Podcasts are a great way to learn about blogging, keep updated on what’s happening in the blog world and get inspired with new ideas to improve your own blog. You can stick them on whilst you’re cooking, running, driving or just chilling out – it’s a perfect way to multi-task!
Here’s a few recommendations to get you started in the world of podcasting – but we’d love to hear about the ones you love!
On this podcast by Design*Sponge blogger Grace Bonney interviews members of the creative community about topics like growing your brand, running social media successfully, how to monetise your blog and turning your blog into a book. This podcast is best for bloggers with a design/lifestyle focus as that’s Grace’s area of expertise but there’s some inspiration for everyone here!
This podcast does what it says on the tin. If you’re interested in the business side of blogging, then this is a must-listen. You’ll learn everything from how to create products which will make you money to how to market and sell them. As well as the obvious topics, this podcast also covers other business topics like dealing with email, productivity and networking.
Amy Schmittauer from Savvy, Sexy, Social has turned her successful vlog series into a podcast, for those (like me) who prefer to listen than to watch. In her day job, Amy works with brands to create vlogs so this is a great podcast if you want to get into YouTube but she also discusses wider aspects of social media and marketing which are really helpful for bloggers. Plus, she’s really funny.
Blogging, small business, creativity, motivation and inspiration – that’s what this podcast is all about. Elise Blaha is a blogger and small business owner, and these podcasts are mini conversations with other creatives from around the Internet (including Sarah von Bargen from Yes & Yes and Elsie & Emma from A Beautiful Mess) about all aspects of having and running a creative business. Some are probably more relevant to bloggers than others, but there are some great episodes on topics you might not have thought about – like creating your own affiliate programme or getting a book deal.
Unsurprisingly, this podcast is all about how some big-name bloggers, well, blog. It’s US-based so the focus is definitely on US blogs, but it’s helpful for getting into the nitty gritty of blogging – what tools to use, how to plan your work and how to deal with ongoing issues.
Jess Lively has interviewed some of the biggest names in blogging from a number of different niches. To namedrop a few, you’ll find Gala Darling, Joy the Baker, Kendi Everyday and The Everygirl hanging out in her archives. This blog is more for those who are a little nosy about their favourite bloggers, but there’s some solid advice in there as well – the interviews often take you through how those bloggers got to where they are today and what challenges they faced along the way. If you want to see your name in blogging lights, then this is the one for you.
They say it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert at something – which is the premise of this podcast. Entrepreneur Grant Spanier and writer Vince Koci interview a diverse range of guests on ‘the different ways people work hard to do what they love’. This podcast is particularly good if your blog is part of a wider creative life and business.