This all started with a number of phone conversations between myself and good friend SnowDragon back in 2011. Show didn’t even have a name at that point. It was a case where we jokingly said to each other people learn more from listening to us talk vape for an hour than they could by searching the forums out for a week. We recorded 3 episodes (which I still have on my computer and might one day post up), but we had no real place to host it. We let a few of our Skype buddies listen to it and they enjoyed it, but it never found a home. He opened up his shop (Area 51 vapors) and didn’t have the time to record anymore. Fast forward to 2012. I met Willard Roads through a vaping forum I was admin’ing at the time. We got to talking more and more off forum, and found out he played a big part in the .com bubble of the early and mid 90’s. He wanted to create a website and podcast that focused instead on reviewing, on helping new and veteran vapors. We launched Vapor Reporter first here on WordPress (you can still access that page though no one but Will can update it, hasn’t been touched since September of 2013), and then later moved it over to it’s own site. We had recorded 9 shows, though only 5 ever made it on-line, and despite us not being on iTunes or having a RSS feed we were getting 50-200 listens an ep. I went by Joe Friday back in those days because of my position working with a vaping company didn’t want anything to come off as biased (side note Will was not Will’s real name either). It didn’t last long though. Around October of that year we had started having some problems with the direction of the site. He wasn’t updating it enough to my tastes, and when he did post an article I had written it was edited to a point where it was no longer recognizable. It took 3 hours to record each show, he would whittle it down to an hour and add all his post production which would take anywhere between 2-3 weeks. We had a couple of heart to hearts, a very long talk on our way home from VaperCon, but still nothing was moving forward. It all came to a head before the end of the year where personal issues made Will leave the project. He turned the site over to me, and well… I only have basic experience in html, no idea how to tackle the coding he was using on the site, and anytime I adjusted anything it would crash. On top of all that by then through my admin work on the forums and all the bad taste in my mouth from this whole experience was burnt out from doing a vaping show. Mind of Morandir was born, and while I still discussed vaping, it was really for whatever was on my mind at the time. Whether that was news, politics, personal experience, etc. So it was Vapor Reporter was put to bed.
In February of 2014 reconnected with Patrick Duffy. Will and I had met him while touring some of the Baltimore area vape shops the year before hand. He was a big fan of VR, and was wondering what had happened with it. Explained him the story, turns out he has a background in web design and podcasting, so together we started up the Rogue Intel network. MoM came over, as did all the old VR eps, and we tried doing a show called “Duff and Mor”. We both knew he wasn’t the co-host for VR, and at that point I still didn’t want to do it. Duff and Mor failed, we had different views on what we wanted from the show, and it lead to me taking a break from the internet almost entirely for a few months. During that time I stepped down for my “management” position at RI, and seriously debated selling all my podcasting equipment and just being done with it. After a lot of soul searching decided to get back into it. In September returned to doing MoM and Patrick was to do his own show “Rogue Intel Prime” (which I ended up being on far more than I ever should have been). VR stayed retired, that was until we approached December. For my 4th vaping anniversary decided to do a very vapecentric show. Asked my good buddy Rocco if he would join me on it, and he said yes, so when I went to visit him for his birthday we sat down and recorded two hours of us just talking about our vaping journeys and what’s going on in the vaping world. We had a blast doing, and from there was born the current incarnation of Vapor Reporter. Instead of it being an NPR type show that I didn’t enjoy listening to, we made it a much more laid back atmosphere. Our tagline is “I just don’t want to smoke”. It’s a show for people discuss their vaping journey. We’ve had people like SnowDragon, Ms. Stephanie (who has now become a permanent co-host), and our buddy Travis on. We still cover the what’s going on in the vaping world, and do a few reviews here and there, but our goal is to share fellow vapers stories.
Recently we left RI network all together. Patrick and I had very different views on what direction to go, and for the best of all parties involved it was good for us to part ways. He is now free to make RIP into whatever he wants to, and we’re able to keep VR what we’ve always envisioned. The blog was the afterthought. The one added bonus it gives us is when we do any review, it’s always very technical. Something you can’t really convey via video as well as you can in written word and with graphs (though we still might do little product view videos just showing you the dimensions and such on YouTube). So there’s our story. Anyone who wants to join an episode please let us know, we’ll work around your schedule.