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Taking A Break From Your Podcast December 22, 2006

Posted by Jeff in Podcasting.
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Should you take a break from your podcast? How would you do it?

If you’re not releasing a podcast on a normal schedule, and only releasing it as you get content or as you have time. Not releasing a podcast for a couple weeks is probably fine. Your listeners are used to the fact that they don’t get your content every day or week, and will most likely not notice that you’re on the beach and not at home.

On the other hand, if you are releasing podcasts on a regular basis (daily/weekly/monthly/etc), I suggest you tell them that you will be gone. Just as I’m going to do now with this blog: I will not be blogging all next week (I figure I should take one week off a year, and it will do you all some good to go read some other podcasting blogs).

What is the alternative? Que up a bunch of podcasts and set them to release on future dates. This works very well in that your listeners have no idea that you have pre-recorded your podcasts and are touring another country as your podcast is being released.

There are a few downsides to that approach. Sometimes computers don’t work as we think, and your podcast or feed has a problem as the new unattended podcast comes out. If you’re a one person operation and don’t have someone that can babysit the release, there is a risk that something could go wrong. Also, a big piece of news may come out while you are away that your listeners want your input on. The news comes out, the listeners are all ready to hear what you have to say about it… positive that you will cover it… and you make no mention of it because your podcast was recorded a week or so ahead of the news.

Another approach that I’d like you to think about is changing the format of the podcasts while you are away. You might even want to do a “best of” release. You explain to your listeners that you will be gone for a certain period of time, and that the next so many podcasts will be a compilation of your prior podcasts. Maybe you do interviews or quick podcasts and explain that your regular podcasts will resume on a certain date to come. Depending on your topics and type of listener, this temporary format change can be very successful.

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