I used to read blogs every day. Like lots and lots of blogs. I collected them like shiny treasures. Then, the internet got bigger and bigger and Instagram and Facebook spread the blogs thinner and moved people to different avenues and suddenly, I collect podcasts.
Podcasts get me through dishes and laundry and sometimes get me motivated to write or parent or even eat right. If you’re new to podcasts and think you don’t have the time, the equipment or know-how, lemme give you a brief (very brief) tutorial. Ready?
1. Look at your smartphone.
2. Find a podcat app and download. (The iPhone has one called PODCASTS and I think the droid counterpart is STITCHER.)
3. Search for a podcast of your choosing.
4. Click play.
Seriously. That’s how easy it is. I listen to podcasts in the car, while I’m folding laundry, organizing school work or with headphones while cleaning or while the kids are watching a TV show.
You can listen to podcasts directly from most of their respective websites but that seems a bit cumbersome, don’t you think? Plus, most of the podcast apps have great features like fast-speed listening, 30-second fast-forward and rewind, etc.
OK. Now that you are proficient at downloading and listening to podcasts, here’s some of my faves. I’ve categorized them in…well, you’ll see…
My Favorite Non-Inspirational, Mostly-Happy-and-Fun Podcasts:
Cameron Strang, founder and editor of Relevant Magazine is the host of this hour-long show about…well, technically, I think it’s about entertainment and culture from a Christian world-view. But really, it’s about banana-slicers and big ships and Nick Walenda and how bad Nic Cage’s Left Behind movie was and how great Sky Mall magazine was. And if you’ve never listened to it, then you’ll probably think that sounds ridiculous but it is literally the funniest thing I listen to (or watch, for that matter) all week.
Along with Cameron, four other guys (Eddie, who loves dcTalk as much as I do; Jesse, who just listened to Nickelback for 7 days straight and raised $30K for Charity Water; Chad (who doubles as the producer) and Tyler, who has the best Instagram stream ever) and two girls (Shauna Niequest, of Bread and Wine; and Joy Eggrichs, unicorn lover and mumu wearer) round out the rest of the cast.
If the internet still said “big puffy heart”, I would big puffy heart this podcast. Here’s a video clip from last week’s podcast so you can see how cuckoo-crazy-fun they are.
You know my affection for all things Phil Vischer, so you know how much I love this. He talks with Skye Jethani (from Christianity Today) mostly about current news, theology and how the two connect. Recent topics? Atheism, ISIS, Ken Ham and Evangelicalism. (SERIOUSLY.) But every episode I’m always intrigued and challenged by their conversations–they don’t come down on things the way I think they would.
(This isn’t a podcast for your kids. He covers all kinds of news!)
This is my guilty pleasure. Rob Cesternino (former Survivor contestant) hosts all kinds of reality TV podcasts. I only listen to the Survivor show(s) but he also does Amazing Race and others. I just love hearing him talk about the show with other Survivor contestants. It’s all very self-aware and it makes me laugh. My husband and I have been watching Survivor since season 3, so we’re kinda super-fans.
4. Good Job, Brain!*
This is an off-beat trivia podcast and it’s is so fun! They make up funny quizzes for each other and share interesting tidbits of things you’ve never ever thought about it. If I need some fun in my day, this is it.
You remember the #ohRV, don’t you? Well, this family of 5 spend about 50 nights in their RV traveling the county. I just enjoy hearing about their adventures. I may have some RV news for you myself in a few months…
Now. My Favorite Inspiring, Encouraging Podcasts…
I’m not just adding this one because she lets me contribute to her Family Movie Moms show. Heather always interviews these Super Great Moms which could make you feel like a bummer of a mom but instead of feeling inadequate, I always finish empowered. Heather is a pro at encouragement. The last 2 minutes of her show are worth the whole thing. (Seriously, listen to the end.)
I just love Kat. She’s a purposeful mama and helps other mamas do the same through her website and podcast. I just so happen to the be her special guest on this week’s episode! We’re talking about my fav-o-rite thing: impressing God’s Word on your kid’s heart. You’re gonna like it–> click here to listen right on your computer!
3. Mud Stories
Jaque and I met at a blogging conference but we’ve got another little IRL connection because she went to church with my aunt IN CALIFORNIA. Her personal story is so powerful and she’s brought others in to talk about their own stories–stories that go from the hardest, muddiest situations to beautiful healing and redemption with God.
And an honorable mention because it is neither fun nor inspirational–it’s spine-tingling and thrilling!
Serial was just riveting. Finally someone is doing a podcast that continues a story each week. Go ahead and start at episode 1 if you haven’t tried it yet. (This one is definitely PG13.)
And I didn’t even mention the whole-food podcasts, Disney, CrossFit, blogging or church podcasts I listen to! Whew. See? I told you I’m a collector!
So, are you into podcasts? What’s your fave? I’m always up for new ones!
*I’d say every once in awhile these podcasts are PG. Not explicit or graphic. Just sometimes a few off-color jokes or words based on the topic. FYI.