Retroist Update 2019

Retroist Update 2019

Over the last year, I have found myself writing less often on the Retroist. Which is odd, since I started the site as an outlet for my passion for nostalgia.

I still enjoy it as a subject, but my relationship with the site changed over time.

What started as a personal project, turned into a group blog for many people. Some have stayed with it for years, others come and go. During this time, I have turned more into an editor and webmaster. Often engaging on social media and keeping the lights on at the site.

Unfortunately, I have found this role ultimately unrewarding.

I determined this about two years ago, but old habits die hard. So I kept at it until last month.

It was at that point when I decided I couldn’t keep doing things the same way moving forward. If I wanted to produce materials I enjoyed for both the blog and the podcast, I need to re-establish my relationship with them.

It is unclear what this means in the short term. I guess it means figuring out what I want to do with the site. In the long run though it means I will rely less on people who are not me to provide content for the site.

You will still probably see stuff from time to time from veterans, but that will be it.

Vic Sage is still here and is following his passion to produce podcasts. He is hard at work and you can follow each of them individually or check him out here on the site under Sagecasts. Vic has FIVE active podcasts and will probably add a sixth soon. He is a prolific podcaster and worthy of your attention.

Thanks to everyone who continues to follow along with what I am doing here. It has been going strong for over a decade now. Until last year, I never thought I could see it ending, but I realize now if I want to ensure that, I need to make the Retroist into a site that I don’t want to end.

If you want to stay in touch with me in the meantime. I will be checking comments for this post. You can also email me or join me on Discord.

Hopefully you will be hearing from me soon.

This Post Has 21 Comments

  1. Kyt ? (@Balzaak)

    I can’t hate on this, actually I’m glad you figured out what you truly enjoy and now working on making that your thing

  2. Kat

    🙁 been here for many years.

  3. The Retroist

    Thanks to both of you (and for commenting here). It is long overdue on my part. Hopefully I can find some sort of angle that works and that still interests people.

  4. Nick

    I never comment or submit any content, I am what you call a ‘Silent listener’, have been for years. And I love your work and the fuzzy warm feelings I get browsing through the content and listening to the podcasts. Definitely the era of my childhood and family memories. However I can understand when a passion can become a burden. I hope you can re-establish what made the passion fun to begin with. I always felt you had the most sincere and natural way of expressing your voice both in audio and writing, best of luck!

    BTW, The same thing happened to another longtime show I enjoyed “Classic Game Room”. Now Mark turned to creating retrospective books and cataloging classic games, having them printed on demand through third party companies selling them on Amazon. Retroist, I think you could excel at this subject. Like a book on early Fast Food toys for example…I don’t know. Not sure how much you can monetized from it, or what the legal process there is for selling a book with company products in it is, but people seem to do it just fine 🙂 But it sounds like a fun endeavor to consider with your talent.

  5. Matt Bolton

    I love the site and the articles and I hope it continues. Change is always hard, but everyone has to follow their passion.

  6. Joe

    I hope you find a way to reignite your zeal for this site and the podcast. Just my luck; I just discovered both and I’m working my way through your first years. Your enthusiasm and love for the various subjects is contagious. I will be truly sad if it ends before I ever catch up…

  7. therealspottedfeather

    Does this mean you’re not going to accept content anymore ? I haven’t written anything for you a in probably a couple of years, but it was fun. I’d hate to have that go away.

    1. The Retroist

      @spottedfeather – I don’t think I will go that far to not accept content again. I just need to regroup and figure out what is off between myself and the site. I have not been happy with the direction of the site and I think to change that, I need to be a more active participant That means changes to how I approach things.

      So right now, just throttling down while I figure it all out.

  8. John Marco

    Long time listener to the podcast. I live it because it’s like nothing else in the world. You’ve done a spectacular job on it and all I can say is thank you. And I hope you continue.

  9. caffeinatedjoe

    Hopefully you can find what works for you. We’ll all be here waiting!

  10. Zelig

    Your podcasts have been a big part of my life for years. Especially around the holidays I’ll put shows on to get into the spirit of Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas. The best part is hearing about things you’re passionate about. If it’s no longer bringing you joy, it’s sad to say good bye, but it’s for the best. Thanks for the memories.

  11. Mike BowsherJr

    I really hope you can get back into enjoying delving into those wonderful memories we all love to think back on. I have been a fan for years and intend to remain one as long as you put out content…even if it isn’t all that often. Thank you for helping me to relive those great memories!

  12. m2perron

    Hey Retroist! your podcast is the best! It is bringing me and countless others with retro joy! You have my support whatever you decide the next step for you and the site is. I really hope you find the joy of producing content again (which is always awesome). Maybe getting back to you producing retro content for the site and the podcast and adding to this a discord community where fans could chat and share memories?

    Anyway I wish you only the best for the future. <3

    Mathieu P.

    1. The Retroist

      Thanks for all the kind words. I am still pondering it all, but its hard to resist when people keep commenting and sending me nice emails.

      I am not too familiar with using Discord, but I spun up a server there to test it out.

  13. Jonny Russell

    Retroist was one of the first podcasts I followed. Sorry to see things slowing down for a bit, but it’s always good to reflect and refresh. Best of luck!

  14. Ivo Senden

    A silent listener here, from the Netherlands. Your wonderful podcasts have kept me company during long car rides. Having been born on May 25th, 1977 (that’s right, Star Wars fans ;-)) I grew up in the 80’s and these podcasts inspired me to write my own biography, which is drowned in a rich sauce of gadget nostalgia, computer history and blockbuster films. I would hate to see an end coming to The Retroist, but certain decisions are understandable and respected. I will keep following and hope that the future will bring more history.

  15. Robb C

    Hey, good luck with wherever your path takes you. I’m a long time listener and honestly think it’s the best retro podcast that I listen to. Your style and content are unmatched. But it’s your life and your choice, totally respect that and best wishes 🙂

  16. wibiwonder

    Another ‘silent’ – and fairly recent listener. Brave to share your thoughts! Wishing you the happiness and the best – whatever you decide.

  17. MagicMiguel

    Hey – another silent listener here. I hadn’t seen a new podcast episode in a while so I decided to swing by the site and discovered this post. I know you’re trying to figure things out, so I’m not trying to guilt you in any way. I definitely know the feeling of something starting off as a passion and becoming more of a burden. I once ran a fantasy baseball league that ended up taking up too much of my time and wasn’t fun anymore. I began to loath it. We definitely don’t want you to loath this site or podcast. I imagine you and I are similar ages and your childhood memories often mimic my own. I discovered this podcast while I was going through a very hard time in my life. There were nights I literally couldn’t sleep and the only thing that helped was listening to this podcast. It took me back to places of fond memories and simpler times. It will always have special meaning to me. I hope you figure out how to find your passion again. If not, in the end you need to do what’s best for you. Best wishes!

  18. Shawn Robare

    Just catching this. Wanted to chime in and say that I’m glad you’re taking the time to make the site more meaningful to you personally. That’s not a knock on the contributors, or the format it had for a long time. I’m just speaking for myself as a reader and listener, that the stuff you do that I really connect with is when it comes from the heart. The opening monologues on your podcasts, damn, that’s some great stuff. It’s what I strive to achieve in my own solo stuff at Branded. I hope you find a way to make it work sir, and if nothing else I’ll always be grateful that I got a chance to chat with you personally on the Nerd Lunch show.

  19. Don

    Que KC and the Sunshine Band…..”Please, don’t go…”

    I’ve told you before..You are very good at what you do. Production and content qualities are off the charts. All of us listeners are here for the same reasons you are. We love 70’s/80’s nostalgia. It means a lot to both of us. You’ve made me laugh. You’ve made me cry. Sometimes, your podcasts are like little lifelines of fresh air I need to get through the muck of today. For that, I will be eternally thankful to you.

    So, whatever path you decide to travel, please make sure your content will still be accessible to those of us looking for a timeout from our troubles. You’re doing God’s work, man.


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