Here's a very sad truth: Some podcasts just aren't meant to last forever. Podfading is kind of like the equivalent of that colloquialism "ghosting," where you just fade away from a person's life to the point where they start to wonder where you went. Once bi-weekly becomes once monthly becomes once every six months to never again. Sometimes in a slower or quicker progression, but the end result is always the same.
You may have experienced this with a few podcasts you have listened to, or you have some podcasting in your background where it just never got off the ground. It really is a commitment to record, edit, and release content that is free to the masses. In fact, you've probably felt this with the script that you're writing, the troupe you've been improvising with, or that one MMORPG that all of your friends are playing. Maybe you're losing steam. It's very possible that you might be falling out of love with it.
So what do you do in this situation? Well, there are two options. The first is you find something that will make it interesting for you again. Confront that you need that spark to keep going with your project. It could be re-branding, or it could be rearranging a release schedule that will be easier to work around. Or ask someone for help with editing your show! Sometimes it just needs a little change.
The second option is the hardest: It's admitting that you're done and moving on. The reason that your podcast exists is because you created it and you put the effort into it. However, if you're not in love with something anymore and the work is more draining than it is something that you can make better, then it's time to put it aside. Maybe you were thinking about starting a new podcast, but this one that you started about bees got in the way. I mean, you still like bees, but you've been putting so much time into your bee-cast and it feels more like a chore than that idea you had for a mathematician audio drama.
But rather than podfade, announce on your podcast that the end is coming. Set an end date and then tell people where else they can find you on the Internet. I mean, this thing was probably a fun project, right? Other people will find it in the future, get some use out of it, and then they can find you doing the new podcast you're loving even more now.
Hm. These podcast posts have been pretty somber... except for the bee podcast joke. That was kind of cute. Stay tuned next time for a more uplifting podcast topic!
KC Ryan is an improv graduate turned Sketch Writing Level 2 student. When she’s not working at the day job, she is a writer and podcaster for everything that combines feminism, comedy, theatre, and nerdery. She also performs in the puppet improv troupe Empty Inside.