Austin Podcasters turned 3, and it is all thanks to you.
4 years ago, I moved to Austin. Coming off the heels of co-managing a user group in Kansas City, I knew how valuable it was to have a community of people that you could reach out to, build relationships with, and grow together. I looked for that same community here in Austin, and at the time I could not find it.
After patiently waiting for months for a meetup group to re-appear, I was left with empty searches by the end of 2016. Thus, I registered the Austin Podcasters Meetup group in Dec 2016 and at the start of 2017, we had our first meetup.
Since then, I’ve merged with an Austin Podcast Facebook Community to combine our forces and grow even more. In 2019, we saw amazing cross-over events with the wonderful Austin Lady Pods. We also held our first Austin Fiction Podcast Meetups.
With each month, and with each event, we find more and more amazing people here in Austin. The stories you tell, the stories you highlight, inspire even more to tell their story. Thus, I will repeat an absolute favorite quote of mine that you may have already seen in our newsletter. It is from the book How To Write An Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee as he recounts the words of his mentor, famed essayist, Annie Dillard:
“You are the only one of you, she said. Your unique perspective, at this time, in our age, whether it’s on Tunis or the trees outside your window, is what matters. Don’t worry about being original, she said dismissively. Yes, everything’s been written, but also, the thing you want to write, before you wrote it, was impossible to write. Otherwise it would already exist. Your writing it makes it possible.”How To Write An Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee
There are so many ears waiting to hear your stories. Waiting to hear your perspectives. You’ll hear and read articles that ask if podcasting has reached its fill. They’ll ask if it is saturated. Don’t listen. There is room for so many voices that haven’t been heard and the world is hungry for it.
In short, the reason we’ve made it to 3-years is because of YOU. If you didn’t participate, there would be no community. So, Thank You. Thank you for meeting a bunch of strangers to talk about podcasts. Thank you for connecting and offering your help. Thank you for sharing your stories, and your passion. And thank you for helping us kick off 2020 in such a big way. Something that we’ve never done before but you can bet your dollar we will again.
Here is to 2020!