I Don’t Feel Like Recording My Podcast Today

Getting it done when you’re not in the mood.

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Consistency is important for a podcast.

Delivering episodes on a regular schedule is a big part of building an audience. People are looking forward to your show, and they have an expectation of when they’ll be able to hear your latest episode.

But it’s recording day, and you don’t feel good.

Maybe you were up too late with a sick child. A birthday celebration went on too long. The cold you thought you were getting fully kicked in.

But everyone’s counting on you. A guest, a co-host, a producer, maybe this day is the only one they’re going to be available.

So the show has to be done. But you feel like crap.

The quick answer is take something.

But what if your problem is mental? What if you’re just not in the mood?

We’ve all had those days when we’re angry at the world, when we just don’t give a crap. We’ve all had those days where everything and everyone seems to irritate us.

Maybe you’re angry because your brother was supposed to pay you back yesterday and didn’t. Maybe you’re tired of “Married at First Sight” playing in the background, or your spouse has been looping “All Too Well” by Taylor Swift for hours.

But you’re trying not to make it matter, because you still have to record your podcast today.

This is harder for some types of shows over others.

Comedy podcasts, for example. How can you be expected to be funny when you don’t even want to look someone in the eye? Can you be hilarious when a blinking light or a squeaky chair is annoying the bejeebers out of you?

The good news is that podcasts are generally not live. This gives you the ability to stop and start if need be. I usually don’t recommend stopping for more than a few minutes for fear of losing momentum, but life happens. A slightly disjointed show is better than no show.

Be clear with your co-hosts what is happening. Communicate how you are feeling. Everyone may decide to continue, but maybe someone else will pick up the slack so you’re not needed to talk as much. Or you may even find that once the mics are turned on and everyone is joking around, you start to feel better.

What if it’s more than a bad mood? What if you’re trying to record your podcast while bad things are happening in your life?

Are you thinking about that medical bill you don’t have the money to pay? Or how your car is suddenly making a strange sound? Or about what your spouse said to you this morning?

You may have heard that desperation is terrible for a show.

You may have believed your podcast was going to be the key to finding financial solutions for everything, that it wouldn’t take you so long to monetize. But now you’ve discovered that success doesn’t come that easy.

The thing is, people don’t care. They’re wrapped up in their own troubles, and they may stream your show to escape themselves. They want to be entertained or informed.

This means you need to be able to leave your troubles at the door when recording. Problems can manifest themselves in ways you may not be aware of, and your audience may not understand why they feel uncomfortable while listening.

You may be inadvertently rushing through the show. You may seem distracted and slow to respond to your guest or co-hosts. You may come across as uncertain.


Here’s the important part.

It’s just a podcast.

You need to take care of you.

You can’t bring anything to a show when your heart and mind are not in it.

Hosts who need a break may bring in a guest host. Is that an option for you for an occasional episode?

Or maybe if you’re having a good day, you record two or three shows at a time, to hold some in reserve for when you’re not up to it.

You can also miss a show. Your followers would rather hear an occasional great show from you than a consistently delivered bad one.

I hope this helps.

I am a 30-year major market veteran of radio and other media. I’ve been a news anchor and reporter, as well as a morning radio host. My goal is to teach the soft skills needed to be successful in podcasting and broadcasting, the little human intangibles no one else is sharing.

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The focus is on the soft skills, and understanding the little human intangibles that go into creating content. Not the nuts and bolts, but how to help you be a better storyteller.

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George “Ace” Acevedo

George “Ace” Acevedo

Podcast and broadcast consultant. VoiceOver Pro. Writer. Presenter.

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