I know I’ve been putting this off for a while now and I’ve gotten a couple of e-mails over on the podcast site asking when the show was coming back. I’m sorry I haven’t answered but I’ve really avoided having to address it because I kept going back and forth on the whole thing and didn’t know exactly what I should say. But I guess the time has come to say it.
The podcast is dead.
It’s not because I hated doing it, but a whole bunch of shit came up at work and I spent much of the past 4 months doing an absurd number of hours, to the point that I couldn’t even predict from day to day when I might even be available to record a podcast, much less edit one. While things have stabilized a little bit now, I don’t know when things will be back to normal, if they will ever be back to normal. I actually consider myself lucky that I had that window of opportunity to record for the shows we did. Seriously, the amount of time it took to edit the podcast was really prohibitive and I don’t think people understand that. Not only did it take 2-3 hours a week to record, it took another 6-7 hours to edit. You’re looking at 8-10 hours a week to put out a 90-minute product every single week, that just got to be excessive and instead of looking forward to recording every week, I used to dread it because I knew what it meant.
Beyond that, and this should come as no surprise considering the New Year’s post that I made here, I really felt like we were just retreading old ground all the time. I mean, how many “oh look, Pat Robertson said something stupid” or “oh look, Gordon Klingenschmitt is an idiot” stories can you do over and over again? Nothing new ever happens in the world of religion, it’s the same old stupid people saying the same old stupid things. Nothing new really ever happens in politics either, it’s just stupid political story A or stupid political story B time and time again. Whereas I started out looking for really good stories to sink our teeth into every week, it got to be an exercise in “here we go again” and I think that at the end, you could hear it in my voice. Just listen to how many times I’d introduce stories and have to say “again”. It was a lot.
The other “funny” thing, and I say “funny” because it actually makes me chuckle, is that we never really had a guest on the air that seriously disagreed with us. We’d get these semi-upset e-mails, people who wanted to come on and take us to task, and by the time they got on the air, it turned out they agreed with us more than not. We never got any angry guests! We never got anyone who told us we were wrong and got into a good, solid, adversarial debate on anything. That’s what I wanted but it never happened. Granted, I got to meet a lot of really great people and made a lot of really good friends, but really, where were all the liberal atheists who were going to come on and put us evil conservatives in our place? Where were the theists who were going to put the atheists to shame? It just never happened.
That’s not to say I’d be averse to doing another podcast sometime. I loved spending a couple hours with Mike every week, he’s a great guy and a ton of fun to be around and I wish him all the luck in the world in his other podcasting endeavors. Assuming I had the time, and that’s not a guarantee right now, but I’ll pretend for the moment, I wouldn’t mind jumping into a podcast, probably with a different format, and just having fun recording with some great people. I think my days as primary editor are done. I have neither the time nor the interest in spending hour after hour cutting out every gaffe and verbal tic. Of course, one thing that doing a podcast like that has taught me, I really, really hate all the verbal tics in a lot of podcasts. There’s one that I’ve listened to for a long time and finally, I couldn’t do it anymore because one host says “uh huh” about 147 times a minute. I mean, I’m not a perfect radio personality myself, far from it, but come on!
So this officially ends the era of The Bitchspot Report Podcast. I’m going to leave the other site up so people can listen to the old episodes. I will take the links from my other blogs down. Please let me know if any of them go bad and I’ll see what I can do. Thanks for coming along on the ride, it was a blast.