TL;DR: Audible Feast is going on hiatus. I don’t know for how long, and I still love podcasts (and you all), I just don’t love social media, I want to make sure I’m contributing something meaningful and valuable, and I’m tired. More below.
But first, for fun, I pay homage to my 80s culture icons. The people on TV who made me who I am! Oh, how I wanted to be Punky Brewster. So bad-ass, so tough, yet people thought she was cute!
Inspiration can come from computer games played on a Commodore 64, y’all, and Carmen Sandiego was my ticket to adventure. It’s how I learned international currency names! That has come in handy. Oh, the FACTS available in a World Almanac! Tell me this doesn’t bring back memories for some of you:
In the early 90s, it was Clarissa, of course! And who better to help introduce my Special Report about what’s up with Audible Feast!
Okay, enough fun GIFs and trip down memory lane to visit young Sara. The special report (thanks, Clarissa) is that Audible Feast is going on hiatus for an undetermined amount of time. Audible Feast has been in operation for just under 4 years. Crazy!! I listen to between 30-70 podcast episodes per week, and I also co-host the Podcast Brunch Club Podcast and co-lead the PBC Houston chapter, which meets in person monthly to discuss episodes on a theme.
I’m a one-person operation with a currently-demanding full-time job as a finance project manager on a merger, I am married and have two kids (who are 7 and 5 year old boys), I love working out at Orangetheory Fitness … and there’s still time in the day for Audible Feast, but I’m overwhelmed.
I’m overwhelmed by social media more than anything. There is so much pressure to promote yourself, jockey for position, and other awful things that I would rather not spend my life doing. I started Audible Feast because I like writing about podcasts and I want to share my passion for the road less traveled with other people. I want people in Georgia to hear about a podcast from Ghana, or expose a listener to something that will blow their mind or make them pee their pants laughing.
But what that seems to take, in the “industry,” is self-promotion that exhausts me. There’s a lot to do to make sure you “stay relevant.” I care about bringing good content to my readers, but instead find myself spending a disproportionate amount of time in FOMO mode and second guessing my “social media strategy.” Even typing that pretty much disgusts me. I don’t just want to be an online presence that seeks out likes and clicks – I want to be a human that teaches people the amazing things the podcasting community has to offer.
Audible Feast is also not revenue-generating. I don’t need it to be my full time job, but I’d love to cover the cost of my website and maybe even be able to better afford going to a podcast conference here or there. I’m going to spend some time thinking about that in the next few months, and while I’ll never put the newsletter behind a paywall, for those of you that would consider supporting me, I’m going to try to come up with something that would be worthwhile for you.
I’ll still be listening to podcasts — how could I give them up? I’m going to keep a Podchaser playlist going over the summer of stand out episodes I listen to. I’ll try to post about this occasionally on social media but no promises.
My goals over the summer:
Listen to The Joe Rogan Experience for the first time (my brother’s fave show – I’ve resisted for so, so long, it almost feels like I’m giving in to something)
Work through my massive up-next queue on a long road trip
Attend PM19 in Florida – will you be there? Find me!
Figure out the future of Audible Feast
From the bottom of my heart, thank you for reading, for sticking with me all this time, and please stick around. The creative drive in me is strong and I will have other projects. And I hope Audible Feast resurfaces in the fall. Until then … SEND ME ALL YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS!