Our first blog post was dated July 15th, 2011. The Offensive Atheists Blog was our first step in this grand idea that we had...the idea of exposing the world as much as we could, and in as many ways as we could, of critical thinking. And all of this was going to come from two guys who had no idea what they were doing.
On July 20th, 2011, Josh and I sat down in front of microphones, and hit record for the first time on what would become REASON Podcast. That was one year ago. The first episode that any of you have heard was recorded August 14th, 2011. We spent a month practicing, preparing, trying not to sound as terrible as we felt we did that first July recording.
In the year since, we have recorded over 50 episodes, and we have written over a 100 blog posts. We have gone back and listened to the early shows aghast at how bad we sounded, and had similar reactions when reading through our first writings.
We've also watched ourselves grow. Post after post, Show after show, episode after episode, we can see the slow honing of us working towards creating a product that we can be proud of. And, we know that there are still miles to go.
We have also watched more and more of you sign on, log in, and come to the table. We've watched you come, and we've seen you stay. Our number of listeners and readers has gone up consistently since the day we started, and we are happy to report that as of this week, we have officially passed what we consider to be a huge benchmark. As of this week, this show has been downloaded over fifty thousand times, and we have over 10,000 readers of The Offensive Atheists
We are proud of the work we've done, and we love doing what we do. It is that love that has pushed us through the trials of this first year. The hours spent every week preparing and writing, the spontaneous soundboard explosions, dropped microphones, missed ques, failed arguments, and the occasional being put in our place by our critical readership who doesn't allow us to get away with factual inaccuracies, and certainly shouldn't.
And yes, in addition to the time spent, there is also the financial investment that Josh and I have made in our show. Between web-hosting, blog talk radio, the occasional new soundboard, microphones, cables, printers, plugs, adapters, and any one of a thousand different things that we have needed over the past year to keep this ship afloat, it has cost us over five thousand dollars to continue to bring you the show live every Sunday, and fitting in a blog post every now and then.
It is because of these expenses that the time has come for us to ask for your help. We have started a donation campaign at indiegogo.com. Going to our campaign and donating even a buck or two would put us in your debt, and as you'll see, for a little bit more, there are perks that come with every donation. They range from coffee mugs, to t-shirts, to us devoting entire episodes about who you are, and how wonderful you are.
You can find the campaign at indiegogo.com/reasonpodcast Go, and at least check it out, and take a look at the video that took us months and months to make. Do what you can to keep us afloat, and we'll be incredibly grateful.
And with the money that you donate, we will be able to take the show in the directions that we've been dreaming of: moving the show to a live format, and having a studio audience, being able to do more than one episode a week, and being able to do more than one show, finding other podcasts and shows of a skeptical and rational nature, and making a 24 hour channel of intelligent programming. These are just some of our ideas, some of our thoughts on how we can do our part in the fight for intelligence, reason, and critical thinking. We will, of course, keep you informed as to our progress, as always, through The Offensive Atheists.
Our dreams are big, we know...but we've already come so incredibly far...we just need your help to go a bit further.
Paul & Josh