Monday, 13 November 2017

My Current Favourite Podcasts

Podcasts have become a style of communicating that really seems to have exploded in popularity over the past few years, but despite this I've always been somewhat reluctant to jump on the bandwagon. Having assumed I preferred the format of YouTube videos and blogs because of my love for visuals and aesthetics, the idea of a podcast in which I could only listen to discussions and conversations seemed to fully counteract my initial assumption of why I loved the world of YouTube.  Having since branched into the podcast sphere, I've realised that my love for vlogs and blogging actually stems from how relatable I find those mediums and the means of connecting with others on topics that I find important and interesting, and podcasts are the perfect extension of this! I think the emphasis on sound alone also means podcasts delve deeper into topics and discussions as there is no way of distracting from the content in the way that YouTube can with expensive equipment and high quality filming!   

Since starting my placement year and spending my weeks in London, podcasts have become my go-to on my morning and evening commutes and have helped tube rides and train journeys fly by. I'm still relatively new to the podcast world, and as a result my favourites are mostly focused around the world of YouTube, but nevertheless I thought I would share some of those that I've loved for anyone else branching into podcasts too! 

1. Anna Newton and Lily Pebbles are two YouTubers and bloggers whose friendship and humour have cemented them as two of my favourite internet ladies, and so when I heard they were bringing out a podcast I couldn't wait to see what it entailed. 'At Home With' is a 10 part series in which Anna and Lily explore the homes of 10 successful women within the beauty, fashion and writing worlds, delving into their homes and talking all things interiors, mental health, skincare, food, babies and more; you name it, they've discussed it! I love the candid nature of this podcast the most, as even with some of their most high profile guests it really feels like you're having a chat with your close pals. Their questions are insightful and well thought through, giving listeners an open and honest conversation about the career journey's of each guest, instead of relaying the same stories and facts that most will already know as fans of the beauty and fashion world. Notable episodes that stick in my mind include those with Zoe Sugg, Giovanna Fletcher and Jo Elvin but each episode is truly unique and entertaining! With episodes ranging from about 35 to 50 minutes long, they're the perfect cooking dinner/journey to work/relaxing in the bath length so I would highly recommend as easy listening if you're new to podcast world.

2. Another YouTube focused podcast next,and this one is perhaps my favourite of them all! Estée Lalonde is a Canadian YouTuber, Blogger and Author who I have watched religiously for years, after falling in love with her infectious personality, beautiful home and style and gorgeous family. Her podcast 'The Heart Of It' is a perfect extension of her unique style of content and distinctive aesthetic that really carries through in audio format, with the first episode looking at the idea of protest and it's importance, power and relevance in today's society. Estee speaks of her own personal experiences as well as featuring Nina Donovan, the 19 year old poet behind 'Nasty Woman' which exploded into the spotlight after this years Women's Marches. The production on this episode was exceptional. The audio quality, sound effects and precision that clearly went into the planning and execution of the first episode of The Heart Of It left me so excited for the future episodes which discuss topics such as tattoos, travel, identity and feminism. Estée truly is such a captivating personality, both on YouTube and through her podcast and if you were to take one recommendation from this post I would love it to be this one!

3. My third podcast recommendation is a little different to the above two, however perhaps the addition I was most surprised to enjoy! True Geordie is a podcaster and YouTuber featuring a range of guests across his channels and interviewing them in a candid and casual way. The episode of his in question featured Alfie Deyes, someone else I have followed online for a number of years now and initially felt I knew a lot about (until this podcast!). True Geordie episodes are on average about two hours long, however his chat with Alfie lasted for three hours and I listened to the entirety! When I first went to download the podcast I thought I had read the duration time wrong, but it was in fact three hours long, and to my surprise I was gripped throughout! Geordie had previously criticised Alfie's YouTube content, and invited him as a guest on his podcast both to apologise for their past discrepancies and discuss everything from privacy, money, fan experiences, clickbait, relationships and more! It was probably the most insightful podcast I've come across, partly because it was so long meaning the detail was above and beyond anything else I've heard  before, but also because of how honest and open the discussion was. If you're a fan of YouTube in general it's the perfect one for you and I'll definitely be listening to more True Geordie podcasts in the future; his honest approach was really refreshing.

Let me know what your favourite podcasts are and if you listen to any of my recommendations then please share your thoughts; I'd love to know what you think of them! 

(You can find all of the above podcasts via iTunes!)
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