Podcasting: What is podfading and how you can know if you’re about to do it | Tech Help for Churches

Podcasting: What is podfading and how you can know if you’re about to do it?

Listen to the audio:

Play
On today’s Tech Help for Churches, What is podfading and how you can know if you’re about to do it

Your podcast may be in danger, not from outside forces, necessarily (although they may play a part), but from you as the podcast producer. Here’s why.

Unlike traditional media, where there’s a whole team that creates a show, podcasts are often solo (or small team) projects. If one person, or one of a team of two or three, starts to lose motivation, the podcast might stop, rather abruptly. What seems one day like something you’ll do for the rest of your life can quickly become a burden that’s hard to bear.

Here are some of the signs. Maybe it’s no longer fun. Maybe shows are getting harder to make. Maybe life seems to get in the way more. Maybe you no longer have time. Maybe the weekly show becomes bi-weekly or a show that you do once a month. Slowly the time between shows gets longer and longer.

If that’s you, you’re in danger of podfading. Podfading is when your podcast abruptly stops. I’ve podfaded one show twice and brought it back each time. For another, I podfaded it, not planning to bring it back.

It’s really a sad thing because any audience may be looking forward to an episode that may never come.

If you see this happening in your situation. Here are some things to do about it.

Take a break. Plan ahead and decide to go on hiatus for the summer, or for a month. Make sure you have a firm date to come back and do it.

You can also, rearrange priorities to give yourself more room to create. It might be that you’re not tired of your show; maybe you’re just tired. Busyness is the enemy of creativity, so give yourself some margin.

There’s no shame in ending a show whose time has come. If it’s time, it’s time. Just end well, telling the audience you’re ending.

For more about podfading, watch the video above.

Join the conversation; call 1-877-763-3246, leave a comment below the video, or hit me up on Twitter (@PaulAlanClif)

About this show:

If you use the internet, social media, or new media to advance your church’s mission, this show is for you.

Subscribe for free:
Subscribe for free in iTunes.
Subscribe for free in other software. and don’t forget to rate the show there as well.

For more questions, comments, or snide remarks, comment below or contact me at:
Facebook or Twitter
More video can be found on YouTube.com
Also check out my Google+ page

If you’d like to chip in a few bucks, anything you do is appreciated. Just click this link to donate.

Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div.

Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div. has been a tech volunteer with Quest Community Church in Lexington, KY since 2000 and is the founder of TrinityDigitalMedia.com, llc. He became part of the technology in ministry team when his church’s attendance was around 200 in one Sunday service and has witnessed it’s growth to 5,200 average weekly attendance in one Saturday service, four Sunday services in one online and two physical campuses. He literally wrote the book on podcasting in churches, twitter in churches, & servant-hearted volunteering, as well as writing various articles for publications like “Church Production” and “Technologies for Worship” magazines.