I’m late to the podcast party. I didn’t start listening to podcasts until I started my job last year, when the long commutes to work began too. Then, when I had dipped into a few and loved it, I immediately jumped on board the podcast fan ship! (Figuratively speaking…)
So, I’ve decided to share a few podcasts I’m enjoying right now, rather than a ‘which podcasts to listen to‘ kinda post. I’ve not been listening to podcasts for a year yet and I’m dead certain there’s plenty more out there I’m yet to discover and love.
So this is more of a ‘podcasts I’m listening to now’ post, because I don’t want to rule out writing similar posts in the future!
1. Buffer – The Science of Social Media
After seizing every moment of the the weekend and making the most of it, when it comes to Monday mornings I feel a bit fuzzy, to say the least. I want to get my mind back to being refocused for work, so I listen to Buffer’s the Science of Social Media podcast. (I work as a Social Media & Content Executive).
Buffer of course provides many insights on social media and not just in podcast form. However, the topics and discussions in these podcasts aren’t exactly groundbreaking, plus the hosts use the word “interesting” far too often for my liking.
But, in despite of feeling that they’re telling you how to suck eggs at times (“use hashtags”), little gems of information still reveal themselves, every now and then. Mostly though, I listen because it gets me back into that social media frame of mind for the week ahead.
2. Emma Gannon – Ctrl Alt Delete
I never thought I’d be the kind of person to binge-listen a podcast series (is that a saying?), but Emma Gannon’s Ctrl Alt Delete had me at hello.
Yes, it’s one of the most popular podcasts out there, but for good reason. At first, I was pulled in by listening to all of the episodes featuring my favourite YouTubers. But the way Emma talks about our generation, growing up online and how it’s changed our world, careers and life, I just have SO MUCH time for.
It’s so refreshing to hear about technology, blogging and social media in a positive light, rather than just doom and gloom. Ctrl Alt Delete tops my podcast list for podcasts to listen to on most days. Every Ctrl Alt Delete podcast inspires me in one way or another.
3. At Home With…
Lily and Anna’s rather new podcast series At Home With is a combination of Ctrl Alt Delete and Changing Rooms. In a good way.
This is the first array into podcasting for the duo and I’ve got to say, they’ve not done too badly. Similar to Emma’s Ctrl Alt Delete, they interview guest that have a background in digital brands, but also make up gurus and magazine editors too. (Jo Elvin, Zoe Sugg and Liz Earle have all been guests so far.)
The twist is the interview actually takes place in the guest’s house. So in between conversations about careers, fashion and the like, we’re taken around the guest’s home. If you download a certain podcast app I can’t remember the name of now (blast!), you get to see pictures of the guest’s home too. As I listen on my drive to work I obviously keep it to audio only…
4. The Rough Guide to Everywhere
The Rough Guide to Everywhere is the first travel podcast I’ve seen and listened to out there. (There’s a gap in the market people!)
I’m more of a Lonely Planet fan myself (I adore the writing style). However, I do have a soft spot for Rough Guide. (I owned a Rough Guide for Moscow, the first destination I travelled to in my gap year.)
Ultra-experienced and hard grafted travellers are interviewed on the podcasts about their most wild travelling experiences. (Like when Ruby Wax hitchhiked somewhere and somewhere fell into jail.) But the host Greg Dickinson also goes on his own experiences, like hiking his way out into the British countryside (far from any public transport station). It’s definitely inspired me to take on more mini-adventures, between the big ones.
Other Notable Mentions…
Lily and Anna aren’t the only YouTuber stepping into the audioworld. Estée Lalonde will soon release The Heart of It, a series where she’ll dicuss topics close to her, well, heart.
I was a big listener of My Dad Wrote A Porno for a while, which is hilarious, the title is exactly as it sounds. I also occasionally dip into Women’s Hour and Desert Island Discs too (I loved Tom Hanks’!).
And there’s the four podcasts I’m listening to right now. Once I’ve caught up with all of the above I’ll definitely have more time to listen to others. So another post may be in the pipeline…
Do you love podcasts? Tell me which ones you listen to in the comment section below!