I had a request a while back to post some of my favorite websites, blogs, etc. I am finally getting around to it. My apologies for taking so long. I’m sure I will forget something, but that will give me another blog post in the future. Today I am focusing on podcasts. I spend more time listening to podcasts than I do reading blogs or visiting websites (Pinterest being the exception and that merits a blog post all its own).
For years I was fed up with paying for cable tv because I rarely watched anything regularly other than HGTV. When my last kid left for college I almost immediately dropped the cable (and saved $50 a month!) and got a Roku to watch Netflix or Amazon Prime (neither of which I watch very often either and will probably drop one of those eventually). What I discovered instead were podcasts. I LOVE podcasts because I can work, knit, paint, sew and still keep up with what is going on in the world or learn something or just hear a great story. Here are some of my favorites:
Craft Sanity – http://craftsanity.com/
This is actually my most recent find and obsession. I discovered Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood’s podcast just a couple of months ago and have been binge listening to her ever since. I just this week listened to the most recent episode. She has been podcasting for years now. I don’t know how I possibly missed finding her until now. If you like crafts of any kind there will be something for you to enjoy. She talks to a wide variety of crafts people at all stages of life and craft. I think what I have enjoyed the most is realizing that my people are out there in the world, I just need to connect with them. I am not the only person who jumps from one form of making to another, sees the world differently, can’t function well in a “normal” job, etc. I am not as alien as I have often felt!
I also follow Craftsanity on Instagram.
Etsy Conversations – http://convome.com/
As an Etsy seller, and still a novice one at that, I have learned so much from listening to Ijeoma Eleazu and her guest Etsy shop owners. If you have an Etsy shop or are considering starting one you need to listen to this podcast. I have actually taken notes at times for things that I need to do, improve on, try, etc. I also follow her on Instagram.
Ijeoma, thank you for putting in the time on the podcast!
The Savvy Painter – http://savvypainter.com/podcast/
Antrese Wood hosts this podcast. Focusing on fine art painters, she interviews artists about their life, work and process. Even though I have been painting and drawing for years and years now, I have been out of the fine art scene since I left college. Eventually I would like to get my act together and start showing my artwork. I consider this podcast as my classroom.
Good Life Project – http://www.goodlifeproject.com/radio/
Jonathan Fields offers up an alternative to the negativity of the media. Through thoughtful interviews with people from all walks of life who are making things better out there in the world, Jonathan opens up a window of light and encourages us to make a better life for ourselves and others with whatever abilities we have. It beats the heck out of watching the mainstream news!
This American Life – http://www.thisamericanlife.org/podcast
If you just want to get lost in another place start listening to This American Life. I get so caught up in the stories that I forget that I’m knitting or cooking or driving (not necessarily a good thing). I never thought I would be mesmerized by the process of selling cars, but one episode had me on the edge of my seat waiting to see if the salesmen made their monthly quota. Lovely storytelling.
There are some other podcasts I check on occasionally and I would love to get some recommendations from you. Let me know what you are listening to.
I will have a list of websites, blogs and books coming up soon. Have a wonderful week!
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