Over the winter break, I went on a podcast listening binge and uncovered a handful of stand-out episodes of podcasts. These are the top 3 podcasts for bloggers that I thought were so fascinating to listen to and learn from.
#1: The Lively Show: Life after blogging (episode)
What this episode is about: Jess Lively, host of The Lively Show, is a blogger and former independent jewelry business owner. In this episode, she interviews John and Sherry of the popular home renovation blog, Young House Love. They discuss what it was like to run a popular design blog for 7 years, the skills learned from blogging, why they decided to leave the blogging world, and how to apply the skills they learned to future career opportunities.
Why you should listen: As someone who has been blogging for 5+ years, the question of “What’s Next?” pops into my mind from time-to-time. Hearing about YHL’s the transition from blog life to the next career opportunity was fascinating. There are so many skills that being a blogger and social media influencer requires and hearing about the ways others have transitioned their skill sets from one role to the next is inspiring! I won’t go into too many details before spoilers are revealed, but let’s just say this episode is really eye opening!
#2: Stuff mom never told you: The hidden lives of fashion bloggers (episode)
What this episode is about: This episode was actually recommended by Nicole of Writes Like a Girl, so I knew I had to add it to my queue. It explores the behind-the-scenes of how much work goes into blogging and the dilemmas related to the blurred line between “blog life” and “real life” that are sometimes crossed by those who are writing them. It’s fascinating to hear stories of bloggers who act a certain way during things like friend outings – or even their honeymoons – for the sake of blog content.
Why you should listen: This episode was absolutely fascinating! Sometimes it’s hard to get caught up in how “perfect” someones life appears based on how they decide to curate their life on social media. It’s easy to forget that not everything is perfect all the time and that bloggers brand themselves to essentially capture and curate a certain aesthetic and lifestyle appeal. This episode not only helped me to be more reflective about the importance of not “keeping up with the Joneses”, while also giving a whole new level of appreciation to the bloggers who have dedicate their lives to building their own brand.
#3: Start up (full podcast)
What this podcast is about: Based on the title, you guessed it! It’s about starting and running your own business (which many blogs are now turning into). While this isn’t specifically fashion or blogging related, the topics covered in each episode are really informative, as they chronicle the start of Gimlet Media, the company that is launching this very podcast (pretty meta stuff, eh?).
Why you should listen: Start Up not only shows the happy-go-lucky-sunshine moments of starting a business, but also pulls back the covers and reveals when things go wrong. Whenever we hear about start ups in the media, they’re always success stories that seem like ideas that “made it rich” overnight. In reality, many months – sometimes years – are put into a start up idea before anyone takes notice or an offer for acquisition is made. This podcast helped me better to extrapolate the steps it must have taken some of the top fashion bloggers to launch from being their own personal writer to growing a team to produce content.
What are some of your favourite podcasts or episodes? I’m so curious to know, outside of podcasts for bloggers, what you’re listening to!