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Should you swear in your podcast?

The benefits of keeping it clean….

So what’s the deal with swearing in your podcast?

If you’re a fan of blue language, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with dropping a few f-bombs on your show, you just need to make sure your audience is up to speed so they don’t walk into anything they weren’t expecting.

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Reasons for beeping your swear words out…

  • The audience knows what’s going on under there so it’s not like they’re missing out on anything
  • Some people find swearing offensive, so beeping means you’re not going to turn those people away
  • You won’t have any mum’s listening who end up having to have an awkward conversation with their 9-year-old after listening to one of your episodes in the car
  • It’s less likely to come back to bite you – sure, you might be ok with swearing your head off on a recording now but what about when that future boss finds your old podcast and thinks “what a potty mouth!”

Things you must do if you keep swear words in…

  • Label your show ‘explicit’ – if you’re dropping f-bombs left right and centre this is an easy way to let your audience know they’ll need to put their big girl panties on to listen
  • Warn your audience – if your show is rough, rude and labelled ‘explicit’ you won’t need to do this because your listeners know what they’re gonna get, but if you’re labelled clean it’s probably a good thing to drop a little audio warning in at the top of the show so mum can get the kids out of the car before she listens and FREAKS OUT!

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[00:00:00] Hello and welcome to the show! This week I'm going to be talking about whether or not you should swear on your podcast. This idea came from a conversation I had with a friend of mine. The two of us are developing a podcast together and in a couple of the trial episodes I've done an edit of the show and sent it over to him to listen to and he has come back and said "Why have you beeped all the swear words out.

[00:00:26] So what's the deal with swearing in your podcast? There's absolutely nothing wrong with it at all but as ridiculous as it sounds it has to be a creative decision because there are consequences to dropping the f bomb every five seconds. So I just wanted to go through a few things you should think about when you're deciding whether or not to get a little fruity with your language in your show.

[00:00:49] The most important thing to think about is who is your audience. Who do you want to appeal to and what do you want people to think about your show? The thing about swearing is that I find it doesn't necessarily add anything. I'm happy if I'm having a conversation with a co host and they swear or I swear but in the edit I will always beep those things out. And the reason is because it's not like you don't know what's going on under there. It's not like you're beeping out 15 minutes of content. But for some people that kind of stuff is offensive and there are plenty of people that we'll turn away from your content if they hear language they don't like. I think you should always be aiming to appeal to as many people as possible and not give anybody a reason if you can help it to turn off your show. Of course that doesn't apply if you want your show to be rough and rude and edgy and if you want a show like that there are certainly people out there who are happy to listen to that. But if that's what you want then label your episode explicit so those people know exactly what they're going to get and you don't have any mums in the car with the kids who think it's clean because you haven't labelled it as explicit and then they're sitting in the car and they've got their kid asking "Mum what's a .

[00:02:26] The other thing that is important to think about is "Will this come back to bite you in the arse?" The thing about podcasting is it is kind of the audio equivalent of Google. Once you've said that stuff and it's out there on iTunes until you remove the show all of that stuff is searchable and ready to go.

[00:02:48] Now of course we all swear and there's no issues with that. But while you might not mind dropping the f bomb now, in six months when you're going to get a job and an employer listens back to the podcast you've done and you're dropping the f bomb all the time is it going to come back to bite you? Is it going to be something that you're going to regret? Again there's no reason why you can't swear but my thought is that by bleeping it out the content still exists there. Your audience still gets a sense that you were fired up and passionate but the ones that are potentially offended won't be turned away. As long as your beeps aren't loud and blowing people's ears off it shouldn't be a problem.

[00:03:58] I've had some people that have emailed me about my show Paul and Rachel. We had a bit of a rougher show and we would swear from time to time when we were recording the episodes and I would always beep that out and occasionally I would have people e-mail us and say why do you leave this swears out? I would write back "because you know what we're saying but this way we're making sure this content is available for everybody.

[00:04:25] If you are going to swear or talk about anything that's a bit more hardcore it's really important to label your podcast appropriately and put 'explicit' on there because it'sf antastic to surprise your audience but not in a way that makes them turn around and run out of the door screaming, never to walk back through it again.

[00:04:56] So if you are going to go down that path just make sure you're very clear in the labelling and if your show's just got a couple of swear words in it so you don't want to label it 'explicit' just issue an audio warning at the start so people know what they're getting into.

[00:05:02] I hope that's helped you work out whether or not dropping colourful language throughout your episode is the right thing for you. If you're finding these tips helpful I would love you to leave a review in iTunes. However that magical algorithm works, the more reviews and ratings the show gets the more chance it gets into other people's eyeballs and ear holes and that would be fantastic.

[00:05:32] If you want a little bit more step by step help you can always head to PodSchool.com.au to find out more about my online podcasting course. And there is a guide there that will help you with the tech side of things if you don't know how to set up your own home studio.

[00:05:49] Thank you so much for joining me. I will see you next week and until then happy podcasting.

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