**UPDATE! THE GIVEAWAY WINNERS ARE JACI BARBER AND SUSAN MASKAL! Congratulations!! We emailed both of you this morning. Please email us back as soon as possible to claim your prize!!**
Woohoo! Friends, today, Erika and I are kicking off SEASON 2 of our podcast THE BESTIE BREAKDOWN!
Plus, we’re hosting not one but TWO GIVEAWAYS!!!!
Last year, Erika and I jumped blindly into podcasting as a fun way to expand on our blog content with behind the scene stories told by us so that not only could you read about our little lives, but you could hear us chatting about them too. If you missed Season 1, you should totally still go back and take a listen…buuuuuut we realized something super important last year in our freshman podcasting season…we had no idea what we were doing.
Sometimes, the best way to learn is by jumping in with both feet.
(But yeah, we didn’t know what we were doing…)
We took a lot of time off and decided we were really going to work at this podcasting thing before publishing a new season. So, what did we do? Well, I had never listened to a podcast before starting my own (yeah, not super smart), but over the last year, I have listened to HUNDREDS. Each and every day, I’ve listened to podcasts. I’ve listened to some that are BIG and some that are SMALL. I’ve taken copious notes, I’ve earmarked my faves, I’ve asked for recommendations and I’ve shared many. Actually listening to podcasts was clearly the best thing I could have done to have my own podcast (duh!). Now, I’m totally not saying ours is perfect (see disclaimers below for more info on that…), but I do think it’s improved (we’re a work in progress!).
Here’s what SEASON 2 is going to look like…
1: Beginning today, Tuesday, June 1, we are kicking off with a new episode every Tuesday this summer! (Yes, an actual schedule! Podcasting rule #1!)
2: On each podcast, we are BREAKING DOWN a topic YOU have suggested! As much as we love sharing our lives here on our blogs, we are trying really hard to only share things on our podcasts that we DON’T talk about here in blog world. If I’m being honest, I had to get out of my comfort zone a bit for these episodes because (believe it or not), I’m a bit private about some things, but we want you to get to know us better, so we had to break down a few barriers in order to really share some topics with you.
3: Speaking of YOU, over the last few months, we have opened up an email account AND an Instagram account where YOU can leave us not only episode suggestions (things you’d like to hear us break down) but random reader questions as well. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and find us on Instagram @thebestiebreakdown.
4: What are random reader questions? Well, at the end of each podcast (after we break down a topic), we will randomly pull four random reader questions from a jar and answer them off the cuff. These questions DO NOT have to be related to that week’s content. For example, this week, one of the questions was “what annoys you the most about each other?”. Yeah, we answer that 😉 .
5: We pulled in professional help and created our own little podcasting studio. This season, we’ve hired Free Dreams Studios to produce our podcasts and help make them MUCH BETTER than in the past. Erika and I are so used to doing things on our own (our blogs, travel agencies, our own social media) that we assumed we could podcast on our own too. WRONG. We needed help. Lots of help. Thanks to our producer John, we have professionally edited and recorded podcasts AND a little podcast studio.
6: Where is our podcasting studio? Oh you guys, it’s fancy. It’s on the little Pottery Barn Kids craft table that is in my playroom. Bahahaha! We literally sit in the tiny little kids chairs and record each episode. It’s not fabulous but it’s a great place for us to have all of our equipment set up and out of the way. My kids aren’t really using that space any more (they’re all too big for a playroom now!), so we’ve taken over that little table and then when they do head up there, they just craft around it 😉 . Spoiler alert: our husbands will make an appearance in a few episodes and they too sit on the tiny little chairs.
But…of course…some disclaimers first…
#1: We are a work in progress and that includes SEASON 2 as well! You will notice that as you listen this season, our episodes get MUCH BETTER each time! Sound quality has been our biggest hurdle, so please note that the sound isn’t perfect on this episode (Erika’s voice goes in and out and my voice is sped up a little fast), but that was all due to us not being as prepared as we needed to be (our producer John helped us buy and set up new equipment each week so over the course of the first few episodes, you should notice a remarkably improved sound quality).
#2: We recorded each episode so that it could be enjoyed today or two years from now. Our goal is to always share openly, honestly and positviely…so with that said, you’re not going to hear us talk about the fact that COVID exploded in the US while we were actually in Hawaii. Erika and I discussed it and looking back 15 months later, we didn’t have a single bad/sad/Covid picture because those weren’t the memories we were trying to make…instead, we photographed lots of happy kiddos and beautiful Hawaii. Maybe a future episode will be Breaking Down COVID, but that’s not today.
#3: Some episodes are are titled funny things and probably seem super frivolous and silly…but we took our cues from you and broke down the topics you requested. If you’re looking for something deep/meaningful/serious, that’s not us. We’re talking honestly and openly about how we’re handling normal mom/wife stuff instead of super serious matters (we’re trying to keep things upbeat and light!), so don’t be surprised when you see us break down something like wearing a swimsuit at 40 instead of breaking down world peace. This is all for fun and super frivolous! This is not about serious things (there are other really great podcasts for those topics!!).
#4: This podcast is for YOU!! There are a lot of reasons to have a podcast, but our only reason is to give this community a new little insight into us and our friendship. We are recording and publishing them not to gain a new audience but to give back more TO THIS ONE 🙂 . We love you guys! We were so touched by how many of you reached out and asked us to bring back our podcast!!
And now…what about a giveaway?!
Well, we couldn’t kick off SEASON 2 without giving away something to our readers! We couldn’t decide which one we wanted to do, so we’re actually going to host TWO GIVEAWAYS today! You can enter the first giveaway just by following @thebestiebreakdown on Instagram! Follow us and then complete the Rafflecopter below to enter to win. The second giveaway is after you listen to our episode, please give us a great review on the platform where you listen! If you can give us 5 Stars, we would LOVE THAT! Once you listen and give us a great rating, you may enter the second Rafflecopter below.
We will pick one winner from each Rafflecopter and they will receive a $500 AMAZON GIFT CARD! Woohoo!!!!!
Happy Podcast Tuesday! We’re so excited to be back with you!! xo Shay and Erika!
Here is the Rafflecopter to enter AFTER you follow @thebestiebreakdown on Instagram!
Here is the Rafflecopter to enter AFTER you listen to Episode 1, love it and give us a great review on your podcast platform!