To Podcast or not to Podcast?

This is my first post after a long, unannounced hiatus. I’m stating that more for myself than for you, the reader. It’s my way of telling myself that it’s okay to feel rusty. It’s pretty typical to see blogs come, go, and come back again. It’s the nature of the beast. Many of this blog’s readers have come by way of my other creative pursuits–music, writing, podcasting–so many of you know I’ve been busy recording a record with my new band, working on edits for my soon-to-be-published second book, writing a follow-up to said book, working on short fiction new and old, and podcasting a flash fiction series, and voice-acting in an upcoming sci-fi audio drama.

And of course, gaping as my two little girls grow exponentially faster with each passing day.

I’ve scaled my web/new media presence back so I could figure out a thing or two. Nearly four years into the internet broadcasting journey, I came to a place where it seemed appropriate to ask, “what am I getting out of this?” What am I getting out of creating content, fiction and non-fiction, and putting it out there on the internet, freely available to anyone with eyes, ears, and connectivity.

Being a father (and husband) is tremendously rewarding and takes most of my time and almost all of my energy. There is nothing more satisfying in my life than raising these pups. But, my alone time–my creative time–is something I need to survive. I’m a wreck if I don’t nurture that part of my soul. I need to write and I need to make music, I can’t do one and not the other.

So let’s get back to the “what am I getting out of this question?”

When I asked myself that question several months back–the answer was:

Nothing.

The bastards were getting me down, to be perfectly honest. I was having difficulty finding traction in moving my writing career forward. I found it hard not to dwell on the negative reviews of my growing body of fiction and began to focus my energy on the naysayers, trying to figure out how I could please the people that just didn’t get it or just plain didn’t dig what I was doing. Yes, ladies and gentlemen. That is as ridiculous as it sounds. I think the term that describes this mindset is called “self-defeating.”

I didn’t want to give up, but I didn’t want to move forward doing things on the same path.

So, I asked myself another question:

“Why do I write?”

The answer:
I love the power of words and I love to tell stories.

When I considered that statement, everything else started to fall into place. Soon, I was again able to appreciate what a lucky bastard I am. I have a loyal following that is always excited to see new work and who patiently stick around when I’m in between projects. This loyal following is why I will continue to put fiction out there for free. Yeah, it takes time to broadcast fiction to the ‘net, but being able to share these stories makes it worth it. In the end, it’s not about numbers people. I’m not concerned if I have 69,000 twitter followers and 12,600 Facebook friends, in fact, I stopped paying attention to those numbers a long time ago. I’m a story teller and I want eyes and ears and I have eyes and ears–more every day (which blows me away).

Are you still considering podcasting your fiction?

I say go for it. You’ve got nothing to lose and plenty to gain.

3 Responses to “To Podcast or not to Podcast?”

  1. Neil Colquhoun Says:

    Phil
    You’re one of the guys (along with the usual suspects…) who have inspired me to record some of my material.

    Cheers
    Neil

  2. David Says:

    I was worried when I saw this post. Honestly, when I see posts like this, they usually end with something about the authors life being too complicated and a statement that the podcast is on indefinite hiatus.

    Which would be a shame since I love your novels. Crescent is one of my favorite podcast novels, and I was scared to think of you leaving before doing a sequel to that. Glad to hear you get so much out of writing this work, because fans like me get a lot out of reading it.

    Thanks for letting us know you’re sticking around!

  3. vince Loeffler Says:

    Phil,

    Just read the 8/20 post and feel compelled to comment. I may be unique, but I don’t think so, in that I’ve found myself attracted to podcast/audiobook formats for a couple of simple, and selfish, reasons.

    First, there is something very special about listening to an author read his own story. Especially an author that writes as you do and emotes so well when you read. I, as a listener, don’t have to wonder “how does the author mean that statement to be interpreted”.

    Second, You and you alone are the voice of Phil Rossie. Even if your stories (hopefully novels) only appeared in print from this day forward, I would always hear your voice when reading them. This is due solely to the podcast/audiobook experience. That is something I would miss terribly. Even now I check daily for new entries from a few select authors. You are very high on the list.

    Regardless if you decide to stop podcasting and/or creating audiobooks, you will continue to have my support and I will continue to purchase your work. Few authors in recent years continuously demonstrate your creativity and love of the craft.

    As a reader/listener I truly appreciate that.

    Vince Loeffler

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