100 – One Hundred Episodes Of The Tech Blog Writer Podcast
What a journey this has been. Whether you’re going for a run or are stuck on a commute or wherever you are, I’m flattered that you chose this show over a large selection of movies, TV shows on Netflix or music on Spotify. So sit down by a virtual campfire, and I will pour a glass of bourbon while we celebrate 100 episodes together.
As this is the 100th episode, I wanted to take a break from interviews and turn the spotlight onto the amazing listeners of our show. Just over a year ago I had a crazy idea to put a voice to my written articles by embedding a podcast at the bottom of every post. At the very start, I received fantastic help and support from so many listeners such as John, Dustin, Arnie, Doug and Sarah who all featured in those early episodes.
I always say this show is our show rather than mine and try to feature as many voices as I can. In our last episode, I urged people listening to send their voice messages, and you didn’t disappoint. So Let’s check my virtual voicemails because I believe that my listeners have left me a few messages.
“Congratulations Neil Hughes. This is Donna Louisa from the magnificent Caribbean Islands of Trinidad and Tobago. I just wanted to tell you congratulations on 100 podcasts. It is a privilege to be able to learn from you and hear from you. So have a wonderful day and thank you. Keep them coming. Bye.”
“I can’t believe it’s been a year since Neil Hughes started his tech podcast. I’m so grateful to have been a part of it from the very beginning. Neil, you’re terrific. We’re looking forward to a lot more years of your podcasts whether the content is tech writing or just interesting questions to ask you. Thanks from Sarah over in Montana.”
“Hey, Neil this is Jacqui Genow from California. Wow, it seems like yesterday that you launched your podcast and now you’re approaching episode 100. I just wanted to call and say congratulations and wish you all the best on your 100th episode, and I’m looking forward to the next 100.”
“Hi, Neil Hughes. This is your friend Robyn D. Shulman from Chicago Illinois. I just wanted to wish you a warm congratulations on your upcoming 100th podcast. Thank you for all you do for the global community. With warm wishes again from here in Chicago Illinois.”
“Hi, this is Spencer Taylor from Threshold Solutions in New Jersey in the United States wishing an amazing one-year anniversary celebration to my friend Neil Hughes. I believe that Neil is obsessed with understanding how technology affects us all and believes that technology helps us evolve in every aspect of our life whether we’re leading organizations, a part of organizations or simply want to contribute more to our families, to society. It’s wonderful to be able to listen to the incredible guests that Neil has had on and to glean insight from their experiences growing organizations and utilizing technology in new and innovative ways. I’m looking forward to many more years of Neil continuing the podcast and his writings. Congratulations, thank you so much, Neil.”
I genuinely appreciate it so much, and I think those messages help illustrate the importance of community. Listening to Spencer’s message was fascinating because he seems to have completely captured the essence of why I do this show and we’ve never even met. Yeah, I’m obsessed with technology and how it can make a difference to people’s lives (when it’s used appropriately of course). But also know when we need to put the tech down. It’s also an incredible honor to speak with so many guests each week that inspire both myself and hopefully listeners.
I used to think when you read a biography of a business expert or leader it allowed you to soak up their expertise and almost level up like you do in a video game. That was kind of my intention for this show too. Ideally, I want us all to level up together. I’ve had a few messages over the last few weeks from listeners who recently emailed me about how I build success on writing platforms and now podcasting too.
The best advice I can give is simply to never give up. I honestly think that no matter what you choose to do in life you will begin at the starting line of a big marathon run with let’s say, 100,000 runners. As that race continues people drop out and I guarantee this is the moment when the good things start to happen. Yet many people will be too tired, some won’t enjoy the race and others will only decide the race was not for them. But if you keep plugging away and moving forward, keep evolving and don’t be afraid to pivot, you will quickly find those opportunities come your way.