A Year of Podcasting

When I started podcasting, I committed to doing it for a year and then deciding if I wanted to continue or not.

The year is up. I’ve made my decision.

I’m going to pivot.

Hard Times & Hope podcast cover art

The Hard Times & Hope podcast will go away. I’ll keep podcasting, but I’m changing it up.

I’m glad I did Hard Times & Hope. Here are four things I learned about hard times:

  1. Everybody has them.
  2. The intensity, duration, and flavor vary, but a hard time… is hard.
  3. It gets better.
  4. After coming out of a hard time, take the lessons and move on.  Don’t.  Look.  Back.

There were benefits from the podcast:

  • I became a better listener, and it’s spread into my unrecorded conversations.
  • I had conversations with people I never would have had.
  • The guests viewed the conversation as a gift.
  • The conversation often led the guest to other meaningful conversations.
  • Learning to podcast gave me new friends all over the world.

What will my podcast be instead?

I’m going to record my weekly blog posts, so people have a choice to read or listen. I’m seeing it as a way of doubling down on my own stories. The new title is Jule Kucera: Reflections (even though the Imposter keeps muttering about having my name on it).

Podcast cover art for Jule Kucera: Reflections, designed by Hernán Braberman, with the word 'Reflections' making reflection

The new cover art is finished, and I like it (even though the Imposter says my name is too big, way too big, and who do I think I am?) I’ve done a test run with one of my blog posts and it feels right.

The new version of my podcast will launch November 6th! I hope you’ll join me there.

PS: One thing I’ve learned is that it’s good for me to pay attention when I’m jealous of someone. I had been jealous of Rob Slater for his Dad Sofa podcast. It’s short and host-on-mic. And yes, that’s what I’ll be doing.

That’s the plan. At least for now.

Here’s a sample, Who Is This Woman?

I hope you like it.

2 thoughts on “A Year of Podcasting”

    1. Chris, these were the lessons I took from the Hard Times & Hope podcast. Different people may take different lessons. The episode that made this point for me was episode 23, when Bruce talked about the workplace shooting at the senior center.

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