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.
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:
- Everybody has them.
- The intensity, duration, and flavor vary, but a hard time… is hard.
- It gets better.
- 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).
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. I’ll put that test at the end, so you can see what you think.
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 the test recording, the one that helped me know this is what I want to do, from ‘What Saved You?’ a post I wrote back in August.
I hope you like it.
audio: “What Saved You?”