Many months ago I tried to write about a topic here on Arden's Day and no matter how many times I wrote the piece, it never came out in a way that I was comfortable with.
One time the message was muddled, the next pass lost the tone and once I actually thought I had it but used so many words that I genuinely felt concerned that you wouldn't read it all.
Eventually I gave up and never published my thoughts on the topic even though I believe them to be cogent, important and clear - just never could write them down. Then one day as I was lamenting my failure of communication to my wife Kelly I said, "If I could only tell them (you are 'them'), if we could only talk... I know I could be clear on the topic".
That statement gave birth to the Juicebox Podcast!
What is a podcast? A podcast is basically a radio show that isn't on the radio, instead it is captured on an Mp3 and made available for streaming or download. My sound files are being distributed through iTunes, Soundcloud, my blog and Stitcher. Though there are many other podcasting platforms, these are the ones that I've opted to start with. When the listener subscribes on the platform of their choice they will be notified each time a new episode arrives. I listen to many podcasts and my hope is to add to the landscape in a positive way.
I began planning my podcast by imagining that I would only record a show when I "needed" to for clarity sake but then I thought about the interviews that I write and how interesting the conversations are with the subjects and wanted to share them as well. As I pondered how to structure the show it occurred to me that I could use the audio format to finally accomplish something that I've been wanting to do for some years - revisit the journey that I've taken while writing Arden's Day so that I could make sense of the things I was going through and relate them to you in a way that you would find helpful. And so that's what I'm going to do.
I wanted episode one to be an explanation of the show's intended path but I was surprised with the opportunity to interview Adam Lasher from American Idol and needed to adjust my plan. So episode 2 is really episode 1... but you'll figure it out.
So far I've interviewed Ryan Reed the 21 year old NASCAR driver and person with type 1 about his first NASCAR win, his diagnosis and how he overcame a doctor telling him that he couldn't race with type 1.
I spoke about how texting with Arden led to lowering her A1c (it's currently 5.9!).
Had a conversation with Adam Lasher from this season's American Idol (He's the guy who performed with his Dexcom receiver clipped to his guitar).
I'm hoping that you'll give it a try...
I'll be talking with you about type 1 diabetes, parenting, diabetes technology and have interviews with cool people that live with type 1. In addition, I'm very excited to explore Arden's Day from the beginning and find out what worked, what didn't and what I could have done better (plenty I'm betting). Oh and my super not-so-secret other hope is that you'll want to come on the show and talk about type 1 parenting with me. Email if that sounds like something you are up for!
Okay, if you are a podcast enthusiast please subscribe on your favorite platform, new shows are weekly on Tuesdays. If you are still wondering what a podcast is... give it a try. You can listen in the car, at the grocery store or in the kitchen (I listen to mine in the shower). Any questions, just ask!