Diary of a Podcaster Part 13
I made a hard decision today. I cancelled my Podbean subscription and have effectively closed the Contains Moderate Peril podcast. Despite relaunching the show last September, I simply haven’t had the time to collate content for discussion or organise recording sessions with co-hosts. Hence, we are now two months into 2018 and a new show has not yet been produced. Furthermore, the listener numbers for the episode posted between September and December last year were disappointing. Upon mature reflection, I have reached the conclusion that the podcast peaked in 2014 when we had a strong and established audience. Rather than chase my own tail trying to recapture something that may well have been a product of circumstance, it seems prudent to finally draw a line under this show. I’m a little sad about this situation, as it does feel like the end of a personal era, but it is time to move on.
Although I am done with the Contains Moderate Peril podcast, this doesn’t mean that I’m done with podcasting. It does however present me with a particular conundrum to solve. I am still very keen on participating in a weekly show. I feel that I can contribute on a multitude of subjects and can bring a lot of podcasting experience to any show. The thing is I don’t want to be involved on the production side of things anymore. I’ve been podcasting for over a decade and have always been responsible for the editing and other aspects of post-production during that time. It has often been a labour of love, monopolising hours of time. I now want to just contribute towards a show. Just turn up when required, participate in the recording and then go. So, for the present, I’m actively looking for a regular slot on someone else’s show. Ironically this is how I got into podcasting in the first place. I contacted Brian back in 2009 and effectively invited myself onto his show, Mordor or Bust. Perhaps I can do the same again.
In the meantime, as I’ve cancelled the hosting package I had with Podbean, it’s only a matter of time before all the previously published shows become unavailable. I have a sneaking suspicion that this may happen sooner, rather than later. As I think it’s unprofessional to have a page of dead links, I may republish directly to the blog, some of what I consider to be the best episodes of both Contains Moderate Peril and The Burton & Scrooge Podcast. Although I don’t think there’s a major audience for these, I feel that there should be some representation of what amounts to a decade worth or work. Whether people deem them good or bad, I, Brian and sundry guests put a lot of love into each episode. Plus, if I intend to hawk my services as a podcaster to others, then it is practical to have some proof of credentials. So, if anyone is looking for a mature and seasoned podcaster to contribute to their show, let me know. I’m looking for a new podcasting home.