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.
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Staying Motivated To Podcast
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