Podcasts are awesome, they are the next big thing, and they are gaining momentum.
You can find podcasts on health, fitness, religion, Jesus, self-improvement, humor, design, news, and probably a million other topics.
But how do you take that mass, find a few good ones, and then listen to them on a consistent basis in order to gain what you want? Here’s how.
Step 1: get a podcasts app
I use the iTunes podcast app, but there are others, too; like stitcher, and… stitcher. I’m sure there are others. But if you have an iPhone, and iPad, or an iPod, the regular podcasts app will work just fine.
Step 2: find some podcasts
When I first found podcasts, I just kind of looked around and found a few I liked. You can search for podcasts with an in-app search tool, or check the top charts of every category, or check Apple’s featured podcasts. If you’re a Christian like I am, search for a few of your favorite pastors. They probably have podcasts. For example: John Piper, Tim Keller, John MacArthur, and various false teachers like Joel Osteen and Rob Bell. 😦
A few I recommend:
- Ken Pierpont’s Storytelling Podcast and Evangel Baptist Church’s Sermon Podcast (Evangel is where my Uncle Ken pastors.)
- In the Market with Janet Parshall
- The Briefing with Al Mohler
- 99% Invisible (a secular podcast about design)
- The Read Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie
And I will leave it at that for now because I said “a few” but here’s another list I published a while ago. (And someday I will give you a huge list of like fifty or something.)
Step 3: listen to them
Start to figure out when each of your podcasts upload, then listen on that day while you are doing mindless work like folding laundry, mowing the lawn, or washing dishes. If you’re kinda techy, try creating a ‘station’ that collects all the current episodes of several podcasts and keeps them in neat little box where you can listen to them all in a row. It’s a little bit complicated though.
Here is a helpful tutorial on podcasts from the great and esteemed Apple herself:
Now go find some podcasts because they are awesome. 🙂