I’ve heard from many of you this week in my FB community and on Instagram about the uncertainty and frustration surrounding podcasting with everything going on. Most of the questions I received were around how to continue to podcast with kids, spouses, roommates, and loved ones at home. So I wanted to give you some tips/tools/suggestions as well as just some over all encouragement during this time.
My main goal for today’s episode is to encourage you to keep at it despite the circumstances. Don’t podfade. If you want to take an intentional break right now then by all means, please do. But there are some strategic ways in which you can do that: through rereleasing episodes/ repurposing, but we’ll get to that in a minute.
Here are some of my suggestions for podcasting with kids/spouses/family members at home.
- Set realistic expectations: things are going to look different. Shorter episodes. Q+A (similar to this episode). Take the pressure off yourself. Maybe you need to go to releasing every other week during this time.
- Record while they are asleep: get up early, stay up late, or during naptime.
- Ask your spouse to take them on a walk or have the kiddos go play outside if they are old enough and it is safe. Or put on a movie and go record in the other room. (Example of my girls.) Explain to your family/roomates/loved ones how important podcasting is to you. No one will take you seriously if you don’t take yourself seriously.
- Include them. Have them on your show, interview them or have them interview you.
- Record in the chaos. If ever there was a time that listeners would understand it is now. Don’t use this as an excuse for bad audio. But don’t stress either. I am not one of those people that will tell you to record in your car or closet BUT if that is that is the only place you can record then that is better than nothing in my opinion.
- Rerelease episodes. For more on this check out my episode with Sunny Gault. If you’re new to podcasting this may not be the right fit for you. But it can be a great opportunity to expose new listeners to old episodes, feature your favorite or most popular shows.
- Guest interviews. If you usually record in person- don’t fear, you can conduct your interviews remotely using Zoom, Skype, Zencastr, or Squadcast. Most of the time audio quality is just fine. Now is actually a great time for remote interviews because everyone is at home! You can get more information about Guest Interviews in this episode. Switch things ups. Try a solo episode if you’re use to doing guest interviews, try a few guest interviews if your use to doing all solo. (I think this is smart any way for growing your show as well as building know like and trust with your audience).
We need You!
Now more than ever people need/want/craving connection. Podcasting is a wonderful way to provide that for/to your audience. If you’ve been thinking about starting a podcast now is the time to do so! And I want to help. I created The Ultimate Podcast Guide just for you. This guide will take your podcast idea from possibilty to an actual podcast in six simple steps. You can grab the guide in the show notes or here.
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