Exciting News for Paused Reviews
To our loyal fans out there in Paused Nation,
As you may have noticed, PAUSED! has been on a bit of a hiatus the past month and a half. The purpose of this letter today is to first, give a brief explanation as to why we just up and vanished from your lives, leaving you heartbroken and distraught. And secondly to share with you all the changes you can expect to see in the coming year.
Please be warned, this post is crazy long, so if you don't care about the why and simply want to see what's changing skip down to the portion of the letter that talks about that. Don't worry, you won't hurt our feelings.
So first, why we vanished. As you know, a few short months ago Dre up and left us. As his life became more and more complicated he simply could not commit as much time to PAUSED! Which is of course more than understandable, and many things must come before a silly podcast. So we were faced with our first hurdle, how to push on with a ship down one captain. Luckily we were able to have Rico fill in for a few episodes but a permanent solution was still up in the air.
Dre's departure caused both Pol and I to have to take a hard look at what we were and were not able to maintain moving forward. As you all know my wife Elissa and I were blessed with a beautiful son last summer and as you can imagine, the very little free time I had evaporated before my very eyes. Another tidbit you may not be aware of is that PAUSED! is run completely out of our own wallets, and therefore the financial burden also became great. Couple this with Pol's triumphant return to school and we quickly found ourselves doubting that we could press on.
So, after over a month of conversations, number-crunching, and head-scratching we finally came up with a plan that we believe will allow us to keep PAUSED! alive for the foreseeable future. What we found was that in our excitement over the rapid growth of our fan base we allowed our little project to grow far too rapidly, at a rate we simply could not maintain. So, allow me to outline the changes we will be making at PAUSED! that will allow us to continue to bring you top-notch content for your enjoyment.
1. New Host, Consistent Name
First, we are so pleased to announce that Rico will be joining the podcast hosting team on a permanent basis! He has a natural talent for this and we are so glad that he enjoyed his first podcasting experience as much as we enjoyed having him. So please join me in welcoming Rico as a full-time member of the Paused Reviews Executive Team!
Secondly, the name. As you may have noticed we have been toggling between calling ourselves by our original name, PAUSED! and our domain name, Paused Reviews. As you can imagine this has gotten to be confusing and annoying. So in order to simplify things, and avoid these annoying auto-corrects due to the punctuation in our name, we will be committing to the new name Paused Reviews from here on out. Of course there will be updates to the logo and such and you will see that in the weeks to come. So in short, same great product, slightly updated name.
2. The Podcast
So, the podcast structure itself will remain the same, however the frequency will change. As I mentioned, we simply do not have the time or budget right now to continue putting out two episodes a month. So we will be cutting the podcast back to air once per month.
Moving forward each new episode will post on our site on the 15th of each month (starting May 15th). Also, we will continue to update our RSS feed so if you subscribed to our podcast before we came off iTunes you should still be able to hit update in your podcast library and get our episodes there. We will not however be re-applying for hosting on iTunes until later this year or early next. So you will have to stream or download the mp3 file from our Podcast Archive.
There may still be month's where we air additional, bonus episodes depending on our time or what's going on in the universe that month. However, no guarantees, besides the one episode on the 15th of the month.
3. The Website, The Blog, Facebook & Twitter
So, as you have probably noticed, content on our site has taken a back seat since the Christmas break. So we will be moving our blog page to a secondary page and replacing it with a new, easy to navigate home page. We will still be writing and sharing blog posts, however not on any consistent basis. If a topic strikes us and we simply have to write about it, we will and share it on our social media sites. So keep an eye out for updates on Facebook and Twitter, or subscribe to our email alerts on the right hand column of our blog page. These changes to the site will be finalized by the end of June, though you'll see some changes starting in the next week.
While blog posts will be sporadic, we will be sharing content on our Facebook and Twitter pages much more frequently if not daily. So be sure to follow us there for loads of fun and interesting content.
4. Contests, New RElease News & other content
Rest easy, we will be bringing back two of our most popular contests starting in June. The first will be our "Throwback Thursday Contest". Each week we will post a "throwback" picture on Facebook with a random trivia question about it. The first person to answer the question correctly in the comments section will be placed into the monthly drawing for a great prize with the other weekly winners for that month. Remember, you can only participate in this contest on Facebook, so be sure to like our page there!
Our second contest will be our "Mystery Giveaway". This is where we will post a code with a missing number or letter. The first person to guess the missing character and enter it will claim the mystery movie or game as their prize. These will be posted on our site in the contest section and shared on Facebook and Twitter. This contest will be more sporadic and not on a set date or cycle.
New release news will also be simplified. Rather than doing a weekly post with what comes out, I will be creating a page devoted solely to new releases. Here is where I will post the titles releasing that month separated by release date. There will be a link to this page off the new homepage. There will also be an archive of previous month's releases so you can look back easily to see what you may have missed. This change will begin by June first, though I am aiming for mid-May.
Lastly, we will still be putting up polls, videos and pictures on the site as we create them. These updates will always be shared on our homepage, blog and social media sites. So again, be sure to follow us there and subscribe to our email notifications through the blog page.
Lastly, as I mentioned, it is not as cheap as I thought to run a review podcast and website, and the costs add up quickly. From equipment to web fees, travel and rentals the cost per year actually took us be surprise. So this year we will be reaching out in several ways to get help keeping this dream project alive. While we have already cut costs to the bare bones with our new plan, we will also be looking into a Kickstarter donation page to gain funds to keep us running and expand our offerings to you. We will be reaching out to several companies to gain sponsorship to offset the costs of rentals and such. If our Kickstarter is successful we will be opening up the Paused Store where you can purchase great gear and products from your favorite podcasting fellows.
Lastly we will be launching our Donations page where you the fans can contribute as you see fit to help us reach our operating goals. Please do not feel obligated, but think of us like public radio, we need your help, and any little bit helps. So keep these things in mind and keep a lookout as we launch various efforts. We thank you in advance for your help, even if it is just to spread the word about us to others.
So with that I believe I have covered it all. Sorry for the incredibly long message, but I felt that we have been pushing all these tiny changes on each episode and even we were getting lost. Now you can know exactly what to expect and when, and look forward to a more consistent, more enjoyable show and website for the years to come.
Thanks for reading and most of all, thanks for sticking by our side during this major learning year. We hope you have enjoyed it so far, and we hope we can only make it more enjoyable in year 2!
Thanks again to you all, and start looking forward to our next episode airing on May 15th!
Franc, Pol, Rico and Elissa
The Paused Reviews Team