Why I Listen to Podcasts

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Ever since I started my professional career, I’ve listened to the radio during my daily commute.

For the longest time, this has meant listening to the local news or sports talk.

With my current job, I’m blessed to have a relatively short commute (especially by Atlanta traffic standards) so I don’t have to listen for long.

However, with the current toxic political season and my sports teams’ dismal seasons, even a short commute is turned sour by disappointing radio updates.

Three weeks ago, I’d had enough. I finally decided to switch over to a podcast-only commute program. And it has already made a big difference in my daily outlook and attitude.

What Podcasts I Listen To

There are no shortage of podcasts to absorb, even just on the topic of church communications. I immediately subscribed to about a dozen relevant podcasts, which gives me plenty of content to feed on every week day.

Here are just a few of my favorite podcasts and I’ve listed even more at the bottom of the article.

Jeanette Yates recently wrote a similar post on her go-to podcasts on this blog.

Why Podcasts are Popular

The current popularity of podcasts is being compared to the blogging boom of the early 2000s. One Wired article even went so far as to call this the Golden Age of Podcasts. But why are podcasts so popular?

I’d imagine it has something to do with the exact reason why I fell into listening to podcasts—because it’s a passive activity that’s easier to consume than reading a book or blog.

Starting a podcast is a relatively simple way for communicators to recycle their content into an audible form that is effortless for an audience to follow. People can fill otherwise vacant time like a commute with 10-20 minutes of audio goodness.

How Podcasts are Impactful

The effect of filling this empty space with (the right) podcasts can have a huge impact. For me, it replaced the negative atmosphere of political news and sports failures with interesting facts about my profession and positive encouragement from other practitioners.

No doubt another reason for the impact of podcasts in general are the people behind them. The sometimes improvised audio nature of the medium allows for the personality of the hosts to shine. You practically get to know the people hosting the podcasts.

Their personalities are relevant because the audience can sense their enthusiasm and passion for the subject. This is especially true for those involved with church communication; after all, no one ever started a church podcast with the hopes of getting either rich or famous.

Surrounding myself with this positive energy from these experts in the field has only helped to re-energize my own passion, while also learning helpful tips and tricks to do the job even better.

More Podcasts I Listen To