When it comes to podcasts I feel like I’m so incredibly late to the party. Everyone has been listening to them for years, right? I’ve always seen podcasts I like the look of, but never been sure how to listen to them. It sounds so silly, I know! I hear of iTunes and think, well what about Android users? Then towards the end of last year my boyfriend starting getting into podcasts on his Android, told me what to download (and a few podcasts to listen to) and off I went. I use Podcast Addict; it’s great.
So now I love them; they make my journey to and from work more enjoyable (and the journey goes quicker!) and I listen while I’m cooking, crafting etc. They provide good company too, when music just isn’t what I want.
In today’s post I wanted to share and shout about 5 podcasts I’ve been listening to and enjoying – in case you’re like me and a) are late to the podcast party or b) would like to find new listens.
Elise Gets Crafty
Oh boy, I love this podcast. I started with the episode where the creator of 1 second every day shared his story and haven’t looked back. In each weekly episode, Elise discusses blogging, business and creativity – with a new guest each time. Even if you’re not ‘into’ any of those things, there’s a lot of inspiration to be found around working practices, keeping organised and looking after yourself. Elise finds genuinely interesting people to speak to (who you can resonate with), gets insight from them I haven’t heard in other podcasts and keeps it enjoyable – most podcasts are around 35 minutes too, so it doesn’t drag. Listening to an episode on my drive to work feels like it’s kick starting my day in a positive way, so I highly recommend a listen. Also, and this is how late I am to the party, Elise is the creator of Get to Work Book; in planner land this product seems to be growing and growing in popularity.
Pomcast is a knitting podcast that comes from the team at Pom Pom Quarterly magazine. Above anything else, it’s just a fun podcast that always makes me smile and want to hang out with Lydia and Sophie at the pub (obviously while knitting!). The funny thing is, those ladies are what I call ‘grown up’ knitters; they knit with ‘proper’ yarn that costs more than your average Stylecraft ball of yarn. I’m not a ‘grown up’ knitter, but sure would like to be one day, but that difference doesn’t make the podcasts any less enjoyable to listen to. They regularly interview designers and fellow knitters, plus squeeze in details of what they’ve been making and random chit chat. It’s one of those podcasts where I get excited for the next episode to arrive.
You may remember me talking about Blogtacular before (see here); it’s a place for “place for bloggers whose hearts beat with creativity to come together to meet, share and inspire” and, alongside their annual blogger conference, they’ve recently branched out into the land of podcasts. Kat kicked things off with Marte Marie Forsberg, who I heard talk at Blogtacular and have found her hugely inspiring ever since. The podcast is very much aimed at creatives and those with their own business (or business day dreams!) and love to be crafty in whatever shape that may be. A friendly and fun podcast, I look forward to hearing more guests.
If you’re looking for something away from being creative, Adam Buxton‘s podcast is the one for you. I never listened to the Adam and Joe show on the BBC or XFM (though the back catalogue is available), but this podcast is great fun and there’s something dry and enjoyable and his humour. Adam has so far interviewed the likes of Louis Theroux, Rob Brydon and my favourite, Caitlin Moran. The topics he discusses captivate me and keep me interested, plus there are various skits and funny anecdotes. The show is currently on a break, but I really hope it returns soon. In the meantime there are 12 episodes to keep you entertained.
And finally, for something completely different, how about Mortified? The Mortified Podcast is “angst written”; in a live-stand up environment guests share their childhood writings – so diaries, poems etc. Can you imagine sharing your teenage diary?! The horror! For that reason it’s a fun, light hearted podcast that I often listen to while I’m at work; it’s great to have on in the background for company. The laughter sometimes grates on me, but all in all this podcast makes me laugh; the people who share their stories are so brave!
So what are you listening to? Whenever someone says the word podcast in conversation I’m all excited and asking what they’re listening to (the novelty hasn’t worn off!). So if you have a podcast you’re loving, let me know! Equally, if you listen to one of the above, let me know what you think, I hope you like them.
Thanks for reading.
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