Back in 2012 I was asked by Doghorn Publishing to create podcasts to promote their stable of writers. For a year I created a podcast a week and enjoyed the process immensely. Though I'd previously recorded a few spoken word pieces with friends I had never known quiet what to do with them. Then Soundcloud came along and seemed like the perfect platform for the work.
I must admit I was taken with SC initially, it was easy to place work there, but what was best was the feedback and comments from the SC community. There was a lot of experimental work and cross genre pieces. And then Soundcloud got bought out and had a make-over. Everything changed: in organising the site to be phone friendly SC instigated a reposting button, functioning the same as the Facebook 'like' button - it meant people could repost your tracks... but what seemed to happen was a; many left SC because they didn't like the changes, b; just as people click the like button on FB so too the repost button halted comments, people got lazy. I miss those comments.
In the last few years I've paid for a premium membership and have about 100 tracks up there. But I pay little attention to it these days. Therefore I'm currently playing with the notion that I possibly won't renew the subscription and instead will take the tracks off SC. I will find other homes for the tracks, some on other online sites, and though I'll keep some of the favourites on SC most will be pulled. It's a shame because they collect a steady trickle of listeners. But I feel that SC has had its day. The brief moment of experimentation and collaboration was sweet.