Whether you listen to podcasts all the time, are a casual listener, or don’t even know what a podcast is, this website can help you find an Audible Feast for your ears! Podcasts have really blown up in the last couple of years after the extreme success of Serial, and I truly think there is something out there for everyone. When I started listening to podcasts, I really only had the iTunes podcast charts and in-show recommendations to go on; I had no idea how to find something I might like. The iTunes charts are fairly problematic because I think it’s difficult to search within “categories” (which are super vague and could really include anything – like “family” and “comedy” – so many ways that could go), the podcast app itself is not stellar, and the iTunes charts for podcasts have an awful algorithm based on downloads, so there’s no way I would have ever found indie shows or new shows with no downloads. I kept thinking, if I like x and y, how do I find z that might be similar? How do I get beyond the surface of iTunes? (Of course there’s great stuff on the iTunes chart – it’s there for a reason, but I wanted more than the mainstream.)
I searched a little bit and found a couple of other folks doing podcast reviews and reporting on podcasting news, notably Nick Quah (@nwquah), Sara Weber (@saralistens), Jessie from Between Two Earbuds (@TwoEarbuds), Aurora Erickson (@auroraderickson), the Bello Collective (@bellocollective) and Ryan Steiner (@tehvin). Ryan Steiner was instrumental in encouraging me to go forward with my plan for a website to review podcasts and make recommendations. As I listen, I think of someone who would appreciate the episode or show that I’m feasting on, even if I don’t particularly love it. So that’s why I created this site.
I listen to podcasts all the time-while working, walking, driving, exercising. My world has been opened by podcasts-especially independent shows and programs from local radio stations. It’s fascinating to me to listen to how people speak and see what makes my ears feel like they are attending an audible feast. Listening to these podcasts has also enriched my life significantly because I have more interesting stories to tell people, I have more to talk about with my close friends and family, and I can make small talk more intelligently. I’ve told a lot of people about various podcasts so I decided to put my reviews and recommendations in one place.
My reviews are subjective so I can infuse them with my personality! (I prefer to think of that as fun vs. narcissistic.) I listen to at least 4 or 5 episodes before writing a review, and I have had guest reviewers on occasion. I am working on new features for the site all the time and I love connecting with podcast people-listeners, producers, hosts, etc. I also have a newsletter that is published every other week and includes bonus material not on the site.
A little about me personally: I live in the Houston, TX area with my family. I am an engineer by education and work in Continuous Improvement / Lean Six Sigma as a profession, but love to use both the left and right side of my brain. This website is a labor of love for me-I’m really passionate about sharing things I find interesting and I believe there is an audience looking for recommendations in the exploding world of available podcasts and public radio.
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