The Phoenix

Monday, May 21, 2007

The Phoenix Podcast - Feedback From An Asshole

I'd like to thank everyone for their feedback conerning the return of my podcast. It had been a long time since I tried putting one together, and I wasn't satisfied with the final product. But I sought a learning experience in doing Episode 5, and I needed the practice in both recording and editing a podcast.

I've gotten mostly positive responses, and even those that gave me suggestions or criticisms really help. I appreciate it. I know I need to improve the podcast in several areas, and I believe the more I do the show, the better it will get.

However, whenever you put yourself out there in the public - especially put a telephone hotline number up - you're going to get those people that have no intention of giving you any real constructive criticisms or critiques.

I'd like to have you listen to a call my hotline received yesterday. It's quite interesting:





As you can tell, this caller had no intention of really saying anything helpful, funny, or even interesting. This jackass just wanted to be a complete asshole and somehow make himself feel better by trying to tread on somebody else.

If you listen to his voice carefully, it's quite reminiscent of a fusion of Rocky Balboa and Spicoli (Fast Times at Ridgemont High).

In all seriousness, I don't care if you think I suck at podcasting. But PLEASE, if you're going to take the time to actually dial a long-distance phone number, tell me how or why I suck. Maybe my jokes are lame. Maybe you think my voice is boring or monotone. Maybe you are offended by the farting sounds during my "bat poop" segment.

So, what do you all really think? Should I really just quit podcasting because I'm stupid? What can I do to improve? Or maybe you love the show and think I'm onto something with it? Maybe you agree with the caller from Michigan. (Yup, that's right. I have his phone number too. Amazing what you can do with technology these days). Perhaps you're from St. Louis and you don't like what he said about us.

It could be that the jackass is right and I should just spare everyone and hang it up.

E-mail me at jayrey72@gmail.com. You can hit my direct e-mail link over on my sidebar (the picture of Doc from Back to the Future). Or better yet, call my hotline number at 206-339-7125. Tell me what you think. You can be anonymous. You can also be brutually honest. Whatever you want - I don't care.

Just don't be an asshole. Or if you are going to be an asshole, don't be one that sucks atomic donkey balls. And if you're going to be an asshole that sucks atomic donkey balls, just don't be one that thinks of your mother while doing it.

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30 Comments:

Blogger Keshi said...

Phoenix dun let jealous ppl get u down.

Keshi.

5/20/2007 11:38 PM  
Blogger Curare_Z said...

Oh, I come back from a hiatus only to see that my old friends are being flamed by losers from Michigan. You know what they say Phoenix: Walks like an idiot, talks like an idiot....

Seriously, I always enjoyed your podcasts. They made me laugh and were a break from reading.....

I'm back. :-)

P.S. I'm NOT going to Mommy blog!!!

5/21/2007 8:24 AM  
Blogger DaBich said...

Sounds like someone is intelligence challenged ;)

Don't let that lamer flamer bother you!

5/21/2007 8:42 AM  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

Some people just live to be assholes.

Don't sweat it.

5/21/2007 9:58 AM  
Anonymous kim said...

You know, some people need to get lives. I mean seriously. It's like he waited around for a year. - it prolly took him that long to come up with that brilliantly witty cutting remark. *roll eyes* And really, he sounds like a drunk hillbilly from the bootheel.

Your sense of humor is smart and idiots aren't going to get it. You're doing just fine - podcast away my friend! Most of us greatly enjoy it! (Thos of us with brains I mean.)

5/21/2007 10:19 AM  
Anonymous stephanie said...

People suck. I've gotten real f-d up comments on my blog before and I'm like, wtf? Seriously? People just like to be a-holes because they're trying to impress someone. Fuck that guy. You rock.

5/21/2007 11:21 AM  
Blogger :P fuzzbox said...

Yes, he is a dumbass but you did ask for disgusting and offensive crank calls. This douchebag just ran with it. BTW, I need to go back and post some hate mail that I received the other day. I get a kick out of hate mail. Makes me think that I am doing something right. Just don't let the douchbags get you down.

5/21/2007 12:15 PM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

I say keep doing podcasts. Don't let this guy's comments get to you.
I'd suggest making the podcasts no more than ten minutes long.
Please keep using sound effects and lame jokes or puns.
Have fun and keep entertaining yourself & others.

5/21/2007 1:19 PM  
Blogger angel, jr. said...

Nope!! DO NOT QUIT!! I REPEAT DO NOT QUIT. I SAID DO NOT QUIT!! NEVER, NEVER--DON'T QUIT!
KEEP GOING! DON'T QUIT!!

5/21/2007 2:55 PM  
Blogger angel, jr. said...

Nope!! DO NOT QUIT!! I REPEAT DO NOT QUIT. I SAID DO NOT QUIT!! NEVER, NEVER--DON'T QUIT!
KEEP GOING! DON'T QUIT!!

5/21/2007 2:56 PM  
Blogger angel, jr. said...

Notice I said the same thing twice on purpose!! Repetition is key to someone understanding a point.

5/21/2007 2:57 PM  
Blogger The Phoenix said...

I would never quit over something like this. Never.

But, again, I do appreciate a lot of your feedback.

A couple things to note:

1)Good or bad - it's nice to know at least someone took the effort to call in. Sure, he was just being a jerk. But hey - my "awfulness" must've been bad enough to compel him to act.

2)I would love to do quick 10 minute podcasts. In fact, using that great audio player (Tango) I just might do it.
However, my podcast is going to be part or a new, exciting network. And they originally wanted me to do 60 minute podcasts per week! Um, no. I have a real job too.

3)Thanks for your support.

5/21/2007 3:10 PM  
Blogger goldennib said...

Some people just want their 5 minutes of infamy.

5/21/2007 3:30 PM  
Blogger Phats said...

Ha that was funny I laughed a little. maybe he was drunk dialing?? hahaha!

I think you should continue them they seem pretty cool, keep it up for sure.

5/22/2007 12:33 AM  
Blogger anonymouscoworker said...

As always with things like this, you only hear from the ones who have a problem. You don't hear from the dozens or hundreds who are completely happy with what you're doing. If you like doing it, I say keep at it.

5/22/2007 8:16 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

Or if you are going to be an asshole, don't be one that sucks atomic donkey balls

Dude, this line and the following line had me roaring with laughter. Oh my God! Most excellent!

5/22/2007 10:31 AM  
Blogger Big Pissy said...

I called and couldn't get through....

of course, I have t-mobile and their service sucks around her right now...

Ignore the asshole and keep doing what you want.

Your podcasts are great!

5/22/2007 11:01 AM  
Blogger ajooja said...

Ahhhhhhhh, being part of the network is the big secret. Cool. :)

(I answered your question on my blog.)

5/22/2007 11:42 AM  
Blogger KC said...

Some people are just born shit-disturbers. Ignore him. Your podcasts are really fun!

5/22/2007 11:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that guy sounded drunk..and yeah, if you are going to give criticism, at least have some construction to it.

check your email...

meredith

5/22/2007 12:27 PM  
Blogger Mr. Shife said...

Well I thought your podcast was fine. Not too long and just enough interesting information. I even shared with my in-laws the story about the couple who had a lot of bat poop in their house.

5/22/2007 1:20 PM  
Blogger mojotek said...

Firstly: Imagine how much of a loser you have to be to listen to a podcast just so you can make prank voice mail calls like a middle schooler.

Secondly: He obviously wrote down his "oh-so witty" remarks and was reading them while on the phone, because he couldn't memorize two sentences. What kind of loser writes down the not-so witty remarks he's going to say during a prank voice mail?

Meh, I wouldn't think twice about this retard. Actually, I would just chalk this kind of thing up to "par for the course". You'll always get negative feedback when you leave yourself open like that. But on the flip side, it's always easier for people to be negative, so you better count all this positive feedback A LOT more than one loser trying his darnedest to be funny but failing miserably.

Pod-cast away!

5/22/2007 1:28 PM  
Blogger mad said...

That dude made a long-distance phone call just to be an asswipe. Lonely, untalented, unimaginative dickhead. They're the worst.

Keep up the good work, man.

5/22/2007 5:28 PM  
Anonymous the weirdgirl said...

See, my whole pet peeve is that if you're going to be an asshole at least do it well! I have to second Mojotek... that guy sounded like he had written his line, or repeated it over and over to himself, and he still almost screwed it up!

I would take it as proof that you're in the big leagues. Anybody who's anybody on the web gets flamed!

And for god's sake keep up with the podcasts! 10 minute ones would be great! What a snappy pick-me-up for the day.

5/22/2007 5:54 PM  
Blogger Grafs said...

Don't let jackasses get you down. There are always going to be half-wits out there that don't know how to function without making fools out of themselves.

5/22/2007 8:26 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

well well well :)

you know, once you've had your first critic, it means you're practically famous now.

5/22/2007 9:18 PM  
Blogger Carmel said...

Phoenix,
I can't hear anything, I'm not sure if it's my connection or what. I clicked on that thing.
But really, don't worry about jerks, everyone who has a podcast or talk shows, radio shows etc get callers like that. It shows that he is a jerk and asshole and is jealous. I have heard your podcasts before and I think they are great.
Don't listen to that bum.

5/23/2007 7:43 AM  
Blogger Stacy The Peanut Queen said...

Well, f*ck him.....keep podcasting.

5/23/2007 12:51 PM  
Blogger The Phoenix said...

I deleted the sound file from the call. Screw him.

5/23/2007 12:57 PM  
Blogger Carmel said...

No thanks :b

5/23/2007 2:46 PM  

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