Okay, so it's technically not the New Year anymore; we're six months into 2016, but as far as Asked is concerned we are entering our sixth year. That's a long time. That's a lot of episodes, and I'm the only person that has consistently been a part of every episode since the beginning. In many ways Podcasting had started to replace the traditional writing of articles for me. But after six years of doing so, I felt like changes had to be made.
Recently I had come under fire online for an "offensive tweet." The result of that led to personal attacks on me including a leak of personal information, people making assumptions about me, even people I knew and interacted with immediately jumped to the worst conclusions of me. As I decided to take a hiatus from other social media I realized something - the reason I was writing less wasn't because of the Asked Podcast replacing writing or taking up too much of my time at all. It was actually placing too much of an importance on "social media" (more on this later) and realizing that not only does social media bring out the worst in us in this age where the first instinct of a person who doesn't like what you have to say is to cross personal lines with you publicly, but that it also robs you of creativity, of ideas. Why give your best ideas to social media to get a few likes and favorites from the worst people?
So I decided that Asked needed to return to our roots so to speak, and head in a new direction - a better direction. Less focus on social media, and more "this is my house, and in my house I can say whatever the fuck I want to." So, yes, on this newer, upgraded LIstenToThisShow.com website you might find articles you don't agree with. You might find points of views that offend you. You might find things that make you angry or uncomfortable or enraged. But that's YOUR problem, and in my house there's really not a damn thing you can do about it - because that's the true nature of freedom of speech.