Podcast Builder Club
Podcast Builder Club

Episode 63 路 1 month ago

Bored podcasting? Try this.

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

It's easy to get bored podcasting. Especially when you're niche like me. You tend to feel like a broken record. Before you quit. Try these three things:

  • Reduce
  • Reuse
  • Get back to basics

Don't forget I also created a tool for you called Pod Decks. Get 50 Episode starting prompts free at free.poddecks.com 

So what do you do when you're boredwith your podcast, if you're doing it like? I am you're super hyper nichedwhich at some point you will feel like a broken record. You feel like you're,repeating yourself over and over and over again, and sometimes you don'tknow what to do next. So in this episode, I'm going to share with youfor things to think about if you're feeling bored podcasting, if you'redreading your next episode to try to reinspire you and keep your podcast onthe train tracks to podcast Ville. So you know me your buddy tres he's always talking about podcasting.How does he do it? Why is he not running out of ideas now, there's a lotof different ways that I stay inspired in order to create lessons aboutpodcasting. Some of those ways are...

...connecting it to things. We alreadyknow to create an example. Some of them are staying up on industry trends andsome of them are just giving you mindset advice to keep your head in thegang now last week I sat down to podcast and nothing was happening and Ijust decided that I was going to take a week off. Did I announce it? No did Iapologize for it hell? No, I just decided that hey this isn't working.Why am I trying to shove a round peg in a square hole or is it square hole,square peg and a round hole? I don't know so. I wanted to tell you some deepthinking. I've been doing about what it must be like for you now, if you're,hyper, niched or just nitched or if you're, just sort of running out ofsteam and every time you think about podcasting you're, not sure what to do.Of course I got your back. You can get...

...my pod decks episode, Deck for Free andFree Dopo decom. All I ask is that you cover the shipping and I'll, send youthe deck, so you have fifty unique episode. Starting prompts that'll help.You start another episode and you can also get some ideas over at the APPwhich is at the apple store or the Google play or just search podes, but for everybody else, who's not usingthat tool. I understand not every tool is for you and we have to think aboutways where we can keep our head in the game right. Wewant to consistently create content. We don't want to leave our audiencehanging for too long, so I'm all about taking a break. So,let's just call this reducing reducing could be the frequency that you releasepodcast, maybe you're doing it weekly by weekly. You can simply just rollback your output to less podcast episodes. Now you could also reduce thelength of your podcast as time has gone...

...by. I've tried to focus on getting thecontent that I create to be quick and easy to consume and give you somethingto think about or take action on it. I don't need to do this over two and ahalf hours and creating content. That long takes that long. If you're goingto have a two and a half hour episode. Well, you're going to be talking fortwo and a half hours so think about reducing the length of your content. Now, if you're like me, immediatelyyou're thinking, well, I'm going to let people down or I have a lot to say, butthis is all about the long game. This is about keeping going and if you'reburning out or you're just bored, podcasting you're not going to want tokeep going and it's going to spill over into your content. The last few podcast episodes evercourted- I just deleted because it just didn't feel like myself. I felt like Iwas forcing it and you know when you get that last tooth paste and you're,squeezing that tube and you're just...

...trying to get it out. Sometimes youjust got to throw that thing away, so I'm not saying quit, but I resonate with you. I empathize with youbecause I'm podcasting off podcasting and I am putting out content on myinstagram at pod decks about podcasting, and sometimes I think that everythingthat I know is what everybody knows, and I have to remember that different people find me atdifferent places in the game. So my next point is to simply get backto basics, get back to the basics of what you'redoing, and that can even mean the production,reducing the production you're putting in your podcast if you've listened tothis show long enough. You know that I put a lot of sounds and transitions andand little little special bells and whistles, and that takes time and it's not that I don't enjoy doingit. But at some point you have to consider how much time do I have to putinto the show? Can I get back to basics?...

Can I take my content back to basics?Are there people here that I'm expressing concepts to that are stillearly on the game of podcasting and they need some more back to basicsinformation? That's a concept that will allow me to continue to create and do what I dobest, which is trying to inspire you trying to keep your head in the game.So getting back to basics is really what comes, after potentially, areduction in content output. Now, sometimes we need to justreimagine the podcast itself. I don't do a lot of interviews and I've beenthinking that maybe I need to increase the frequency that I do interviews.This takes the pressure off me to create an entire episode and showcase other people's expertise,their stories, their value across my...

...platform. It's not that I don't like todo interviews. I just have a lot to say, and so I don't feel the need to book asmany as possible. But can I reimagine this? Can Youreimagine your show? Maybe you need less guests and more chance to shareyour story? Maybe you need more guests or different guests, or maybe the podcast gets reimaginedinto a completely new format that never even existed yet, and you are thepioneer is leading to charge. Podcasting is tough because it's onedimensional, it's audio. You can't talk to me if you're saying something rightnow. I can't hear you so it can be very difficult on the end of this Mike oryou're at the end of your Mike, rather to feel the back and forth and feel theenergy of your audience in any way shape or form. So how can we reimagine what we'redoing...

...over the course of this podcast I'vereimagined it quite a bit, and I have a lot of fun and I get reinvigorated whenI add a new element or change. Something so I'll, be thinking a lotabout how I can reimagine this podcast for you if you've got any suggestions,I'd love to know what you think, because this show is for you, it's notnecessarily for me. I get a lot of enjoyment out of creating it, but Iwant to make it what you want it to be. So if you have any ideas, just send mea dam at PODDEN instagram. Now the last thing we can do if we're feeling boredif we're feeling stale is to reuse some content. That's going back and lookingat the catalogue and saying which episode did the best. Can I make a best of episode? Can Iretell this story in a new way, not every single person who subscribesor follows your podcast listens to every episode. I counted twenty podcastthat I downloaded today and I've...

...listened to none that doesn't mean Iwon't ever listen to them, but on the flip side, that person thinks hey. Igot another download another person, listen to my content, or maybe you've listened to an episodeand right now, you're going to get a phone call and you're going to take that phonecall and it's something urgent and you're going to turn this podcast off.You might not even hear the entire episode, so reusing content, reusing stories andreusing concepts are all things we can do to keepourselves inspired or to remember just the plain fact that every singleminute and second of this audio is not always heard by the person who needs tohear it. So how can you re use some of yourcontent? Can you make a best of episode? Can you do a top ten moments of theshow? That's up to you. It's your adventureis your choice, but these are concepts...

...that I'm thinking about on how I'mgoing to keep this podcast going, keep it fresh and continue to have fun doing it. Now, speaking of Borda, I've beenthinking about boredom quite a bit, and this is just something I want tofloat by you so stay with me for a second I'm standing in line at thegrocery store, and I'm watching people stand in line. It's boring. You justgot to stand there and wait for your turn to throw your bread and your milkon the little conveyor belt so that the person at the other end can scan it,and you can pay be on your way. Ninety six percent of people arelooking at their phone in the concept here is that is boredombad? No can you be bored, does every secondhave to be filled with joy and it's something I've been working on.I was at dinner with my family and I...

...saw a dad with his two kids and the mannever put his phone down. He ate dinner with his phone in his hand, he didn'ttalk to his kids, he didn't look at his kids and it really bummed me out. I thoughtwow, those kids are getting robbed of a father, and so I'm trying to spend more timebeing bored not constantly doing something not constantly achieving notconstantly having an output looking at the sky and just sitting with the moment. So I don't think boredom's bad, but I think boredom and podcasting isprobably more rampant than we all talk about. What am I going to do this week? Oh, Igot to make another episode, so I just wanted to throw this outthere to you to get your little juices flowing. I don't know why. That's so funny to me,your podcast juice is flowing so that you can reduce reuse, reimagine,get back to basics and not feel like...

...you have to stop, because the thought crossed my mind,I'm going to be honest. Do I continue this podcast? Can I come up with another concept toshare, or do I sound like a broken record, because the last thing I wantto do is continually repeat myself. I want to be the person that makes youpress record. I want to be the person that keeps yougoing and sometimes we just have to be honest with ourselves and say: Am Iexcited about this because I want to keep going so I can keep you going so you can keepme going and we go in a big circle. So what ways are you going to be ableto keep going and are you okay with being bored? Sometimes I'm just curious.These are two things that are rattling around my brain and I just wanted to behonest with you, because I feel a...

...little redundant lately and I want tomake this the best podcast about podcasting that you can listen to andsubscribe to. I want to make this something that you look forward to whenyou see that notification that you want to listen, so I'm going to be spending time.Thinking about it and I'd love to know what your thoughts are. If you want tojoin my facebook group, it's called the podcast builder club. We have a lot ofconversations in there and I'd love to hear from you I'd love for you to joinmy community, my gang of podcasters we're going to take over the world slowly, but we're going to take it over so take that and put it in your hippocket and if you're bored, if you're not feeling it you can take a break, you can reduce the length. You canreuse an episode, a Reimagine podcasting as it existstoday and see how you can spice it up or change it up or mix it up,...

...and, of course, you could always getback to basics. Always the fundamentals are always the most important of anything. We do those movements, the beginning process,the the basics are where success really breeds. So I'll, be thinking about these thingsand bring you some more killer content. But I just didn't want to miss anopportunity to share with you that, if you've ever felt bored, if you've everfelt stock, you're definitely not alone, it happens to all of us and it willpass. The beauty of life is experiencing the lows which make thehighs so much higher...

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