Originally, I figured that this post would be a little more depressing, but after a little pondering, I realize it’s actually the opposite. That's just it, I'm doing a lot of thinking. The last couple of months, I've been reliving the early days of Camcordertv, examining where we are, and the future of the site. Now, I have to be blunt, and I essentially need to go full on Tarantino and jump to the conclusion and work my way around as to how we got here. This is the end of Camcordertv; as of May 2018, it will cease to exist as a network.
The bombshell is dropped, now we get into the "why". When Corey and I started this company, we had a big dream. We dreamt that we would have a network, a place where there would be almost unlimited content; anything from web shows, films, podcasts, etc. In hindsight, I think it was a great idea, truly. We were energetic, we had a lot of story ideas and material, and we were ready (at least we thought we were.) However, we made a fatal mistake; a mistake that I believe set us up for failure right out of the gate.
We tried to make all of our long term plans happen in the short run. I really think that we had too much going on all at once. Six months into Camcordertv's life, we had about three to five web shows and the weekly recap show. We wanted to give our audience variety, but I think we gave them too much in a lot of ways. Also, I have to be brutally honest, we had mediocre content. So, after over a year of bombarding our fans with sub par content, we got burned out, and we weren't achieving a lot (if any) results. That's why you saw such a sharp decline in the amount of shows we had by 2015.
It was burn out, and it was also life; a lot of things were going on in both of our personal lives, and eventually we grew apart and simply could not work together anymore (though we are still friends!) I tried to keep it going, and over time I started to see results, albeit results that should've been seen years before.
I look at where we are at today. We have three shows, all podcasts: Count Drahoon's Feature of Fright, Album Cuts, and Tay: The Podcast. Going the podcast route was a good idea; we didn't have the resources to competently produce multiple web shows, but we could definitely make audio shows. I think Count Drahoon and Album Cuts are the best shows we had, and Tay would be right there with them if the show actually made sense. From a marketing perspective, Tay is a mess. If I had sat down and had a cohesive plan, it may be a different story.
I feel that the baggage of Camcordertv, the mistakes we made in the past are putting CDFF and Album Cuts in jeopardy. Because we don't have the resources to make a full blown network function, Camcordertv has become an empty word that makes marketing these shows a confusing task. Now, I say all this to say that this website might be phasing out, but this is far from THE END. As a matter of fact, this is the beginning.
So, this is what we are going to do: Count Drahoon and Album Cuts will continue on as separate shows on separate web sites (You won't be affected if you are subscribed to our RSS Feed.) Our plan is to grow our respective shows, and over time (once Braidon and Zach develop their own shows, and/or we come in contact with other fantastic content creators) and we will form a new network, more organically. Of course, we are a long way off from that! Also, as for Tay, I wouldn't say we are ending it, but we will put it on hiatus, rebrand and reboot it at some point!
I think this move makes sense. Count Drahoon has been the most popular show we've had (grant it, Album Cuts has only been around for a few months!). For a while, it was only Drahoon content on the site! He's essentially been an anchor, and the he actually predates Camcordertv by a number of years. Album Cuts is a great show, I think it has the potential to be one of the best analysis podcasts out there. Letting Album Cuts do its own thing will allow it to have more attention, and room to grow and flourish on its own, and not get bogged down by shows it has nothing to do with.
I know it's a lot to take in, and it may seem a bit gloomy, but fear not. Like I said, this is the beginning, a new beginning; a chance for us take the beautiful things that we have made and to make them greater, free from the shortcomings of the past. I want you to know that even though it seems like I'm beating myself up, I say the greatest accomplishment of this journey was entertaining you for all these years. Thank you for joining us on this journey, thank you for taking time to view and hear all we had to offer you. It may be awhile before you're able to talk to me directly, but we hope you still keep listening and following Count Drahoon's Feature of Fright and Album Cuts from here on out. We have big plans for each of our programs, and we appreciate you continuing with us in this new phase of our journeys!