The holidays are fast approaching and if you are like me, they are sneaking up on you! We run our podcast all the time; meaning, we do not do seasons. So every week, a new podcast episode comes out and sometimes that can get exhausting. One thing my co-host and I have realized is that sometimes, you just need a break and they are super important to build into your podcasting schedule.
However, this can seem like a super daunting task! You start to have doubts. I mean, what if you loose listeners!!
Don’t panic. It can be done! Here are a few tips and tricks we use to take a break from our podcast.
- Schedule time off. Just do it. Around the holidays we go a few weeks without an episode. To make sure our listeners know about this, we record a Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas message and let our listeners know we will be back in a few weeks.
- Consider Seasons. We don’t personally do our show in seasons but I know podcasters who do and love it! This gives them ample time to prepare their seasons and have a nice break. This also sets an expectation for their listeners. Best part? You can now specify season in the new IOS 11 on Apple Podcasts.
- Keep Your Listeners Informed. In addition to our Christmas message that will publish on our feed, we will also announce our breaks in other places: Instagram, Facebook and to our email list. If you don’t have an email list, consider it because it is a great way to communicate with avid listeners and fans.
- Replay past favorite episodes. We love running old episodes. We create a new episode and title it as a “Throwback”. To decide which episodes to use, we look at our stats and which ones were downloaded the most. We use this sparingly but find it’s really great for our newer listeners who haven’t listened to every episode yet. It’s also something quick that we can do in a pinch if we have an emergency or something come up that prevents us from recording an episode.
- Lastly, do something special when you come back from a break. Think of something fun to make coming back after a break memorable. Maybe you have a really big guest on or do a giveaway. You could even do a special segment or episode in a different format. Whatever it is, it will help drum up excitement for your return.
The key is to have a plan and schedule ahead.
If you can do this, it will make it easier and less stressful when it is time to take a break. Remember, breaks are important. They help us to refresh and come back excited and with a new perspective. Whenever we take breaks, we come back so alive and full of ideas for our podcast. I know this holiday season will be a great one too because instead of focusing on my podcast, I’ll be focusing on what matters.