I was already in a foul mood this morning because the kids got me out of bed at 5am so when I found that I had received a derogatory email about the latest episode of Forensic 4cast I decided that I’d had enough.
I can only apologise to everyone as I announce that Forensic 4cast is going off the air.
As some of you may know my life has become increasingly complicated over the last few months. I have many responsibilities that take a significant amount of time which gives me zero time to pursue other interests.
There are other reasons for this decision such as the insulting, and sometime threatening, emails and comments that I receive, the equipment that I use for recording has been constantly failing over the last few months, constantly missing important football matches, etc. There are many other valid reasons. Combined, it feels as if the gods of podcasting are telling me that I’m not destined to continue with Forensic 4cast.
After talking it over with my family and my co-host, Eric, we’ve decided that it is time to move on and call it quits.
Episode 35 will be a long-standing testament to a once forgotten golden age of digital forensic podcasting. I realise that this will come as a shock to many people but I ask you to put yourself in my shoes. I dedicate a great deal of time to 4cast and what do I get in return? Nothing. All I get is recognition and approximately £15,000 p/a in sponsorship and donations – It simply isn’t enough!
I’m tired of living the life of a forensic rock-star. The nice hotels, the exotic travel, the pressure to perform at conferences around the world… it has all just become too much.
I’m also taking a sabbatical from work. I’m going to take a year away from Disklabs so that I can pursue my long-standing dream of becoming a professional wrestler – my pseudonym? “The Blue Dongle”.