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I’m not usually one to chase numbers.

by Sara on June 29, 2011

But, my amazing friends Fitz and Becca are about 10,000 downloads away from the one million downloads mark, for the Dirtbag Diaries.

What does that matter?  Well … in the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t.  Who really cares about one million downloads.  Or 5.16.  Or 5,000 followers.  On the other hand, the fact that Fitz and Becca and their contributers’ stories have been heard by ears somewhere near a million times literally gives me chills… it reminds me that there are a whole lot of “us” out there, and gave me pause to think about the part that the Diaries have played in my life.

I started out a fan.  I’ve listened to the Diaries for years… usually storing up several episodes at a time to binge on during late night solo drives on big, long stretches of open road.  Through the wonder of social media, I connected with Fitz and then bumped into him (he has a rather … um … recognizable voice) and met Becca at a crag in Leavenworth, WA.  They welcomed me around their campfire that evening, and a treasured friendship that has grown into familyness blossomed.

So, now, the least I can do is point y’all toward my all time favorite Diaries.  Download.  Listen.  Let tears come to your eyes, and laugh out loud at the shared, familiar hilarity of living life by saying “Yes” to it.  Be thankful for the lives of adventure that we each get to live, and for the talented storytellers that connect us to each other.

And far be it from me to pay attention to numbers, but, would you care to help push the Diaries over the million download mark?

May I recommend you start with (or, re-listen to) five of my all-time favorite Diaries.  The links below are to files you can listen to live; if you’d like to download the podcast, visit iTunes and search for The Dirtbag Diaries.

Now, my top five favorite Diaries, in no particular order:

  1. Unseen But Felt
  2. Scars
  3. Three Eights to Eternity
  4. Sixty Meters to Anywhere, by Brendan Leonard
  5. The Shorts — Friends in High Places, by Kelly Cordes

Love you, Cahalls.  Thank you for the gifts that you give us (your fans and listeners) and me (your friend).  Please, please keep up the good work.  For a long time to come.

I know there are Diaries fans reading this.  Chime in with links to your favorites, in the comments!