Ep 20: Swearing in Podcasts: Can You Do It?

Today, I want to tackle a question that many of you might have pondered: Can you swear in a podcast? Well, my dear listener, the answer is a resounding yes!

However, before you start throwing expletives left and right, let’s take a moment to consider your audience. It’s essential to gauge whether or not swearing is appropriate for the listeners you’re trying to reach. Different audiences have different sensibilities, and you want to ensure your content resonates with them.

If you’re known for your colourful language and your audience expects a bit of profanity, then by all means, go ahead and include it in your podcast. Authenticity is key in building a connection with your listeners, so stay true to yourself and your unique style.

Conversely, don’t feel pressured to swear if it’s not natural for you. Swearing just for the sake of it might come across as forced or disingenuous. Remember, being authentic is more important than conforming to a particular mold. So, if swearing doesn’t align with your personality or style, feel free to express yourself in a manner that feels comfortable and genuine.

When it comes to explicit content, it’s crucial to mark your podcast episodes accordingly. By indicating that your show contains explicit content, you’re being respectful towards your audience and allowing them to make informed choices about the content they consume. Building trust with your listeners is paramount, and transparency in your episode labels contributes to that trust.

It’s worth noting that what constitutes a swear word can be subjective. Different people have different perspectives on what is acceptable or offensive. If you’re unsure whether a particular word falls into the “swear” category, it’s always safer to mark your content as explicit. It’s better to err on the side of caution and provide clarity to your audience.

Remember, podcasting is all about self-expression and engaging with your audience. So, whether you choose to swear or maintain a more restrained approach, let your true voice shine through and create content that resonates with your listeners.

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Verity Sangan

Hey! I'm Verity. I love all things podcasting and am passionate about getting more women find their voice through podcasts. When I'm not in work or busy with mum-duties, I host The Lazy Girl's Guide to Podcasting.