Tom’s Big Spiders – The Podcast

After much debate, I’ve decided to start a weekly podcast about tarantulas and other arachnids. I had been asked about starting a podcast a few times over the years, and as I really didn’t know too much about them, I scoffed at the idea. I just couldn’t imagine I would have enough to say to make one interesting, or that folks would be even remotely interested in hearing it. I know it may sound in my videos like I love hearing myself talk, but I can’t stand the sound of my own voice (really, who does?).

But after a recent discussion with my brother, an admitted podcast junkie, and another chat with a keeper, I decided to do a bit of research to see if it was a realistic outlet for me. For the past several months, I’ve been making a list of possible topics as well as folks I would like to either work with or interview. As luck would have it, I’ve been doing much more voiceover work in my YouTube videos as of late, so I have also gotten some good experience with talking and staying on subject.

Last month, I asked some of my friends on Facebook if this was something I should pursue, and the reaction was very positive. It seems that there are a lot of hobbyists out there that like podcasts, and not a whole lot of people doing them. Excited by the possibility of branching out into new media, I signed up for a plan, downloaded some programs, and sat down to test it out.

So far, I’m loving it.

Many times when putting the videos together, I have to shorten my explanations because I don’t have enough footage to accommodate for all of the dialog. I’ve found that recording the podcasts allows me to go into much more detail with the discussion. There are also topics that might not make for the most interesting videos or articles that might be better delivered in a more conversational format. Even better, this format would make interviews much more natural and easier for the interviewees.

It won’t replace my articles or videos, but I do believe the format will allow for another excellent outlet for tarantula information.

To start, I will be releasing one 30-minute episode every week on Sunday. As I know folks that follow podcasts like them to be released consistently, I’m recording several ahead of time to start so that I will always have one ready to go even if life intervenes. As I get more comfortable with the format and schedule, I’ll look to start mixing in interviews and even live episodes. If all goes well, they will be available on both iTunes and Google Play as well.

Below is my first “pilot” episode in which I field a question about feeding dead prey to tarantulas and discuss shipping in the winter, as well as a bonus episode featuring a Q & A. I’m also including a link to my podcast page. Hopefully you all find it enjoyable and continue to check out future installments. I’ve got some cool ideas going forward, and I think that I’ll continue to improve with each outing.

EPISODE 1: Tom’s Big Spiders … The Podcast! (Pilot)



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5 thoughts on “Tom’s Big Spiders – The Podcast

  1. What a great idea, Tom! And the timing fits perfectly with what I’ve been thinking lately. As an avid newbie, I’m always eager to see other people’s tarantulas, and I spend a lot of time on Youtube. But what I’m even more hungry for, is good information. Lately while watching videos, I’ve been thinking, OK, I’ve seen your spider, now tell me some useful stuff.
    I really look forward to listening to your podcasts!

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    • Hello, Megan! Thanks so much! And I know what you’re saying about the videos. I try to make mine as informative as I can, but sometimes I find myself just trying to find filler footage to go along with my talking. This format should allow me to be as detailed as I want without having to worry about the video portion. Hopefully, you enjoy them! Thanks again!


  2. Hi there.
    Just to say i love this idea.

    Most of the time when i work i use to listen radio, music….everything that i can think i can like it. This kind of Podcast is just perfect….i just finish listen your first episode and i love it (one funny thing i put all office listen to your podcast…..everyone knows i got a few T’s….and 2 of my colleges are very interest on it and they spend a lot of time asking questions… you got quiet an audience here :D).

    Congratulations for this work……this page (with texts, videos, and now podcast) have being my place to go when i have 1 doubt/question in the hobby (and of course Arachnoboards).

    I’m very new at this hobby (only 4 months) and i only got 4 T’s (waiting for the end of winter to be able to buy a few more)……but most of the things i have learned with you and in the Dark Den YouTube Channel……so again thanks for your amazing help(work).

    Keep it up!



    • Nuno!

      Thank you so much! I was actually surprised at the overwhelmingly positive reaction to the idea. I wasn’t sure if this would be a format people would appreciate. Guess I was wrong! I’m REALLY enjoying creating these as it lets me rattle off more naturally and without having to worry about timing my words with a video. And they take MUCH less time to create…which means I’ll definitely be able to keep up with the weekly format. 🙂

      Oh, man…your office is listening? HA! That’s amazing! hahaha

      And thank YOU for taking the time out to comment; I truly appreciate it! Four already? Watch out…this hobby is VERY addictive. 😉

      All the best!



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