I absolutely did not care about this podcast anymore a few episodes ago.
See, I’ve put a lot of myself into making the podcast run. Granted, it hasn’t always been efficient, but that’s partly due to several things: the lack of personal stability and the ever-changing workplace landscape for myself and David, who was (and still is) my primary co-host.
When I started the podcast in 2012, I didn’t really plan on having anyone else on unless they were occasional interviews. That changed when I met David and we bonded. If you’ve been listening to the podcast for a little while, you’ll know that the first episode we did together has never – and will never – see the light of day due to a technical snafu. For me, it made our bond stronger. We rolled with it and he was more than happy to join me for more episodes.
What I didn’t realize back then was just how complicated it was going to be for the two of us to line up our schedules in order to keep our little show consistent. I had convinced myself that I absolutely had to have that second voice in every single episode. It was the cause for a lot of delayed episodes and even the multiple hiatuses (haiti?) that the show has experience, especially in 2016.
At the end of that year, I had essentially decided that the show was going to be finished at episode 60. It was draining my energy; energy that could have been used for other projects I was interested in doing. And I wasn’t mad at David, Mike or Adam for not being able to record something with me, I was just frustrated that Geek This! wasn’t going the way I envisioned it. To be completely honest, I could have cared less if I ever recorded another episode for it. I even let the website hosting go unpaid until I received a collections letter in the mail. I didn’t care in the least bit.
I tried my hand at making another podcast that was our “Recommends” segment, but in a half-hour format. I did one episode and called it quits. It was missing something.
Considering I listen to a ton of other podcasts* and podcasts about podcasting (super meta, right?), I was constantly reminded about my show that was podfading. While the idea of bringing back Geek This! was beginning to churn in my noggin, I got a couple of messages from David and Mike asking when a new episode was going to be recorded. David even mentioned that the website was down and he missed it.
It was almost as if the gods of podcasting were watching me that day. The shows I was listening to (primarily those meta ones I mentioned before) started releasing episodes related to podfading and being passionate about your own podcast. I called it a sign and dove back in deep.
I’m excited to start the journey up again.
What does the future of Geek This! look like?
I don’t really know. It looks brighter than it did six months ago, that’s for sure. I’m working on putting together a monthly newsletter for those interested in seeing more content from the entire team and not just podcast episodes. I’m also trying to coordinate with David, Adam and Mike to get more feedback and to have a sounding board for all of the ideas that tend to roam though my head on any given day.
There is the possibility of bringing back the Patreon page, but that will depend on the consistency of the podcast and the interest of you, the listener. Money is good because it pays things and helps encourage more episodes. More than money, though, I really just want to see people share what we’re putting out there.
I hope you’re enjoying the new episodes. I can’t wait to make more.
*At the time of writing this, I’m subscribed to 33 podcasts. I’m always adding more.