So, I did a thing. I bought a new phone.
Obviously, my usual buyer’s remorse kicked in as soon as I walked out of the shop, but let’s be honest, I kind of needed it. My old phone was on its last legs and my contract wasn’t due for renewal until August. I was trying to wait, but with each passing day, my phone grew slower and slower, taking it upon itself to reset every half hour or so and freeze for hours at a time. So here we are, I’ve returned to the dark side and I bought a beautiful rose gold iPhone 7 Plus with my own hard earned money because I deserve pretty things.
At least that’s what I tell myself, anyway.
Okay, back to the original point of this post. Ever since I bought my new phone I’ve been well and truly sucked back into the world of podcasts, as they have this certain knack of making my early morning bus journeys feel a little bit more productive than they did when I just stared out of the window listening to the Mamma Mia soundtrack. I’ve always loved podcasts, it all started with Serial a few years ago, but for some reason, I’d fallen away from it as I’d never found a great way to listen to them on my old Android phone. Podcasts are wonderful things and can take many forms, some teach me new things, some inspire me to kick start that new project, some tell me stories of fictional words with terrifying news broadcasts (hello Welcome To Night Vale) and others lull me to sleep with soothing voices. There’s a whole world of podcasts out there, just waiting to be listened to, and I intend to make my way through as many as possible.
More specifically, though, I have been really enjoying listening to podcasts related to blogging. Be that podcasts by bloggers or for bloggers, or just good ol’ motivational kick-up-the-backside-I-needed podcasts. Is podcasts really a word? It doesn’t feel like a word now. As the title of this post suggests, I’m going to share five of my favourite podcasts for bloggers, covering all sorts of topics from Instagram success to entrepreneurial mindset, life as a blogger and how to use email marketing.
The podcast that helped reignite my love for the medium was undoubtedly Hashtag Authentic, brought to you by Instagram mastermind Sara Tasker of Me and Orla. Although Hashtag Authentic predominantly discusses all things Instagram, Sara also looks into topics such as the relevance of blogging as well as discussing numerous areas of creative living and social media businesses. Sara herself is an absolute genius when it comes to Instagram and her techniques have really helped me so far, but she also includes interviews with guests from lots of different backgrounds who provide some really interesting alternative takes on the world of social media. This podcast is perfect for those who are trying to achieve success in the social media landscape, with tips and tricks for navigating the industry for Instagrammers, bloggers and creatives. Sara is totally down to earth – which I adore – and her outlook on how social media works is refreshingly honest, think relatable chat without the fluff.
I think the first ever podcast I listened to about blogging, back in my original podcast phase, was Make It Happen by Jen Carrington. Jen is a content coach and mentor for creatives, and her insight into the world of business is incredibly enlightening. Having started back in 2015 there’s a brilliant back catalogue of episodes to get stuck into covering everything from making money as a blogger, budgeting and working freelance to online friendships, fitting your business into your lifestyle and challenging your creativity. Make It Happen covers a real plethora of topics relating to running a business, be that a blog or another creative endeavour, and is a fantastic listen for bloggers and creatives alike.
A relatively new discovery is Being Boss, a podcast for creative entrepreneurs (are you noticing a theme here?) that looks at the mindset of running your own business and working for yourself. What I really love about Being Boss is the focus on absolutely unapologetically being yourself, with realistic advice that oozes personality. Again, this podcast has been going for a couple of years so has a huge back catalogue to work through with topics such as pitching to clients, pricing your work and taking the time to chill out making regular appearances. The Being Boss website is also packed with plenty of useful reads along a similar line and is worth bookmarking for those moments when you need a little bit of help.
The Couragemakers is very similar to Being Boss, with following your passion being a key theme to this podcast. Each episode is jam-packed with inspiring stories and advice for pursuing what you love, with regular interviews featuring uplifting people being at the forefront. I love how The Couragemakers takes the time to include topics such as self-care, feminism and mental health in their mix whilst also covering things like bravery, perfectionism and passion. I was hooked on this after just a handful of episodes, and luckily there are already over 50 episodes sitting waiting to be devoured on a rainy day.
Let’s Discuss is another new discovery, but I was addicted from the very first episode and ended up listening to them all on my journey home from Leicester at the start of the month. Created by the lifestyle bloggers behind The Elgin Avenue and Coco’s Tea Party, Let’s Discuss is exactly what it says on the tin – a discussion. This podcast is basically just a conversation between two friends about navigating life covering everything from love, work and wellbeing to social media envy, productivity and quarter-life crises. It’s like chatting with your BFF over a slice of cake and a cuppa in a local cafe, divulging your cringeworthy confessions and advice for everything life throws at you. Although there are only five episodes so far, I’m already hooked and can’t wait for the next.
So hopefully, you’ll find something there to wile away your morning commute or help you wind down in the evenings whilst also learning a thing or two about the blogosphere. It can be a bit of a lonely industry sometimes, so I love listening to these podcasts from people that have been in similar situations and had experiences that I can relate to as it helps me feel a bit more connected to the community, as well as working as a source of inspiration for the days I need it most.