Hello Friends and Listeners! Have you had a chance to listen to this week’s show? It marks the one year anniversary of the podcast and I discuss a little bit about some of my intended upcoming changes, additions and tweaks. Necessary listening for sure. I have an additional change I’m going to make that I didn’t discuss on the show. It’s a big one too. It could affect everything so I want to make you aware of it.

“Apocaleptic” will soon be no more.

Hold on now, I’m referring to the name, not the podcast. That’s right, after battling name issues for a year now, I’ve decided to give in and make a change to the podcast name. Originally, I knew “Apocaleptic” would be a challenging moniker. It’s a play on the word “apocalyptic” of course, but that isn’t a word people use frequently and it isn’t the easiest word to spell without looking it up. “Apocaleptic” doesn’t actually have a meaning, which initially I saw as an advantage. I could make it be what I wanted it to be. It was pretty easy to get the URL and other social media handles for it and that’s difficult to do for a lot of other names. However, because it’s kind of a nonsense word and it is also a blatant misspelling, it was constantly getting corrected to “apocalyptic” making it very difficult for listeners and potential listeners to find the show. Recently I was trying to connect the podcast’s Facebook Page to my personal account and the Facebook search feature refused to consider searching for anything but a page with the proper spelling. Honestly, that was the last straw for me.

Name Change

Even though I’ve been a big fan of the show name, I must admit I never really made a hard connection to it. So I’m okay with making a change at this point. I might notice a strike in listeners at first but, hey, this show can’t really go anywhere but up, right? Best to go ahead and get it done and recover. Keep in mind, now, the only thing that will be changing is the name. It’ll be (mostly) the same podcast, with the planned changes I mention in this week’s episode. Not a gigantic deal. I hope.

I suppose your next question will be, “Okay, what’s the new name?” That question was a difficult one at first. I started making a list. Nothing was jumping out at me. Then, out of the blue it smacked me in the face. Early in my life as a young artist, I did a cartoon strip for 20+ years called “Outta Toon.” It was fun but it’s been over now for longer than it ran in print. But, for some reason, that name made perfect sense as the title for the podcast. The podcast is often about being out of tune with life. Trying to get back in tune. And, hey, I’m still a cartoonist. I’m still living my own life way outta toon. Well, it just seems to me the “Outta Toon Podcast” makes too much perfect sense! It already feels more “homey” for me than “Apocaleptic.” I think it’s a great fit. It’s going to be weird for me making Outta Toon a podcast rather than a cartoon strip but few people know of its earlier incarnation so it’s a new and I’m up for the task.

Once again, allow me to say to you, thanks for coming along on the journey and listening to the podcast. I think you’re really going to love what happens next.