Are Podcasts the New Thing?


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Over the last few weeks, I’ve been listening to podcasts more.  I’m not sure if it’s because of my love for Instagram and the influencers that I follow, mostly have weekly podcasts and/or I’m not an early riser anymore it seems like, so I’ve begun listening to podcasts to start my day while I get ready or on my commute to work to keep me from having road rage (just kidding).

Jan O’Brien a contributor at Huffpost stated that, “It’s easier than ever to find, subscribe and listen to literally thousands of podcasts on every topic from news, arts, business, comedy, education, politics, sports, technology, music, health, spirituality, hobbies, and more. Podcasts are free (with very few exceptions). Podcasters create content and publish their episodes on popular platforms like iTunes, Google Play, Sticher as well as a variety of other podcasting directories and apps (O’Brien, 2017).”

My favorite part of podcasts are that they are FREE!!!! It’s the next best thing to me after my Twitter feed (I LOVE TWITTER).  Twitter is where I get my news, business, education, arts, etc., info and other topics from and every now and then, the dragging of a politician or celebrity goes down on Twitter under threads of it’s hashtags.  But, I am always trying to feed my mind and I can’t always read a book (I can’t believe I just said that), but I can download a podcast and get some tips on things that are of relevance to me.  I hear you screaming, “Well try an audiobook!” ……. absolutely NOT!  To me podcasts are very different from audiobooks, and here’s why.

Podcasts are more personal and it feels like you are right there in the space with the podcaster having a conversation.  If you’re interested in trying out podcasts, here’s a few that I enjoy listening to and why, below:

The Potter’s Touch (Bishop T.D. Jakes) 

If you’re like me and attend Bedside Baptist on Sunday’s (#dontjudgeme), I still get to hear the word listening to his podcasts weekly.  This podcast goes straight into the message unlike live streams where you watch the whole service.  But to each it’s own.  Even though I tell myself everyday, I’m going to wake up at 5am and read and study my bible, I don’t.  This podcast helps me stay connected to the Source audibly and I’m not pressed to beat myself up for not technically reading my bible daily.  I listen to his podcasts mostly while I drive to work cause it prepares my mind for the workday ahead of me.

Between the Dream (Richard L. Taylor, Jr.)

I love listening to Richard’s podcasts because his voice commands your attention whether you’re scrolling through his Instagram stories or listening to his podcasts.  Richard often speaks from a place of holistic approaches to help you navigate through those areas that you are in between whatever dreams you have for yourself.  I listen to his podcasts while I’m working at my computer at work.  It helps me not dread the data entry I’m doing at the moment lol but I enjoy just listening to his weekly podcasts because I feel the authenticity in each topic that he discusses.

Think and Grow Chick (Courtney Sanders)

I somehow connected with her on Instagram and I enjoy her financial tips she provides and inspirational quotes on her timeline and I’ve been listening to her podcasts while working as well because a sister is always trying to work fiscal management and balancing family life.  I’ve even shared her podcasts with my boyfriend because he is a fiscal management guru OMG!, and it opens up dialogue for us to discuss as we create budgets and other things for our present and future.

Audiobooks consists of the authors reading the book to you, word by word, in the same tone(s) and it is super boring to me.  I just can’t bare the torture.  Plus I like the fresh smell of books and turning the pages, as I read.  I cringe every time I hear someone say, “Oh I read that book”, but technically they listened to the audiobook …….cheater lol.

Celebrities are jumping on the podcasts bandwagon more and more I see.  I don’t listen to their podcasts mainly because they get enough recognition being a celebrity.  I prefer that person that’s growing and developing just as I am, who can teach me somethings, honestly or a person I know and they have created a platform such as this to share their life experiences such as myself.  Which makes me wonder if the free platforms won’t be free too much longer, thanks to celebrities.  I appreciate podcasts more and more especially now that I’m working on my finances and can’t always purchase print materials to help me develop better in my life.  That’s why I share the podcasts on my social media so that others can soak up the knowledge that these podcasters are dishing out and apply it to their lives as I have done in mine.

Do you listen to podcasts?  If so, comment your favorites and tell us why you listen to them in the comments.

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