I have a new guilty pleasure, one that probably makes me sound really geeky. I have developed a bit of an obsession with Podcasts. Before a couple of months ago, I don’t think I would have ever considered listening to a podcasts. I didn’t have a clue what they were about, but I thought they sounded dull, geeky and indulgent.
Fortunately, I discovered this to be completely untrue and along with this, I found a great source of blogging inspiration. Here are a handful of my favourite new discoveries.
I have Sara Tasker, of Me & Orla, to thank for opening my eyes to podcasts. I have been following her Instagram feed since attending her workshop at Blogtacular last summer and as soon as I heard she’d started a podcast, I was keen to hear what she had to say. If you’re a blogger and you don’t know who Sara Tasker is, then you need to take a good look at yourself. Not really, but I would be surprised to meet another blogger who hadn’t come across her.
Sara Tasker is a freelancing, Instagramming guru. She has turned posting beautiful photos to Instagram, into a bona fide business and one that does a wonderful job of inspiring and supporting other bloggers, whilst encouraging them to explore their creativity. What a lovely job that must be?
Sara’s podcasts cover all that is Instagram. Whether its tips on how to avoid the comparison trap, or interviews with other successful Instagrammers, the thread that runs throughout the recordings is one of inspiration and encouragement. I feel uplifted after listening to each episode and love that it brought some of my now favourite Instagrammers onto my radar.
My favourite so far: Avoiding the comparison trap on social media
Kat Molsworth is a super creative and colourful individual who blogs about life, family and style at Housewife Confidential. She is also founder of the creative blogging conference, Blogtacular. A few of my blogger friends had been saying how great Kat’s podcasts are and they were on my must-hear list for a while. Once I finally got round to listening, they didn’t disappoint.
Kat’s interviews successful business women from creative industries on her podcasts. They delve into their business stories and share their expertise with listeners. Much like Me & Orla’s podcasts, they are motivational and each episode provides lessons that we could all learn from.
A lot of the themes covered in the podcasts are similar to those that you will see covered by speakers at the Blogtacular conference, so if you enjoy the podcasts then you would likely love this event. The event is a great way to connect with like minded people and the atmosphere is very welcoming, but if you’re a bit of a wallflower and finding meeting large groups of people quite daunting, then the podcasts are the perfect way to take in this information. I definitely fall into the wallflower group and love being able to access these resources from the comfort of my home.
My favourite so far: Episode 002 Fiona Humberstone
Much like Kat Molsworth, Kat Lee has been blogging forever. For over 11 years, in fact. Her podcast ‘How They Blog’ is a very recent podcast discovery for me, but I am so pleased to have stumbled across it. Her podcasts include a mixture of interviews and one person discussions on a broad range of topics from being a better writer, to blogging-life balance, email newsletters and more.
Kat’s podcasts offer a plethora of blogging tips and I will be working my way through them one by one. If anyone could stop my children from asking too many questions whilst I try to listen them, I would be much obliged.
I hope this super short list of my favourites will be a help to some of you out there. As I said before, I am new to listening to podcasts, so my list of favourites is very short. If you have a list of your own favourites that you would like to share with me, then I would love to hear your recommendations. I am on the hunt for more inspiring episodes to listen to whist I’m writing a blog post, or just sipping on a cup of coffee.