The Sonia Show

Writer. Podcaster. Beer drinker. Old movie watcher. Mother. Goober.

Finding my voice

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Yeah, so, I think I’m finally starting to find my voice.

I don’t walk into any new venture and think that I’ll be instantly good at it. I’m not a talented person with amazing, untapped skills. I’m a lame dork who learns a little bit by reading, listening and watching, but mostly from trial and error. If I want to try something new, I just need to jump in and do it, and I figure out what works and what doesn’t along the way. That’s how I roll.

For example, it took me a while to develop my writing voice.

I can hear it now. “You put thought and work into this shit?” You ask. That’s rude, you guys. Be nice.

I’ve been writing for a long time. I started this blog in 2003, but I had been writing long before that. When I was in middle school I asked for an electric typewriter so I could write. “I need to work on my plays,” I said.

What a goober. Also, my plays were not very good, and let’s never speak of them again. Please and thank you.

My point is I started podcasting intermittently with my mighty, mighty good man David a few years ago when we launched Old Movies, New Beer. I’m a better writer than a public speaker. Writing gives me time to craft my thoughts. Podcasting means I need to say something smart, thoughtful and funny quickly. After a few episodes, I think I got a little better.

When Anthony, director of all the “Sharknado” movies, asked me to join his podcast, The Pop Show, back in December I was hesitant, because I’m not very good at podcasting. Still, I said yes. And while the first couple of episodes are not my favorites, I think I got a little better.

Then my long-time friend Smith asked if I wanted to start another podcast with him. We wanted to launch a weekly podcast to talk about all the things we like to dork out about and — ta dah! — Dorking Out was born.

Our fourth, and final, test episode dropped yesterday, and I think it’s our best one yet. And, for the first time, I listened to it and thought, “I’m finding my voice.”

I’m still not super good at podcasting, but I think I’m learning. There’s still a lot of me saying “Yeah” and “right” for no reason, and I still nervously laugh at my own jokes. BUT, I’m getting better. And I appreciate all my co-hosts’ and listeners’ patience while I work to find my podcasting voice.

I’m really proud and excited about Dorking Out, and I’m so happy that Smith asked me to do it. Not only am I having a really great time, and it’s giving me a new creative outlet, but it’s given me an opportunity to kinda reconnect with Smith. We’ve been friends for almost 30 years. Seriously, 30 years?! We met when I was like 18. We went to community college together. We were roommates at Chico State. We were always talking (and dorking out) about stuff. At some point, we stopped talking as much. Marriage, kids, jobs, etc. You know the drill. But when we spoke we’d always just pick up where we left off. We all have those people in our lives.

Now, thanks to this podcast, we talk a lot, and I realized how much I missed talking to my old friend. It’s rad. And if you listen to the podcast — you should listen to the podcast, you guys — I think you can tell that we’re having fun. It’s a good listen. You should listen. You should subscribe on iTunes, and if you like it you should write a review. Check out for all the details. And if you wanted to share on the social media and what not, I’d be super grateful. Podcasting is more fun with listeners.

So, yeah, that’s a long-winded way of telling you guys that I think this week’s episode of Dorking Out is pretty good.

We talk about the OJ documentary series “Made In America,” the lackluster fourth season of “Inside Amy Schumer,” and we share our favorite (and least favorite) Pixar movies.

Click here to listen to Episode X4, and enjoy!



Author: The Sonia Show

I'm a writer/podcaster/mother/goober in San Francisco who likes to drink beer, shop, laugh and make other people laugh, watch old movies, feed my unhealthy obsession with pop culture, kick breast cancer's ass, go on adventures with my mighty, mighty good man David and my awesome autistic son, Calvin, wear orange and root for the San Francisco Giants, participate in general jackass-ery, talk about TV, eavesdrop on strangers' conversations, make nerdy “Star Wars” and “Simpsons” references, and post personal things about myself on the web for all to read, which makes me some sort of literary exhibitionist.

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