On January 25th 2007, at 20:47 GMT the first episode of a new podcast – Meeples & Miniatures – was published.
I don’t think I ever anticipated that it would still be going 10 years later – if I had I may have come up with a better title for the show!
Over the years there have been some comings and goings of different shows, including Incoming (a weekly podcast/vidcast looking at new releases), the Miniature Review Show (a Vidcast, doing what it says on the tin) and, of course, View from the Veranda (which is still alive, despite the fact that we haven’t recorded a show for several months).
All told, these shows have had over 759,000 downloads between them.
Meeples & Miniatures episodes alone have had almost 650,000 downloads, totalling 20,605 minutes of airtime – just over 343 hours. (Many thanks to John Barker for that particular snippet of information!)
We’ve seen many changes of format too: solo shows, two, three and even four presenters. Shows varying from 20-30 minutes (remember those?!) to some 3 -4 hour monsters. Show schedules have also changed from turning up as and when they were recorded, down to regular fortnightly and now even weekly.
I hope that, at it’s heart, Meeples & Miniatures has remained a podcast recorded by wargamers for wargamers. Many listeners have remarked over the years that it’s a bit like chatting about your hobby with some mates down the pub – I must admit, I’m more than happy with that description.
Thank you to everyone who has made the podcast possible, especially my co-hosts: Mike Hobbs, Mike Whitaker, Dave Luff and Rich Jones.
One of the greatest pleasures that Meeples & Miniatures has afforded me is the opportunity to get to know a number of you through e-mail, comments on the website, Facebook and Twitter. Your feedback and comments are always much appreciated (even if I am not always the best at responding to you – sorry!)
Thank you also to the people who have supported the podcast financially, including Richard Clarke, Henry Hyde, Black Hat Miniatures, Caliver Books and a number of listeners – without your support I could not have sustained how the podcast has grown.
Finally, thank you to everyone who has listened to the show – if you didn’t listen to it we wouldn’t make it, it’s as simple as that. Our average audience over the last year has grown to over 3,900 people – that’s a lot of incentive to keep podcasting!
I still can’t quite believe I’ve been doing this for 10 years. It has been a great deal of fun.