In case you missed the big news, it was recently announced that I will be inducted into the Podcast Hall of Fame. Which is... kind of cool! The award ceremony will take place this March at Podcast Movement Evolutions in Los Angeles. Good thing I bought a ticket, huh? This year also marks the return of the Podcast Hall of Fame after a several-year break. The prior ceremony was all the way back in the before-times of 2018, so it's been a minute!
For those of you who don't know me all that well, my next statement is going to make me sound like some posturing dirtbag; but I'm not really an award-seeking person.
Am I stoked and honored that I've been chosen to join the ranks of other podcasters who've been inducted into the Podcast Hall of Fame? Absolutely!
Will I proudly feature the award in my studio and in the background of every single video call I on from now on? Undoubtedly!
Will I tweak my social profiles to include the honor, add it to my website, and probably even adjust my email signature line because, yes, I still use an email signature line? I can't imagine not doing so.
But I still maintain that I'm not really an awards-seeking person. I greatly appreciate the validation and I feel incredibly honored to receive this award. That my work in the space of podcasting as recognized by my peers as both heartwarming and confidence-inspiring.
And also very, very cool.
I'm sharing this with you today to say simply... thank you. Thank you for listening to me, watching me, or reading along as I think out loud about the present and future of podcasting across the nearly 600 episodes of Podcast Pontifications produced since 2018. If you've received any inspiration or, or found a way forward because of my words and thoughts, I'm very glad to have played a part.
Thank you for your engagement with me online, whether that's via Twitter, the Advancing Podcasting Community's Discord server, or asking me to be a part of your show to talk about podcasting. If any of that helped you become a better podcaster or keep you focused on making podcasting better, I'm very happy to have helped with that.
A big thank you to those who stuck with the podcast 3 Clips as I take over the reins as the new host for Season 2.
Another big thanks to you if you engage with the various properties of Sounds Profitable, where I serve as the editor and oversee strategic operations.
And a special note of thanks to the hundreds of authors-cum-podcasters who took a risk by making a podcast version of their books on Podiobooks.com back in the day. That seems like a lifetime ago, but your efforts taught me that podcasting has the power to both give voice to the unheard—or perhaps better stated, under-heard—and could be used to create innovative concepts with podcasting that hadn't been done before. Thank you very much for your trust and your willingness to go on that grand experiment with me.
Finally, a huge thanks to many friends I've made along the way. Thank you for following my tangled, wandering path through podcasting that started all the way back in 2004 when me and one other dork with a microphone thought we'd give this at-the-time brand new podcasting thing a go.
Thank you very much for following me from show to show, suffering through my months-long hiatuses, and for putting up with my never-ending existential crises that cause me to change directions on a dime. None of that is conducive to building an audience. But it has certainly made me a lot of friends along the way.
So thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I shall be back after the weekend with yet another Podcast Pontifications.