Let’s be real – I didn’t know what a podcast was until probably…last year. But I’ve found out that they’re really fun! I only have two favorite podcasts right now (because I really only listen to two podcasts right now), but I think they’re worth sharing. I mentioned in another post, that I had been listening to a podcast called Lore by Aaron Mahnke, who is also an author of supernatural thrillers. (Something about me – I love supernatural and crime TV shows, books, podcasts, everything, which is an uncharacteristic part of my personality, but I roll with it. They just make you think.) Well, my other favorite podcast is more along the lines of the interests I’ve actually posted about here and fit more around the theme of my blog.
When I was younger, I never really liked books-on-tape or recordings where there wasn’t also a visual I could look at or watch while I was hearing the story. I was easily distracted, and found myself rewinding the tape every so often because I didn’t have a clue what just happened in the plot. So I simply read books and watched movies and avoided all books-on-tape. This is the same concept I had of podcasts – I just didn’t go near them because I thought I would just be jumping into stories or recordings that I would never finish and probably not enjoy because I would be rewinding all the time. So I don’t claim to be a podcast fanatic or expert – just a listener of a couple podcasts that are enjoyable and helpful.
Because I was so used to watching TV shows, that’s what I’ve always done while I clean or cook or organize – anything. But I found myself still getting distracted because I have to look at the screen while the people are talking or still won’t know what’s going on! I just won’t. And I have to know what’s going on or I’ll be rewinding once again.But in this way, it’s a worse distraction, because I find it harder to actually get things done. One day I decided to find the podcast app on my phone (that was hard, since I didn’t know what it looked like) and find something I might like. Knowing my interest in supernatural and crime drama, I quickly looked for something under that genre, and something under the spiritual/inspiration genre. The first few that I found were crime podcasts, but they complete downers, totally depressing, and way too much to handle, so I kept looking. That’s when I found my first favorite podcast.
I’m excited about these because they’re real-life stories and information I can actually use in my life – that makes them easy to listen to.
Lore (website here) consists of several different “true life scary stories.”
This comes directly from the “about” section on the website:
Lore is an award-winning, critically-acclaimed podcast about true life scary stories. Each episode examines a new dark tale from history, and presents it in a style that’s been compared to a campfire experience. And with over 2,700 5-star reviews and 1.6 million monthly listens, that’s clearly a good thing.
Our fears have roots. Lore exposes the darker side of history, exploring the creatures, people, and places of our wildest nightmares.
Because sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction.
A dear friend that I grew up with (hi, Tara) brought me into the world of scary stories. We loved watching scary movies, telling scary stories, basically anything thrilling and mysterious. So this was right up my alley. Right now there are 31 episodes, all of which Aaron Mahnke has recorded. Each story is based on a real event (usually something chilling, so if this scares you, don’t press play) and the theories that surround why it happened and who or what is thought to have done it. All of the stories have been passed down from generation to generation, the true definition of lore – and some of them are more recent than others. Most of them are similar to mysteries, but they aren’t always solved. It’s just something creepy and interesting to listen to if you like hearing lore.
#2 Simplify Everything
Simplify Everything is at the complete opposite end of the spectrum from Lore. This podcast was recently launched by a blogger I’ve been following for several years, and it’s all about simplifying your life, which I’m very much into these days. Blair, the author of this podcast, posts and new episode every Friday. Today I listened to last Friday’s episode: “How to Simplify the Process of Decorating Your Home.” Each episode has either a step-by-step process of how to simplify a particular thing in your life or a group of ideas that could be helpful. So far she’s hit on several things I’ve needed ideas for, so I plan on keeping myself up-to-date each week. (Blair also posts on her blog every week day with similarly-themed posts, talking about anything from organizing to encouragement in your personal and spiritual life. We’re in similar seasons of life, so this has been extremely helpful and interesting to read the past few years) Check it out!
// Eventually, I’ll find more podcasts to listen to, but right now two is enough for me – keeping it simple. It’s just enough to keep my mind busy while I do laundry or clean or whatever else I do when I shouldn’t be watching TV at the same time. What about you? Do you have any podcast suggestions? I would love to see them in the comments below!
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