2019: A Retrospective

Year In Review header

Verbal Diorama officially launched as a podcast on February 16th 2019 with the release of Titan A.E.

There were a further 26 episodes release in 2019:

  • Titan A.E.
  • Captain Marvel
  • Dredd
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  • Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
  • Pleasantville
  • The Cabin in the Woods
  • Speed
  • Aladdin 1992 & 2019
  • Pirates of the Carribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • X-men Dark Phoenix
  • Charlie’s Angels (2000)
  • The Mummy (1999)
  • The Matrix
  • John Carter
  • Willow
  • The Iron Giant
  • Scott Pilgrim vs The World
  • Logan
  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • Legally Blonde
  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 4 Episode 10 Hush
  • Mystery Men
  • Passengers
  • Stardust
  • Constantine
  • Arthur Christmas

I love statistics, so here’s some interesting ones!

Verbal Diorama has released 27 episodes over 319 days. That’s one episode every 11.8 days (even if it’s often not regimented, it’s actually more than I aimed for. The original aim was an episode every two weeks!)

Verbal Diorama had over 7,000 downloads in 2019 (and I don’t have 7,000 friends so that’s down to you wonderful folk!)

  • The best download month was August
  • The most downloaded episode in 2019 was The Mummy
  • The most popular episode (that’s the most downloads in the shortest period of time) was Logan
  • Verbal Diorama has been listened to in 49 countries over 6 continents

Charlie’s Angels brought a new theme song, written especially for the podcast, by singer/songwriter Chloe Enticott

2019 brought five wonderful special guest hosts:

  • Kristin from So I’m Watching This Show – Speed
  • Sade from Offscreen Babble – Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • Jason from Woo Long Talks – The Mummy
  • ChinLin from The Bingeables – X-Men Dark Phoenix
  • Andy from Geek Salad – Mystery Men

Massive thanks to all of those for their continued support and friendship over the year and there are more great guests lined up already for 2020!

I was also privileged enough to be a special guest on the following podcasts:

  • Woo Long Talks – Captain Marvel
  • Offscreen Babble – Avengers Endgame
  • Black Girls Do Stuff Too – The Thirst is Real
  • For Your Reference – Bridget Jones’ Diary
  • Movies After Work – Bram Stoker’s Dracula
  • The Midnight Myth – Labyrinth
  • At The Flicks (twice!) – Interview & Female Superheroes
  • Pulp Cereal – Interview

I’m always thrilled to be invited on other podcasts and 2020 remains no exception with a few bookings already done!

Verbal Diorama received 40 rating & reviews giving it a total of 4.9 / 5.0 rating on Apple Podcasts

During September, the podcast peaked at No. 18 in the UK Film History Podcast Chart (it languishes around the number 50 mark usually!)

Something else happened in 2019, which came about from the independent British magazine Film Stories….

Writing

Turns out sending an email can change your life. After emailing a pitch for an article to Simon Brew of Film Stories (which got turned down!) I met him at an event in Birmingham and he encouraged me to keep pitching. Thanks to his kindness and willingness to give some random person he’d only met once a column in his print magazine and then a weekly article on his website, in 2019 I’ve had:

  • 3 print magazine columns on independent podcasting published featuring The Midnight Myth, Offscreen Babble & Cage’s Kiss
  • 7 website articles published featuring FilmBusters, We Have a Hulk, School of Movies, Journey Through Sci-Fi, Sorry You’re In My Seat, Betamax Video Club & Beyond The Box Set

I also launched the Patreon in December and I now have five amazing patrons:

Simon, Jardiel, Sade, Claudia & Simon

Ask me at the start of 2019, and I had no idea how Verbal Diorama would have panned out. I’m so grateful for every opportunity I’ve had last year.

If you’ve listened, downloaded, subcribed or read anything I’ve done in 2019. Thank you.

2020 is going to be bigger, better and funner!

Em

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