For those of you who have something you put out, something that’s consistent and ongoing, you’ll understand this quite well. I’m talking about things like blogs, videos, or a podcast. For me, I have a weekly podcast, that I have just hit the 15th episode. When I wrote this, it was the first week I didn’t post a new episode in over 3 months.
Although one excuse I give myself is that I didn’t have enough time, that really wasn’t the case. If I really wanted to, I could have managed to record, edit, and put it out, but I didn’t. Yes, I am busy, but I probably could have managed to dedicate a few hours in my week to do this.
The real reason is I felt that even if I had put the time into doing the podcast, it wouldn’t have been as good of a value to the listeners as I would want it to be. I have been batteling to keep up with ideas and structure of the podcast for a few weeks, and with my extremely busy life at the moment, I knew that I wouldn’t be able to fully develop an idea to give it the most value that I knew it would be worth. So I decided it was a good time to take a break, and I think it will be a few weeks of a break.
This break now has an aim, however. I want to work on the backend of the podcast, do some re-structuring, where I can take what I’ve learned from doing the first 15 episodes, take the feedback I’ve received, what people like and what could be improved, and develop a much stronger weekly show. I also want the opportunity to do some forward planning, be able to have a few episodes lined up ready to go so that I don’t have to feel constant weekly stress because I will have a buffer. There are some weeks where I have many ideas, and other weeks where I have no ideas, so having that buffer allows me to utilize when the ideas are flowing and create the best content for the listeners, so win-win.
If you are someone that finds yourself in a similar situation, know that it is okay to take a break to step back and re-evaluate. It helps both your mental health and enthusiasm for the project. This also benefits your audience because they get better value from you.
I can very much attest to this as I have been going through a bit of a struggle with these feelings recently. It’s all about re-framing your state of mind, and know that once you come back, you’ll be stronger than ever.
I wrote this on September 30th, 2019. It is currently November, and I still have not come back with the podcast. However, it is coming, and there will be more details here about what else is coming soon. A lot of work has been happening!
Until next time, always be creating.