On Monday, I got the following in an email from Matt:
“… I think we may have finally reached the end of the pod show, or maybe just a hiatus until I get my bearings. My new job is a lot more hours and leaves me a lot more fucked up after work. Like, I’ve had a good head throb every time I’ve gotten home. So I don’t really know if I can commit to the hour after work. We could do it weekends or something, if you wanted to, but it’s not like anything ever happened that would encourage a regular person to continue doing it.”
There were various ways I could have responded to that, of course. I could have agreed that the podcast had run its course and shut it down, or I could have decided that we would still get some shows out on an “as we can” basis, but I opted for the hiatus for a few reasons.
It’s been a while since I changed jobs, but I know the feeling Matt’s talking about well. For me it usually happens about six months into a job, when I’ve figured out the ropes and the initial excitement is gone and what’s left is a burnout. I get home from work and I can barely even manage to watch TV. It’s happened to me three or four times in my working life, and so far, I’ve always rebounded.
I believe that, unless Matt’s new job is desperately wrong for him, he’ll rebound too, and when that happens, we’ll be back with more shows. For now, the world is full of wonderful, funny, and informative podcasts, and from time to time, I’ll post here recommending them, to give you all something to listen to.