For me, 2018 is the year of the podcast. After years of not really understanding the concept – “but you can just listen to the radio??” – there’s now nothing I love more than listening to some good, old fashioned chatter on my car journeys. When my favourite shows release a new episode, I actually look forward to my daily commute and that in itself is pretty darn impressive, wouldn’t you agree?
I’m also giving podcasts credit for helping me to regain that elusive blogging mojo that sometimes disappears as quickly as the brief glimpses of UK spring sunshine. In the last year or two, some amazing blogging podcasts have sprung up and I greedily devour every episode in hope of gleaning some nuggets of insight into how the influencer marketing industry works in the UK. Scribbling down ideas after each episode is a fantastic feeling and many of the ideas in these podcasts inspired my blogging goals for 2018. Although, no matter how positive I feel, there’s nothing like trying to get a few candid snaps to bring me crashing back to Earth…
So, without further ado, let’s discover some blogging podcasts!
I couldn’t start with anyone but the Queen of Instagram, podcasting and all things inspirational. If you’re part of the blogging community, you’ll almost certainly need no introduction to Sara Tasker. Hashtag Authentic weaves together incredibly helpful advice – both from herself and a selection of equally awe-inspiring guests – with a relatable human approach that never leaves me feeling intimidated or overwhelmed. She also has one of the most soothing voices you’ll ever hear! So whether you’re an Instagram whizz or you just need some help to get the creative juices flowing again, this is a podcast you’ll want to check out immediately. Just don’t blame me if you get the catchy theme tune stuck in your head, okay?
Hosted by the awesome Claire and Laura of Twins that Travel, Twin Perspectives is a delightful mix of travel stories and fascinating blogging insights. They give amazing advice about growing your blog and audience that I’ve genuinely never heard elsewhere and I definitely look to them for inspiration after listening to how they’ve built their success. As bloggers, I know many of us are super interested to hear how things work from the ‘other side’ so their interview episodes with Gosh PR and Whitney Rosenthal from Instagram are equally fascinating. Have a notebook on hand when you listen to this one!
What She Said
I love to kick off my Monday mornings with an episode of What She Said. Hosted by Lucy, freelance journalist and blogger at Wanderluce, the podcast focuses on useful facets of blogging like creativity and making your blog into the career. But we also get to know the personalities behind the awesome bloggers she interviews – past guests include Monica of the Travel Hack, Chloe from Wanderlust Chloe and Dominique from that incredible Instagram account All That Is She.
There’s also a great ‘What She Said’ Facebook community that you can join including a weekly honesty thread where everybody comes together for support and motivation during the good times and the harder days.
The Fringe of It
The Fringe of It is the newest podcast I’ve added to my app and with each episode, it’s getting better and better. The hilarious duo of Liv Purvis and Charlotte Jacklin make my car a brighter place with their interesting weekly topics alongside chattering about TV (fellow Gogglebox lover here!) and style. There’s something comforting about listening to a great conversation between friends and again, they make you feel like you’re part of the action with a thriving Facebook community. It’s also really interesting to hear about what blogging is really like as a career and how, even when it looks like you’ve made it, you can still feel unsure of yourself at times. If you’re looking for a podcast that leaves you smiling, I’d wholeheartedly recommend checking this out.
Ctrl Alt Delete
This last one is a little different from the rest. While Ctrl Alt Delete doesn’t focus exclusively on blogging, Emma Gannon interviews incredibly inspiring humans (mainly women) about creativity, social media and life around the internet. I tend to pick ‘n’ mix my episodes a little more with this one but, as well as some of the biggest names in blogging, my favourite guests have included Dolly Alderton (ultimate girl crush), Joe Lycett, June Sarpong and Chantel Pae. There are over 100 episodes for you to dip in and out of here so I’d highly recommend getting stuck in if you’re looking for something new and varied.
What are your favourite podcasts? If you have any recommendations, I’d love to check them out so leave them in the comments!
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