For the past nine years, I’ve co-hosted the podcast The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, seeing it go from a tiny show of a few hundred listeners to a veritable monolith, with more than 150,000 listeners per week. This week, I recorded my final show, which will air today, December 27th.
It’s worth noting that there’s a group of people – mostly male supremacists – who have been asking for me to be fired for the past three years. They are the primary reason why I’ve continued doing the show this long. Alas, my own happiness and life plans finally had to take precedence over annoying some MRAs.
So before the rumor mill spins out of control: the decision for me to leave was 100% my own. The reason is a bit less drama-filled then what many will hope: it’s just time to move on. Nine years of doing the same job, week after week, starts to wear on a person. That’s especially true when the job pays peanuts and you’re not in control of anything at the company. And these days, those two things are extremely important to me as I work hard to pay rent while striving to meet my personal goals and standards.
I’m really excited about the coming year, as I spend my energies more on the things that are important to me. First and foremost, I’ll be focusing more on my Patreon page, adding new rewards and getting more consistent at delivering the current rewards. If you enjoy what I do, on SGU, on Skepchick, on YouTube, or elsewhere, Patreon is absolutely the best way to make sure I keep doing things. Including the following!
I hope to be producing more Quiz-o-Tron shows, in a variety of cities to be named soon. And my biggest goal for the coming months is to launch a new podcast – you’re just going to have to watch Patreon or my Twitter feed to hear more about that soon.
Anyway, it’s been a fun nine years, and I will miss chatting each week with Steve, Bob, Jay, and Evan. As I said on this last show, that’s longer than any relationship I’ve ever had. I encourage you all to keep listening to SGU, as it will continue to be a great resource for skeptical news and discussion. And, I might pop up again as a guest here and there, just to keep them in line, or just because I want to hear Bob talk for 15 minutes about nanoparticles.
Hey, a girl has needs.