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2022 was a year of firsts: the first fantasy series on Dipsea (Night School), our first non-binary celebrity voice actor (E.R. Fightmaster), our first time collectively ordering a negroni sbagliato (turns out, the fantasy was better than the reality on that one).
But let’s take a step back! Scientists tell us that we live in an era that has made our perception of time funkier than ever. So whether you look back at this year and remember the months crawling by, or feel like it all happened in a blink—one thing we can all agree on is that it’s more important than ever to savor the moment, and mark the memories.
As a Dipsea listener, you’re already way ahead of the curve on savoring the moment by prioritizing me-time and putting pleasure front and center. Well done, you! So as we close out 2022, let’s mark those memories. It’s been an action-packed year in the Dipseaverse!
The incredibly talented writers, editors, audio producers, and voice actors of the Dipseaverse released 200 new stories this year, bringing the grand total to nearly 700 erotic stories, sleep scenes, and wellness sessions on the Dipsea app. And that’s not even including the 7 books we published this year!
More stories meant more chances for you to get lost in immersive worlds with your favorite characters, resulting in a whopping 5.4 million listens. That’s over 50 million minutes of Dipsea in 2022! 50 million minutes is a whole lot of ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs,’ shivers and sighs—and we hope you feel just as good about that as we do.
There’s a clear favorite series in town, and it’s… Hometown! High school crushes die hard. The next two most popular series were Lecture Me and The Local, and it’s no mystery why: lots of us get hot for a teacher fantasy, and Irish accents are to die for. And the book you all couldn’t get enough of this year? It’s probably no surprise that James After Class was at the top of the list.
The first episode of Plus One, starring the intensely crushable E.R. Fightmaster, reigned as the top queer story of 2022. And the top queer series were Office Hours and The Figure–you went hard for professor types this year!
The top tag on Dipsea was “Rough & Wild”. Turns out, the steamier, the better for most of you. But the “Dirty Talk” tag got lots of love too. We’re all audiophiles here, so it checks out that we love hearing someone verbalize the action!
On the sleepy side of things, Autumn Rainstorm came out on top. We think it’s pretty sweet how universal it is to enjoy falling asleep all cozied up during a rainstorm.
Incredibly, Dipsea had listeners in nearly every country in the world this year! The fact that we have folks tuning in from Bhutan, The Marshall Islands, and Uzbekistan will never get old for our small, U.S.-based team.
The top Dipsea cities were far-flung and far-reaching: New York City came in at number one, followed closely by London, LA, Chicago, and then Melbourne. Special shout out to Warsaw, a queer hotspot, where over 25% of listens were to queer stories! And an honorable mention to a few smaller American cities that were also queer story hotspots. We see you, Burlington, Albuquerque, and Omaha!
And it’s always fun when a city’s reputation lines up with the stories people like most. Portland, Oregon—famous for its outdoorsy vibes—fell asleep most often to Forest Thunderstorm, and loved the episode of Hometown called "Gone Camping". And in fashion-forward LA and NYC, the Off the Record episode called "The Exclusive" came out on top. That’s fashion, baby.
Sunday night is hands down the most popular listening time on Dipsea. We’ve always known that Dipsea is the ultimate answer to the Sunday Scaries, and it looks like everyone else has figured that out too! When the clock strikes 9pm local time, listeners are most likely to be opening the app.
Right as we put the darkest day of the year behind us, let us remember that the sexiest time of year is right around the corner! Summer marks the hottest Dipsea listening months, and we get it! More skin + more heat = a perfect recipe for the sexiest listening season.
As we approach 2023, we want to remind you that the only kind of resolutions we believe in at Dipsea are the ones about giving yourself more. More pleasure, more rest, and more time to make yourself feel good. We’re so excited you spent 2022 with us, and we can’t wait for you to hear what’s coming in 2023!