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One Year and Counting

by Noah Lugeons

I guess there are a few candidates for the anniversary date of the Scathing Atheist podcast.  While today marks one full year since the debut of episode one, in a sense I’ve already passed my one year anniversary, since I was already hard at work putting together the first episode weeks before it came out.

So for over a year, Heath, Lucinda and I have been living the podcasting dream; making fart jokes, recording and editing those fart jokes and sending them out into the world to act as an enduring testament to our time on this planet.

It’s been one of the most rewarding endeavors of my life.  The steady stream of emotional, intellectual and financial support has acted as an almost daily reminder that what we’re doing has value to someone out there and that we’re making the modest difference we set out to make (ensuring the Friday commute would suck less).

This year ended rough for me in a lot of ways.  As 2013 drew to a close I found myself quite unexpectedly unemployed and homeless.  And while the transition was tough, my wife and I are fortunate enough to have friends and family that helped us get back on our feet and by and large we’ve made it through the transition without too much stress or heartache.  And honestly, had it not been for this show, I don’t know how I’d have done it.

The other day we got a very generous donation from a listener in the Netherlands that sent along the following note:

I found that going through such upheaval in your personal life but that you still managed to entertain us quite amazing and very touching. I hope this helps you out.

We’ve received a number of similar messages through email, Facebook, Twitter and the like and every one of them has eased the burden of my midlife crisis.  I chose this one specifically because it illustrated the irony of all of these messages.

I suppose that our listeners would have largely forgiven us if we’d taken a couple weeks off from producing new episodes while we were moving, but the thought of doing so never occurred to me.  Why would I want to do that?  Producing the show every week was sometimes the only thing keeping me sane.

The hardest thing for me to cope with when I found out I was being let go was the psychological sting of realizing that I was expendable.  After a decade of telling myself “this company couldn’t survive without me” I was told in no uncertain terms that it could.  And it planned to.  It’s an emotional punch I haven’t dealt with since the last time I was dumped.

But when I felt my least valuable, our listeners were my solace.  Knowing that somewhere out there a perfect stranger was looking forward to the next episode; appreciating the fruits of our labor; that offered the solid bridge I needed to make it through.

So as much as I appreciate all the thanks, it really should be me thanking you.  So to everyone who supported the show over the past year, whether by donating, rating, promoting or just listening; thank you.  Sincerely and from the deepest corner of my godless heart, thank you for letting us be a part of your life.

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  1. January 17, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    I really do appreciate what you guys do. i had a real emotional response when I listened to your diatribe and I found myself thinking things like “I wonder how this will affect your friendship with Heath, I hope you guys can still have the rapport that makes the show”. and several others. What I mean to say is that you have become an integral part of my life. I find myself looking foreword to the podcast. And from the last episode that I listened to Heath is still right on. What amazes me is the quickness of your responses to each other. I can think of things like what you guys say but not until it is much to late to make it work in a conversation. Like my favorite quick response that my brother gave. When standing in line at a bank a woman snarkily said “You smell like smoke” to which he replied “You smell like Oreos and bacon” without missing a beat. Anyway, thanks again and Rock On! what you do does make a difference.



    • January 17, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      You’re quite welcome, Bart. Not to get too sappy, but I hope that you know that in the same way, you’ve become an integral part of my life as well.

  2. Michele
    January 17, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    As a recent, yet former, right-wing, religious wacko, I found myself feeling over-whelmed with all the new opinions I needed to re-form. It is extremely disquieting to not be sure of your own opinion. I craved intellectual dialog with people to help spark the new perspective I needed to cultivate. However, coming out of the religious social environment I had been in, I had no one to offer me those conversations. Podcasts have allowed me that outlet, and your podcast in particular. I’m not sure why, except that your irreverent humor, mixed with your logic and unabashed intellectual knowledge seem to have fit into the hole that was my need. I feel as if all three of you are some of the best friends I really don’t have! Keep up the great work and we will keep consuming it!


  3. Kevin
    January 19, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    It’s been a good year bud. I found you on episode 3, and I’ve done nothing but upsell you after that. You’ve been really personable, and we’ve had a couple conversations, which have made you feel even more accessible. The kind of guy I’d have a few beers with… which will be harder because I can’t see myself going that far south any time soon. lol

  4. January 21, 2014 at 1:33 AM

    Noah, I don’t know how to start this email, I mean I could just start saying thank you , thank you , thank you like a dribbling fan boy (I can’t do that I don’t dribble) I just want you to know that I really enjoy your show, your humour and all of the work you are doing. I wish I could send in a donation ( and will just as soon as I get some work) yes it sucks donkey balls when the company that you have worked for suddenly takes your job away. It sucks more when the next job you get also falls apart when the company goes bust in less than a year. Oh well wishing you all the best. Michael

  5. Katamari
    January 23, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Seems like the gratitude goes both ways! Noah youve done an amazing job with the podcast; Im on an overseas holiday at the moment and i seriously think one of the first things im going to do when i get back is catch up on the episodes ive missed. 🙂

    I think one of your major successes is that you make a real personal connection with your listeners, somehow i always feel like im right there with you guys even though im not even in the same country. Ive gotten ridiculously attached to this podcast and all of you guys as well. So not to get too soppy, thank you Noah and Lucinda and Heath for filling up my year with delicious blasphemy and keep the laughs coming in 2014!

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