Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The Hyperspace PodBlast Point of View for the Creation of Pods & Ends

Right now you might be saying to yourself, "What's a 'Hyperspace PodBlast?'" And, honestly, that's a good question. You see, Hyperspace PodBlast started as a nondescript idea for a Star Wars podcast that turned into an online Empire! Okay, not really, here's the long, windy tale:

On May 25, 2015, Bryan (that's me) decided to start a Star Wars blog. He called said blog "Me, Myself, and Star Wars." The idea was that I would just post my random ramblings about Star Wars and if anyone ever read it, well, that would be cool. From these humble beginnings, I started to dabble in "Star Wars Twitter," eventually ending up with a writing gig for a now-defunct site called "The Galactic Roundtable." I started by just posting weekly speculative think pieces that many people stick their collective noses up at, but, whatever, I didn't care. For the purposes of this gig, I came up with the moniker "The Weekly Scoundrel." After a while, the site decided to start including comic reviews in their repertoire, and guess who they asked to handle those duties? You'll never guess...not in a million ye--oh, you did guess me--hmm...okay, so, yeah, I start writing comic reviews as well. So far, so good. Unfortunately, as I mentioned, the site went down the tubes, but I kept up with the comic reviews on a new sister site to Me, Myself, and Star Wars called, that's right, The Weekly Scoundrel. This became status quo for a while, but then I convinced Shelby (1/4 of Pods & Ends, and my better half) to do a podcast with me, and then things really took off.

During the idea process of how to make a Star Wars podcast that wasn't "just another Star Wars podcast," we came up with the idea of keeping episodes under 30 minutes. We would be "the Domino's of Star Wars podcasts!" We decided to run with this idea and thus created the Hyperspace PodBlast - "hyperspace" because it's fast, and "podblast" because, well, again, it's's like a blast of information...makes sense, right? This turned out to go really, really well - we had a great deal of fun creating this fandom project together, and it was fairly well-received. But wait, there's more!

When Forces of Destiny came out, Shelby lost her mind, and I (with the help of Jim Mello from A Star Wars Comic) convinced her to write about them on The Weekly Scoundrel. Not long after this, I realized that I had a lot of Star Wars balls in the air for really no good reason, so I consolidated all the Star Wars doings into one place: (it's probably gone, don't bother copy + pasting the URL). We thought we would keep Star Wars podcasting and blogging until we got tired of it, and that would just be the end, but, as you've probably already guessed based on the existence of this site and podcast, that was not the case...

In October of 2018, Shelby was banished to the prison world of Texas for three weeks to go through two different training programs for her job. The plan was to pre-record the necessary episodes to span the gap while she was away, but, well...we're lazy. We only managed to get one episode completed and, in addition to being lazy, we realized that we really didn't care that we weren't going to be talking about Star Wars every week for a while. Months previous to this, we'd been kicking around the idea of expanding the podcast network to include either a general pop culture show or a show about movies (we watch a lot of movies), but we both decided we didn't really want to create any more unnecessary work for ourselves (we should have seen the writing on the wall then when the podcast felt like "work," but, I don't know, something about rose-colored glasses or something...clever).

Anyway, after both sort of separately thinking that maybe it was time to just go cold turkey on Star Wars and broaden our horizons, we were having a chat with our great, great, better than best friends from across the pond Phil and Soph from Bright Tree Radio when they mentioned they might be doing some non-Star Wars podcasting in the future. Gasp! Shelby and I sort of looked at each other, and I think I said something like, "why don't we just do a whatever podcast with Phil and Soph?" We talked it over for maybe 2-3 minutes, and then Shelby brought it up in our chat...and they said yes!

So, now the two space married power couples of podcasting are together doing a four-person Pods & Ends (like odds and ends, you get it, right?) podcast that is literally the junk drawer of pop culture and geek podcasts. We all hope you enjoy the tidbits of wisdom we have to bestow upon you, but, even if you don't, we're pleased as punch to be doing it, and it's 100% back to being great fun that's not at all like work.

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