I have to admit it took me a while to get on the train to podcast ville. Whenever I tried it in the past, I just couldn't concentrate enough to catch everything that was being said plus I couldn't really let go of the feeling that I would much rather 'read' than listen. Gradually, however, I started to really appreciate the easiness of it all. It's so great to be able to listen to something interesting or inspiring while you go about your daily business. From lifestyle tips to creepy stories about serial killers, these are my current favourite companions to blogging, cleaning the house and my daily bike rides to work!
HAPPIER by GRETCHEN RUBIN. Let's start with the most important podcast in my life right now. Having gone through a difficult period of uncreativeness, personal problems and doubts, an overly busy schedule (any other person living alone just feeling like they're not doing anything else than cleaning and chores? Jeez, Louise) and a general 'stuck in a rut'-ness, Gretchen and her sister have helped me to get through it by inspiring me with self-discovery tips and little tricks for a happier life. They cover all sorts of stuff we've all thought about and that's what makes this podcast so brilliant. A must listen to when you're a bit out of it, or have a desire to simply get the most out of this life. What I've picked up so far? The one-minute-rule (it is brilliant, I tell you),
HASHTAG AUTHENTIC by SARA TASKER. If you're a blogger, no matter how big or small, this is the podcast for you. Hashtag Authentic focusses on anyone living in the big and often quite scary world of online branding and helps you find the perfect formula for your little spot on the internet. From Twitter to Instagram, Sara and her guests cover it all.
SERIAL KILLERS by PARCAST. I'm not a lunatic, I swear, I just think stories about serial killers are, well, addictive and interesting. It's like watching your favourite criminal series, really. So if you're a fan of -let's say- Criminal Minds, you should really give this podcast a go. Mind you, some fragments can be quite shocking if you're prone to them, but they always give a heads-up whenever there's something possibly disturbing coming up.
ID10T by CHRIS HARDWICK. Formerly called The Nerdist, Chris invites all sorts of guests (but mainly tv and movie related ones) just to talk about, well, anything really. It's a real treat for geeks, and the reason I love it so much is because Chris's guests feel so at ease with him (and appear to be genuine friends instead of just guests) that you feel like you can get to know just a little bit of the real star behind the famous face. It's funny as hell, as well, trust me!
HARRY POTTER AND THE SACRED TEXT by VANESSA ZOLTAN & CASPER TER KUILE. The idea behind this quite brilliant podcast is this: what if we read the books we love as if they were sacred texts? The result is a fun podcast full of HP recaps and interpretations that reflect on every day life. They pick a central theme (like beauty in the picture above) and explore the characters and context of one of our most beloved series in it. Think of it as the English class every Potterhead dreams of, full of meaningful conversations directly linked to our childhood's bible. I. Love. It!
Are you a fan of podcasts? Which ones would you recommend?
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