Bonus Points is on iTunes and Google Play. Here’s how far we’ve come.
That’s a big deal for me. For almost three years now Roger and I have been recording Bonus Points, and it’s finally on iTunes. When we started Bonus Points, I was just starting to get into podcasts, listening to shows like Podcast Beyond(!) and The Comedy Button on iTunes. Podcasts on iTunes were official to me, they counted, they were real, actual podcasts.
Roger and I recorded our first episode of Bonus Points, posted it on YouTube and always had the intention of getting the show on iTunes. Little known Bonus Points fact, we actually pulled it off. Roger found some free podcast hosting service and posted a few of our earliest episodes. Eventually we ran out of space on the hosting service and couldn’t afford an upgrade, ending that dream. You can still find it on iTunes somewhere. It has our first ever episode, which is painfully awful to listen to. I was uncomfortable in front of a mic, nerdy to an embarrassing point, and Roger and I had barely any chemistry.
Three years later and you can listen to episode 85 of Bonus Points on iTunes. Roger and I are the best of friends and not to gloat, but I’ve gotten much, much better in front of a microphone.
Getting Bonus Points on iTunes is big for me because for the first time I actually feel like Bonus Points is more than just Roger and I recording a dumb show over Google Hangouts, Bonus Points is a real podcast. The other day I was talking to a girl about the podcast (yeah, I know, I’m cool guys) and had to preface the conversation with “but we’re not on iTunes”. I don’t have to do that anymore, and knock on wood; I’ll never have to again.
But, even more so than making the show feel “real,” getting Bonus Points on iTunes shows just how far Roger and I have come since that first episode. I can’t stress it enough, Roger and I didn’t even know each other when we recorded that first episode. He found my work on the internet, and asked if I wanted to do a podcast with him. I don’t know why I said yes, but I’m glad that I did. That first episode is legitimately our first conversation together. It was rough, and it took a long time, but eventually something clicked and we finally understood one another. We became best friends. Now a day doesn’t go by where Roger doesn’t DM me some rap explanation or a dumb fidget spinner meme.
The podcast became less of a show for us to practice in front of a mic in hopes that we make it at some big games website, and evolved into a weekly conversation between friends. Now the conversation focuses on fidget spinners and girls just as much as it does video games. For better or worse, you decide. Personally, I feel the show has gotten much better now that Roger brings up his Grippy and Slippy Toad sexual fantasy every other episode, but that’s just me.
We’ve come a long way since that first episode, and getting the podcast on iTunes and Google Play symbolizes that. I’m not sure what happens from here. We thank all of you that have stuck with us since the “pre-iTunes days” and hope that you continue to follow our journey, wherever it takes us.
Thank you so, so much,
Oh, and I didn’t really find a good place to be a shill while I was getting all sappy about Bonus Points. You can find the show on iTunes (with this link or) by going to your podcast app and searching Bonus Points. Be sure to click that bright pink logo and not the USA wrestling podcast. On Google Play the podcast is hidden within the Play Music app, just search Bonus Points and it should be there. As always, you can subscribe to the podcast’s very own YouTube channel here, it helps a lot. Thank you all.