The Evercast: A Practical Question

I’ve got something to talk to you folks about, something I’ve been turning over in my brain for some time now. I kicked off my Evercast podcast in 2009 with the full intention of making it a regular series where I’d release fiction projects of all sorts in audio form. And while I definitely believe in that, the last several months (which — you may notice — have gone by without an Evercast episode) have taught me that it may not necessarily practical for me to do that on any kind of a regular basis. I’ve got an enormous amount of things to work on in every other aspect of life — from my job, my theater group, my family, my duties as a “Geek Pundit” for CX… to say nothing of completing the actual writing the Evercast was supposed to feature in the first place.

As I look at other writers who podcast, I notice that few of them do it with the frequency I hoped for with the Evercast. Most of them do it in spurts, then revert to other projects (often other kinds of podcats) before returning months or even years later with the next fiction podcast. Only Scott Sigler seems able to do it week after week, 52 times a year, and he’s a bloody madman. (So is Grant Morrison, of course, which makes me wonder if the biggest obstacle to creative success is my thick, wavy head of hair. But I digress.) And even Sigler has two other shows on his feed. (Both related to his fiction, true, but still.)

I don’t want to throw out the Evercast. It’s a fun and useful way to put stuff out there on those rare occasions I’ve got something worth putting out. But it seems silly to me to continue to support a second full-time podcast feed that only gets used a few months out of the year.

So here’s my thought: why not put the Evercast episodes — when they come out — on my existing 2 in 1 Showcase feed? I’ve usually got enough extra space each month that I could fit it in easily, and for those of you who download either show directly either here or at CX Pulp or Facebook by clicking the posted link, you won’t notice any difference at all. The only people who would notice would be those people who subscribe to the shows via iTunes or another podcatcher, and I strongly suspect that the majority of the Evercast audience is already comprise of Showcase listeners (although the reverse does not necessarily hold true).

I’m not putting this up for a vote or anything — my podcast feed isn’t a democracy — but I would like your input. If a lot of people are violently opposed to this for some reason, I may reconsider. But if the strongest negative reaction is more along the lines of “whatever,” you may hear the next strains of the Evercast theme through the Showcase feed.

2 Responses to “The Evercast: A Practical Question”

  1. August 23, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    It sounds like a good idea to me. I have no objections. Then again, I am currently sleep deprived, so I might not have noticed any potential down sides.

  2. August 24, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    I think it comes down to a branding issue. It seems to me you have two distinct brands, and you face the age old decision of how to merge the two (or if you should keep them separate.)

    If I were in your place I’d keep them separate. While it’s probably a pain to maintain two different brands now, in the future, you’re likely going to want to have an easy place for everyone to find all your podcast stories. No one’s going to dig through the digital bins to find 2-in-1 episodes X,Y, and Q.

    Good thing this isn’t a democracy since the vote’s evenly split. 🙂

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