Reflecting on my 7-year podcast

Today, literally moments ago, I published a long-overdue post on my podcast website.

The last year of producing Geek This has been hit and miss. At times I couldn’t wait to record the next episode and others, I couldn’t bring myself to put in any of the necessary time to even do a quick review of something I just watched. I found myself losing the passion and excitement.

If I’ve learned anything in the last seven years, it’s been that no one wants to listen to bad content, even if they do like you. Publishing something that I didn’t have my heart in didn’t feel right. I still comics and movies as much as I ever have, but I would start to cringe when I thought about needing to review it in a time-sensitive manner. That’s when I knew something was up.

Another moment that sticks out for me was when I asked another podcaster to review an episode on their show. It stung a lot and I knew I was better than that, but instead of propelling me forward, it pushed me down and I became gun-shy. Was that episode good enough? Will my audience be interested or am I just doing it for myself? Questions like that would run through my head and eventually paralyzed me.

Running an entertainment/review podcast by myself was also incredibly tough. There are some creators out there that can kill a solo show, but I’m not one of them. I need someone to bounce ideas off of, to get feedback instantly on whatever thoughts are coming out of my mouth. I need a foil.

I want to make it clear that I don’t point my finger at anyone but myself when it comes to this particular part of my podcasting journey. The people I’ve pulled in – David Hunt, Adam McDorman, and Mike Kostrewa – all have lives of their own and Geek This wasn’t their top priority like it was for me. I am incredibly grateful to have sat down and had some of my favorite conversations with each of these guys! Our schedules just didn’t mesh and that’s OK. It was my show and was dependent only on me pushing it forward.

In addition to my co-hosts, I’ve had the opportunity to create online relationships that I’m very thankful for. The guys over at Strangers & Aliens – Ben Avery, Steve MacDonald, and even Evan David, although we haven’t chatted too much – Ben and Matt from The Sci-Fi Christian, Mikey Fissel at Reel World Theology, JR Forasteros at Don’t Split Up (among other shows), Daniel Butcher formerly of Welcome to Level Seven, and so many other people I can’t think of right off the top of my head. And of course, without Geek This, I never would have ever come across Blubrry and joined their support team.

While I am finished with Geek This, I’m not done with podcasting in the least. My focus and interests have changed. I’m working with my wife, Wendie, on a new/old show called Because We Said, and I’ve got some other ideas up my sleeve. Stay tuned to this blog, as I have plenty more thoughts to share on most everything.

Thanks for reading.

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