Q: Why are episode notes important?

Episode notes are a great way to provide a richer experience for your listeners, as well as a chance to direct their attention to things you'd like to highlight or promote.

Providing links to relevant and interesting information will make your listeners feel like they're getting something valuable and gives them a way to follow along and check out things you're talking about in the episode while they're listening.

Q: What should I put in my episode notes?

At the very least, your episode notes should contain:

  1. A description of the episode (what you talked about)
  2. Links to things you talk about in the episode: Websites, social media accounts, other podcasts, videos, products, and so on. 

You can also include a call to action ("Send us your feedback!") and even chapter information and timestamps for the various chapters or sections of the episode.

You can even include a whole blog post in your episode notes if you'd like. Be creative and have fun!

Q: What is Markdown and how do I use it?

Markdown is a lightweight text-formatting system created by John Gruber (in collaboration with Aaron Swartz) that makes it easy to quickly turn plain text into formatted text (headlines, bold and italic text, lists, and links).

In short, it's an extremely fast and easy way to create bold and italic text, lists, and links, all without having to know or write any HTML code.

The easiest way to get started with Markdown is to go through the easy (and free) interactive tutorial at https://www.markdowntutorial.com. 

You can also learn more about Markdown and episode notes and download a free re-usable template here.

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