For someone who has run his own podcast for several years (albeit not generating a lot of content lately), it took me quite some time to actually start listening to podcasts myself. Ironic, I know, but I guess the main reason behind this was because I was always reading code at work and eventually, no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't pay attention to what was being said! No matter how interesting the topic being discussed was or how engaging the hosts (or hosts) were, my brain would be so focused on reading code that everything else just turned into white noise.
Well, fast forward a couple of years and I still am reading code (though not as much as I used to due to a new role), and I still have a hard time listening to podcast while at work... so I decided to only listen to them when I was not working. Simple, right? But it took me a while to change that for some reason.
Anyhow, I now listen to podcasts while driving (which I don't really do a lot of since I work from home 99.99% of the time) or when I go for walks, and after a while I have started following a handful of them which are now part of my weekly routine:
- All The Books which provide me with an up to date list of suggestions for what books to read next. They're pretty regular with their episodes, so I can always count on listening about new books pretty much every week.
- Book Riot for another dose of more news about books!
- Hack the Entrepreneur to keep up with people who are making something about what they are passionate about.
- Wonderland Podcast which I only started listening to a few weeks back but it has turned into one of my favorite.
- Science Vs another new addition to my list, with entertaining takes at interesting topics such as 'the G-spot', 'Fracking', 'Gun Control' and 'Organic Food'.
Today I was introduced to Invisibilia and though I only listened to the first 10 minutes (I was giving the link during working hours, so no go for me), I'm already very interested and will follow it.
I do have other podcasts that I am still subscribed to, but these listed here are the ones that I am still following every episode. Maybe if I had to drive to work every day or went for walks more often, maybe then I would listen to more podcasts? Trust me though, I rather continue listening to only a small set of them than drive to work every day. Don't get me wrong, I love going to work, but that's 2 hours/day of my life that I rather spend at home :)more ...