Ep#9 – Secular Parenting with @PhyllisCopeland & @GammaAtheist

A discussion on Secular parenting with @PhyllisCopeland & @GammaAtheist.  We talk about the challenges of raising your children in a secular way & deal with those tough questions.  This week on “Once Upon A Fallacy” is The Ad Hominem. Also available on Stitcher and iTunes.

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New Podcast For 2014 – Guests & Contributors Needed

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Happy belated New Year! Firstly, a huge thanks to those that have listened to my Christmas Podcast ‘experiment’ and sent some kind words my way.  The amount of downloads and positive feedback has far surpassed my expectations.  Some rather unpleasant pro-sprout fanaticism aside, it’s been fun.

Podcasting was a learning curve but I plan to use my experiences to produce a better, bigger, more entertaining and engaging show for 2014. I’m hoping to release it fortnightly/monthly, blending humour, news, guides, debates and interesting guests.

Using new equipment & new techniques, I’m hoping there will also be a noticeable improvement in sound quality & production value.  I have set early February as a tentative date to kick off the new run of episodes, so if you haven’t already, please subscribe via iTunes, Stitcher or YouTube.

This is now where you wonderful primates come in*.

Do you have something to say that may be of interest to others? Click here to answer a few questions and be considered as a guest for the show.

Do you have an idea for a recurring feature that you would like to be a regular correspondent for? Perhaps you are involved in something that is ongoing, whereby you could check-in with frequent reports? Contact me and let me know.

Perhaps you’re musically inclined and have some songs, either sincere, or comedic that you wish to share? Contact me and let me know.

Do you have any suggestions or ideas for what you would like to hear from a heathen focused podcast? Perhaps you have some guest suggestions? Let me know in the comments section below.

If you enjoyed the Christmas Podcasts and would like to get behind a new regular show, you can help to support it in other ways too:

The current cost to me for providing these shows as free to download is £110/$180US per year.  By making a small donation (or massive – I’m not fussy) you can help to supplement these costs and make the hours spent planning, recording and editing more economically viable.

Click To Support This Podcast

Click To Support This Podcast

You can also help by listening, reviewing, subscribing, rating and sharing my show via Stitcher, iTunes and YouTube.

A combination these actions enables the show to climb their respective charts, bypassing evangelical religious content and placing atheistic voices right in amongst the piety.  I doubt they will enjoy that.

I look forward to hearing from you.

GS

New Podcast For 2014 – Guests & Contributors Needed

GS-Podcast-1small

Happy belated New Year! Firstly, a huge thanks to those that have listened to my Christmas Podcast ‘experiment’ and sent some kind words my way.  The amount of downloads and positive feedback has far surpassed my expectations.  Some rather unpleasant pro-sprout fanaticism aside, it’s been fun.

Podcasting was a learning curve but I plan to use my experiences to produce a better, bigger, more entertaining and engaging show for 2014. I’m hoping to release it fortnightly/monthly, blending humour, news, guides, debates and interesting guests.

Using new equipment & new techniques, I’m hoping there will also be a noticeable improvement in sound quality & production value.  I have set early February as a tentative date to kick off the new run of episodes, so if you haven’t already, please subscribe via iTunes, Stitcher or YouTube.

This is now where you wonderful primates come in*.

Do you have something to say that may be of interest to others? Click here to answer a few questions and be considered as a guest for the show.

Do you have an idea for a recurring feature that you would like to be a regular correspondent for? Perhaps you are involved in something that is ongoing, whereby you could check-in with frequent reports? Contact me and let me know.

Perhaps you’re musically inclined and have some songs, either sincere, or comedic that you wish to share? Contact me and let me know.

Do you have any suggestions or ideas for what you would like to hear from a heathen focused podcast? Perhaps you have some guest suggestions? Let me know in the comments section below.

If you enjoyed the Christmas Podcasts and would like to get behind a new regular show, you can help to support it in other ways too:

The current cost to me for providing these shows as free to download is £110/$180US per year.  By making a small donation (or massive – I’m not fussy) you can help to supplement these costs and make the hours spent planning, recording and editing more economically viable.

Click To Support This Podcast

Click To Support This Podcast

You can also help by listening, reviewing, subscribing, rating and sharing my show via Stitcher, iTunes and YouTube.

A combination these actions enables the show to climb their respective charts, bypassing evangelical religious content and placing atheistic voices right in amongst the piety.  I doubt they will enjoy that.

I look forward to hearing from you.

GS

Team #GFGS raises £22,773.69 for charity in 2013

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What a year!  Team Good for Good’s Sakes’ WaterAid fundraising finally came to an end on Christmas day, finishing on an astonishing £11,843.03, smashing our £11,000 target goal.

This also completely obliterated our previous £10,930.66 record for Red Nose Day earlier in the year.  This brings the total amount raised for charity by Team #GFGS in 2013 to an incredible £22,773.69.

This was achieved because a significant, but by no means huge, group of people decided that contributing to charitable causes was a worthy idea for its own sake, regardless of what you do or don’t believe about anything else. This was done without media, financial or corporate support of any kind.  That’s incredible, and I think everyone who played a part should be proud of themselves.

WateraidTotalWaterAid is a fantastic organisation.  I need not waste your time explaining why access to clean water is such an imperative, so please visit them to see exactly how they will use the money to do good. From setting up sustainable water access in the poorest of places, to creating communities which are educated and trained in the skills required to maintain that infrastructure. Please consider choosing WaterAid should you be considering a charitable cause to fundraise for in the future.

I honestly didn’t think we could surpass our Red Nose Day efforts.  It’s such a pleasure and privilege to be continually surprised by the passion, intelligence, activism and good humour of those that engage with my Twitter feed.  Thank you.

A massive thank you to everyone that donated money and shared the fundraising page around. I’ve no doubt what we have achieved here together will help change lives for the better.  And why would we like to do that?  Because it’s a good thing to do.

I don’t really think about my Twitter shenanigans much further ahead than the present. This is due to understanding that my digital lifespan is also finite, with a limited shelf-life and therefore I don’t take it for granted that people will always be interested in what I have to say.  It’s for this reason that I am cautious about making plans for another charitable drive so soon, but if I’m still around in April and people are still interested I will consider setting up another cause for us to get our teeth into.  Up for the challenge?

Obviously, I understand the chances of reaching these heights again in 2014 are unlikely.  But I said that last time too.  And I’d be ecstatic to be wrong again.

Have a great New Year. Be Good

GS

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Podcast Thanks, Support and the Future

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Thanks to everyone that has listened to my Christmas Podcasts and sent some positive words my way. Also, a huge thanks to all my brilliant guests.  At the time of blogging this, the show has had over 15,500 listens and rising. That’s far exceeded my wildest expectations. Thank you.

It’s been a huge pleasure to speak with such funny, smart and lovely people. If you’ve enjoyed hearing from my guests, please let them know by Tweeting some love their way.

It’s been a lot of work, but also a lot of fun. If I’m honest, I don’t think I’ve ever worked so hard on anything in my life.  I’ve quickly learned that releasing 7 podcasts in 20 days, whilst maintaining a full-time job is…mental.

I’m currently weighing up the idea of another regular fortnightly show in the New Year.  I’m brainstorming some ideas to try and make it funny, informative & engaging.  Whether I do produce a new show largely depends on whether or not the audience support outweighs the server costs (£110/US$180 per year) plus production costs.  I don’t want to charge for content, so I would have to rely on the generosity of voluntary contributions from the listeners to supplement the costs.

If everybody that enjoyed the show donated a dollar, a pound or a….Yuan (I don’t really know China), this would help supplement the costs involved and could even go towards new equipment to improve production and audio quality. If you’ve enjoyed the Podcast and would like to hear more, please consider making a contribution amount of your choice by becoming a patron.

If that’s something you can’t do right now, please take a minute to review/rate and subscribe to the show on Stitcher & iTunes.  This will improve the ranking of the show, and enable it to reach a bigger audience.  Because my show is listed in the category of “Religion & Spirituality” the majority of my competition are evangelical religious shows.  Listening, rating and reviewing will help me knock a few of them of their perch.  This thought makes me happy.

Thanks again,

I hope you’ve laughed and learned something.

Have a great Christmas

GS

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