fact, we had super fun times on the show with the guests and have formed some great relationships with them.
We want to give shout outs to Jason M. Allen of Incarnate Games, Andrew and Anitra Smith from The Family Gamers Podcast, Jason Kotarski from Green Couch Games, Jen Ellis and Keith Baker of Twogether Studios, and Brian Henk from Overworld Games.
Each time we got together to record with these people was a joy. We always end up saying how much fun we had and every single one of our guests are great people. But the greatest person is what I consider the best thing about doing this podcast…
5. Podcasting with my best friend is something I cherish
I am very thankful that Lara and I have a mutual joy of gaming. As I have pointed out many times, I’m definitely more rabid than she is, but we both enjoy playing and talking about games.
When we sit down to record, we have an outline to follow. That’s it. I don’t always know what she’s going to say about the games or the topics we discuss. Sometimes I expect her to say one thing and she totally surprises me. So I’ve learned a great deal about Lara’s tastes in gaming, simply by talking about it on the show.
We also bond. One of my greatest joys in life is making Lara laugh. She has the most beautiful smile and her laugh fills me with this feeling I can’t explain. While my jokes are bad and sometimes groan-worthy, I can usually get a smile out of her.
Sitting across the microphone from her every two weeks is something I look forward to. Watching her personality come out as she describes a game, her enjoyment of it (or lack there-of), and bantering with her are times I truly cherish. I’m so thankful I get to do this with my wife.
So a year has gone by and we’re so thankful for what we’ve learned and experienced as a result of the podcast. We’ve made changes, we’ve grown, and we’ll continue to change and grow as time goes on.
Again, I want to personally thank you, the listeners, for joining us. Each episode IS special to us and we hope that it is for you too.
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