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Staying Motivated To Podcast

By Adam, Mar 18, 2015 | Updated: May 3, 2015 | | |
  1. Adam
    02 Staying Motivated to Podcast-02.png Podfading is very real and it can sneak up on us when we don't see the download numbers we want, no one is commenting, or we just feel that no one is listening to us. Even when I first sought out to begin all of this, I thought that it was just some clever notion that one would fade away. I am here to tell you that it is very real, and it sucks. In 2013, I was going strong after podcasting solidly through 2012 and 2013. I couldn't be stopped and even in the first month or two, I kept that spirit alive.

    Then the worst happened. I started moving my interests into other projects, my friends changed, and no one was listening to AMPN. Even worse was I got sick and it was affecting me really bad. Multiple trips to the hospital and on heavy pain medicines for 8 months really hurt. It never happened before, but time has just caught up to me and my body was screaming for me to stop. I won't go into further detail, but know that it wiped me out. I would stay awake for 3 days at a time in pain and going to the microphone and holding it brought me almost to tears. I couldn't do it. I podfaded.

    I don't want pity, and I am not looking to take advantage of a bad year through pulling emotional strings. Instead, I am using it as a base to explain why I did this segment. Other people go through this all the same. Not having the team of friends and family around to support you, or just not having the right people to prop you up can be a game changer. I found a great team in January, 2015.

    Now with me reaching out across the internet to people just like me, I am pushing myself to the limit. Each day I wake up and login to Slack and post my #1 goal for the day. At the end of the day I pop back in and let the team know if I accomplished what I had set out to do. Some days I nail it, and some I don't. The point to the entire thing is to keep gaining positive ground. I am ambitious anyways, so I don't always expect to actually win each day, but it feels nice to say I did it!

    You may have a different way, or a different network. We all live and succeed in different environments and we need to own that. We need to push ourselves to connect with the right people and accomplish our goals.

    So far I have met 4 people. That's not a lot, but it's a start. I took myself out of all the social media groups to focus on actually moving forward. I found myself too wrapped up and just not liking the communities. They can be negative, you watch people get sucked up into pitches, and there is little you can do about it. Now I focus on the positive and adding shows to the network that I really think add value. Those shows are my team.

    If you need tools to help you then come by the community and let's get started. The AMPN is positive and a great place to hang your hat. If not, then I respect that as well. I hope this segment gives you something to dig into.

    Listen to the audio of this segment below. Please follow if you enjoy what we are doing here!

    About Author

    Adam
    My name is Adam and I am the creator of the AM Podcast Network. This is a hobby, but it is starting to become a passion. It started with my own website and is morphing into a network so I can bring other podcasters on board and really expand our base out. You do things better as a group, and I plan on doing big things. If you are interested in joining, don't be shy and come on in!

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  1. Erroneous Kev
    We've been dealing with this very issue. We have missed several recordings now. School, kids, being a community leader, or in other words, life just stepped in for all 3 of us. I love the show and really want to keep it going but I had to stop and ask myself, "Am I doing this out of love for the show, or is it just plain stubbornness that's driving me forward?".

    It was a tough question and I really had to do some soul searching on that one. As it turns out, my answer was a mixture of the two. Through thick and thin Will and I have been able to keep it going. I couldn't have done it on my own and he honestly deserves as much credit as I do. We've lost a total of 3 co-hosts and everytime one dropped, Will and I knew we could soldier on. My boy got married and moved to L.A. and now he is overwhelmed with a full school schedule, so we brought in Melody. I honestly love that woman and I think she is an awesome addition to the crew, but she has kids and it's tough for her to jump on a regular schedule since kids are always needy (so I'm told, I don't have kids). As for me, I am currently the "Parliamentarian" for my community planning group. Add to that the work I'm trying to do for the Veteran's History Project, and I find myself with limited time to record.

    Whatever happens, I'm proud of our show. We ran 2 years and I loved every minute of it. If the show fades into podcast obscurity, I'll be bummed for sure but the name will live on. I believe that the name of the show will find new life in other forums.

    I hope all is well brother Adam.
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    1. Adam
      All is well Kevin and it's good to hear from you. Developing and staying motivated to do this is not easy and too many people find out much later. The fact that you understand the reality is a huge step. I have been there before and ultimately what made me stop podcasting was medical. My medicine gave me memory loss. In your case you have things that really hurt which is time and distance. Take your experience and look for future possibilities. You have a lot of knowledge and very few shows truly stand out and make it. It's like being selected for pro-ball.

      You have gone a distance that other shows haven't. I think your show has been going almost longer than any of the shows I backed and that says a lot to you and everyone that dove into the project. Maybe it's time to take a break and find opportunities when you find them. Never force it and never do a show like it is a chore. It's okay to not do a show. I promise you will still find plenty of people who will respect you with or without one.