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The benefits of keeping it clean…

If you’re a fan of blue language, there’s 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 something they weren’t expecting.

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Why you should bleep your swear words out

The decision to swear on your podcast is, of course, entirely up to you.

If you’re aiming your show towards adults and you want it to be edgy and a little bit naughty, that’s totally fine.  There are plenty of shows littered with swear words that are hugely successful.

From time to time I’ll swear on my podcasts but I usually stick to the “s-word is ok, f-word gets beeped” rule.

And here’s why…

It doesn’t add anything to your show

It’s not like the audience doesn’t know what’s going on under the beeps so do they really need to hear it?

The disadvantage of turning people off who don’t like swear words far outweighs the benefit of having them there, so think about whether they’re really necessary.

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It can turn people off your content

Some people really don’t like colourful language and if those people tune into your content and get showered with f-bombs they’ll likely turn it off.

You want your show to appeal to as many people as possible so, if it’s potentially going to scare people away, why risk it?

It’s also important to think about “where” your audience is listening.

Could they have your show on in the car or at home when kids are around?  If so, beeping out swear words is a good idea because nothing pisses a parent off like having to answer the question “Mummy, what does f*%& mean?”

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It stays around forever

You might be ok swearing your head off on your podcast now, but what if a future boss finds your old show and thinks “what a potty mouth!”

Stuff on the internet lives forever so think about what ‘future you’ will think about this and whether it’s better to keep it clean.

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If you do swear on your podcast remember to…

Label your show as ‘explicit’

This is an easy way to let your audience know they’re in for some adult content so they won’t be shocked.

Warn your audience

If your show is rough, rude and labelled ‘explicit’ you won’t need to do this because your listeners will know what they’re getting themselves into.  But if it’s not clear, or if an episode is uncharacteristically swear-heavy, it’s a good idea to issue an audio warning before you start.  That way mum has a chance to get the f*&%ing kids out of the car.

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