I’ve been on a major podcast kick recently. I wouldn’t want to call it an obsession, but… it might venture in that direction. I have ripped through a huge number of podcasts in record time over the last few weeks, mainly due to two considerations.
First, I listen during heretofore unoccupied and mentally unproductive times of “busy” work throughout my day. What times fall into this category? Doing the dishes, putting on my makeup in the morning, folding laundry (+ vacuuming, + dusting, + any other bore-me-out-of-my-skin housework!), driving in the car — any pocket of time that already existed in my life, but that didn’t require any real mental exertion on my part and thus could easily become a place to multi-task.
Second, I listen in 1.5x speed. I use the built-in podcast app that came pre-loaded on my iPhone, and the app makes it super easy to change the speed setting for listening. Now, I admit, this only really works if I’m listening with earbuds so that any background noise doesn’t disrupt my understanding, and it certainly does take a little bit of adjusting to accustom your ears to the speed. However, once I got used to it, I realized how much more content I could get through in shorter periods of time, and I love it!
I’m amazed by how much I have learned just by making a productive use of these times during my day and listening to a variety of podcasts! I’ve enjoyed listening to a few of my favorite bloggers and getting to hear their “in real life” voices, and let me just say it again – I’ve learned so much.
It’s a little overwhelming to look at the sheer volume of podcasts available these days, so I thought I would share a handful of my favorites. If you’re new to podcasts, or if you’re looking for a new one to listen to, I hope this list will be helpful.
- The Big Boo Cast with Melanie Shankle and Sophie Hudson. This is probably one of the first podcasts I ever listened to, and still one of my favorites. Melanie & Sophie are 1) both brilliant and wonderful authors, 2) riotously funny, and 3) completely and utterly Southern. I think I once heard them refer to the Big Boo cast as “the Seinfeld of podcasts” and it’s an apt description. I love it so much.
- That Sounds Fun with Annie Downs. I don’t know what it is, but Annie Downs cracks. me. up. Maybe it’s her deep voice and her boisterous laugh, but she is just precious, and her podcast never fails to make me happy.
- Hope*ologie with Emily Freeman, Myquillyn Smith (the Nester), and Gary Morland. Two of my favorite bloggers, plus their dad! It is scientifically impossible to hear Myquillyn’s laugh and not laugh along. I dare you to try it. The description for Hope*ologie is “Let’s chip away at discouragement and find delight in our right-now homes, families, and souls.” AMEN!
- The Portfolio Life with Jeff Goins – I have learned so much about blogging and becoming a writer from Jeff Goins, and I always learn something when I listen to The Portfolio Life. I love the concept of what Jeff calls a portfolio life; if nothing else, at least listen to the very first episode in which Jeff describes this concept.
- Sorta Awesome with Megan Tietz – She’s a Harry Potter lover, a MBTI geek, and she over-uses the word “awesome.” She’s adorable, and I love listening to her show.
- The Simple Show with Tsh Oxenreider – Tsh is one of my very favorite bloggers, and a big inspiration when it comes to simple living and dreaming big. Listening to her podcast always makes me want to meet her in real life. I just think she would be amazing.
- Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie – Tsh recently interviewed Sarah Mackenzie on The Simple Show, and I absolutely fell in love with Sarah, her smiling voice (just listen to her and you’ll understand!), and her bubbling enthusiasm and passion for reading, particularly for reading aloud to her children. I immediately went and subscribed to Sarah’s podcast, Read-Aloud Revival, and I’ve been on a binge of catching up with all 28 episodes. I’m almost there, and I’m actually sad that now I’ll have to wait for a new episode like everyone else! Sarah’s heart for building family culture around books is absolutely inspiring, and I cannot say enough good things about her podcast. It makes me increasingly grateful for my own very literary upbringing, and also makes me excited about reading to my own children one day.
What about you? Do you have any favorite podcasts?! Tell me in the comments!