I Still Have Nothing To Say

 Photo by Megan Anderson//@_visualisms_

Photo by Megan Anderson//@_visualisms_


      This is hard man. Incredibly hard. I'm trying to handle a bunch of tasks I've never done before, and I don't know anyone who's doing what I'm trying to do. I'm not a trail blazer or anything, I just don't have any friends. 3 or 4 maybe, but that's fine with me. I've always kind of been a loner. Not by choice for most of my life, but recently it has been. That's why I have these dreams of working for myself in a dark room lit only by the LEDs of my computer monitors and a triforce lamp on top of my speakers. Gotta get that vibe just right. 

      But as I've said before, it's the dream and I'll make it happen. It just gets frustrating when you have to go to work and do shit you don't want to all day, leaving you only the middle of the night to get "real" work done. But cry me a fucking river, right? Today, I published the 9th episode of my podcast Reminiscent today (click link for iTunes or listen below) and am starting to edit the practice run of our new show "Ad Astra". The practice run aspect is unfortunate, as there were some technical issues during recording, but I told the dudes to not feel discouraged, as it took me and my cohost Pat 3 tries to get something that sounded good, and I'm an audio guy for Elon Musk's sake. We still have issues, but they're manageable. My pre amp likes to make the gain go up and down on it's own, increasing the noise floor on occasion, and its like yo, wtf? Like a 3 year old that thinks she's helping, but really she's spilling the milk everywhere and ruining everything beautiful. Kids and budget pre-amps man... why? 

     Anyways, I'm pretty hyped about the shows taking form. Reminiscent is really taking shape and we have a healthy amount of listeners every week. By healthy I mean around 50, but that's about 50 more than I expected. Some episodes have over 100 downloads and that's rad. But the point of the show isn't to get huge or anything. It's really just practice for me so I don't need the training wheels when the real shows start airing. As I've mentioned in past posts, I feel like I have some pretty good star power on the network and I'm expecting each new show's download numbers to be in the 5 digit range. It would be rad if both were live now, however. What better time for a show about space policy than during the transition between two presidential cabinets? And what better time for a show hosted by a Nintendo brand ambassador to air than right when Nintendo launches a new console and one of their biggest titles in years. (A quick aside, I'm literally in tears over the new Zelda footage. Preordered the game and waiting for the preorders with the neon controllers to be available.)

      We'll get there in time, however. There's no way the shows are going to air in the next few weeks, so I'm not stressing it. I'm trying to just keep my head down and keep working no matter what. I still don't know the purpose of this blog post, but whatever, I'm sticking with it. I haven't looked too much into the marketing stuff as promised last post. I spent a couple hours working on the website which will go live shortly. I finally have bios and pictures from all of the hosts, and things are looking rad. Squarespace is kinda killing my vibe though. As discussed in the podcast episode that aired today, I feel the need to customize literally everything, and I don't think Squarespace is powerful enough to do what I want it to do. Nor do I know how to do what I want it to do. I have a web developer in mind to work on a Wordpress site, but like, I can't afford that shit! I do think it will make all the difference in the world, however, to have an amazing website. Mainly for the forum functionality. I'm hoping that will be the most important part of this whole business endeavor. I wouldn't necessarily call it a failure if we have a bunch of listeners who weren't active in the forums, but I would definitely be bummed out. 

      So, for the rest of the day I'm researching how to boost SEO for a website and ways to market it so all you fools are all "Damn, lemme check that ish out". It's some good ish, and you SHOULD check it out. I think our latest episode is particularly interesting, and I have nothing else to say about it. I didn't really have anything to say going into this post, and I'm sorry if you've stuck with it this far. I'm sure you've wasted my time at some point as well. So we're even. 

Until next time, 

Tom Kelly//Tom@elemental.fm