In the last few years, YouTuber podcasts have been popping up left and right. Tyler Oakley’s Psychobabble and Grace Helbig’s Not Too Deep have both seen high viewership. Their comedic nature draws in people who do not even view their YouTube videos. These past months, Arden Rose and Will Darbyshire launched a podcast as well as the (somewhat) former beauty guru, Meghan Rienks. Whereas Tyler, Grace, and Arden and Will’s podcasts are all based on discussion or interviews, Meghan’s podcast is interactive with her audience. Framed as an advice platform, Don’t Blame Me is a podcast for Meghan’s viewers to call and leave voicemails seeking advice (the phone number is 310-694-0976 if you’d like to hear Meghan’s thoughts on an issue of yours).
Meghan came to this idea because of her personal life. She stated in her interview of Not Too Deep with Grace Helbig that she has “always wanted to do an advice podcast” as she is the kind of person that unsolicitedly gives her opinion to her friends. An outlet to continue this role in people’s lives, Meghan’s podcast is a resource for people who may not have anyone to ask for advice. She is essentially assigning herself the role of the internet’s older sister, a mighty task.
Despite the monumental size of this job, Meghan seems to have embraced it well. Two episodes of the podcast have been aired and in both, Meghan tackles dishing advice in a mature, well thought out, but realistic manner. Considering the deviant nature of her upbringing and teenage years, Meghan has experienced much of the challenges and situations younger viewers will find themselves in. Outside of young adult hardships, however, Meghan is also is currently a young professional. She has a YouTube channel, is an actress, and balances this with a healthy relationship. Because of this, she can also offer advice to an older audience, as portrayed in her second episode when she answers a question about handling tension with one’s boss in the workplace. As she says in episode 1, “There is no shame in pursuing things that aren’t just dating and relationships”. As a person who is well rounded between her professional and personal life (and where they intersect via her social media career), she reflects this in the array of questions she answers.
This podcast is not all serious however. As a modernized version of Dear Abby, Meghan has chosen to not take herself too seriously and not view herself as a guru of life advice. Mature but not overtly so, Meghan gives advice such as encouraging someone to have a rebound relationship to get over their boyfriend (if she is into casual dating) and lying to avoid embarrassment. She even admits that her advice might not be the best, but it’s her honest attempt to help these callers who have chosen her as their outlet. Seeing as so many people can feel lost and unsure in the challenges of everyday life, she is providing a needed resource for the people of the internet to utilize.
New episodes of Don’t Blame Me can be found here on iTunes. They are worth a listen!