I have seen some incredible tweets lately about the virtues of podcasts. I used to listen to podcasts all the time. I loved the way I could control what I listened to in the car. I had several that were timed just right for my daily commute (45 min each way). It was a great way to learn about new information during what had previously been down time. I had them scheduled to download when I was in wi-fi. That meant that when I got home each night, there were new episodes ready for the next day.
A couple of things happened to change my routine. The first was the discovery of Voxer. I discovered educators were available to talk about a variety of topics. Real conversation – a give and take of information. It was interesting to me. I had a Bluetooth head set so I could comment hands-free. This was amazing. If things went well, then I would have an energizing conversation just before I started my day.
I changed phones about the same time. I moved from the iPhone 4s to the Samsung Galaxy s5. It was a huge switch for me. I wanted to go to an Android phone because I wanted to know both environments. It changed the way I use my phone. The larger screen and new apps caught my attention. I had so much to learn that podcasts took a back burner.
Thanks to some advice from Rodney Turner (@techyturner) about which podcast apps to use, I am back to listening to podcasts, as well as voxer chats. They each have their virtues.
These are just a few of the things I’ve come up with on my own. I’m sure others can and will add to the conversation. Each has a place in my heart and a slot on my calendar. I love being able to converse with people in Voxer. I equally love being able to sit back and listen or watch the conversation happen in podcasts. One thing I can guarantee, if I have on headphones, it isn’t music any more. Its information.