Sometimes you’re just in the mood for learning something rather than listening to music.The day I finally figured out how to download a podcast to my phone, I was thrilled to have something to listen to as I mopped rather than my Pandora station. Little did I know how much of a Podcasts junkie I would become.
For several weeks, I went on a podcasts binge. I downloaded several to try them out, unsubscribing to the ones that didn’t hold my interest. Below is my list of the ones that stuck, which I listen to week after week.
If you’re looking to build a better blogging or writing career, I hope you’ll check some of them out!
Create If Writing
This was the first podcast I ever listened to. I originally stumbled on Kirsten’s blog through a friend. And it’s still my favorite podcast. Kirsten gives great practical tips about how to grow an online platform without being smarmy (one of her favorite words). Whether you’re a blogger or writer, you’ll learn the ins and outs of growing your email list, maintaining your website, and building your following in order to sell your books/brand better and genuinely help people–all with the ultimate goal of never venturing beyond the sleazy line.
I not only listen to this podcast faithfully, I’ve also downloaded and listened to nearly every episode in the archives! I highly recommend this podcast to all writers.
Food Blogger Pro
Another one of my favorites, Food Blogger Pro is hosted by Bjork Ostrom, who is the other half of the food blogger Lindsey Ostrom over at Pinch of Yum. Don’t let the title fool you! This podcast is about much more than blogging about food. The range of interviewees is varied, and subjects range from list building through challenges and courses, discovering your unique brand, and even how bloggers can tackle taxes.
I’ve learned something new from every episode without fail. I’ve also listened to quite a few of the archived episodes. I highly recommend this podcast to bloggers looking to get serious about growing their blog as a business.
Just Keep Blogging
Kim Anderson hosts this podcast designed to inspire you to—you guessed it—just keep blogging. Often a solo show, these episodes are perfect for my commute as they’re all shorter than half an hour. Kim’s conversational but upbeat tone provides a peppy kick-in-the-pants that will motivate you to meet the goals you’ve set for yourself.
I’ve enjoyed this podcast from its inception, and I’ve not skipped an episode yet. I recommend it to bloggers looking for a motivational pick-me-up.
The only dual-authored podcast I listen to, Novel Marketing offers in-depth episodes on everything pertaining to marketing for novelists. I enjoy how I learn from episodes featuring topics I think I already have a handle on: for instance, the episode about what makes a great author photo taught me photography tips I didn’t know I needed!
While I listen to this podcast less frequently, I still recommend it to writers who are looking to hone specific aspects of their marketing strategies.
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Beyond the To Do List
This is another podcast that I binge-listen to while I’m cleaning, never needing to switch to another podcast. Although at first this podcast seems to sweep across niches with a broader brush, in that it addresses productivity in general, therein lies its magic. I’ve learned what my sleep chronotype is, how to design a better workplace so I’m more focused, and the importance of pressing pause to truly rest from work.
I especially enjoyed the interview(s) with Crystal Paine, the blogger behind MoneySavingMom.com, and Dr. Michael Brues on sleep chronotypes. I recommend this podcast for all entrepreneurs looking to get more done so they can live more life.
Online Marketing Made Easy with Amy Porterfield
At first I thought I wouldn’t enjoy this podcast, that it might not apply to me as a dabbler in the online business world. But I have gleaned so much from Amy just being honest in her episodes about what she’s working on, what’s distracting her and how she’s working on that, and the focus she gives to her business and her day.
I highly recommend this podcast to bloggers and writers looking to strategize their marketing in a bustling online world.
I held off on trying out podcasts for far too long. My only excuse? I didn’t know how to download podcasts and listen to them from my phone and I was too lazy to Google how to find out. But now I literally never mop without them.
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