The Funny Guide to Making Great Podcast Show Notes: 3 Rules and Why They Matter
Podcasts have taken the world by storm, with both hosts and viewers enjoying the wonderful world of radio entertainment. But here's something that not many people know: every great podcast has a great set of show notes. Yes, those small bits of information that come with each podcast episode are the hidden stars of podcasts. In this hilarious blog post, we'll look at the three rules for writing great show notes while also having a great time. So put on your headphones and get ready for a funny trip through the world of podcast show notes.
Rule 1: Keep it short, buddy!
Let's be honest now. Most of us, including myself, can't stay focused for more than a few seconds. So, when it comes to show notes, it's best to keep things short. Long explanations like those in Tolstoy's War and Peace are a thing of the past. People want show notes that are as funny as a comedian's punchline. So, let's pretend for a moment that we're writing show notes for a radio episode about the wonders of llama care, because why not?
Show Notes Examples:
How to Groom a Llama: Comb, Snip, and Make It Fluffy!
In this funny show, we go deep into the world of llama care, which is a very posh place. Our guest, who goes by the name "Llama Linda" (yes, that's her real name), tells us about her best tips and tricks for styling llama hair. Get ready for a fluffy adventure full of snipping shears, fabulous fur, and more laughs than you can shake a fluffy tail at!
See? This story is short, sweet, and full of llamalicious goodness. The viewer knows what to expect and doesn't get lost in a sea of words that aren't needed. Keep it short, my friend, and your audience will soon be laughing and pressing the play button.
Rule 2: Add a little personality, sparkle, and absurdity!
No one wants to read a show note that sounds like it was written by a robot with a monocle. Adding a little personality to your show notes is like putting a dash of hot sauce on a boring dish. It makes it quickly more tasty and enjoyable. Accept your funny side and let the laughter flow!
Show Notes Examples:
The Dizzy Dinosaur Dilemma: A Comedy Extravaganza from the Past!
In this episode, we go back in time to the time of the dinosaurs and find a dizzy dinosaur who can't keep his balance. Come watch as our hosts, Dino Dave and Laughing Larry, try to teach our unsteady friend how to dance. Is the T-Rex going to twerk? Will the Stegosaurus salsa? Tune in for a wild and crazy journey that will make you laugh out loud.
Now, doesn't that sound more interesting than a bland explanation? Sprinkle some glitter, add a pinch of nonsense, and watch your show notes go from boring to amazing!
Rule 3: Give teases, teases, and more teases!
People are naturally interested in new things. We can't stay away from a delicious tease, just like a squirrel can't stay away from a secret stash of nuts. Take this into account when you write show notes. Get your audience interested and make them want more!
Show Notes Examples:
The Secret Society of Ticklish Pigeons: An Amazing Feathered Scheme!
This week, we talk about ticklish birds and their secret lives.
Join us as we find out the truth about their funny but sneaky tickling habits. We have exclusive talks with secret pigeon spies and a surprise visit from the world-famous Ticklish Tony, the man who started the tickling craze. In this mind-boggling show, you can expect to be surprised and have a good laugh.
By teasing your audience with an interesting idea, they'll be eager to click the "play" button and find out what you've promised to reveal. Leave them on the edge of their seats, looking forward to the laugh-filled trip that's coming up.
Why should you care anyway about show notes?
Now, you might be asking, "Why should I take the time to write good show notes?" Well, dear reader, let me educate you. Show notes are the best way to get people to listen to your show. They get people interested, give them a taste of what's to come, and convince them to give your show a try.
With a dash of fun, a pinch of personality, and a pinch of interest, your show notes become enticing bait that will hook even the most skeptical audience. Also, good show notes give a picture of your episode that is easy to remember and share. They're like a funny trailer for your show. They leave a lasting effect on readers and make them want to tell others about it.
But that's not the end of it. Show notes are also a great resource for the people who already listen to you. They make it easy to find key points, links, or tools that were talked about in the show. Think about how happy your audience will be when they can easily find that funny guide to llama hairstyles or when they want to look up the Ticklish Pigeon Society's secret tickle techniques again. Show notes make the whole hearing experience better and keep people interested even after the show is over.
So, podcasters, let's not underestimate the power of great show notes. Let's hook our readers with short, interesting details, add personality and humor to our writing, and leave them wanting more with smart teases. Remember that writing show notes is an art form that gives you a chance to show off your wit and creativity while attracting new listeners and making your regular fans happy.
In the crazy world of podcasts, show notes are the unseen stars that can make or break the success of an episode. By following these three rules—keeping it short, adding personality and humor, and teasing your audience—you'll be well on your way to writing great show notes that make your fans laugh, click, and share with their friends.
So, podcasters, go forth and make your show notes stand out with fun, wit, and a touch of the odd. Take advantage of the power of these small bits of information and watch as your show gets even funnier and more popular. Let's raise a glass to the wonderful world of podcast show notes, where laughing is king.