Once upon a time, there was a podcast.... That seems like a good start right? It was a good start. Unfortunately, like the Music Free family of podcasts, it sort of faded away. It’s time for me to finish the story.
To finish, I need to start. The first Music Free Static podcast aired on June 2, 2012. Mostly, I talked about politics. Sometimes, I talked about tech. For the most part, it was a lot of fun but politics gets old and I wanted to talk more about tech. I split the Static podcast in half. The first part was politics and the second part was tech. That was great but I didn’t want my tech fans to have to sit through my political rants and vis versa.
At the end of 2014, I started the Music Free Tech podcast. Music Free Static was all politics all the time and Music Free Tech was devoted to tech and there was much rejoicing. Not many viewers but much rejoicing.
As 2015 progressed I noticed something about myself that had been building for some time. I was getting really tired of politics. The constant bickering on Twitter sickened me … and that was just between the politicians. I still like politics, in theory, and have many strong opinions about it. In practice, I just couldn’t play in those waters anymore. I came to dread doing the podcast. Even Music Free Tech, which had almost nothing to do with politics, had lost its appeal. I was getting burnt out.
Then, something magical happened. I got a PS4. This opened up a new world of streaming for me. I started with basic game streams but I continued to do what I’d been doing for the last three years. Every Saturday was the Music Free Gaming podcast. That didn’t last long mostly because I couldn’t consistently find gaming news that I wanted to talk about but also because I was burnt out on podcasting. For the most part, I have a lot more fun playing and chatting with viewers in the chat room about random stuff.
So, where does that leave things now? Well, first off, the last actual podcast was Music Free Gaming 007 which aired in January, 2016. Most of my time has been devoted to Music Free Gaming. I’ve been streaming there six days a week, usually in the evening and Saturday morning.
That’s not the only thing I’ve got going on. Yesterday, I added a new feature to Music Free Static called Headlines. (Great name, huh? I’m creative like that.) There you’ll be able see the recent links that I shared. (I had been dumping all of those to Twitter from Delicious but that’s been so buggy lately that I had to kill it. The links will still go to Twitter just not from Delicious.) Clicking on the link will take you directly to the linked site but there is also a discuss permalink that will all for the Music Free community to, you know, discuss the link. I have an option to only see links in certain categories, e.g. gaming or politics, but I don’t have navigation to those yet.
There will be some minor cosmetic changes but those will take longer as my graphics skills are pretty poor.
I also plan to go back to blogging rather than podcasting about things I find really interesting. How much and how often that will be, I don’t know yet. I guess we’ll find out together.
Here’s the tl;dr. Politics sucks. Podcasts are done for now. Headlines, blog posts and lots and lots of game streams are coming.
Thanks for sticking with me as I work though these changes. There will be more fun in the future, I’m sure. Until then, be excellent to each other.