Boy oh boy are you guys in for a treat today. We're talking about *drumroll*...
I kid you not, every person I start talking to about this literally looks at me like a deer in the headlights and is totally thinking WTF are you talking about Holly?
But guys, I promise you'll be just as in love with podcasting as I am by the end of this post; just hear me out.
First things first. WTF is a podcast?
If you've already gotten the lowdown on podcasts, sweet deal. For those of you who are totally lost, here's the quick & dirty:
Podcasts are essentially downloadable talk shows. you can find them on the pre-installed app if you own an iphone, They're free, and anyone can start their own show. They're THE thing to be listening to when you're driving in your car, working out, cleaning the house, etc., because they're informational and basically help you be extra productive while you're doing a somewhat mindless task.
Podcasts are also the up and coming medium for content creation. If I had more time on my hands, I would SO start one. There's something about them that's just fun. They're also cool because they give you something to think/learn about while you're doing tedious tasks. For someone like me, who barely has time to read through Instagram comments or my Twitter feed, it's a great way to stay connected.
Not sold? I honestly had no clue what podcasting was for a long time and, even once I found out, I wasn't into the idea at first. It actually wasn't until one of my favorite bloggers started a show that I finally decided to give it a shot, and it was only because of my loyalty to that brand that I gave it a try. Overall, I would've rather blasted my latest playlist and gotten on with my life. However, what I didn't realize that there are podcasts for pretty much everything, so it's totally different than listening to the radio. The whole format of podcasts is also pretty different from morning talk shows, and the content is just generally a lot better since the topics are narrowed down into niche interest groups (beauty, health, business, blogging, etc.).
The biggest challenge with getting into the podcast game is knowing where to start. There's a lot of content to sort through! I find a lot of new shows simply by looking at the top charts, but I wish that I would have had a comprehensive list of some of the best shows when I first started listening to podcasts so that I didn't have to sort through all of the noise to find something that I was actually interested in.
Luckily for you, I've done all the grunt work! Here's five podcasts that are definitely worth a listen:
1. the skinny confidential him & her podcast
Remember that blogger I said that is totally responsible for piquing my interest in podcasts? Lauryn Evarts of The Skinny Confidential launched a show with her fiancee Michael last spring, and it is by far one of my favorites. Lauryn and Michael are absolutely hilarious and are willing to talk about pretty much anything (blogging tips, boob jobs, sex/dating, etc.). It's quite fun. Both Lauryn and Michael are total bada$$ entrepreneurs, so this is the perfect podcast if you're looking for some solid biz advice. They're also not afraid to get a little saucy and talk about taboo topics, which makes it way more entertaining than the purely business podcasts out there. Listeners can even submit questions to be answered on the show too!
2. beauty inside out with kimberly snyder
Beauty Inside Out is another one of my favorite podcasts that I listen to on a weekly basis. The host, Kimberly Snyder, is a celebrity nutritionist and author of several books. I love her all-natural, holistic health approach, and she's always bringing on experts to complement all of the knowledge she has to offer. She's super well-traveled, experienced in the nutritional/health field, and has a lot of creative recommendations for developing a healthier diet. Overall, it's a great podcast for anyone who's looking to learn more about living healthfully. In addition to the weekly interview formatted shows, Kimberly also does separate segments for Q&As!
3. Being boss
Being boss was one of the very first podcasts that I started listening to. In fact, I don't think I even really knew what a podcast was when I downloaded the first episode. However, I was totally hooked. Being Boss is exactly what its tagline states: A podcast for creative entrepreneurs. These ladies do an amazing job of bringing positivity to the show and providing real-deal, tried and true advice that they've used to build their own business empires. And the best part about this podcast is that, even though it's business-oriented, it's never dry or boring! Instead, it's empowering, and really makes you want to get up and do something.
4. happier with gretchen rubin
Have you guys read The Happiness Project? At the very least, you've probably heard of it. Am I right? For those of you who don't know though, The Happiness Project is a book that tells the story of one woman, Gretchen Rubin, who sets out on a year-long project to become...happier. It's an interesting read, and the book was so popular that it spiraled off into a series of other projects, including this podcast. I'm a big proponent of this show because it's lighthearted and offers great tips for maximizing happiness on a daily basis. Gretchen has also done extensive research on the psychology of happiness, so she's definitely an expert in the field. This is something that I look for when I'm trying to find a new podcast, because I know that I want to learn something while listening. Like the shows listed above, this podcast also takes questions from listeners.
5. Sophia Amoruso's #girlboss Radio
Like Happier With Gretchen Rubin, #Girlboss Radio evolved after the huge success of, founder of Nasty Gal, Sophia Amoruso's book #GIRLBOSS. Sophia has many high-profile entrepreneurs on the show to talk shop each week, not to mention the fact that she's also the founder of a multi-million dollar company herself. I don't necessarily listen to this podcast on a weekly basis, but it's definitely a great resource for business inspiration and advice!
So tell me, what do you guys think about all this podcasting biz? Love it or hate it? Do you have a favorite show that isn't listed here? Let me know in the comments!