For the last few years, I have run SignalLeaf as a small but growing business, providing simple podcast audio hosting services. But, after operating for this long, and in the face of growing challenges and time constraints, I have decided it is time to close the doors on SignalLeaf and shut it down.
On October 1st, 2015, SignalLeaf.com will shut down completely.
I came to this decision not in a rash moment of hardship or problems, but over the last course of months of discussion and thinking, spurred by a few moments of recent issues that I’ve had to deal with. In the last 2 years, I’ve attempted to put SignalLeaf in the forefront of my development and business efforts, but have rarely been able to make the time that was needed, to complete the needed work. Some of it has been successful, other parts of it have not.
Ultimately, the final decision came down to the time investment needed, my quality of my life and my other businesses.
I would love to say how it’s been great for the last three years. I would love to tell you how much I am going to miss this service. Some of that would be true, but not much. The truth is, SignalLeaf has been a tremendously difficult product and service for me to support. I have been unable to make this business work, not because of the market or the technology or anything else. This all comes down to my inability to see that I was stretching myself too thin between SignalLeaf and my other, far more profitable businesses.
The decision to shut SignalLeaf down is one of life being too short, never having enough time to do what I need to do with it, and my inability to put in the time and effort that SignalLeaf needs. In the end, I believe a service like SignalLeaf can (and should) exist to simplify your life as a podcaster. However, I am not the person to bring it to you. It will have to be someone else.
I know there will be a lot of questions about the service shutting down. I’d like to answer of few of them now, and I will address any other questions you have, later.
Q: What Is The Plan For Shutting Down? What are the important dates?
A: There are three important date: June 12th, September 1st, October 1st.
- As of June 12th, no new accounts can be created on SignalLeaf and no accounts can change their plan. Your current plan will ride out until the end of SignalLeaf’s life.
- On September 1st, no new episodes will be allowed on SignalLeaf. All of your existing episodes will continue to work until October 1st. Billing will stop.
- On October 1st, the site and system will be gone. It will no longer function at all. Prior to that, steps will be taken to make the transition more imminent.
Q: How Do I Transition To Another Host?
A: When you find another podcast host, get your podcast set up there. Have them import all of your existing episodes using your existing RSS feed. Once that is done, and your new podcast host is live, you can have SignalLeaf redirect your current RSS feed to your new one (if you need to). This redirect will tell podcast players to update the location of the RSS feed that they pull from. You should be able to transition with little to no loss in your subscribers (it has worked for other podcasts, already).
Q: What Host Should I Use?
A: There are a lot of good podcast hosts out there. A search on Google or asking around on twitter or facebook will provide a list of many to choose from.
I am happy to say, however, that Libsyn has stepped up and offered a deal to migrate existing SignalLeaf customers to their service at no charge. Details on how this will work will be emailed to current SignalLeaf subscribers.
Q: How Long Will I Be Billed For SignalLeaf?
A: I’ll shut down the billing cycles on September 1st, as I noted above. Any payments made in August will still be processed, but no account will be billed after September 1st.
Q: How Do I … What about … ???
A: Things are in flux right now, and I’m sure you have a lot of questions. Reply to this email with you questions, and I’ll respond when I can.
Thanks for you time, your support of SignalLeaf, and everything else you’ve done to help make the world better with your podcast.
– Derick Bailey