Leaving The Podcast Network and Reflections on Podcasting

After careful consideration, I resigned as a host on The Podcast Network yesterday. This will be announced on my next show – my final show – which will be released tomorrow. I have an awesome interview with Jonathan Bailey, so I want to end it with that and end it strong.

It wasn’t an easy decision, but it was a decision that I felt had to be made. Cameron (Reilly, the guy behind The Podcast Network) has always been been nice to me and has been extremely supportive up until the last couple days. I sincerely appreciate that as well as the opportunity that he gave me and I hope that I gave them something of value, as well.

I hope that my listeners enjoyed the show and found value in it. At times, it was hard to come up with content and I did my best. Podcasting is work. Especially when your subject isn’t newsy, like mine wasn’t. You have to come up with content, you have to manufacture content. Nothing will apply to everyone, but I always hoped that each show had at least one morsel, one tidbit, for pretty much everyone, although I’m sure that wasn’t always the case.

But, podcasting has helped me in various ways. It’s helped me to speak more clearly, to get used to hearing my own voice and get used to other people hearing it, on a wider scale than 1 to 1, as well. It has allowed me to speak to a bunch of interesting people. It has undoubtably been a good thing and it’s been fun.

This doesn’t mean I am going to stop podcasting, just that I am leaving TPN. I am going to take a break from it for a bit and I might re-start the show in the future or I might not. Cameron was nice enough to give me the OK to both re-publish the shows without their branding and ads and to keep the show name. If I do bring it back, it will most likely be on the iFroggy Network, although I won’t 100% rule out going to another network, in the right situation.

Patrick O'Keefe

Managing online communities since 2000, I publish a collective of websites known as the iFroggy Network. I wrote the book Managing Online Forums and, as a public speaker, have presented for organizations like CNN, institutions like Australian National University and conferences like SXSW. More about me.

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