How podcasts changed my blogging mindset
I’ve been writing on this corner of the internet for over six years now. It felt solitary for a lot of the time, a trial and error way to document my reading journey.
This year, I’ve set out with an intent to read wider, and to share more of my personal experiences with you through my reflections on literature and my latest Netflix binges. One of the reasons I decided to shape my content with a clear purpose was because of the supportive and creative community of other bloggers I’ve come to know in the past year, partly due to several podcasts.
Joining these communities has shown me that I’m no alone when it comes to feeling absolutely clueless at times about blogging and the moving beast of social media.
We’ve all struggled with the comparison trap, tried to understand how to grow, and felt like there’s nothing we can do to compete with the huge influencers which make everything look so breezy on our feeds.
Investing more in my blog and deciding to take you all on this new creative journey with me started with my decision to add some new podcasts to my listening schedule. To say I’m addicted to podcasts is an understatement.
I’ve got 140 shows in my podcast app. I listen to everything from true crime to feminism, ancient history to politics. I even co-host my own creative and bookish podcast, Better Words.
In this post, I want to share with you my favourite podcasts for creative entrepreneurs and bloggers. Please do let me know in the comments if there’s any other shows I should be listening to! I’m always eager to try a new podcast.
Exciting Emails by Vix Meldrew
I’m definitely biased, but every blogger should be listening to Exciting Emails. Vix launched the podcast after building a strong community through the weekly newsletter of the same name (which you should absolutely subscribe to, btw).
She’s no bullshit, honest and pretty hilarious. She’s already helped so many of us Exciting Emailers find blogging niches we are passionate about and constantly cheers on all our little wins in the private Facebook group available to subscribers.
I did blog coaching with Vix last year and was so incredibly motivated and encouraged at the end of our Skype call. Needless to say, I am so pleased that she’s sharing her knowledge and experience with more people through the podcast.
It’s actually one of the few podcasts I can’t listen to during my day to day chores, because Vix breaks down all her advice into simple, actionable steps and I always need to take notes.
AD: If you would like extra resources, Vix has a great range of courses and ebooks which you can access here using my affiliate code, which will also send a few pennies my way.
Hashtag Authentic by Sara Tasker
If I remember correctly, this was actually the podcast which made me want to listen to even more blogging-focused shows. Sara will be familiar to many Instagrammers as the creative mind behind the account @me_and_orla. I love her slow living, thoughtful and honest discussions online and I’m very pleased that still feels the same in Hashtag Authentic.
In most episodes, Sara is joined by another creative guest to discuss their online story and their take on elements of growing a creative business. It doesn’t matter if you are not at the stage where you see blogging as a business. I guarantee you will still find so many truths which relate to the experience of curating your own corner of the internet.
Some of my favourite episodes have discussed how to manage self doubt and how to value your work as a creative. I love how honest Sara is with sharing her own anxieties and doubts, which really proves that no matter your number of followers we’re all fallible humans who can feel the same fear of rejection and failure. Hashtag Authentic has really helped me look at social media and my blog in a more holistic way.
Sara has also just released a new book of the same name which you can order here! (affiliate link)
Letters From a Hopeful Creative by Sara Tasker and Jen Carrington
Unsurprisingly, Sara’s second podcast with coach Jen Carrington has a similar vibe. In this spin-off to Hashtag Authentic, Sara and Jen answer letters from bloggers and creative entrepreneurs with heartfelt advice.
As with the other online communities I’m part of, it’s reassuring to know I am not the only person who struggles with this issues. Topics I’ve enjoyed on Letters to a Hopeful Creativeinclude; dealing with Instagram anxiety and comparison, taking the leap to full time blogging, running a business with a chronic illness, knowing your worth and pricing, dealing with rejection and failure, and podcasting.
Jen and Sara sound so lovely and wise and honestly, I just love running myself a bubble bath, grabbing a cuppa and listening to their advice.
Raw Milk by Beth Kirby
One of the things I love most about Raw Milk podcast is Beth’s honesty when it comes to fear and anxiety around taking the creative leap. Much like Hashtag Authentic, there’s plenty of gems in here to help bloggers whether you’re like me and just starting to explore how to start your own business or if you’ve been self-employed for years.
Although Beth does share interviews with other bloggers and influencers, I must admit I enjoy her solo episodes a little more especially those which navigate how to overcome fear and anxiety to follow a new creative path. I really love the fact she focuses on the idea that there’s “always room at the top and no one starts there”.
In Good Company with Otegha Uwagba
In Good Company is a monthly podcast featuring smart and inspiring women discussing many different elements of the creative and business life. If you’re not a freelancer, I think you’ll still find a lot of value in the general chat around careers and confidence.
I enjoy the conversational format, which also features some signposting narration from Otegha that I think really enhances the show. Each episode ends on an ‘agony aunt’ style segment which includes general career and business advice. I’ll definitely be returning to these episodes again and again for the useful and comforting advice.
Conversations have discussed emotional labour, shame and money, imposter syndrome, definitions of success, confidence, boundaries, recognition and promotions.
This podcast is also incredibly diverse, which is something I know this list is lacking – if you have any other diverse podcast recommendations please leave me a comment and let me know!
Otegha wrote Little Black Book, which has been recommended to me several times as essential for freelancing. Order here (affiliate link).
Blog It Boss It Radio by Holly Sutton
One of the best things about this podcast is how practical it is. Holly, who blogs at A Branch of Holly, picks a topic each week which focuses on an aspect of your blog and steps through actionable ways to make changes and improve.
Topics covered so far include formulating a three-month SEO plan, a practical time-management solution to add 10 hours to your week, how to use Instagram stories, and creating an ideal weekly routine.
Grow with Soul by Kayte Ferris
I’m so glad I found Grow with Soul because Kayte’s slow marketing manifesto is very much aligned with my values. Much like Hashtag Authentic and Letters From a Hopeful Creative, this podcast focuses on the ‘why’ of creative business.
The podcast features interviews with fellow creatives and coaching calls where Kayte helps clients work through real business dilemmas. Topics covered include defining value, how to grow a side hustle while working, increasing visibility and pitching, marketing foundations, productivity, and taking an idea through to business.
The Independent Girls Podcast with Julia Day
This podcast came into my life at just the right moment (aka that time I found out the financial year isn’t universal and it suddenly hit me I need to understand the UK tax system).
Thank goodness for Julia and The Independent Girls Collective! Her podcast is a great resource for anyone looking to take their blog full time or to create a self-employed life. There are some interview episodes with their creatives and practical discussions on overcoming the fear of building a business and how to deal with pricing strategies.