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The End….For Now

18

Sep

Posted by Steve

It’s been mentioned on Twitter, we talked briefly about it on the Big Honkin Show, and now I feel I need to make official to everyone via the website that my time in podcasting has come to an end.  For now at least.

The way I put it on Twitter was through the words of Shawn Michaels.  The first time he left the wrestling business, he said simply that he lost his smile.

Over the past few months, I have come to understand what he meant.  I love doing Geek Out Loud, Starkville’s House of El, The Big Honkin Show, and Round 3.   I said a couple of years ago that when all this began I just wanted to do a podcast.  I wanted an outlet to talk about all the things that I enjoy that I don’t really get to talk about too much with the people around me.  I never dreamed in a million years that so much good would come out of sitting in front of a microphone and droning on about movies, tv, and comics.  I have made some great friends, I have had a great time, and I got to live a dream I’ve had for a very long time.

Unfortunately, so much of what I do when it comes to podcasting and broadcasting requires that I am as chipper and upbeat as possible.  There have been times when I’ve just felt too tired or too down to think that I can get in the mental place to “bring it” for the listening audience, but I’ve always found that I could power through and have a good time.  Over the past few months, though, it’s been harder and harder to get to that point due to some personal things that have been going on coupled with a hectic work schedule. In short, I’ve lost my smile.  Watching television, movies, and reading comics became less and less of a hobby and more and more of a job.

In an effort to get my priorities straight and to try (again stealing from Shawn Michaels) find my smile again, I am stepping away from podcasting for the time being.

Thank you all for your support.  Thank you all for the e-mails, the well wishes, the good times, and the laughs.  I’m sorry that this all seems to come out of the blue and I’m sorry for letting those of you who look forward to good times with Derek, Buck, and I down.  Ultimately, please know how appreciative I am to every single one of you for your constant support.

Now, on to the logistics of my departure.  I have officially left Starkville’s House of El, The Big Honkin’ Show will air live on the radio one last time next Saturday, Round 3 is over, and we will do two more episodes of Geek Out Loud before September is over so as to end on the milestone 50th epiversary.

I know you, as I will be tuning in to Starkville’s House of El during what promises to be an amazing final season of Smallville.  As for The Big  Honkin Show and Geek Out Loud, don’t delete those feeds because (to pull another adage from Pro Wrestling) the only thing that’s for sure is nothing is for sure.

Again, thank you all, God Bless, May the Force Be With You, and where we’re going we don’t need roads.

The GOL Forums are Dead. Long Live The GOL Forums

6

May

Posted by Steve

It stinks to fail.   It really does.  However, things fail, people fail, we all fail at some point or another.  It’s ok.

The GOL forums failed.   That failure is due mostly to me.   In recent months, interest in most parts of the forums faded, and that included my interest in the forums.  I just didn’t seem to have the time that I had in the beginning to devote to being there and communicating as much as I would have liked.  So it was that as people lost interest, spam bots did not.   I tried to get myself pumped up to stop some spamming, but things just never got back on track.

So, the decision was made to shut things down and move on.

It’s ok though we have an option.  We’re gonna copy what The Big Honkin Show has done so well, we’re starting a Facebook page.

Head over to The Geek Out Loud Facebook Page by clicking here and then click the “Like” button. When we get a few more members, we’ll have a definite URL and such, so that will be cool.

We’re not trying to step on what Toby did when he created the GROUP for Geek Out Loud, we’re just trying to make sure that we have a community where people can feel safe to geek out.

So, I hope everyone understands about the forums, and I hope that you will all join the new facebook page.

Thank you to everyone who was a mod or an admin on the forums and thank you all for participating in that experiment.  Don’t forget the shows that were and still are friends of Geek Out Loud and Geek Out Online.  Make sure to support them by subscribing to their shows and e-mailing them and letting them know you appreciate their hard work.

Now, what are you still reading this for….GO JOIN!!!!

UPDATED: GOL SHIRTS ARE HERE!!!

2

Dec

Posted by Steve

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Just a note to let everyone know.  You can preorder your official GOL T-Shirt or hoodie now until December 15th.  We are shooting for at least 100 items to be sold, this would be a great help to the site and bolster some things we are wanting to do with the site and podcast down the road a bit.

Pre-orders will last for two weeks.  At the end of the two weeks, allow 4 to 6 weeks for the printing and shipping of  the shirts.  So while you won’t necessarily be able to have them by Christmas, you should be able to fulfill one of your most important resolutions for 2010:  SUPPORT GEEK OUT LOUD AND GEEK OUT ONLINE.

Depending on how these official shirts of the the official podcast of Geek Out Online sell, we have ideas for other designs down the road and may even go so far as to open up a full time store for the site where you can order GOL and GOO merch along with Big Honkin Show merch.

For now, let your geek flag fly proudly with an oh-so-cool shirt, hoodie, or both. Just click on the T-shirt tab above to order yours.

We are finally able to get a look at a mock up of the hoodies.  They are black with the GOL logo on the front and the “stenciled” logo on the back.  They will look suhweet.
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Announcing a New Way to Geek Out!

19

Dec

Posted by Steve

It’s official.  The newest and best way to geek out with fellow members of the Geek Out Loud Nation are the new Geek Out Loud Forums: The official forums of the official podcast of Geek Out Online.  WOO HOO.

Head over to www.geekoutpodcast.com/forums to register and join in the fun.

Big Honkin Guest Appearance

12

Nov

Posted by Steve

In the past week and a half I have been privileged to appear as a guest on a couple of podcasts outside of my usual realm of recording.

First, head over to Views From the Longbox’s website and check out episodes 58 and 58b to catch a discussion between Michael Bailey and myself concerning the Presidency of Lex Luthor. Recorded while watching the election returns, Bailey and I discuss the history, the presidency, and downfall of Luthor in the Superman books.

Then, I had the honor of guest hosting with Jason Spencer, my good friend Superclerk from the Geek Out Loud Forums, on his podcast The Shadowy Flight, a podcast all about Knight Rider. Head to this link to listen to his podcast and subscribe via iTunes.

Thanks to both of those guys for having me on their shows, if you have a show that you’d like me to guest on, just e-mail me and let’s see what we can do.

Sorry, I haven’t posted in a couple of weeks. Regular posting should resume soon. So, as my friend Michael Bailey always says, “More to follow…”