Do you listen to podcasts? I thought podcasts were a thing from like 2008 that no one really bothered with much any more. Until the beginning of this year anyway. When I went to Blogtacular, I actually learned that podcasts are huge right now. In fact there is actually a 36% rise in people listening to podcasts and that number is double what it was in 2008.
“Podcasting in 2015 feels a lot like blogging circa 2004; exciting, evolving.” – Nielman Lab.
Thimble End podcast?
I’ll admit, there is a tiny part of me that wants to do a podcast myself. When I was about nine or ten my friend and I used to make up radio shows and we’d tape them. (Tapes, ha! Totally showing my age there.) I even used to play my clarinet in between us talking! Thank goodness none of this embarrassment lives on. So there is a bit of me that would like to chat to people about sewing, sustainability and other cool stuff. But then I remind myself that I hate my Brummie accent and I’d just feel too embarrassed.
Podcasts I love
I’ve got a few podcasts that I listen to regularly, and there are a couple my daughters love too. Here’s our round up of our favourites right now.
I gave this podcast a little shout out in my first newsletter. Hosted by Jen Gale, of My Make Do and Mend Year, each episode is full of inspiration and advice. It is primarily aimed at social enterprises and those running ethical businesses, but I promise you’ll find it useful no matter what kind of business you run.
Hosted by Clare Press, author of the book by the same name, Wardrobe Crisis is all about the fashion industry and its effects on people and the planet. There’s lots of chat about sustainability, ethical fashion companies and more.
Try this episode: Kalpona Akter, Beyond Rana Plaza.
Kate is taking a break from recording currently, but there are plenty of back episodes to listen to. This is the first podcast I started listening to and I love Kate’s style of interviewing and chatting. It sounds cliche but it is like having a chat with a friend.
Try this one: In Conversation with Anthony Peters.
This podcast, hosted by Kestrel Jenkins, is another one focusing on fashion and sustainability. I’m still working my way back though all of the episodes, and it’s really interesting. I love being introduced to people and brands that I might not otherwise discover.
Try this episode: Affordability and sustainable fashion
I started listening to this one after I’d bought my Blogtacular ticket. In each episode Kat interviews a creative blogger or indie business owner as well as answering questions from listeners.
Try this episode: An interview with Allison Sadler
Possibly not applicable to those of you without children, but my girls love it. Wow In The World has covered topics such as waste, pollution, sustainable footwear and more, making it a great place to start eco-conscious discussions with my daughters.
Try this episode: Corn your toes and Blast off to the Moon!
Breaking news! The Ethical Hour podcast went live on iTunes today and I just know it’s going to be awesome. I’m really happy that there are already a couple of episodes to binge-listen to this week.
No sewing podcasts?
You may notice an absence of sewing-related podcasts. I’ve tried listening to a few and to be honest, I haven’t found any I find that interesting. For me, sewing is a very visual thing, I don’t think talking about it is necessarily very compelling. I’d rather dip in and out and listen to the odd interview here and there.
So tell me, are you a fan of podcasts? Any you’d recommend?