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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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.
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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
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:
- Writing Excuses | Feed
- One of the best shows that discuss creative writing techniques and advice, and probably one of the first podcasts I ever subscribed to.
- Start with This | Feed
- From the writers of Welcome to Night Vale (see below), this is a podcast about the nuances of the creative process and the writing craft. There's always homework: one to consume, one to create.
- Finish Your Book Podcast | Feed
- Starting a story is easy. Finishing it, however, is something else. This podcast gives tips and nudges to help one finally finish that writing project.
- Ann Kroeker, Writing Coach | Feed
- This podcast focuses not just on helpful writing techniques, but also on general productivity advice.
- Writer's Detective Bureau | Feed
- A useful resource for writing crime fiction, as delivered by a former police detective.
While I do follow tech-oriented websites and blogs in my RSS feed reader, I sometimes find it useful to listen to more perspectives:
- Security in Five | Feed
- Each episode in this semi-daily show explains a recent topic in the cybersecurity world succinctly in 5-10 minutes. Very good for quick updates on the latest security and privacy news.
- The Shared Security Podcast | Feed
- A weekly show that summarizes the cybersecurity news, trends, and topics prominent that week.
- Open Source Security | Feed
- An interesting show where the two hosts muse about recent cybersecurity news and topics, and their future implications.
- Reply All | Feed
- A fun show where the two hosts explore the shenanigans that happen when people and technology come together.
There's nothing better to distract me from a long commute or waiting line than a good story:
- Welcome to Night Vale | Feed
- It's about a town in the middle of a desert, where there's always something strange going on. Maybe it's aliens. Maybe it's something else.
- Alice Isn't Dead | Feed
- Created by one of the writers for Welcome to Night Vale, Alice Isn't Dead is the one exception to my “must be updated recently rule”: its run already ended in 2018. Nevertheless, I find myself riveted by this story of a woman going on a supernatural road trip to find her missing wife, the titular Alice.
- The Penumbra Podcast | Feed
- While initially a podcast broadcasting a different story every episode, nowadays it focuses on two arcs, Second Citadel and Juno Steel. I mostly follow the Juno Steel arc, which is basically a hard-boiled detective story on Mars. Somehow, this podcast never fails to surprise me.
- The Black Tapes | Feed
- A podcast... about a podcast (I know, it sometimes confuses me too), by a reporter who closely follows a paranormal researcher on the job, and the strange cases that they get involved in. Very spooky.
I also have some podcasts that don't fit under any of the categories above:
- Nothing much happens | Feed
- If I can't sleep for some reason, I'll download an episode of this podcast and set a sleep timer. As the name suggests, the episodes aren't very exciting, but sleep isn't supposed to be exciting either.
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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