Wow. When I set out to produce the Geek Therapy Podcast I told myself that if I could publish one episode per month for a year, I would consider it a success. It has been less than a month and I already have 6 episodes recorded, 1-5 have been published. With every episode I have been able to get a better handle on recording and editing so each one sounds better than the last. And I am having so much fun doing it.
I have a long list of potential guests but I now find myself needing to pace myself and schedule recordings out so I don't end up with a pile of unpublished episodes and guests don't have to wait weeks for their episode to be posted.
So far the experience has been more fun than I anticipated and I can't wait to do more. One of the consequences of speaking with my colleagues is that I end our conversations full of ideas and wanting to say more. My new friend Andrea Letamendi (@ArkhamAsylumDoc) wrote a blog post about cosplay, our topic for episode 5, shortly before we recorded the podcast. She helped me realize that we have a lot more to say about the topics we cover on the show so I've decided to write a companion post to every episode. Also, it should get me to blog regularly. I have a long list of topics in an Evernote notebook but I never get around to writing.
Talking with my colleagues is amazing and we usually have some great conversations before and after the recording. Then I think about everything I wanted to say and didn't get to and even some things I wish I would have said differently... So I'm going to make these companion posts as a sort of "special features" on the Blu-ray/DVD that is the Geek Therapy Podcast.
So, a quick recap...
Episode 1: Just me talking about what hopes and goals for the podcast. I introduce myself. It's about 4 minutes long and I'm not sure why because I could talk about this topic for hours...
Episode 2: I went to Patrick O'Connor's (@Comicspedia) office at the Geek nirvana that is Southeast Psych in Charlotte, NC. It was my first recording so I made some silly mistakes on the recording. Also, it sounds like we're recording in front of a giant jet engine because the A/C in his office was blasting. But the conversation was great and I'm glad it we did it because I'm a big fan of Comicspedia.
Episode 3: I spoke to the first person I found who shared my views, almost exactly, on the idea of addressing Geek culture as a culture in therapy: Steve Kuniak (@Steveagorn). I realized afterwards that I didn't ask him half the things I wanted to and we still spoke for an hour. It was my first Skype recording so I was not too happy with the sound. It was a learning experience.
Episode 4: This is the first episode that sounded good! I was so happy. And the episode is great. Mike Langlois (@MikeLICSW) and I talk about being gamer-affirmative, meaning that gaming is not seen as a bad thing. Instead gaming culture is respected, celebrated, and used in sessions.
Episode 5: This is the cosplay episode. It was so much fun. At first I thought we would not be able to talk for too long about the topic but after an hour I realized there was a lot more to cover. I now consider this an intro to cosplay psychology and maybe we can talk more about it in the future.
Episode 6 (coming soon): Patrick O'Connor came back on the show and we discussed 10 comic books (we each chose 5) using the Comicspedia model. You get to hear two therapists talk about how they would use specific comics with clients. Again, this is one of those episodes that I hope will be a recurring theme.
Ok. I'll revisit each of these episodes individually in the future. For now, check out the podcast and please let me know what you think!