There is no doubt that podcasts are going to be the “next big thing.” With the explosion of Serial last year and the rise of podcasting networks like the now famous Gimlet Media, we are increasingly consuming our stories and advice and general gabbing through downloadable audio “shows” that we can listen to on the go. After all, who has time to do something like, I dunno, sit down and read? (I kid, obviously.)
But even though lifestyle blogs hold the gold in my heart, lifestyle podcasts hold a close second silver. I love how I can basically listen to a lifestyle blog in audio form while I do the dishes or drive the car or watch the dog. It’s ridiculous how much cleaning I get done when I’m super engrossed in a new show.
So, lest you think every podcast out there is as story-driven as Serial and This American Life or as journalism-driven as BBC’s news podcasts, I wanted to introduce you to a few of my favorites that are about the exact sort of stuff we like to talk about in our lifestyle blogs: fashion, tech, food, home decor, etc. etc. etc.
Claire and Erica are the founders of the fashion and home décor website Of a Kind. Their podcast is based on their popular weekly newsletter 10 Things, and every week they discuss things they’re currently obsessing over, including food, beauty, technology, and more. These two visionaries are famous for being influential curators with a knack for discovering the next big thing. Although their podcast is at times a little bit too “New York” for my broke, 26 year old lifestyle, they are a huge inspiration.
Host Jolie Kerr is a cleaning expert and advice columnist who has run a weekly column about cleaning tips and conundrums for several years. Her podcast is hilarious and includes not just practical cleaning tips, but also the ridiculous messy situations that people get themselves into (like melting butter on your carseat for a few days). I mentioned Ask a Clean Person in my recently cleaning blog post, but Jolie’s podcast has helped me totally change my cleaning habits and given me tips I didn’t even know I needed.
You’ll be unsurprised to learn that the Bon Appetit podcast is, like the publication, also all about food. Hosted by the editor in chief, Adam Rapoport, Bon Appetit Foodcast focuses both on advice and ideas for home cooks while also delving into the world of professional cooking and famous chefs. Special guests include Gabrielle Hamilton of one of my favorite food books Blood, Bones, and Butter and my favorite chef of all time, David Chang of Momofuku Noodle Bar.
Fans of the famous magazine will absolutely adore this podcast, which is technically four podcasts combined: Things Cooks Know (food), The Labor of Love (relationships), I Want to Like You (people), and Adulthood Made Easy (20-somethings). Unsurprisingly, my favorite two focus on food and living life as a young person, which has helpful advice on taxes, jobs, money, and even finding a doctor. It has that same positive, ernest quality that the Real Simple publication embodies.
Like the magazine Inc, Inc Uncensored ostensibly focuses on the fast-moving world of startups, technology, and high-growth businesses, but I’m including here because they discuss so many trends, companies, services, and products that will be of interest to the lifestyle blogger. From game changing apps to the rise of kombucha to the hack of Ashley Madison, this podcast explores the incredible businesses that affect the things we love, hate, and buy every day.
6. Burnt Toast
Digital foodies will be unsurprised to hear me mention Burnt Toast is hosted by the founders Food52, the online cooking and recipe website. This podcast has the same down-to-earth tone of the beautiful website and they discuss real, practical tips the home chef can utilize like cooking eggs for dinner and food for romantic meals.
7. Reply All
Reply All’s very brief tagline is they are “a show about the internet,” which pretty much sums it up. From why our government has such terrible websites to a journalist’s ongoing Twitter correspondence with Isis to Reddit drama, Reply All tells the story of all the weird things that happen online that you might not know about… or even really understand. (Special callout to StartUp Podcast, which is also run by Gimlet and is an amazing piece of radio journalism, but isn’t “lifestyle” enough for me to include on its own in this list.)
This is one of the OG podcasts actually run by two lifestyle bloggers, Joy of Joy the Baker and Tracy of Shutterbean. Although they’re foodie bloggers, their podcast focuses more on random musing on life’s important issues like road trips, cake, photography, nervous breakdowns, and even the podcast Serial. It’s really like listening to two of your girl friends gab, and my only complaint is that it’s not updated often enough.
Do you ever listen to podcasts? Have you heard any of these, or do you have any favorites to add? And don’t forget to check out my previous list with even more podcast recommendations!