Podfading, or where podcasts have stopped releasing new episodes, is more common than you realize. What’s not common is the knowledge on how to avoid podfading.
January is one of the most popular months to start a podcast. But what happens to those podcasts in February or March?
This is when podfading starts.
Here are more thoughts on how to avoid podfading, whether you’re just about to begin podcasting or already have been for a while.
Know the reason why you’re podcasting to avoid podfading
If you just want to build a following or have profit as an end goal, you are going to be quickly disappointed if that doesn’t happen as soon as you would like. If at all.
Your podcast topic needs to energize you
One of the easiest ways to avoid podfading is to have a genuine interest in what your podcast topic is about. Who wants to discuss something they don’t really care for? Who wants to listen to a podcaster who really doesn’t care about the topic they’re podcasting about?
Get the help you need
You are going to find there are many tasks on the checklist before that episode is ready for release. It needs editing (I talk about this in the previous episode about podfading), it needs show notes, it needs to be uploaded…the tasks start to add up! And that doesn’t even start the conversation about promoting your back catalog of episodes.
If you just want to record your episode and hand off the rest to someone else, that’s perfectly normal. And it makes sense to protect your time. Your focus needs to be on creating content for your listeners.
You’re allowed to take a break
It’s okay to take some time away from creating your podcast! Before taking a break, make sure you let your listeners know. You don’t want them wondering where you are. Or worse, unfollowing the podcast because they think you’re done.
Rediscover your purpose
Ask yourself, do you know what you talked about on your podcast 3 episodes ago, without looking? If you’re finding yourself in a relentless rhythm of recording and releasing, you’ve probably forgotten about the reason that you’re podcasting.
Determine what your “why” is and evaluate if it has changed. Revisit your podcast’s mission statement. It’s okay to transition from one “why” to another. And be confident that is how to avoid podfading by doing so.
Getting inspiration again may not be as difficult as you think! Maybe there’s someone who you look up to in your content niche. Get them on as a guest! Hearing their thoughts may foster some new inspiration in your podcast.
Podcasting is a MARATHON, not a sprint. Be patient, take action and apply yourself.
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Brett Johnson is the owner and lead consultant at Circle270Media Podcast Consultants. With over 35+ years of experience in Marketing, Content Creation, Audio Production/Recording, and Broadcasting, the podcast consultants at Circle270Media strategically bring these strengths together for their business Podcast clients.
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