The Blue Recluse
2 Years On…
The Blue Recluse recently celebrated it’s 2nd birthday, (It’s first 2nd year birthday to be exact, sorry in-joke right there!) and this got me thinking. These last 2 years have flown by in the blink of an eye and right now I’m more excited about podcasting and creating content than I’ve ever been.
I think like a lot of the podcasts that start up in the Blizzard community we began with just wanting a platform to discuss our thoughts and feelings about the games we love and cherish and no doubt being inspired by other shows along the way.
As the time goes by you make tweaks to your show. For around our first 25 episodes I’m pretty sure we changed at least one thing every show and it was around that point we finally settled on some kind of format. My advice for podcasting, always look forward but don’t be afraid to listen to what you’re making to find improvements. This was one of the strangest aspects for me. I listen to many hours of podcasts a week and when the day came that I started listening to myself I quickly noticed aspects that I should work on. 2 years on, I’m still on this journey and probably always will be but I’ve noticed big changes in a positive way, either that or Marty is just that good at editing… Now that I come to think of it probably the latter (Hehe).
Speaking of editing, podcasting can be a real thankless task at times. This is totally understandable due to the sheer amount of content out in the Internet. Many hours can be spent prepping a show, recording, editing, uploading, and publishing and that’s why it’s very important to remember why you are doing this. I think if you’re starting up it’s easy to get downhearted after 10 episodes or so without much or any feedback, but if your sole objective is to talk and converse about what you love then ultimately I don’t think that matters. If something stops being fun then you probably shouldn’t be doing it… unless it’s your job and you know… money. When it comes to hobbies, make sure you are enjoying what you are doing and that will shine through.
At this stage in our podcasting we life we are still extremely young and inexperienced, but I think like many 2 year olds we are starting to find our feet. Over the past 2 years we’ve connected with some great folks out there in the Blizzard community. A mention to Realm-Maintenance which gave us our first interview, with Rho the host doing a fantastic job to promote new and existing podcasts in the community, I would recommend that being a place to check out. I’ve found so many new shows that I probably wouldn’t have otherwise.
This movement inspired us to reach out to the community and have guests on our show. One of our first emails (which was a very exciting experience) was from Stone over at WoW-Challenges, asking if we could mention his site/project which aims to bring the hardcore element into World of Warcraft. I remember Marty saying to me straight away, “We should get this guy on our show for an interview” and I was of similar thinking. We reached out and made it happen. It’s actually more easier than you think. Another thing I’ve learned is: if you don’t ask, you don’t get. Do not be afraid to ask people to be on your show, no matter how big or small. You would actually be surprised how privileged people can feel when they get asked and sometimes a fresh voice or perspective can do wonders for your show! I couldn’t finish this paragraph without mentioned our friend John (S-L-M Reddit) who is a custom Hearthstone content creator and has inspired us with his work, or Rosie Brent, who is now a very close friend of the show which all started with a single tweet. The community can be a wonderful thing and I would encourage you to do everything in your power to embrace it.
What is next for The Blue Recluse? It’s a good question. We have many new and exciting ideas that we hope to take forward. We recently introduced our Discord channel with the aim of building an area where fans of Blizzard games can hang out, chat, and play games together and hopefully forge new friendships. This is something I really hope grows as, essentially, it’s the people that make these games special. There’s a small convention called BlizzCon, we would really love to make it to that at some stage also. In the mean time we’ll just continue to turn your ears blue every week.
Thanks for reading (and listening)!
The TLDR summary:
Podcasting is great fun, I highly recommend it.