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Expert Podcasting Practices For Dummies® by Terra, Evo, Morris, Tee

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Chapter 51. The Hard Podfade

In This Practice

  • Disappearing with no announcement, no more show

  • Making a “good night and good luck” surprise announcement

  • Holding a yard sale: selling your rigs

Podfading, whether you like it or not, is something to consider when you launch a podcast. It may seem a bit sad to think about the end when you're caught up in the excitement of launching a podcast — and even reaching milestones like Episode #100 — but it is a reality. So far, you have been keeping the fires burning in your podcast studio. You have focused on ways of keeping the interests and the passions of your podcast running, ranging from reconnecting with your podcast's subject matter to stepping away from the production for a little perspective.

There are situations, however, where the only option is to sweep the floors, put the chairs on the top of the tables, turn off the lights, and lock up the studio. How to say goodbye is up to you.

No Announcement, No More Show

Perhaps the most common kind of podfade is anything but a fade; it's more like a vanishing. The feed begins promisingly enough with a few shows, be it three episodes or even five, and then the show suddenly stops in its posting.

Shows like this are easy to find on iTunes, provided the podcasts are still on their host's server. A good indication of the sudden podfade is to look at the time stamps displayed in the podcast's listing. The existing episodes usually have a consistent timing in their schedule early on, suddenly coming to ...

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