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A sisters podcast full of the eccentrics of “growing-up-Eyre”

by Shawni

My sisters and I are starting off on a new venture that we’re pretty excited about.

But let me back up first to explain:

A couple years ago I was really inspired as I immersed myself in reading some memoirs.

I was particularly drawn into books like Hillbilly Elegy and Mao’s Last Dancer (if you haven’t read them, please go order them lickety-split and get busy reading so we can talk about them!)

I think the reason I loved them so much was because they told the deep-down stories of families from an insider’s perspective.

It seems that there are so many facets to a family.

Dysfunction mixed in with things done right.

And when you get down to those nitty-gritties it makes you really appreciate the parenting journey. Makes you reflect on where you came from, and when you do that, it’s easier to figure out where you’re going.

Makes you realize how much you can learn from mistakes (and that mistakes are inevitable), and you can be inspired to try new things fix things that may be broken.

Kind of like Socrates famous quote: “The unexamined life is not worth living.”

So, honestly for a few years I’ve had this little nagging feeling saying to me, “Write your own memoir!” because there are some stories from our growing-up years, I tell you! Growing up in a family with nine kids, our parents had a pretty unique way they raised us that is kind of fun to examine.

But rather than writing a memoir, I thought it would be so much more interesting to “talk” a memoir. Meaning, talk it through with sisters (and sometimes brothers as guests?) in a podcast.

And guess what?

My sisters were kind of having the same sorts of nudges.

And finally, we are getting going on this little idea.

We have the introductory episode recorded and ready to go. Here we are recording that sucker:

We also recorded an episode explaining some of the details behind one summer when my parents packed us all up and we went to camp out in the wilderness of the mountains of Oregon while building a log cabin with our blood and sweat and tears.

Really, we did that!

And that, and so many other quirky things we did growing up as a family need to be documented.

So here we go.

We are going to delve into all kinds of parenting and family ideas as we examine how being raised in our particular family has helped us maneuver and grow in our own modern mothering.

Our biggest worry, to be honest, is that we may sound like we have it all together.

Because we don’t.

We are definitely struggling through this thing, right in the trenches.

But for some reason it helps to talk through those trenches, don’t you think?

Put a voice with the woes and worries. Fall in love with (and recognize) the triumphs.

Ok, so here’s where you as blog readers come in. I have a few requests:

  1. Please share what you like and don’t like in podcasts. We are open for any ideas/inspiration/guidance we can get.
  2. Does anyone have ideas as to how to include listeners in some types of listener-interaction? Elle mentioned she thought some podcasts have this kind of capacity and we’d love to include listeners any way we can.
  3. Please share any questions or topics you think would be fun to hear us discuss.
  4. Please share ideas for a title!

Our “rough” title is “71 Loosli Wright Ways” (trying to cleverly incorporate something about all four of us), but it’s too long and not as catchy as we’d like.

Please send any ideas our way!

We will be forever grateful.

Sending love on over your way (and also crossing my fingers that some of you readers out there won’t be shy to answer some of those four questions in the comment section!)

Happy Tuesday!

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64 comments

Catharina April 5, 2022 - 1:20 am

Hello, Shawni!
This idea is fantastic and I can’t wait to start listening!
1- I definitely think that you should be careful about not interposing voices. I know that can happen when we talk, but it can be confusing to the listener. I think we should be able to clearly distinguish each person when they speak.
2- You can announce the main theme of the podcast via social network and have listeners send you quick audios on that (via WhatsApp, for ex). You can include them in the middle or the end of the podcast, as in a “audience moment” you can comment on 🙂
3- I’d live to hear everything about your childhood and teenage years, and how that has given you confidence to build your own families.
4- Something like “The Eyrealm ladies”, “Ladies of the Eyrealm”or even “Eyremember”.

Xoxo

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Lucy April 5, 2022 - 8:00 am

Eyremember (as in Eyre rembember) is brilliant!

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Lucy April 5, 2022 - 8:02 am

Apologies for being a typo queen with the extra b

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Shauna April 5, 2022 - 9:12 am

Growing up Eyre

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Catharina April 6, 2022 - 9:22 am

Hey, Lucy, thank you for the comment! Omg, there are so many good ideas in the comments below, too… This was a very fruitful comment section 🙂

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Shawni April 6, 2022 - 9:24 pm

Great advice! And I love the name suggestions. We have already run into the interposing voices thing, it’s hard with four voices! But I’m so grateful for the feedback and we will work on that! Love all the other thoughts too.

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Anne April 5, 2022 - 2:22 am

1.) I automatically turn off a podcast if the audio is of poor quality, so invest in good equipment, and record in a clothes closet or a place where there will not be echoes.

2.) Listeners can record a voice memo with a question, and you can play it on the show and answer the question.

3.) I’d like to hear recipes; meal planning; and how to cook for a crowd.

4.) If you name your podcast after your past, it might seem limiting if you all want to shift away from memories and talk about more current things. Maybe Fresh Eyre or Essential Eyre? I don’t even know how you pronounce your name. I’m assuming “air.” Lots of puns with that.

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Julie April 5, 2022 - 7:53 pm

Hi Anne, it’s prononnced eye-er.

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Shawni April 6, 2022 - 9:28 pm

We definitely need to work on the audio quality! I sat in my closet for the ones we’ve done so far, but I think once we get going we better invest in some good equipment! Love the suggestions. And I think maybe we need to change the pronunciation to “air”;). Julie is right, it is pronounced eye-er, but if we were proper it would be pronounced “air.”

We’ll definitely have to get into recipes and meal planning, especially when we talk about reunions.

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Stacy April 5, 2022 - 3:50 am

I think the title of your post would be a great title for the podcast. Growing up Eyre

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R April 5, 2022 - 6:28 am

I love that idea!

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Catharina April 5, 2022 - 6:30 am

I like it too 🙂

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Shawni April 6, 2022 - 9:28 pm

I like that too, is it all-encompassing enough is the question…

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Lkt April 5, 2022 - 4:13 am

From reading you and your sisters’ blogs and instagrams, I think you had an amazing and interesting upbringing-definitely worth sharing. I know you all really value it and try to emulate it with your own families. I hope the podcast is a bit more introspective and nuanced than just being cheerleader for all your great experiences. I don’t mean that in a negative way and don’t expect you to be critical of your upbringing, siblings, or parents. But, too much wonderfulness and “hard things made us better” is hard to relate to in some ways. That said, I really am in awe of your upbringing in many ways but just hoping for something “real”.

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Shawni April 6, 2022 - 9:31 pm

Thank you for the input, LKT, and I really hope we can keep it really “real.” We really all love how we were brought up, but there are many quirky things we can talk about. I am nervous about the “wonderfulness,” I don’t want it to come off like that. You guys will have to keep us in check if we veer too far that way!
xoxo

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Emily April 5, 2022 - 4:27 am

I would love to listen to this!
I agree on sound quality. You can interact with listeners through voxer or anchor. You can post on Instagram and people can leave comments there. Some podcast video record and upload to YouTube. Then you can receive comments there as well.

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Shawni April 6, 2022 - 9:31 pm

I’ll have to look into that, thank you!

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R April 5, 2022 - 7:05 am

I love that name, “growing up Eyre” mentioned above!

I would love for you to talk more about being resilient. All of you seem to have that in greater amounts than the average person. People comment some of the most cruel and awful things here and I often am as much interested in your responses to them as the blog itself. You always respond with kindness. I often wonder…. How does Shawni not let all of that get to her??? How much time do you spend thinking about it. Processing it. Has it ever just wrecked your day? I love that you keep coming back when so many others have quit blogging. But I do often wonder… were you just born with thick skin. Did your parents teach you that? If so, HOW??? Please share!

I also want to know how you handle grumbling, jealousy, differences amongst you. There has to be, right??? Most families are so broken and divided. How do you guys work through differences. Was that something that you were taught as kids and have just continued on with as adults? Is there ever Eyre drama?

How did your parents make money to support all of you? I know they’ve written books, but have they ever had other jobs? I love how they’ve raised you guys! It seems like they had much more free time than the average family to do things like build a cabin in the summer. Is this the life of a writer? It sounds so fun!

I have so many questions.

I’m so excited for the podcast! I’ve been following your family for years and have learned so much from you guys! Especially how to be kind to unkind people!

You’re so inspiring and I hope you continue to blog forever.

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Shawni April 6, 2022 - 9:40 pm

Aw this is so sweet, thank you so much for all the thoughtful questions and input! And you are nice to ask about whether some of the comments here get to me. Sometimes they do sure get me thinking, and sometimes they make me defensive and sad. But honestly mostly they give me so much food for thought! I have to remind myself that people are just coming from such different perspectives and life experiences. Isn’t that so fascinating?

I love your other questions as well, we will definitely have to address them. Thank you so much for the input!
xoxo

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Courtney April 5, 2022 - 7:13 am

I love podcasts that are a good length. I think 40-45 minutes is ideal. Podcasts that are too long and clearly unedited are hard to listen to.
I think this is a great idea! I can’t wait to listen!

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Shawni April 6, 2022 - 9:44 pm

xoxo

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Sal April 5, 2022 - 7:25 am

What a great endeavor to do with your sisters! I look forward to listening!

1. I don’t care for podcasts with guests, in general. I’m not there for the guest, I’m there for the podcaster and care about their thoughts and experiences and opinions, not some random guest. It is off-putting to a listener when speakers speak over or interrupt each other. I’ve never heard a podcast with 4 voices at once, that could be tricky and might take a bit to figure out the flow.
2. As others have mentioned, you can have listeners send voice memos or call into a phone number to leave a voicemail that you can share. You can also read their written submissions aloud.
3. I hope you’ll share what worked AND what didn’t. What you liked about your childhood experiences and opportunities and what you didn’t like. Where things went right and where they failed. I also think speaking about adult family relationships would be very beneficial to listeners. Things change as you bring in spouses, children, in-laws, and new personalities. What happens when some people want more space (both physically and emotionally) from others or when there’s tension among family members within a large family, including many adults.
4. No name recommendations, sorry. I don’t even know if Eyre is like Jane Eyre or if it rhymes with tire. 🤣😅 If you could include something about growing up with 9 kids in a family in the title, that’d be cool, because it tells the listener something that is a pretty unique experience.

Best of luck to all of you in your future endeavor!

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Shawni April 6, 2022 - 9:44 pm

Thanks Sal, we need to figure out that voice memo thing! And I do think the interrupting will be tricky but we’ll work on it! Eyre is like “eye-er” and yes it would be great to include the nine kid thing…so much to think about! Yes we will definitely try to include the failures along with the successes.
xoxo

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Jessie April 5, 2022 - 7:38 am

If you’re already worried that it’s gonna come across like you have it all together, but that is very much not your intention, that tells me you’re going to need to actually talk about hard things. And not just in a vague, throwaway way. Because otherwise, yeah, that’s how’s it’s going to come across. (Said with love and because you brought it up 🙂

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Shawni April 6, 2022 - 9:46 pm

I think you are so right.

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Nettie April 5, 2022 - 8:22 am

I am so excited for your new venture! I will absolutely be listening!
1. I love interview-style podcasts; they’re enjoyable to listen to because you get an easy to follow back-and-forth conversation. If you could somehow indicate who’s speaking and if you each could take turns responding, that would be helpful since there are four of you interacting. 🙂
2. It’d be awesome to hear your brothers’ perspective on things as well.
3. I am not social media savvy, but your question about listener interaction reminded me of The Read Aloud Revival podcast. Sarah Mckenzie has a setup where listeners can leave a voicemail recording and she plays a listener message at the end of each podcast. You would probably need some kind of a website to set that up. https://readaloudrevival.com/message/
4. I also like a long listen. 🙂 50 minutes to an hour is great while I’m making dinner or working on a project or going for a walk.
5. Since there’s a large age gap between the oldest and youngest sister, I’d be interested to hear their perspectives on how they were raised – similarities? differences? That could be an episode by itself. 🙂
6. I love Catherine’s title idea, “Eyremember”!!

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Shawni April 6, 2022 - 9:47 pm

I will have to check out those podcasts you mentioned, thank you! And thanks for the other ideas/thoughts as well, so appreciated!
xoxo

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Molly April 5, 2022 - 8:36 am

Oooo i’m so excited for this!

1) I love when podcasts have a format that they follow episode to episode, so you know what to expect (ie – intros, then discussion, then q+a or something like that). I also love when podcasters share the highs/lows of their week or general (minor) personal updates…makes it feel like you “know” the podcasters better. I also love a podcast that’s longer than 45 min – something I can listen to while cleaning up, or driving around, or on a walk.

1b) I also agree with the commentor above that since you are sisters and likely sound alike, identify yourselves before speaking! Will be very helpful to listeners.

2) I listen to podcasts where listeners call into a google voice number and leave a message! Pretty easy to set up and splice the audio in.

3a) I think it would be interesting to hear the things that your parents did that you’ve chosen NOT to do with your own families.

3b) Since I’m pretty sure you are all good record keepers, it would be interesting to hear snippets from your journals etc. from whatever event you are discussing and then how that is different or similar to how you view the experience now.

4) I don’t have any ideas for a title right now but will come back if any strike me!

Also just a general thought: I think that any sort of memoir (in any medium – personal essay, podcast, poetry, prose) fails when the author touches on a topic that they DO have a lot to say about or have struggled with but don’t mention it because it’s either not their place to share or they aren’t ready to do so yet. Just an example that struck my mind: if a relationship podcast is talking about break-ups and one of the hosts has recently gone through one but doesn’t want to talk about it, the whole discussion then seems a little more stilted because that person is holding back even more than they need to. Given this will be a podcast about your family and I’m sure that there will be some stories/topics that you don’t want to give the full story on out of respect to someone else’s privacy, maybe choose a different angle where it doesn’t seem like there is an unknown but clear elephant in the room. I don’t know if this makes sense, but what it boils down to is talk about the things that you can really discuss!

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Shawni April 6, 2022 - 9:48 pm

So many good things to think about, thank you so much for sharing!

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Madeleine April 5, 2022 - 9:09 am

So exciting and can’t wait to listen! My greatest tip/request is to talk slowly and intentionally include ~pauses~ between speakers. Longer pauses than you think necessary. While it will feel unnatural and maybe even a little panic-inducing for you, it will help your listeners process the information. Amateur podcasters often speak the way they would to a friend and it comes across as disorganized and frantic. As a rule, people speak too quickly and with too many “ums” and “ahs”. Not a problem on the street but a big distraction on a podcast. The other thing people do in casual conversation is provide constant feedback (“totally”, “me too”, “ah, yes”, “good point” etc). That engagement is so necessary for social skills but, unfortunately, it doesn’t work in a podcast. Teaching yourself this new way of communication may be uncomfortable at first, but it’s really just a new skill to learn! 🙂 And your listeners will be grateful! I would recommend doing some research by listening to professional podcasters like Michael Barbaro from The Daily or even Glennon Doyle’s podcast – both are good examples of allowing time for the listener to engage with the information. Best of luck, you’ll be great!!

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Kara April 5, 2022 - 10:54 am

1. I second Madeline’s advice. I don’t listen to anything with poor sound quality or anyone who uses too many filler words, like um. Make a point and don’t repeat yourself exactly. Maybe thinking about the sermons you enjoy and you don’t enjoy would help. It’s easier for me to think of things I don’t like than things I do…not a good trait but one I own up to!

2. voice recordings, special guests.

3. Topics I like: What would I tell my younger self; Welcoming in-laws (brothers, sisters, daughters, sons) into the family; sisters by birth, family by choice….what is sometimes tough to mind your own business about now that you’re older; telling your children, especially older ones, you’re sorry when at fault

4. I think the name you suggested is too long and that you’ll eventually shorten/abbreviate it. Would you all be happy with that? IMO, your connection and topics are twofold – sisters and mothering. So I’m not sure why you need to distinctly state a current attribute for each of you. I think attributes that suggest the topics to be discussed would drive more people to your podcasts. Happy to give my opinion but I’m not creative and don’t have a good suggestion!

Excited to see how this venture unfolds. Best of luck 🙂

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Shawni April 6, 2022 - 9:49 pm

Good reminder about the talking slow. And I have a problem with annunciating. I gotta work on that! And I agree on your title thoughts!

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Lauren April 5, 2022 - 10:22 am

OK well this is super exciting! I absolutely love podcasts – and your family has such a different perspective / experience than anything I’ve been around, I think that’s why I find your blog (and Charitys!) so fascinating. You should definitely create a maybe instagram for it, and have listeners submit questions for you guys to answer

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Rachel April 5, 2022 - 10:42 am

This might not be helpful, but I actually dislike podcasts and love reading. I’d really enjoy reading a transcript of your podcasts.

I don’t need parenting advice, but I am curious about the unique family quirks you could share.

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Christine April 7, 2022 - 3:00 pm

I agree! I never have time to listen to podcasts, but would love to read the transcripts!

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Andrea April 5, 2022 - 10:50 am

I’m so excited about this!!

I would love to know what things from your childhood (that your parents did with you guys) you intentionally decided you were NOT going to repeat with your kids.
And also how did your parents manage to cultivate that amazing relationship you have with your siblings (and your kids have with each other)? I think it’s an incredible bond and I would love to foster that with my kids.
Oh, and I think talking about mental health would be really interesting, especially since it’s not really discussed among Christian communities.

Good luck! I’m looking forward to it!

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Trina April 5, 2022 - 11:49 am

I would love if you finished each podcast with each of your favorite things.

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Jessica Taylor April 6, 2022 - 5:57 am

I agree…love to know fav. things. Also love the name “Eyremember “for the podcast!

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Sarah April 5, 2022 - 1:06 pm

What about a play on the last name Eyre like “Clearing the Eyre” or “On Eyre”. Like, Clearing the Eyre: sisters unearthing stories of parenting and families

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Sarah April 5, 2022 - 3:52 pm

Facets to a Family (to take from your own words)
or I’d throw my support behind Growing Up Eyre as many before me.

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jenny also April 5, 2022 - 4:24 pm

From Serendipity to Charity
Eyre-ing It Out
Sisters and Mothers
Deliberate Women (a play on Little Women)

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Micaela April 5, 2022 - 6:11 pm

Love this idea and can’t wait to listen! A few thoughts.

1. The only podcasts I can get into are Happier With Gretchen Rubin and her sister’s podcast, Happier in Hollywood. Happier in Hollywood has a Facebook page where listeners interact with each other about honestly everything and it’s an awesome crowd and very popular. They often cite posts from the Facebook page on their podcast and it all feels like such a nice community.

2. Someone suggested “On Eyre” for a title. I think this is good!

3. I also agree with the commenter who dislikes interviews in podcasts. I listen to a podcast because I love the host, so I neatly always skip past or zone out during the interviews.

Good luck!!

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KW April 5, 2022 - 6:56 pm

My vote is Eyremember! Or EyrePods!

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Laura Cecil April 5, 2022 - 6:58 pm

Anything you guys do will be AMAZING!! I put on Charity’s suggestion board, “Nothing’s Dire with the Eyres!”

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Amy Stokes April 5, 2022 - 9:23 pm

I’m an avid podcast listener, but I usually turn off even the most interesting topics of the hosts repeatedly speak over each other/interrupt and also when they frequently go off on random tangents with insider jokes between them. I would say- let each other speak. Speak to the listeners more than just to each other. Would love to hear your stories. The Eyre Sisters 🙂

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Kristine April 5, 2022 - 9:26 pm

I read your parents books as was fascinated with large families and envied them. In fact all the kids took part in writing one of them. I found the blogs excited to see how everything all turned out. I even read your SIL ones while they had them. I actually think it would be interesting to hear how spouses and in-laws effected how you managed family and made life decisions perhaps a little differently than the Eyreway. I think Saren did a particularly good job in posts balancing her families interactions with in-laws especially their Christmas and summer traditions in Idaho equally with the Eyre family ones. I mean to compliment her, nothing bad about the rest. Their family may have been more okay with it and Charity just married and lived away so not really fair.

Another thing I’m wondering is did your parents actively encourage so many of you to live away from one another for at least part of your marriage? They seem thrilled about it, which is odd to me. Was it so they would have excuse to travel? I mean they have that month in the summer for all of your to gather, a weekend at least ideally. Is that enough? It’s hard living away from one side of the family and the other side would be upset if we moved away.

Another thing I’m wondering if there was relief the first time someone did something off the planning chart? Did that first person not following the narrow path come from outside the Eyre family making it easier or from within the Eyre family? I remember how pleased Charity was the universe aligned so she could do study in Jerusalem cause every sibling did it. That is a lot of pressure. The first one not to do study in Jerusalem would have made it easier for everyone who follows by age, don’t you think? It’s a neutral thing. Life won’t be over or enriched because of either action. Are there examples of that relief from pressure?

Are your parent’s surprised none of you had 9 kids? Their plans for your lives had you marrying later so it was bound to turn out that way.

Because of the age range you all grew up in different generation. Some gen x and some millennial. Do you find you are different or still relatable because or sisterhood or shared religion? You had to have been raised slightly different. Parent’s can change by the decade and be more chill or more vigilant. I have cousins similarly spaced out and I have a hard time understanding how they think at times and they feel the same. Even with our dad’s the same age. But one group was raised in an older decade by older parents and the other group raised by younger parents in an earlier decade.

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Shawni April 6, 2022 - 10:06 pm

So many good questions. I think some of the pressures you are talking about just come with life in general. A little pressure is good, but it’s important to find a balance for sure, and you’re right, in a family of nine with everyone doing so many things it could be dangerous! Would be fun to discuss on the podcast. I’m excited to represent from gen x to millennial as we discuss this parenting journey, and yes, our parents sure did change through the years.

Love the input, makes me excited to discuss.

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Jess April 6, 2022 - 12:18 am

This sounds so exciting. For what my 2 cents are worth this is what I like:
– Podcasts that are about 30mins. I usually listen in the car 🙂
– I don’t like long introductions to the segment or where people are trying to advertise or sell me something. I generally skip over this to when the podcast actually starts.
– Love the suggestions above of Growing up Eyre or Eyre Sisters.
– Clear sounding recordings
– There is a lot of good advice above that I won’t repeat 🙂
– Would love to listen to parenting teens, when to give teenagers more control (so hard), family holidays, reunions, traditions, good experiences and ones that didn’t work out well. So much can be learned from the hard times.
Hope this helps!

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Jessie April 6, 2022 - 6:31 am

I concur with all of the above suggestions. I also like the idea of ending each podcast with the “lesson learned” from the stories shared.

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Molly April 6, 2022 - 6:36 am

Hi! I am so excited you are getting into podcasting! I run a podcasting technology company and before that was the lead producer at Forbes Podcasts. Happy to do a quick session with you / your sisters to answer any questions you have about podcasting! (My company only sells to businesses, so I have nothing to sell you – just some knowledge to share :)). Feel free to reach out to my email in this comment. Congrats on getting ready to launch!

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marcellatp April 6, 2022 - 9:58 am

What a fun idea! Lots of good name suggestions here so I’m sure you’ll pick something good.

I have stopped listening to many podcasts when the “chat” goes on too long. For example when at the top a topic is announced that I am very interested in and then the next 45 minutes (and no exaggeration on the time sometimes it’s been longer) of chatting about random things ensues. The hosts catch up and it’s like listening in on a friends phone call or something. Hate It. Give me the topic I came for please! While a bit of chat at the beginning is fine and can help listeners get to know the hosts, it should be – in my opinion – shorter than the discussion of the topic at hand.

Also, I understand your worry about sounding too perfect. It’s easy to share the good things that happen and we don’t want to dwell on the negative. And since this is about family there’s likely the desire to not hurt others feelings or to publicly call them out on something. You all will have to spend some time discussing how to handle these things or frankly it will sound very perky molly mormon.

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Katie April 6, 2022 - 11:18 am

I think Eyremember is an awesome title! Beware, “Growing Up Eyre” may remind some of numerous TLC specials about unique families…and not necessarily in a good way! I agree w previous posters: sound quality is very important. I’ve turned off podcasts that were hard to hear and/or had people talking over each other too much. I’d love to hear your collective thoughts on dealing w the anxiety that comes w modern parenting…worries about your kids, internalized pressure to do right by them, reacting to scary/sad parenting situations in your own families. I’m also searching for support in pursuing stronger adult sibling relationships (your speciality?!) when the other siblings aren’t as interested. Best of luck on this project!

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Katie C April 6, 2022 - 1:10 pm

I am SO excited for this! I don’t think you should include Eyre in the name. Think of your reach! People are going to find you and have no idea of the celebrity couple you come from (although we love them and you). But if you use your main goal for this podcast as the name, it will speak volumes immediately and draw more people in! It’s a memoir, but why? What is the “so what” of the stories that will make a difference to people? When you find that core word, put it in your title. Resilient families, Families Experiencing the World, Savoring Life, or something your parents taught you etc. You could do way better, lol. I’m not sure of your core theme so just nudging you to name it from that to draw more in. You have so much to share! Have the stories circle round to the moral and the “so what” so we know what to do with it. Those are the podcasts people will come back too.

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Heather April 6, 2022 - 1:22 pm

1. Please share what you like and don’t like in podcasts.
stay on topic! It drives me nuts when podcast hosts go off on really long tangents that don’t relate to the advertised topic of the episode. Correct pronunciation is another of my pet peeves “Pick-ture” not “Pit-chure”, I physically cringe when there are colloquial mispronunciations.
Does anyone have ideas as to how to include listeners in some types of listener-interaction?
I have no knowledge in this area
Please share any questions or topics you think would be fun to hear us discuss.
I appreciate when people are genuine. If there are things as sisters you have overcome about your upbringing, or things that you had to unlearn when it came to raising your own families- those would be interesting topics. How was the Gospel taught in your home growing up? Were there challenges, siblings who chose to leave the faith and how your family addressed that?
Please share ideas for a title! I don’t have any catchy name ideas, but I do agree with another comment about choosing a name that allows you growth (moving the podcast in a different direction that you originally planned).

Looking forward to “hearing” from you and your sisters!

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Pinny April 6, 2022 - 2:02 pm

How about a subtitle that includes your Eyre family motto of broaden and contribute?

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Jen April 6, 2022 - 2:19 pm

1. Good quality. I will turn off immediately if the audio is bad.
2. No idea!
3. Parenting adult kids. With specifics! There’s so much out there for young moms and even moms of teens but hardly anything for parenting adult kids. Especially adult kids who are struggling. It’s so needed!
4. I sent a couple in already.

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Alexa April 6, 2022 - 4:25 pm

Just wanted to add my support for notes above about being transparent ~~ if you are going to start a conversation, then wise and generous to do so with open, willing hearts!

I am particularly interested in hearing about things from your growing up years you aim to echo within your own families, and then ways you have decided to do things in ways all your own. Also, I would love a deep dive into the realities of your adult sibling relationships and how you navigate expectations, holidays, inevitable stress, in~laws, etc!
These are obviously quite vulnerable topics ~~ seas that we are each no doubt swimming ~~ but what a gift to your listeners if you’d be willing to truly share!

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Kris April 6, 2022 - 4:36 pm

4 Sisters and a Podcast

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Shawni April 6, 2022 - 10:09 pm

Ok, I want to respond to every one of these comments but I’m out of time. Just want to say THANK YOU, all these thoughts and ideas are incredibly helpful and my sisters and I are all so grateful. Please keep them coming if you have more to share. Thank you, thank you!
xoxo

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Elizabeth April 7, 2022 - 6:39 am

Lovely idea to keep in touch with your sisters and reminisce! Remember that not everything needs to be shared with the entire world, it could be a beautiful project you do for just yourselves and your family. It may feel more genuine that way. And who knows maybe after several recordings you will feel like there is something worth sharing.

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Amy Burbidge April 7, 2022 - 7:37 am

Hey Shawni! Great ideas, lots of good advice, I just have a couple things to add.
I always associate Joy School with your family. I wonder if many people do? Maybe that could be incorporated into the name?
A lot of people have mentioned sound quality and along those lines, differences in volume between hosts and guests I find very annoying. It’s like they give the guests the old microphone from when they were first starting out and didn’t have good equipment or something! If you’re going to have guests (I agree it should be mostly you 4 though) be sure to have equally good equipment for them.
Too much banter can be annoying, inside jokes that leave the listener out, idle chatting, repetitive phrases, that kind of thing. Keep it as meaty as you can but in a real, down to earth way. Easy, right? Haha it’s going to be a challenge for sure, but I can’t wait to see how it goes! Good luck my friend!

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Lena April 7, 2022 - 2:12 pm

Congratulations and I have an idea for the name of your Podcast: Love Is In The Eyre! It’s simple but it pretty much sums up what your family is about.

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Cari April 7, 2022 - 6:15 pm

4. “Eyer We Are Together” like “Here we are together.”
1. Rambling. Give me the meat and then elaborate. Not stringing listeners along to fill time.
3. Would love more help with..
-Teens: consequences that were impactful and encouraging, not just punishments.
-Also, simple traditions that unite families.
-And systems that make raising big families easier (family calendaring once a week, etc.)

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Riina April 19, 2022 - 8:34 am

My two cents as an avid pod gal:

Since there is four of you, somebody has to be the host of each episode. It can always be one of you or you can alternate between you all. The host will keep the show Rolling, ask the questions from spesific People so you wont speak over each other, introduce each segment if you have some but at least the beginning and the ending, and takes care of the clock. Also, not all of you have to be in each segment. You can have moments where just one or two of you are talking about something and then maybe in the beginning and in the end the ones who werent in the discussion can give their two cents OR they can do it in insta or something to kick Off the conversation after the show.

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