100 Days to Offload, Day 11 – Podcast recommendations

I'm quite behind on my podcast subscriptions, so while I try and catch up, here's my list of favorite podcasts for the eleventh day of the 100 Days to Offload blogging challenge.

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Software

Before I share my list, first I want to share as well the apps and programs I use to listen to podcasts. An important criterion when choosing these was offline-downloading capability: I don't always have an Internet connection, so I like to save podcasts for later listening, especially when I'm commuting.

On desktop, I use MusicBee. It's closed-source, but works fantastic. I like how I can organize my music and my podcasts in a single program, though it doesn't have playback history of podcast episodes. A comparable open-source alternative would be Clementine, but as of this writing, it hasn't had a stable release since 2016.

On mobile, I use AntennaPod. It works as intended, which means it works great for podcast-listening.

Criteria

There are so many interesting podcasts I've come across that I've developed a list of criteria for those that I'll follow, so that I don't get overwhelmed by all the new episodes in my feed. Some people may say that these rules are too strict.

  1. Each episode has to be less than 40 minutes long. I have a short attention span, so I easily lose interest in episodes that are more than an hour long.
  2. Each podcast has only a few interviews, or special guests. I prefer podcasts where the hosts have interesting discussions, over those that invite a rotating cast of people. I think it just feels... cozier, this way?
  3. I've had listened to more than one episode. I usually check out a random episode of a podcast to decide if I'll subscribe to it; after a while, I'll check my subscriptions again and try to remember if I've listened to the podcast some more.
  4. The episode has updated recently in a year. There's a single exception to this in my list, but for the most part, I prefer following actively-produced podcasts.

Recommendations

Writing

As I mentioned in my About page, I'm interested in creative writing. That's actually an understatement: writing is my passion. Unfortunately, sometimes I stumble on certain parts. These podcasts help me:

Technology

While I do follow tech-oriented websites and blogs in my RSS feed reader, I sometimes find it useful to listen to more perspectives:

Fiction

There's nothing better to distract me from a long commute or waiting line than a good story:

Miscellaneous

I also have some podcasts that don't fit under any of the categories above:

I hope you've discovered a new podcast to subscribe and listen to from this list. As for me, I'll be off listening to the newer episodes.

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