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How to make podcasting easier with seasons

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Break your show up into bite-sized pieces

If you’re new to podcasting you might be worried that once you start you’ll be stuck churning out episodes every week for the rest of your life.

While consistency is key, breaking your show into seasons can be a great way to take some of the pressure off and keep your podcast interesting.

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What are podcast seasons?

Just like television, seasons in podcasting are a way to separate your content into smaller self-contained blocks.

Each season could have a different focus like Gimlet’s podcast, Startup.  Or you could do the same show and break it up into batches like I do with Lady Startup.

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How do podcast seasons work?

Instead of uploading an episode every week for the rest of your life, you might release a season of five, 10 or 20 episodes.

The number is entirely up to you but you want to pick one that makes sense for your content.

There’s also no hard and fast rule about how long you can have off in between, which means you can make decisions based on what’s best for your life and your content.

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Do you have to keep making new seasons?

If your podcast wraps up perfectly in one season it doesn’t have to come back again.

At Mamamia, we launched a show called Before The Bump that was only one four-part season because that’s what worked for the content.

If it’s popular and you only do one season you’ll probably want to find a way to reignite it.  But there’s nothing wrong with wrapping things up and moving onto your next idea.

In fact, if you’ve got lots of great ideas this might be an awesome way to get through them all.

Also, if your show is evergreen you can keep promoting it way after you’ve dropped the final episode.  That way it’ll keep growing even when it’s not being updated.

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What are the benefits of podcast seasons?

It makes your podcast more manageable

Releasing episodes in blocks means you can batch record ahead of time and that’ll help you keep on top of your release schedule.

It’ll also give you a chance to take a break in between so you’re not crawling over the Christmas finish line ready for a nervous breakdown.

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It keeps your show interesting

If you release an episode every week in perpetuity you’ll rarely get a chance to make changes or improvements because you’re too busy trying to get a new show out every week.

Releasing in seasons means you’ll have time in between to look at what needs changing.

During this time you could survey your audience to find out what they like or just change up some of the things that don’t work for you.

Seasons gives you the flexibility to think more creatively and keep things interesting for you and your listeners.

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