Full Health Bar Podcast Update — Where the heck is a new episode?

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It’s been roughly a month since the last regular episode of the Full Health Bar Podcast. That’s too long. I know the podcast isn’t a smashing success, but the metrics I receive seem to indicate that a decent number of people listen to the thing. These people — and if you’re reading this, you are likely one of these people — deserve an explanation as to why our originally scheduled to be bi-weekly podcast has become a “sometimes” podcast. Hopefully this post will shed some light on things.

 

The podcast is not dead. The schedule of it has be erratic at best and nonexistent at worst, but we’ve always managed to get an episode up, even if that meant compromising the audio quality. That will continue. The reason for the delay(s) is because of three major things:

1. Bandwidth caps with our podcast host.

Bandwidth is not free. Our podcast host offers different plans with varying bandwidth caps that reset every month. If you exceed your monthly cap, you are no longer able to upload anything until it resets at the beginning of next month. When we first started the podcast, we had one regular episode every other week and a solo “.5 interval” podcast on the off weeks. That obliterated our bandwidth cap, so I paid for a bigger one. Even that proved to be too little of a cap, so I cut out the interval podcasts. Then, as our podcasts got longer, even that no longer sufficed. It was at a point where I was literally sitting on two podcasts at a time just waiting for the cap to reset so I could upload them. Fortunately we have gotten that under control and we have caught up on podcasts, so hopefully this won’t be an issue in the future.

2. Scheduling conflicts.

If you are reading this post, you are likely a listener to the podcast. As a listener to the podcast, you are aware that I (Randy) am an American and my guests, Adam and Nathan, are Irish. Like, hard Irish. All the way Irish. Not Irish*. Not “Irish American.” They are Irish people in Ireland. The time difference equals out to be five hours. That means when I am getting out of work, Adam and Nathan are already sleeping. My work schedule is abnormal, too, since I work in the afternoons/nights. Nathan works seemingly random hours, so catching him when he doesn’t know when he’s going to be available in relation to when I’m available as well as dealing with the time difference is not easy. Adam always has his things going on that are also at random times. It’s just really hard to get everybody together on a regular basis for 1-3 hours. We’ve yet to have a podcast with one of us missing, but if that’s what we have to do, that’s what we’re going to do. Nathan and I are going to be recording on sans Adam coming up here shortly.

3. We are not paid to do this.

I know you expected us to be rolling in the dough with how popular this podcast is, but I’m here to tell you that we don’t earn a dime. In fact, with the website and podcast hosting costs, the podcast as actually costing me a decent chunk of money every month. We do it because we like doing it and people like it (apparently). At the end of the day, however, it is at the very bottom of a list of priorities, because we can’t count on this podcast to pay our rent, buy our food, etc. While it is unlikely that this will happen, if the podcast were to ever help pay our bills, we would bump it up on the list of priorities. As it is now, if something comes up of reasonable importance, that will take precedence over the podcast. It’s unfortunate, but that’s the way it is. This is actually the least problematic of the three issues that I’ve mentioned, but we have had to postpone a podcast recording because life gets in the way.

With those powers combined, it becomes very difficult to get a podcast up on a regular basis. That’s not to say the podcasts are going to stop — they very much aren’t — but I can’t promise they’re going to be up every week. Just hang in there, be patient, and hopefully we’ll get it worked out so we can put them up more frequently.

Thank you for listening.

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