Well, it seems that the quietness of March was really just the calm before the storm, because come April it was back to business as usual, and a lot happened.
To kick things off, in late March, NPR advertised a segment produced by Andrea Seigel that would appear on This American Life, one of the broadcaster’s most popular programs. On April 1st, the program aired and the the 2nd part of it featured a talk on ASMR. The podcast was apparently up for download for the first week or so for free. Due to some complications involving finding the actual download or being able to listen to the episode on the website, IlseTheWaterdrops uploaded the part about ASMR to her YouTube channel.
After this show aired on NPR, there was an enormous amount of interest in ASMR, and the ASMR Facebook group very quickly went past the 5000 member mark within a week and a half. This was about the fastest rise in membership I’ve seen in quite some time, considering that before the NPR episode, at the end of March, we were barely over 4500 members. Now at the end of April, we’re over 5250 members!
Several new Facebook groups and pages were started. They are ASMR Pacific; ASMR Rockies; ASMR UK; ASMR southeast; Share & Discover!; Lackawanna ASMR; ASMR New York City, and ASMR Sweden. So if you hail from any of those locations, feel free to join and chat with your fellow countrymen and women.
On April 9th, we all celebrated the 2nd ever International ASMR Day. The International ASMR Day organisers even got a contest up and running with a very appealing goodie bag as a prize for 5 lucky winners.
A few new web presences have sprung up as well elsewhere, such as an Italian ASMR blog and ASMRtistsUK on Twitter. There’s also a website called ASMRLab.com, which just launched recently. This website purports to explain the inner workings of ASMR. You can follow them on Twitter at @ASMRLab.
A French journalist, Lénaïg, got a hold of ASMR Research & Support and wanted help in getting some “ASMR addicts” to get in contact with her. You can do so by reaching her over at Facebook. She was in the USA, in NY, in April, so if you missed the announcement over at our Facebook page, she will be available again in June in California to meet in person.
A spa writer named Michelle would like to get a hold of any ASMRtists in the city of New York, USA. If you reside in this area and are interested, please contact her at @michellejoni if you are on Twitter, or here if you’re on Facebook.
Four new articles on ASMR appeared online. One was over at Northern Life Magazine, and the other at Persephone Magazine. A third one appeared over at the Corsair Online, a college newspaper, and a fourth over at dcfaithinaction.org – which is the magazine for Divine Child High School.
There were three ASMR documentaries that both received some news this month. One is Braingasm, which has gone past the pre-production phase, and has entered production. I’ve received word that the film may also undergo a name change at some point, adding in the subtitle of “The Unnamed Feeling”. For more info, be sure to email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://www.braingasm-film.com/. The project also has a Facebook page, and can be found on Twitter at @BraingasmFilm.
The other documentary is being worked on by Kate Mull of Mullberry Films. Kate would like to get in contact with anyone on the east coast of the USA, on or off camera. She’s based in Washington DC. So if you are interested in contributing, and are within commuting distance, don’t hesitate to contact Kate at email@example.com. The ASMR Film project, as it’s currently known, has a Facebook page and a YouTube channel, which had this video posted this month (which is also available over at vimeo).
And lastly, a third one, referred to as the ASMR Audio Documentary, has entered pre-production as well. That has a Twitter page.
Two short surveys were hosted at SurveyMonkey, one of which was linked to over at Reddit, and received nearly 1000 responses! The results of the survey were released in text and image form. The other survey is here, and the results here.
A new ASMR app was released – the first for the Windows Phone operating system. It’s called ASMR Videos and requires Windows Phone version 7.5 and 8 to run. You can grab it for $1.99, and it only weighs about 2 MB. Judging by the options available on the page, there may also be a trial version.
That’s it for this month. As always, make sure to check back in a month’s time for the monthly update!