What To Do When Your Episode is Crap
I see this a lot in Facebook Groups. Someone is debating whether or not to publish an episode of their podcast despite it having some glaringly wrong issue. So, what should they do? **Spoiler Alert: you’re not going to like it!
So, you recorded your interview with this really important guest and for whatever reason it sounds like shit or the whole thing went off the rails. Now you’re facing the horror of ditching it or having to re-do it. Want to know what scares me? That you’re actually considering putting that crappy episode out into the world.
Ahhh! It’s a Crapisode! Run!
Okay, I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that this is the very first Just the Tip episode you’re listening to because, ehem, if you’d been listening sooner you wouldn’t be running into this problem (see: 009 Headphones Not Optional and 020 Shit In is Shit Out…and um, pretty much all 29 episodes before this one…)
Alright, I won’t belabor the point. I actually do get it. You’ve found yourself with a sub-par podcast. Or, maybe you’re too embarrassed to call your guest back and ask for a Mulligan. Maybe it’s the night before you have to publish and you’re just now realizing that you’ve got a steaming pile for a podcast. Who knows why – I’ve seen it all. From ‘my guest was drunk,’ to ‘my guest turned his appearance on my show into a giant infomercial’, to ‘I was really really sick and had no idea how awful I sounded’. And now you’re humming and hawing, trying to convince yourself that it’s not that bad with your cursor dangerously hovering over the publish button. So, what do you do?
I have this feeling you know what I’m going to say. Really, I think you know. No? Okay, but I’m pretty sure when I say it you’re going to be all like, ‘I knew you were going to say that.’ Here goes: Don’t publish it. See, I told you you knew.
I know what you’re going through. I know the twisting going on in the stomach. I know the anguish. But let me say this to you. You will feel worse with it out in the world. Plus, we can fix it!
In this episode, I go over the many reasons not to publish crap and, a few saves you might just want to keep handy in case you land back in a Steaming-Pile-of-Podcast again.
You owe it to yourself and to your listeners to just say no to the Crapisode.