4 Podcasts I’m Listening to Right Now

Which Podcast to listen to

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

Buffer the Science of Social Media podcast

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

Emma Gannon Ctrl Alt Delete podcast

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…

Podcast to listen to

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

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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!

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4 Things to Make the Most out of Your Long Commute

4 Things to Make the Most out of Your Long Commute

I’ve decided to do a bit of a different post this week; most of us have a long commute to work in some form or another, but not many of us use it to our real advantage.

As I’ve mentioned before on my blog I’ve started a new job recently, which has a bit of a longer commute than I was used to.

I spend at least 50 mins in a car travelling to work (and back again), which isn’t too tragic I know but that’s nearly 2 hours a day, just me sitting and driving my car.

I’m the kind of person who tries to make the most of my time and moans about there not being enough hours in the day.  This got me thinking about how I could use that time better and to make the most of it, to make it go quicker.

So here’s 4 things you can start doing in your long commute that could help you save time elsewhere.

1. Podcasts

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Podcasts could be listened to on any type of long commute; whether you drive, cycle, catch a train, bus or whatever.  I’ve got to admit though I’m very new to podcasts, so I’ve only recently discovered that there are literally hundreds of podcast series on anything out there, all just waiting to be listened to.

If you’re fed up with your playlist or iPod shuffle then jump on board the Podcast ship and search for anything you have an interest in, seriously.  Lately, I’ve listened to a few Desert Island Disc’s (the Tom Hanks one had me smiling all the way home ) and the hilarious My Dad Wrote a Porno.

There are more knowledgable and cultural ones for the more serious type, for example after introducing my boyfriend to podcasts he opted for a historical podcast about the Battle of Agincourt.   My ‘serious podcast-listening’ will come in time…

2.  Read

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My longest commute was 1 hour 40 minutes.  It was a time before I bought a car and relied on the kindness (?) of trains, not strangers.  London would have actually been a shorter commute for me at this time, which I grew frustrated with.  Until I got back into reading.

I’ve always been a reader but I also found it hard to make the time for reading after I came back from travelling.  So when I started this commute I discovered all the free time I had on the train and so I got back into reading in a big way.  Going through at least one book a week gave me the thirst to read more but more importantly, made my journey seem quicker.  I was soon finding that I’d become so lost in the chapter I was reading it would soon be my stop!

3.  Learn a bloody Language

Sorry for the somewhat aggressive demand above, but this is something I do feel strongly about.  There’s not enough emphasis put on us Brits to learn other languages, although that doesn’t mean I’m not fluent in any other language, but I do try when I go abroad.

Have you always wanted to learn Italian?  Go buy an audio course.  Fancy refreshing your Spanish?  Download one of the numerous free podcasts and get going.

For those of you who drive this is a particularly good way to use your commute.  They say learning languages is all about repetition, so go ahead and listen to your audio course, podcast or whatever, everyday on your way to work.  If you’re in your car you don’t even need to get embarrassed about speaking out loud because no-one will hear you!  (Unless of course you lift share.)  

4.  Blog/Write

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Finally, this one is for all aspiring writers, novelists and bloggers out there. You may find, like me, you don’t always have the time just to write.  But if you’re not driving on your way to work there is no stopping you bashing out that witty blog post on the bus to the office.

If you’re a creative person it’s so important to keep that outlet going.  Plus, working in the mornings apparently gives you the best ideas and gets your mind buzzing before work.  So get your creative juices going, who knows you might see something on your commute that inspires a fantastic novel idea.

What do you do on your commute?

Those are my ideas for the long commutes, but have I failed to mention something obvious?

Let me know in the comments section below but more importantly, seize all the time your commute takes to do something useful!  Don’t let your commute become a bore.

Emma x

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