Bringing Back The Magic To Your Boring Podcast

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It’s hard to make an engaging podcast when you’re bored. It won’t take long before your audience knows something is off. Here how to beat back the boredom before it beats down your show.

Change It Up!

  • Change the format of your podcast. Not the topic, but the way you present the content. Try different bed music. Re-arrange your segments. Try scripted certain parts. Or try an unscripted version of a section.
  • Change the voice(s) on the show. Bring on a co-host. Or perhaps get rid of a co-host and try a solo show for a few episodes. Or maybe a season.
  • Change the focus of your podcast. Again, not the topic, but niche-down further to better refine the focus on your topic. Or maybe side-niche, a term I might have just made up where you shift your focus to something adjacent to what you’ve been covering.
  • Add a new segment to your show. My show is nice and short, but I’m thinking about adding in some additional content at the end of my episodes. Yes, perhaps even some syndicated content. (BTW… I have content you can syndicate to your podcast if you’d like.)

Start Something Brand New

  • Team up with other creatives you respect and admire. I love to collaborate with other podcasters and production companies. It keeps me fresh by exposing me to new ideas and lets me stretch my creativity.
  • Become a service provider. You know that thing you do on or for your show that you do better than anybody else? Other people-podcasters and beyond-may want to offload that job to someone just like you. If you find it fun and exciting, offer it up to others!
  • Explore not-podcasting mediums. Not everything you think about has to be put into a microphone. Maybe some of your ideas are better suited in a Medium article. Or perhaps a Substack newsletter. Remember that only around a third of the population listen to podcasts regularly. Your ideas are likely worthy of reaching more people.
  • Try producing a live show. No, not a live version of the show you’re already growing bored with. Something brand new! New live audio and video services are cropping up all the time. Jump in and try your hand at making a show without a net!
  • Start another podcast. Ideally on a completely unrelated topic so that boredom doesn’t creep over. There’s probably more to your personality than the one thing you are podcasting about right now. Considering you already know how to podcast… make another one that’s just for fun or as a creative outlet.

Call It Quits

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Evo Terra

Professional contrarian. On a mission to make fiction podcasting better. he/him. คุณ | |