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Filed Under (podcamptoronto) by Sean on February-25-2012

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For my Podcamp Toronto talk, “I Quit- Maybe” today, I wanted to discuss the phenomenon of Podfading and how the experience of podcasting changes for people who have been doing it for a number of years.  I did not have a slide deck or even a clear agenda.  I did have just a few notes on a mind map prepared last night.  One of the participants asked me to post them so here they are.


The talk developed into a wide ranging discussion among several veteran Canadian podcasters including Bob Goyetche, Scarborough Dude, Dave Delaney, Bill Deys, Will Spaetzel, Ninja, Sylvain Grandmaison and several others.  I recorded the session and I may post it at a later date.


Discussion Notes


I Quit!!– Maybe

  • - My Podcast Experience
    • Librivox
      • Volunteer reader
      • Librivox Community Podcast
      • Admin- MC
      • Back to occasional reader
    • Audio Feedback
    • Podcamp Toronto Blog and Podcast
    • For the Sake of the Song
      • About 150 episodes
      • Now going for 5 years since just after pcto 2012
      • Started weekly for first year
      • moved to biweekly for a couple years
      • then monthly
      • have considered podfading many times
      • Now It’s a mostly summertime activity
      • 12 episodes a year released on the first of the month
      • My 2011/2012 series was finished by August 31.
      • Podfade for 10 months– Season
    • K9 Days, Podcast 100 club
    • Guest Spots on other Podcasts
    • Catholic Roundup
    • School Podcast– Family Literacy Day
  • Why do people take up podcasting?
  • Why do people quit podcasting?
  • Life after podcasting
  • When is it time to quit?
  • Antidotes to Podfading
    • seasons
    • reinvent your show
    • bring on a co-host
    • Fine tune your focus
  • You might be about to podfade when?
  • My Podcast and Contact Information:
  • Sean McGaughey
  • Discussion Notes prepared with the open source mind mapping software, Freemind

UPDATE: March 6: I have added the audio recording of the presentation to this post. Enjoy.

Over the past few weeks, several of my peers in the podcasting community  have reached the milestone of 100 shows.  Congratulations to Mark and Bob at the Canadian Podcast Buffet, Isabelle and Dave at Broca’s Area, Mitch Joel at Six Pixels of Separation, and Javier, Gerard and the crew at the Hands and Feet Show.  The Bob and AJ show is at show 98 and should be able to release their 100th show before Podcasters Across Borders in June.

My current episode of For the Sake of the Song with Kyle Heimann from Popple is Episode 50.   I was feeling a little down that it will be some time before I reach my 100th episode, then I started doing soime math.  I currently have  6 more shows ‘in the can’ to be released between now and the end of June.  With podcast extras, and other special episodes I have 65 produced shows on my For the Sake of the Song site.  I also produced 25 audio podcasts for my Lenten multimedia project, 40 Days of Catholic Media on my Catholic Canadian site. We produced 14 episodes of the Podcamp Toronto Podcast this winter.  My recording of my brother in law, Drew Beatty’s podcast novel, White Trash Land has 23 sections.    Since October 2006, I have hosted about 20 episodes of the Librivox Community Podcast.  I have also completed 89 sections of public domain books and poetry for Librivox.   There are probably a couple special one-off projects with groups like Twisted pines that I’m overlooking as well.

Just a sec while I do the math here.

65 plus 25– carry the one,  add 14 plus 23, then 20 more add 89 equals…

236 audio programs that I have produced in the last 18 months or so.

(give or take a few)

Well none of my projects is currently near the century mark, I do believe I’m amassing a fair body of work.

Enough of blowing my own horn.  I now return you to the regularly scheduled conversations with some wonderful songwriters.

Here’s a little roundup of my podcasting activity for 2007.

I have released 40 Episodes of For the Sake of the Song thus far and have about 9 ready to go in the upcoming weeks.

On the weekend of October 28, I was feeling sorry for myself that I wasn’t at Podcamp Boston 2 so I called several of my friends who were at Podcamp Boston and released about 4 Podcamp Boston Special Reports.

These reports evolved into a regular podcast for Podcamp Toronto with Connie Crosby. We have currently produced 6 Episodes of the Podcamp Toronto Podcast leading up to the event on February 23 and 24.

Podcamp Toronto February 23-24, 2008

I produced a Podcamp Toronto audio promo to use on your podcast


2007 Also saw the release of my recording of my brother-in-law, Drew Beatty’s novel, White Trash Land, on . It has done fairly well for Andrew there.

I’ve continued to record audiobooks with and I continue to be a semi-regular host for the Librivox Community Podcast. Here is a list of the 15 podcasts I hosted for Librivox in 2007.

# Date Podcaster Link to download file (Right click and download)
018 10 Jan 2007 ductapeguy Listen
to LV Podcast 18
023 15 Feb 2007 ductapeguy and kri Listen
to LV Podcast 23
: Valentine’s Special
025 01 Mar 2007 ductapeguy Listen
to LV Podcast 25
: Podcamp Toronto Highlights
026 08 Mar 2007 ductapeguy Listen
to LV Podcast 26
: More from Podcamp
028 22 Mar 2007 jimmowatt and Sean McGaughey Listen
to LV Podcast 28
030 05 Apr 2007 cloudmountainguy and ductapeguy Listen
to LV Podcast 30
035 10 May 2007 ductapeguy ceastman starlite Listen
to LV Podcast 35
: Children’s Literature
044 12 July 2007 ductapeguy and jim mowatt Listen
to LV Podcast 44
048 09 August 2007 jimmowatt Listen
to LV Podcast 48
: 2nd anniversary of Librivox
050 23 August 2007 ductapeguy Listen
to LV Podcast 50
052 06 September 2007 All of the Podcast Team and a cast of
to LV Podcast 52
: One Year of Librivox
Community Podcasts
057 11 October 2007 ductapeguy Listen
to LV Podcast 57
: ductapeguy’s podversary
064 29 November 2007 ductapeguy Listen
to LV Podcast 64
066 20 December 2007 ductapeguy
      Listen to LV Podcast 66
067 27 December 2007 ductapeguy

      Listen to LV Podcast 67

Mark Blevis

In the podcasting community, Mark Blevis needs no introduction. He is co-host of the Canadian Podcast Buffet and Just One More Book!. His other podcasts include Electric Sky , Growing Enthusiasm , The Robert Farrell Podcast and Swimming In Literary Soup. He also maintains the Canadian Podcast Directory and organizes Podcasters Across Borders, along with Bob Goyetche. Mark is also a songwriter and musician, having played in the Robert Farrell Band. He has a sample song available as Mark Harold Band on the Podsafe Music Network.

Our discussion was wide ranging from music, to podcasting and beyond.

Name Dropping: (Links Discussed in this Episode)

Robert Farrell Band
Jowie Taylor and the Six String Nation
Podcasters Across Borders
Derek Miller and the Neurotics
Canadian Podcast Buffet
Podcasters Across Borders
Jay Moonah: Online Music Marketing Podcast (Sadly discontinued but still a tremendous resource)
Baba’s Beach
Jonathan Coulton
Matthew Ebel
Uncle Seth

Mix Tapes

Downhill Battle: Home Taping is Killing the Music Industry… and It’s fun!

mechanical royalties


Theme Music: For the Sake of the Song (©2003 S. McGaughey)

Freedom for My Soul (© Mark Blevis and Robert Farrell) from the Podsafe Music Network.

Six String Nation(©2007 S. McGaughey)
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Both Mark and I will be at Podcamp Toronto,  a free 2 day conference February 23 and 24, 2008. Check it out at

Podcamp Toronto February 23-24, 2008

Download a Podcamp Toronto audio promo to use on your podcast here or here.


This Week, I thought I would do an End of year Round-up of For the Sake of the Song and replay some of the great music I’ve featured this year. It was tricky picking just 12 or 13 songs. Since March, I have recorded 45+ episodes of For the Sake of the Song. If each song had 3 or 4 songs, thats over 120 songs to choose from. This is episode 37, so you can see from above that I already have a number of shows ready for 2008. Upcoming guests include John Lunman, Peter Judd , The Undesirables, Trout Fishing in America, Mark Blevis, Manitoba Hal, Pork Belly Futures and Chris Yale.

I have also continued to be a regular contributor to the Librivox Community Podcast and have started a podcast for Podcamp Toronto. In 2007, I produced about 60 podcast episodes, and I’m not sure how many chapters and poems for Librivox.
Where I’ve Been

Podcamp Toronto 2008

PAB 2008

Podcamp Toronto Blog

Upcoming in 2008

Podcamp Toronto 2008

PAB 2008

Songs in this Episode

  1. Theme Music: For the Sake of the Song (©2003 S. McGaughey) Alyssa Wright accompanied me on the spur of the moment and made me sound sooo good. Thanks.
  2. Daffodils in the Rain ( © Olivia Duck)
  3. I am an Island (© Aaron Howes)
  4. Duct Tape Song (©1999 S. McGaughey) with Wendell Ferguson on lead guitar
  5. Gonna Struggle (© Bryan Murdaugh)
  6. Sunshine and Roses ( © Greg Hobbs)
  7. Goodbye City ( © Scott Cooper )
  8. Don’t Kill (© Hammel on Trial)
  9. Mama Taught Me How To Pray © Nancy Dutra
  10. Harvest Time ( © paul court and Don Bray)
  11. Two Bit Suit © John Wort Hannam
  12. When Hensley’s Had Enough ( © Steve Caston)
  13. Angels (© 2007 Sean McGaughey).

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Filed Under (Barrie, computer, general, Midland, Ontario, podcamp, podcamptoronto, podcast, Simcoe County) by Sean on October-28-2007

I called Bill Deys of the Deyscast, Country Music Cast, and host of the Podcamp Boston back chat room shortly after Podcamp wrapped up. We spoke of the announcement that Podcamp is lifting Rule #4 that all podcamps be free to participants. This may help reduce the number of people who register for Podcamps but do not show up. We also talked about how I am an Internet Visionary. Three weeks ago I posted LOLephants on my Catholic Canadian blog, with lolcat captions on pictures of me. It included this picture of me running? from a T-Rex. The first LOLsaur

As often happens at conferences like this, a bunch of people had a crazy idea about LOLCats with dinosaurs. Before the end of the conference, Nico Pin had developed a website design, they had registered the domain and was born.
I think it’s so cool that I had a similar idea three weeks earlier. Way to go guys. Bill handed the phone to Nico at this point. Nico and I talked about the ongoing discussion around having wifi at conferences like this. On the one hand, it’s a boon to people like me who can’t physically be at the conference, but can still participate via the Internet. On the other hand, it can detract from the SOCIAL part of social media– actually meeting the people you have encountered on the internet.

I hope you enjoyed my remote coverage of Podcamp Boston as much as I enjoyed creating it. Thanks to Mark, Bob, Nico, Jay and Bill for taking the time to talk with me.

Oh and I WILL be at Podcamp Toronto on February 23 and 24.

Podcamp Toronto February 23-24, 2008

Filed Under (Barrie, blog, general, podcamp, podcamptoronto, podcast, Simcoe County) by Sean on October-27-2007

I spoke with Mark Blevis in Boston about his impressions of Podcamp Boston.  Jay Moonah was also on the line from Toronto, and you can hear Bob Goyetche in the background.

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