Oct 27, 2020
Thank you to everyone who came by over the past few
months while I recorded the audiobook of The Story Behind.
In addition, for those who saw the Live recordings
The Story Behind Discussion Group, you know I
realized there were a number of errors in the printed book as I was
reading through it. I am so grateful to my publishers who will be
updating future printed copies with the corrections, as well as the
While I wish the actual podcast could continue as
it once was, I have not had the time to put into it what I wished I
could. To those who have found the show in the meantime and those
who continue to listen to the back catalog, thank you so much and I
hope it can continue to be found and enjoyed.
Even though the show isn't actively being produced
at the moment, I am still reading your emails and messages on
social media and am so grateful to all of you who have continued to
support me (Emily) and The Story Behind
It was around this time FOUR years ago (!) that The
Story Behind began. My daughter was younger and my son wasn't born
yet. I was still at my 9-5 job with a nice long commute to listen
to podcasts and a guaranteed lunch break where I did a lot of
research for The Story Behind during. The fact that I worked with
trivia and puzzles all day was actually one of the main reasons I
started the podcast — I needed an outlet for all the knowledge I
picked up daily.
And it worked, I realized later. When I was no
longer required to read and verify bits of trivia all day for a
job, my need to share all that knowledge I picked up wasn't as
The day I was told I was being fired from that job
was the same week I had written Episode 100 — The Story Behind: The
Musical. I was about to celebrate the 1-year anniversary of the
podcast. That commute home, the only thing that kept me from
completely losing it was practicing that song over and over again.
I needed to nail it. I needed to nail that episode. My ego had
taken a huge hit at work and I sunk everything I had into that
And it paid off. It's still my absolute favorite
episode of the podcast, and I'm even more proud (is that the right
word?) that I beat-boxed it for the audiobook!
A month later, I got an email from Mango Publishing
about writing the book and I was floored. Not only that but when I
knew I would be losing my job, I had already started doing some
side jobs editing podcasts for others. So, while writing my first
book, I was also growing my first business.
By the time I was knee-deep in everything and
thinking, for the first time, about stopping the podcast, I got an
email from The Webby Awards with a scholarship opportunity to grant
me the ability to enter for consideration. The nomination floored
me, and I am eternally grateful to everyone who voted and supported
me from listeners to fellow podcasters and friends and family (some
of whom still don't quite know how to listen, but we're working on
Fast-forward to now, after months of a pandemic and
an intense year, to say the least. The Story Behind has been on
indefinite hiatus and will continue to be for the time being.
For right now, I don't actually have an active
podcast. My other podcast, Hate to Weight, is on an indefinite
hiatus, as well. After 113 episodes, I'm proud to report my cohost
and I together have lost well over 130 pounds and are both in
As for me, I'm currently working more on podcasts
behind the scenes as a podcast consultant and editor, as well as a
speaker and course creator for other podcasters.
Turns out, more and more people are finding out
what I knew years ago, which is: Podcasting is awesome.
It can open up opportunities you never imagined,
introduce you to some of the most amazing people you'll ever meet,
and perhaps for some lucky podcasters, help them find the voice
they always knew was inside of them.
Yeah, that might sound corny, but the only reason I
was able to get on this mic and talk was because of listeners like
you. My co-host on Hate to Weight has said that getting on the mic
is like therapy for him, and I agree. Building an audience of any
kind, whether it's on a podcast or on social media is a validation
that there are other people in the world interested in what you
have to say. And I want to thank you for sharing your time for my
overflow of trivia and love of origin stories.
As I say at the end of every episode, Thanks for