State of the Fanet: Just Putting This Out There

You People Are Amazing!

With your help, Like For Like has been a huge success! Now we’re on Google Play Music, Stitcher, (and soon to be iTunes) so please head over to your podcast app of choice and subscribe. It means so much to me personally that all you out there have taken the time to listen to the show and I’m so excited to put out even more episodes (and new shows *wink*) for you.

More than anything I’ve been amazed at how wonderful the guests have been. So far we’ve talked to Jason, Jaws, and Sharky, but even the guests that haven’t been on yet (Crafty, Jonah, Chelsea, and Gabrielle just to name a few) have been incredible to interact with. It’s beautiful to see the internet sort of proving the concept of the show like this. While Like For Like is on the surface just an interview podcast where people get to plug their creations in a low-stress conversational interview, the spirit of the show is in the name: We all want to beat the algorithms, to make something amazing, to be remembered, and we can only do that together. It starts with a simple like for a like, a follow for a follow, and together we grow into something even better.

Sorry to get all sappy about what is fundamentally just a reason to chat with cool people, but that’s how I feel about it! And while we’re here talking about podcasts, I wanted to mention we may have another show coming down the pipeline. It’s called Subculture Camp and on this show, Jonathan and I will be taking a little trip into the woods of internet subcultures where my sister Charlie will… “educate” us on trends, memes, and most of all creepypasta. I’m really excited to try this format out, so keep an eye out for that in the near-ish future.

Do you have other people you’d like us to interview, or podcasts you think we should be listening to? Head over to the CONTACT page and get in touch!

And I Couldn’t Be Happier.

On a personal level, life has been pretty wonderful these past few months. It’s been one of the most challenging years of my life, and the friends I’ve made and grown closer to in that timespan have truly changed my life for the better. If you think I’m talking about you, then I probably am, so thanks!

I’ve been putting a lot of energy into various projects over the last year or so, trying to figure out what exactly I want to invest time in, and podcasting just keeps calling to me. So what that means for the next few months of my life is: frequent interviews (usually four or so in a two week period with a two week break after), editing a new episode every week (eventually two if Subculture Camp works out), and in-between working on new music for both podcasts.

That’s why I’ve decided to post more ‘work in progress’ stuff on my Instagram. I’d like to stay active there through all of this and not lose my edge on the pen and ink stuff. Also most of you reading this probably found me through there and it’s an easy place for me to interact with you all more directly! I apologize in advance if that feed gets a bit random at times. It’s bound to happen, but I’ll be doing Inktober soon so that should be pretty consistent!

So Keep Doing You.

Finally, I just wanted to remind you all out there that this stuff takes work. Editing each podcast episode is it’s own unique pain in the ass, regardless of how much I love it. Stippling for hours is absolutely tedious, even though I feel intense pride for each finished piece. Managing multiple projects is hair-pullingly stressful at times, despite being the only way I can keep sane for some reason. I’m not looking for pity; I just want you all to know that if you put in the work YOU CAN DO THIS STUFF TOO. You are capable of achieving what you want to achieve. You are capable of living the life you want to live.

It may seem nearly impossible; it may be uniquely difficult for you because of your upbringing or social status. But you can do it! There are others out there going through that same existential conflict, dreaming big and doing nothing about it, so be different and do what you want to do. Energize and organize your peers; be a voice of inspiration. This is getting really rambly, so I’ll stop now because you probably get the jist: Go listen to some Meshuggah and start breaking down those walls.

By that I mean thanks for reading, I love you all, and I’ll talk to you again soon!

- JRS

P.S. Here’s that background music that I said I would upload the other day: