The show has arrived at the end of its forty episode order, and we’ve made the decision not to re-up the contract. There’s an obvious reason for this: Put simply, the podcast never reached a level of audience that could justify the current composition of the deal. (Turns out, “Nick Quah” is not a big enough brand name. Alas, such is the world.)
Of course, there’s always the possibility of sticking it out and playing a longer game, but you know, sometimes you gotta know when to fold. And secondarily: I’m burnt out right now! I’ve worked myself to a crisp over the course of the pandemic, and the pace at which I’ve been going is not at all sustainable. This is probably as good a time as any to take a breath and restructure a few things on my end.
For now, though, let me just say: It’s been such a pleasure to work on this show. I’m really proud of this run, I had a really good time playing around with some ideas, and I think some of these interviews were among some of my favorite things I’ve ever done. (The archives will remain up and running, so do feel free to dive back through if you haven’t had the opportunity to check the show out.) Also, I’ve learned a crap ton about how strange and challenging this process can be — turns out, the pain that comes with listening to your own stupid voice is something that never really goes away — and screw anybody who says that making this stuff is easy.
Big thanks to the folks over at Rococo Punch — John, Jessica, Andrea, James — for all their hard work on this project. I’ll miss the takes. Big thanks, as well, to the folks over at LAist Studios, who were excellent partners with me. And big, big thanks to everyone who came on the show and everyone who tuned in. I hope you got as much out of it as I did.
Two last things. Firstly, we have one final Servant of Pod for you coming out tomorrow, in which I’m joined by The Verge’s Ashley Carman to do a very brief overview of the podcast landscape as we crawl deeper into 2021. We may have launched and ended the show during the pandemic, but boy, has there been quite a bit of change. Listed in on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or the great assortment of third-party podcast apps that are hooked up to the open publishing ecosystem.
And finally: I’m definitely not done with this whole podcast about podcasts business. Servant of Pod might be coming to an end, but I’m still interested in drilling into this particular well.