Well, I've really had some time to think lately. I feel as though I have allotted myself that time, if I'm being honest. After a much needed break from podcasting, I am able to see the road ahead with more clarity. It's so easy to get caught up in "the ride" of doing something week after week. I never would have believed it before embarking on this journey (Eww, sorry), but when you do something such as this, you just kind of fall into a groove or rhythm. Every week is dedicated to the here and now, while also being somewhat conscious of the next week. Patterns are born. Processes are created. Before you know it the creativity becomes systematic.
What I am trying to say is that this is how MY mind works. This is the way I perceive things. I am not speaking broadly of creativity in general (what am I saying at this point!?). What I am saying, is that taking a break following our Christmas special was a good thing. I feel as though I was able to put my foot to the floor so that the room could stop spinning. Because, what I want is NOT, a weekly audio journal. There's nothing wrong with that. It's just not what my goal is. Bryon and I could easily hit record once a week, every week, and upload without batting an eye. Many do. Many are great at it.
I want something that makes me happy. Something I can put out with a feeling of excitement. At the very least, I want something that people can know (regardless of whether they liked it or not), that there was preparation and care put fourth. I'm not saying that that hasn't been the case thus far (save for one episode with the audio quality of a MIDI file played through a Yak Bak (Google it, Millennials). I'm just saying I felt the wheels starting to lift off of the rails a bit lately.
So (finally...) here's what I'm trying to say. Going forward, I have come up with some ideas that should make the podcast better for anyone listening. I want to hit the ground running in 2017. I want us to ratchet up the quality on all fronts. More work will be put into each episode. I am going to be more consistent in coming up with better content for each show. A lot of it is for my own personal development and organization as well. I will be taking more notes. I'll be planning more segments. I'll be creating more production, and lining up more guests. I am ready to step things up going forward. All of it!—with a bit of an asterisk.
I know there are things that Bryon and I are happy with when we improvise, or shoot from the hip. I'm not wanting to start working off of a script or anything like that. We will still be us. Just a better, stronger, more refined version. It will not be pandering. I'm still not (and never will be) focused solely on "mass appeal". We love finding our own audience! There's an honesty in it. I just want us to be more accessible, is all. No more half assed ideas executed clumsily (see EHAP Eliminator Pool 2016). No more promises that never come to fruition (see CHANL --> oops 404 Error). It's all about planting our feet and focusing. I am thankful for what we have. I am humbled by those who listen, and I am ready for 2017.