Dear future/ up and coming podcasters, have you ever heard about seasonal podcasts? If you did, do you know what a seasonal podcast is, and are you questioning whether you should podcast in seasons or not? Well, we will be discussing this in today’s post.
So, should podcast in seasons?
If you want to focus on creating a series of episodes that discuss one major topic in detail, then yes. You should try podcasting in seasons! One major pro of podcasting in seasons is that it allows the podcast creator to batch record and edit their episodes and have enough time to take a break and thus prevent burnout and improve productivity.
To learn more about what a podcast season is and what the pros and cons of seasonal podcasts are, then make sure that you continue reading this blog post.
Should you podcast in seasons?
There are two major forms of podcasting. These are:
- Episodic podcasts
- Seasonal podcasts
Episodic podcasts are the more popular form of podcasting, where every episode stand independent from the next one and the previous ones. Each episodic podcast episode has its own topic.
On the other hand, seasonal podcasts are the opposite of that.
What are seasonal podcasts?
Seasonal podcasts are podcasts where the collection of episodes that belong to a season all share the same topic. Think of it as a tv show, were each episode shares something new about the season of the tv show as a whole.
One of the most popular seasonal podcasts is the podcast Serial.
There are three popular types of seasonal podcasts. They are the following:
- The seasonal publication schedule
- The seasonal production schedule
- The seasonal presentation approach
Type number one: The seasonal publication schedule
In this type of a seasonal podcast, the podcast creator releases episodes in a sequential pattern for a specific amount of time then the show goes on hiatus. After the hiatus, the podcast creator releases more episodes in a sequential pattern.
The seasonal publication schedule is what the majority of tv shows follow. An example of a podcast the follows this is Serial.
Type number two: The seasonal production schedule
In this type of a seasonal podcast, the podcast creator batch records and produces their episodes, then release them over time. However, having a publishing hiatus is not a must.
For example, the infamous Entrepreneur on Fire follows the seasonal production schedule format of seasonal podcasting, but they do it on a weekly basis.
Type number three: The seasonal presentation approach
In this type of seasonal podcast, the podcast creator focuses on a particular topic. It is also a format where a podcast creator takes a similar, repeated approach to different topics to make a miniseries. This approach is very similar to the one like the story arc of a lot of TV shows.
A podcast that follows this type of seasonal podcasts is Boagworld, which is a web-design podcast.
Now that we understand what a seasonal podcast is, let us move to discuss what the pros and cons of a seasonal podcast are.
The pros and cons of a seasonal podcast
The pros and cons of a seasonal podcast can be divided into three different categories. These categories are the following:
- The pros of seasonal podcasts for podcast creators
- The pros of seasonal podcasts for your listeners
- The cons of seasonal podcasts for podcast creators
- The cons of seasonal podcasts for your listeners
Without any further ado, let us start discussing what the pros of seasonal podcasts for podcast creators are!
The pros of seasonal podcasts for podcast creators
So, why should a podcast creator consider creaking seasonal podcasts?
A few reasons include the following:
- Podcast seasons are more motivating to create a podcast season.
- Podcast seasons are easier and more time-efficient to create a podcast season.
- Podcast seasons allow you to have some time off to relax and recharge.
- Podcast seasons give the podcast creator the change to improve their content.
- Podcast seasons are considered to be authoritative evergreen resources.
Let us start by talking about the first reason, which is why podcast seasons are more motivating to create a podcast season.
Reason number one: Podcast seasons are more motivating to create a podcast season
The thing about podcasting in seasons is that you sit down and work on an outline of what the season is going to be about. This means that you have a good understanding of what each episode is going to be about. You have long term goals; you have a purpose.
This sensation of knowing and having a purpose makes a podcast creator feel more motivated to work on finishing all the work needed to wrap up the podcast season.
Reason number two: Podcast seasons are easier and more time-efficient to create a podcast season
Like I have previously mentioned in reason number one, when you podcast in seasons, you outline the entire season. You have a full plan that you are going to follow for a couple of months, so sitting down to batch record and edit your episodes every week is so much easier this way.
When you batch work creating new podcast episodes, the process is typically more time-efficient than researching, editing, and recording your episodes one by one.
Reason number three: Podcast seasons allow you to have some time off to relax and recharge
Another amazing pro of podcasting in seasons is the fact that you actually get to take and enjoy a break. Many people release a new podcast every week, which means that they probably get a day or two off every week.
However, the process of coming up with an idea could take many days if you are feeling burned out. But when you podcast in seasons, you will be able to take a break every few months and recharge without worrying about your next episode.
Reason number four: Podcast seasons give the podcast creator the change to improve their content
Just like any complete body of work, like a full season of a tv show or an entire album by an artist, more people are able to truly see the project as a whole. This is going to allow them to give better pointers and reviews that podcast creators can learn from and work on improving in their future seasons.
Sometimes, the feedback is going to be invaluable. However, without listening to and reading the feedback that your season receives, you won’t be able to grow as a content creator and a podcaster. With time, you will be able to notice which feedback is useful and which is it.
So, at the end of each season, make sure to ask your listeners for their feedback on this ending season. Things like what they liked, what they didn’t enjoy, what they thought of the guests, and the podcast format are all relevant questions. You can create and them a survey to rate the season.
So, always seek feedback at the end of your podcast season.
Reason number five: Podcast seasons are considered to be authoritative evergreen resources
Yup, one of the best pros of podcasting in seasons is being able to build up authoritative evergreen resources gradually.
Of course, this also depends on what your podcast’s niche is and what your seasons are about. But, some podcasters were able to treat their seasons as if they were educational sources. They even, later on, used these seasons to create paid courses because they were fantastic resources to the listeners
This should not come as a surprise, since you are discussing one major topic over a series of many episodes. This means that you dive deep into that particular topic, and thus provide so much value to the listeners.
Even if you do not plan on creating any courses, you are going to turn your podcast seasons into highly authoritative evergreen resources, which is one of the golden dreams and goals od most content creators
The pros of seasonal podcasts for your listeners
The great thing about seasonal podcasts is that it is beneficial for both you and your audience. We have already discussed why podcasting in seasons is excellent for podcast creators, and now it is time for us to talk about this is also beneficial to podcast listeners.
The three primary reasons that we are going to discuss are the following:
- Podcast seasons provide the listener with better navigation.
- Podcast seasons allow listeners to binge listen to your show.
- Podcast seasons allow the listener to learn more effectively.
Reason number one: Podcast seasons provide the listener with better navigation
Podcasting in seasons makes the navigation process for listeners so much easier. Assuming that they are interested in the main topic that you chose to make an entire season on, the listener might be looking for something specific, a particular sub-topic, to learn more about.
It is going to be much easier for that listener to find what they are looking for in the season than they would if there was not a season.
Podcasting in seasons means having an organized list of your episodes; thus, the listener gets to easily navigate your podcast and find what they are actually looking for.
Reason number two: Podcast seasons allow listeners to binge listen to your show
Let us say that you run a podcast that teaches people how to bake, and you have an entire season dedicated to baking cookies. There might be a listener who wants to learn how to bake cookies who stumbles on your podcast and discoveries you Cookies season.
They are most probably going to binge listen to all of the episodes to get all of the information that you need back-to-back.
Number three: Podcast seasons allow the listener to learn more effectively
Have you ever taken a course online? If you did, was not the course organized to be sequential? The course would start off with the basics, then move on in an organized matter to teach you whatever you are taking a course on?
Well, it is almost the same thing with podcast seasons. You are going to create a season in an organized matter that is clear and concise. As in, you won’t be mixing up the levels.
If someone lessoned to episode one, then you don’t have to wait for episode 10 for you to clear up what you meant in episode one. This makes the learning process for listeners more effective when then listen to a podcast season.
The cons of seasonal podcasts for podcast creators
There is nothing that is perfect in this world, and seasonal podcasts are no anomaly to this truth. Yes, seasonal podcasts have their cons too, for both the podcast creators and the listeners.
- The podcast creator might get bored of talking about the same topic for a few months.
- The podcast creator might lose their motivation when they are on hiatus to start working on their new season by the end of their break.
- It is challenging for podcast creators to build an audience with podcast seasons. You typically should have an audience before you do podcast seasons.
- Due to the lack of short-term content variety for subscribers, some listeners might unsubscribe.
The cons of seasonal podcasts for podcast listeners
- Some listeners might feel unsatisfied when their favorite podcast goes on a hiatus.
To sum it up, check out this table:
|Pros of Podcast Seasons||Cons of Podcast Seasons|
Podcast seasons are more motivating to create a podcast season.
The podcast creator might get bored of talking about the same topic for a few months.
|Podcast seasons are easier and more time-efficient to create a podcast season.|
The podcast creator might lose their motivation when they are on hiatus to start working on their new season by the end of their break.
|Podcast seasons allow you to have some time off to relax and recharge.|
It is challenging for podcast creators to build an audience with podcast seasons. You typically should have an audience before you do podcast seasons.
|Podcast seasons give the podcast creator the change to improve their content.|
Due to the lack of short-term content variety for subscribers, some listeners might unsubscribe.
|Podcast seasons are considered to be authoritative evergreen resources.|
Some listeners might feel unsatisfied when their favorite podcast goes on a hiatus.
Now that you are aware of the pros and cons, it is time for you to make your own decision. Would you podcast in seasons? Let us know why you would or would not do this.
How man many episodes should a podcast season have?
The majority of podcast seasons are twenty ( 20) episodes long. Typically, a podcast season has a range of five to twenty (5-20) episodes. However, a podcast season can be as long as or as short as you want it to be. There is not a strict rule regarding how many episodes a podcast season should have.
How Often Should I Podcast?
Podcast creators can upload a new episode on a daily basis, on a weekly basis, on a bi-weekly, and even on a monthly basis. It all depends on the answers that the podcast creators give when they answer three particular questions.
To know what these three questions are and figure out how often you should actually podcast, then make sure that you read my How Often Should I Podcast blog post.
That’s it for today’s post. You should now know what seasonal podcasts are, and the pros and cons of seasonal podcasts are. To sum it up, check out the table that I have created one more time.
- The Pros & Cons of Seasonal Podcasts
- Should you podcast in seasons?
- 6 Popular Podcast Formats: Which One is Right for You?
- PODCASTING IN SEASONS: REVITALISE YOUR CONTENT & HELP YOUR LISTENERS
- How long should my podcast season be?
Till next time,