Some people I follow on Twitter like to share their iPhone Home Screens at the beginning or end of each month. From month-to-month it gives you an idea of what apps they primarily use and how their tastes dictate their organization of the app icons. You get a hint of something that may be personal to them in their iOS background wallpaper. Overall, I enjoy glancing at these Home Screen screenshots, as it helps me to appreciate that we all do things in a highly personalized way.
I think there is room for true fans of the podcast medium to take inspiration from this and share their subscriptions. My iPhone is first and foremost my podcast player — second to podcasts, it gives me everything else that’s nice about the iPhone.
Here I am sharing the podcasts I’m listening to at this time. It gives you a window into the shows I’m currently enjoying or learning from. This may also introduce you to podcasts that you’ve not heard of, which I hope you’ll give a try.
I mainly want to bring more attention to podcasts as a medium with this sort of post. I think that the good shows are created by very bright people that deserve encouragement for their hard work. They can benefit from any free notoriety they get here and on other sites. So, I hope you like my idea of sharing podcast lists. Use this yourself on your site.
Podcasts I’m currently listening to
These are in no particular order of significance. They’re based on the order they appeared in the Overcast app on my phone at the time I took the screenshot on Saturday, January 31, 2015. So, starting at the top of the image’s list:
Accidental Tech Podcast
by Marco Arment, Casey Liss, and John Siracusa
The Art of Manliness
by Brett McKay and guests
by Jason Snell, Dan Moren, and guests
Diagnostics & Usage
by Joe Caiati and Cody Coats
I Brew My Own Coffee
by Alex Carpenter and guests
Marketing Over Coffee
by John Wall and Christopher Penn
Radiolab from WNYC
by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich
by Dan Moren, John Moltz, and Lex Friedman
by Christina Warren, Simone De Rochefort, and Brianna Wu
by Sean McCabe and Ben Toalson
The Weekly Briefly
by Shawn Blanc
You Are Not So Smart
by David McRaney and guests
by Roman Mars and guests
All of the Above
by Sam Bantner, Bryan Brush, and Sean Patrick John…Ringo Doran
by Mike Hurley and Casey Liss
by Rob McGinley Myers and guests
Back to Work
by Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin
by Mike Hurley, Stephen Hackett, and Federico Vittici
Dan Benjamin and guests
CGP Grey and Brady Haran
by Mike Hurley and guests
Mac Power Users
by Katie Floyd and David Sparks and guests
by Christina Warren and Brett Terpstra
The Podcast Method
by Dan Benjamin
Reel World Theology
by Mike Fissel and guests
The Talk Show With John Gruber
by Jordan Cooper and guests
by Srini Rao and guests
by Jason Snell and Mike Hurley
What my use case looks like
In general, I'm usually unsubscribing from two or three shows a month and trying two or three others for the first time. The podcasts that are new to my queue are: Overtired, All of the Above, seanwes, Marketing Over Coffee, I Brew My Own Coffee, Rocket, and Diagnostics & Usage, so this is much more than usual. These I added during the month of January while I was also unsubscribing from a handful of shows that I lost interest in.
On average, I listen to all of them from week-to-week. I skip a little here and there. most of them I speed up playback for just a little with the Overcast controls, so I can move through them more quickly without sacrificing the quality of the listening experience. But the longer the show, the more likely I crank up the speed. I have a hard time appreciating shows more than 120 minutes in length.
I listen while I am working on my client’s projects in Photoshop, while I’m running errands, or cooking. One of the primary times I get to listen is while doing chores around the house. There’s nothing unique or unheard about my experience, but every moment I get to listen while I work on something else feels redeemed. Podcasts are a real treat.