My name is Joe, and I am here to tell you a story.
Tales by the Fireside is a bedtime story and anxiety easing wellness podcast and YouTube channel. Featuring weekly stories for both adults and children, specially crafted and lovingly told to help you relax, unwind and fall asleep. You might run in to an old favourite, a new creation, a Fireside Community Spotlight Authors work, or a sleep meditation, carefully selected and read for you, with the sole intention of relaxing you, and giving you a good nights sleep.
Tales by the Fireside is designed for you to press play and put your device down, all you need to do is relax and let the story play out in your mind to the sound of a crackling fire. We release two episodes a week, On a Wednesday, our Tale for Adults comes out, and on Saturday we have our Tale for Children/Everyone.
Where Did the Idea Come From?
My partner often has trouble sleeping. Sometimes, it can take her hours to fall asleep unaided. She tried paid apps, meditations, sleep noises and audiobooks to speed up the process, but nothing really stuck. Together, we came up with a little game. I would ask her questions and we would form the skeleton of a story together. I would then make one up on the spot and she would fall asleep quickly, sometimes in minutes! She noticed that I would slip in to a "sleepy voice", and she wondered if it might work for other people as well as it does for her, and so Tales by the Fireside was born.
It started in September 2020 from a dining room in my partners parents house. I had a basic microphone, no recording or editing experience, and a new-found passion to help as many of you as humanly possible. To do this, my partner and I began learning everything from recording, to video and sound editing, to the ins and outs of social media! On top of gaining the knowledge to provide you with useful, accurate and worthwhile wellness and sleep information.
Finally, we cobbled together our first episode and released it out in to the wild. The response was incredible, overwhelming and amazingly heart warming. Slowly, we began to see many comments, requests and support from you guys, letting us know it was helping you. This in itself, has made it all worthwhile, it is the very reason we are fundraising, to keep on providing you the support you need to relax, unwind and fall asleep.
Sadly, a couple of months after our first episode was released, I, like so many others in this trying time, found myself unemployed. Despite this, I have been adamant that I will continue to provide you all the support you need and have kept this podcast alive as best as I can. The finances of running this are sadly, crippling and are rapidly consuming what means I have, and although we are lucky enough to have a supportive family backing us (and providing a roof over our heads!), to really make this the best it can be and continue helping you guys, we are here, raising funds.
With your support, I promise to make The Fireside be the absolute best thing it can be, and continue to provide a Community to help all struggling with sleep, anxiety or relaxation as best as I can.
I would like to invite you all to join the Fireside Community, on our quest to improve the quality of sleep, and therefore, the quality of life of as many people as possible.
So, what will the money be used for?
First and foremost:
- The general running expenses of the podcast (recording, hosting, web support, design/editing software), ensuring the podcast actually keeps running.
- Improving our website to become more user-friendly, easier to use and with capacity to grow and expand.
- Development of a Tales by the Fireside wellness community Mobile App to help you discover useful and beneficial content, along with user friendly and requested features (such as sleep timer, chapter markers etc).
- Upgrading equipment and soundproofing in my dining room (potentially even allowing for a purpose built studio area!) to allow for higher quality episodes and content.
- Allowing high quality merchandise and concept-products to be developed, helping in ways beyond the podcast (sleep sprays, sleep hygiene course, colouring and wellness book, to name a few ideas)
I sincerely thank you for all your support in advance, it truly means the world to us and to everyone we support through this project.
P.S. For more information about Tales by the Fireside, take a look at our introductory video, or visit www.talesbythefireside.com