A Year of Milestones

2013 was a great year for the Adventures in Odyssey Blog. We had so many big things happen that we thought that, with this being New Years Day, we should look back on them.

2013 was the year we celebrated 5 years of being online. It's hard for us to imagine that it's been that long! We had a lot of fun celebrating it. We're looking forward to many more years of being a great resource for Odyssey fans.

Another milestone for us was writing our 500th post. We've had some posts that were made and then deleted and some were just drafts that never made it to the blog, but nonetheless, our 500th post was Audio Theatre Central Interviews Shona Kennedy. We've had some more posted since then making this post #505.

It was a sad time when we released the last episode of the AIO Blogcast, but it was also a very fun episode to make. We shared our third radio drama, Skye Weldon, did some interviews, and relived some old memories. We have some regret ending the podcast, but we still think it was the right choice.

This past year, we launched our YouTube channel. We added some of the promo videos we did in the past, but most of the videos we uploaded were interviews. One of the biggest draws of the Blogcast was the interviews. We started doing new interviews (audio only) and then adding slides, pictures, and such to make it them into videos. Our interview with Steve Burns marked the first time our sister Ashley recorded with us.

One of the most exciting thing we did on YouTube was when we did our first live broadcast: a live interview with Phil Lollar. It was a lot of fun for us and the audience who sent in questions while we talked. We enjoyed it so much, we're planning on doing another one with an actress from Odyssey. Any guesses?

Although we had stopped podcasting, we still liked doing creative things with audio. So, we launched a SoundCloud page for the AIO Blog. When it was live, the first piece of audio we added was a sketch called An Odyssey Dinner Date about 2 fans of Odyssey going out on their first date together. It was a hit among the AIO internet universe with 160+ plays and 100 downloads. We also used SoundCloud to re-release some material from the Blogcast such as the Odyssey/Broadway songs. More recently, we did another Did You Know? sketch about Christmas.

2013 was a big year, but 2014 is going to be just as fun, if not more. We want to thank you for sticking with us throughout last year and we hope you'll continue to visit and support the Adventures in Odyssey Blog in 2014 and beyond.

Happy New Year!

Austin Peachey

Austin Peachey is a die-hard reader and audio drama fan. He's run the Adventures in Odyssey Blog for over 8 years and has produced a few audio dramas of his own. He's also worked on the 2nd edition of The Official Guide to Odyssey and can be heard on Phil Lollar's Iliad House.

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