Just announced that Open Metalcast is going on indefinite hiatus. I have mixed feeling about this. On the one hand it's closing out a chapter in my life that was really important for ~9 years. It was something that I thought I would be doing for many more years to come. And yet there's also the feeling that I need to focus on other things in my life at the moment. I needed a break and that break turned into a multi-year thing. Here's the rub though: I didn't really miss doing episodes. I miss sharing the music, and I miss scraping the internet for new music, but I don't miss thinking "It's another week, I need to put together another episode". It started being too much, and started overtaking time that I wanted to allocate to other things.
So this is closure for something that I've been thinking about for a while now. I might start it up again when I have more of the mental bandwidth, but for now putting it on the shelf is exactly the thing that I need to do.
When I'm ready I'll pick it back up. But for now it's on to other things.