See Ya 2018

It seems like only a century or six since 2018 began, and now that it is finally ending I couldn’t be happier. This year has been a shitshow, with one bad thing after another, but there has been a lot of good too. I have a tendency to get a little too negative which is why I have multiple memes of Mr. Rogers on the walls and stored on my phone. I want to focus on all the good things that happened this year and that there is a reason to keep getting up in the morning. Here is a quick look at some positive things

We got this wonderful quote from Join the Party that I think about almost everyday. I cannot get over how true this is:

Hannah, capitalism makes moral compromisers of us all.

Amanda McLoughlin (as Inara) “Labor Party III” Join the Party

We got so many new audio fiction podcasts to enjoy this year! I am tempted to name them all here, but I am taking a break from lists and reviews to write this sugary sweet post thanking everyone for making this year great. 

We had audio fiction hit mainstream media!!!!!! Granted it had some flaws, but it was still a victory.

Podcon is happening, and while it is looking like it’ll be a mess, we’ll all get to meet and scream about podcasts so POSITIVE

It’s almost been a year since I started AudioDramaRama! I cannot describe how proud I am of this thing. I rarely take time to focus on my accomplishments because I have impostor syndrome and it actually makes me uncomfortable to have the focus be on me. But I am constantly doing things that make me uncomfortable so why should this be different. A year ago I was terrified of a stranger following me on Twitter, the thought of having even 100 followers made me lightheaded. When I stop and think about ADR, it is a little unbelievable that I made it. I am doing something that I could never see myself doing. ADR isn’t all my doing though, it is the result of many people. I would have never started it if I didn’t have the support of my friends and fellow critics. ADR also wouldn’t be a thing without creators, sound engineers, directors, voice actors, critics, and fans. You all are awesome and make me want to keep writing and growing ADR.

The website has grown so much in a year. We even have an Instagram and a discord. I have also started writing more than recommendations! 

I do want to take a moment to thank a few people who have helped me tremendously:

  • My mom: she is a freaking inspiration. She is an incredible person that busted her ass off to give her kids everything. She always supports me and is always ready to help.
  • Alma: My grandmother who took me under her wing and taught me life skills and how to enjoy the simple things. She was a badass lady. 
  • My besties: they are always ready to drop everything if I need them and are a constant source of support. They sit through hours of me talking nonstop and going off on tangents about podcasts. They are constantly telling me that they are proud of what I’m doing and it makes me want to melt into the floor.
  • Ely: I constantly refer to Ely as either the Podcast Goddess or the Patron Saint of Podcasting. She was the person that welcomed me into the audio fiction community and got me to start ADR. She is incredibly talented and I am constantly surprised that she hasn’t blocked me (please don’t I’d be so lost). I am always asking her questions and coming to her for advice and she never fails to deliver. She is also a fantastic writer, I always come away with a new bit of knowledge after reading one of Ely’s reviews. 
  • Wil: Sometimes I am convinced that Wil is not quite human, or she made a pact with an ancient being. I just don’t know how it is possible for someone to do so much and to do it well. She has a wealth of knowledge about podcasting and writing. Also, she writes beautifully and I need to know her secrets.
  • Gavin: has the ability to out sass me, I say that with awe in my voice. Gavin never fails to make me laugh with his ablilty to make pop culture references. Also I just really love his readiness to call companies out. It is just so freaking delightful. 
  • David: I think that David is the result of a scientific experiment to combine legendary interviewers with all human knowledge. Thankfully this experiment hasn’t led to our annihilation, but instead a wonderful human named David. I am in awe at his ability to interview people. The questions that he asks are thoughtful and well crafted. 

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Thank You!

Thank you again for your support and for being a part of the audio fiction community.