While Gervais merely stuck around long enough to cement his podcast deity status, fellow pioneer Thorn created the Maximum Fun network, which is not only still around, but stronger than ever. The network now includes seven active shows, from pop culture roundup, Bullseye to Judge John Hodgman, wherein the "Famous Minor Television Personality" issues verdicts on your life issues.
Having tried to expand once, I can tell you that it's not easy. Thorn has people helping him, and it's still not easy. But, pay attention to what he's done. He gets it.