When Teddy, David and I set out to produce the Digital Continent Podcast we never once talked about a specific number of episodes. We only talked about the kinds of people we wanted to interview and listen to. All three of us were tired of talking about the possibilities of entrepreneurship. We wanted to talk to people who were actually doing the work.
Two years on and more than 20 episodes later we are amazed at the stories we have been able to collect and share, and what we have been able to achieve with very little time and money. A huge part of that is down to our guests, all of whom have graciously accepted our invitations to share their experiences and insights into entrepreneurship and digital technology in Africa. We are extremely grateful to all of them and we cannot wait to add to the list of inspiring personalities we have interviewed so far.
And that is the point of this post. It has been a while since we posted a new episode, and for those who enjoy the show we want you to know that the Digital Continent Podcast is not going away. We are simply taking a break this year.
Why? Two reasons.
First, we have not had a great deal of spare time of late. As cheap and easy as it has become to bootstrap a podcast, it is still vital to take the time to book guests, research them, interview them, fix the audio, post the episodes and promote the show. We are a distributed team with asynchronous schedules and this year we do not have as much spare time as we would like to dedicate to this passion. Rather than put out rushed episodes of poor quality, we think it is better to press pause, focus on our professional and personal lives for a while and return to the show when we can dedicate the attention it deserves.
The second reason has to do with scope and scale. We look at what we have done so far as a proof of concept. When we started this podcast, we weren't sure what was possible. Now, we have an idea. We plan to take the rest of the year to explore the ways in which we can make the show better and sustainable, and what other forms of coverage we can create to complement the audio content we produce.
So, that is what is going on behind the scenes at the Digital Continent Podcast. It is always a risk when a fledgeling opts to take a time-out, but we figure if we spend the time wisely and come back with great content, you will come back too.
See you in 2014.