One goal that I had from the outset of this blog was to keep my readers company. I can’t be the only person out there whose day is lacking in adult interaction. Actually, in the beginning, I thought that my main media would be video. I loved watching the more unpolished vlogs on YouTube, and then I got a glimpse of how much video editing went into even something simple and “unpolished”.
While I love adult interaction, a blog, a written blog, was definitely the way to go.
In addition to my issues with editing, my mind would go blank on camera. It happened in a way that doesn’t happen to me in the face of a blinking cursor. And as I started this endeavor, I told myself that I had permission to do whatever made it easy for myself. The important thing was that I was keeping someone company out there.
All that to say that I know that my posts that occur once or twice a week aren’t enough of a dent in that interaction need. So, I thought I would share some podcasts that are keeping me company at the moment.
Simplicity it’s the topic of a podcast called The Simple Show by Tsh Oxenreider. I enjoy her chats with guests, but I only recently started listening…so I don’t know if it fully meets my “keeping me company standards”. I did however truly enjoy Episode 14 called Two Hours a Day with Caroline Starr Rose. I won’t spoil the surprise of which famous author inspired her two hours a day of writing, but I will say that it did help me to really commit to the early morning writing that I had set for myself.
There is a brand new podcast that I’m excited about. It’s called Unblocked and it is all about the writing process. There are only two episodes so far, but I have to tell you that I’m looking forward to many more afternoons enjoying the chats between Charlie Hacking and her writer guests. The episodes come out on the first and 15th of each month, and here’s a little hint…I will be on the December 1st episode. She interviews all kinds of writers fiction, and nonfiction, from all types of publications and genres. I’m already getting sucked into hearing the process of others.
This might sound strange, but I’ve not really considered myself a writer until recently…sort of since she asked me to be on the podcast. So I’ve given very little thought to my own process and how to improve…It has felt like I couldn’t possibly be a writer unless I was in the category of people who would be interviewed by Terry Gross. Charlie is making me feel like it’s accessible to be a writer…even if what I’m able to accomplish feels smaller.
When I am cleaning (or packing) I prefer the company of a woman named Dana White. She does a podcast called A Slob Comes Clean. Dana is bubbly and southern, and talks about her real life struggle with learning to get her house under control. I love her candor about struggling to teach herself (along with her theater major personality type) how to do things like give herself a limit for how many coffee cups she can have. Her simple 2 step decluttering rules are great, and she keeps things upbeat. If you’re looking for cleaning advice and you’re mostly organized…this is not the place to go. But if you are really struggling or want to laugh or smile while you are toiling away, I would start with episode one.
I’m leaving this next podcast for last, because it is a true rabbit hole. You can get sucked into a whole world of listening and theorizing if you start listening to this one. It’s a podcast by three lawyers who are digging up information on the conviction of a man that they believe to be innocent of murder. It has blown my mind. Undisclosed: The State vs. Adnan Syed is a rabbit hole because you dan’t listen to it on its own. First you have to listen to the podcast that started it all Serial.
Serial is a This American Life style podcast that captured my attention (and the whole world’s) last year. I was late to the party and only started listening the week before the last episode of season 1 dropped. I was hooked within five minutes. The first season was all about the 1999 murder of a teenage girl named Hae Minh Lee. Sarah Koenig, the journalist who started the podcast spent a year reinterviewing those surrounding the crime. As in depth and well done as Serial was, Undisclosed is better and more clear. Okay, it’s not as polished, but I enjoy where they leave the questions more. The information that they present feels so much more complete.
What do you listen to?