Tue, 20 October 2015
Welcome to episode 87 of the iMake podcast.
This is going to be a tough one! I’m just going to say it - this is the last episode of the iMake podcast . After a lot of thinking and talking (mainly to myself!) and a lot of unscheduled podcast breaks, I have made the difficult decision to finish the iMake podcast.
The first episode of the iMake podcast went live on 17 August 2010 (find it here) so the show has been going for 5 years. I have loved every second of podcasting. The highlight has been meeting podcast listeners - both virtually and face-to-face. It’s the most incredible community.
This has been such a hard decision, but I’d rather stop now than just podfade. I feel the podcast needs an end - it deserves that.
Podcasting takes a lot of time and, over the past 6 months, for a variety of reasons, I have been finding it more and more difficult to find the time and energy to sit down and record. This has got to be a sign! I desperately wanted to offer my listeners regular shows, but it just wasn’t happening. I did not even have time to listen to other podcasts.
As many of you know, I have gone part-time at work so theoretically this should mean more time for podcasting. However, that’s not really the reason for the change. For years I have wanted to run my own part-time creative business - I have talked about this a lot on the show. Now is the time to do that. Whilst I have made a small income out of the iMake podcast, it has invariably been poured back into the show. There are people out there who make a living podcasting - but this is not something I want for iMake as I feel it would compromise the integrity of the show.
So I have started experimenting and learning about surface pattern design. It is my hope that I can have some success in this area and this can be my creative business. It might sound like this has come out of the blue but if you look at my Instagram feed you’ll get a sense of my gradual shift towards illustration and pattern. I have been drawing for years but have never really put the time in to honing my craft. Pattern design combines a deeply creative process with technology - my dream combination. And it’s part of the craft industry - I could be designing for anything from fabric to washi tape. The more I delve into it, the more it feels like a perfect fit.
So he plan is to immerse myself in this new venture. It’s really scary telling my loyal listeners about it as suddenly - I am accountable. But I need that!
In terms of what happens with iMake now - I intend to keep the website live as there is a back catalogue of 87 episodes on there. If this becomes financially unviable at any point, it will go, but I don’t expect that to happen. Any knit and crochetalongs will carry on as normal - the iMake Ravelry group remains open for this. This will be the last month of the book club I am afraid. The iMake Facebook page and Twitter and Instagram feeds will remain live as that’s all me! How else could I keep up with everyone? I suspect the Facebook page will go a little quiet though - I am unsure.
If I start really missing the talk stuff - you might find a few recordings from me on Audioboom - so please do give me a follow. But no promises.
So I think that’s it! It’s a sad day for me, but also an exciting one as I am starting to forge an exciting new business.
All that remains to be said is thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for engaging with the podcast and being so encouraging and supportive. I still intend to be a big part of the craft community but it will be mostly through social media channels for now.
THANK YOU to everyone.
This is the iMake podcast signing off.