Beyond Bossfights 25 – Closing Up Shop

In this episode, I’ve got Brian and Roger formerly of the Contains Moderate Peril and Burton and Scrooge podcasts. We touch on many podcast and content creation-centered subjects, such as relating to your audience, the importance of a good co-host dynamic, and situations that might lead someone to finally call it quits.


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Show notes:

Definitive Gaming History

Main Topic – Shutting down your blog and podcast

Questions/Topics for discussion:

  • In the space of about a year, you’ve closed a podcast, started another podcast, closed that podcast, and quit your blog. Can you walk us through why these decisions were made?
  • Do you find that your interests have changed over the last 4 years, and if so, has that had something to do with your lowered passion for these projects?
  • At times, you fake disdain for your podcast listeners (and at times, perhaps it’s not so fake!). How much of this is “playing the part” and how much of it is just the healthy approach of not putting too much stock in popular opinion?
  • You’ve spoken before about the feeling of accountability with your audience that can develop over time. Did you still feel this towards the end? Did it cause you to press on longer than you wanted?
  • What does it take to shut down a blog and podcast? Was there anything surprising about the process, or is it simply a matter of cancelling all your services?
  • You once said to me “I just like writing” indicating that you would probably do it via pencil & paper if you had to. Since shuttering the blog, have you started to feel that pull to write again?
  • You’ve mentioned having plans for a future project. Are you ready to give Beyond Bossfights an exclusive and let us know what you’re thinking about doing next?
  • What’s next for you and Brian? You’re obviously still friends, and it seemed like you were still enjoying doing a podcast together. Might we still see a Brian & Roger collaboration in the future?
  • What’s going to happen to the Contains Moderate Peril “brand”? Are you going to change your Twitter handle? 🙂

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6 thoughts on “Beyond Bossfights 25 – Closing Up Shop

  1. As an older gamer and moderately-involved gaming blogger, it was comforting to hear from folks who face and faced many of the same challenges I have to overcome when it comes to gaming vs. blogging vs. functioning as a regular human being with other interests, family commitments, etc. It’s natural to want to be able to do it all, but eventually, something has to give. Great show, great discussion.


  2. Great to get another final soundbite from these two, thanks for having them on.

    I did feel a pang of regret however, at not interacting with them more, holding back the questions I had etc. I always said to myself, better comment, next month I’ll use patreon, etc. Wonder if that’s true for others.

    I think I found them via 1 yourself brax during your lotro players days, and 2 sean on the academy. And so I owe you thanks too.

    Great podcast and questions brax, hope you get the interaction you deserve too.


    1. Thanks for the listen! I think we all have the best of intentions to provide support to our favorite content creators, but distractions abound. That may be one reason creators seem to favor live events now. The chat room is immediate and the donate button is RIGHT THERE. Putting something off until tomorrow (for me) usually means it doesn’t get done.

      Sean was a fantastic co-host. If I were to ever try subjecting a regular partner to my particular eccentricities, he’d be near the top of my list!


  3. Brian and I are very appreciative for the opportunity that Braxwolf gave us, to explain why we decided to shut everything down. If circumstances were different we’d still be doing Burton & Scrooge and what a random show it would be.

    It’s reassuring to know that other content creators have had to face similar changes to their personal circumstances and that listeners understand. When matters improve I’m sure we will again return to podcasting and insulting out audience 🙂

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  4. Lovely to hear my old friends one last time (for now anyway)

    On the subject of feedback and responding to requests from podcasters, I think the medium by which listeners consume the podcast will affect this. I personally get the feeds directly from Itunes and listen to them on an ipod while either gardening or doing chores around the house. I don’t have access at the time to comment or leave feedback and though I might make a mental note to do so when I get online, often other things get in the way (usually gaming!)

    I think also the method of leaving comments seems to be more difficult. I never figured out how the comment system works on soundcloud and some blogs require logins or delete and entire comment after logging in, leaving me too frustrated to go through the process again. I’m sure I’m not alone in experiencing this, but let it be known to both Brian and Roger that I have listened to every single episode of Mordor or Bust, Contains Moderate Peril and Burton and Scrooge and have enjoyed every single one. They will be missed!


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