Sidepodcast // All for F1 and F1 for all

Podcasting show notes // Thoughts on how prepared a Sidepodcast episode should be

Published by Christine

Podcast show notes in close up

One of the things that has been consistently changing over the course of the first year at Sidepodcast, is the show notes we refer to when recording.

The first two shows we ever made – my 2006 championship review – were entirely scripted. If you've heard them, this will come as no surprise I'm sure. I was not at all confident about talking out loud and to be fair, I wasn’t totally sure I knew what I was saying. I'd read a few other reviews of the season and cobbled together my own.

The co-host was, of course, quite happy just to stand in front of the mic and throw in his comments as and when he felt like it.

After that first show, we realised that it probably wasn’t going to make a great podcast, listening to me reading out a previously written script. It was immediately obvious that it needed to be more of a conversation, but how much we needed to write down and how much would come naturally remains a matter of great consternation between us.

Here's the thing – I'm forever concerned about coming across as sounding a bit stupid. It's partly because I'm a girl and we're always worried about what other people think. It’s also because I'm in the minority when it comes to F1, and I don’t want to let the side down by dropping a complete clanger.

I know so much more than I did a year ago, and to be fair, I'm still learning every day, but that's not really what the main problem is. My problem is my memory - I don't remember stuff and it helps to have it written down.

We usually just make a note of the topics to be covered on the white-board, and then keep lists of statistics so that we don't forget anything important. If the opinionated one had his way, that would be it and we'd just get on with it. However, when you couple his hatred for verbose note-taking with the complete inability to repeat himself, you have a recipe for disaster.

For example: Opinion is a dangerous thing when you have a loose tongue and we occasionally say things that could be considered by some to be slanderous. These words aren't fit to see the light of day and self-censorship can sometimes be a good thing. Problems begin though, when we try to restart the conversation.

Everything completely changes, even the good stuff that was worth repeating. It's like he's incapable of recalling words once they've left his mouth. By way of example:

Christine: Bugger, I can't say that out loud can I? Shall we do it again?

Me: Okay.

Christine: You wanna go back and pick up from Honda?

Me: What did I say?

Christine: That Ross Brawn is impressed with their steady progress, despite the testing results.

Me: Sooo, anyway, Honda have been hopeless in testing and it's no wonder they haven't got any sponsors.

Christine: Ugh...

You see what I have to put up with? Not only do I have to remember what I want to say, I also have to remember everything he's just said as well.

So what do you think?

Should we have more notes, less notes, completely random conversations or perfectly scripted prose?

We're always meddling and trying out new ways of doing things so if you have any suggestions for improving short term memory or can recommend an alternative co-host, please let me know!