2017 was the year I first really started getting in to podcasts and now I am well and truly addicted. They come with my on my commute to and from work, when I’m popping out for my lunch break, when I’m walking round Sainsbury’s, when I’m Mrs. Hinching my bathroom, you get it. It just a little company, some background noise for when you’re on your own or want to try and block out the fact you are head is armpit level with a sweaty tube-goer pre-9am.
In this blog post I wanted to share some of my favourite podcasts in case you’re in need of some recommendations to get you going. I’m still obsessed with the likes of My Dad Wrote a Porno and The Emma Guns Show and eagerly await the next episode but here we’re talking about newer discoveries, things that weren’t on my radar last year (mainly because most of them hadn’t even been created yet). But now that apparently ‘every one has a podcast these days‘, (how many times have you heard that this year?), a few more have been added to my weekly playlist.
Table Manners is a podcast created by singer Jessie Ware and her mother Lennie in which they invite a celebrity guest over for dinner and discuss everything from their guests ‘desert island meal’ to their favourite childhood dinners and everything else in between . I think the original aim was to keep it food based but now the topic can veer off in any direction and can include insights in to the guests careers, childhood and political opinions.
You don’t need to know anything about Jessie or her music to listen, but if you don’t know her music then you should . I’m not a foodie either by any means but it’s interesting to hear recommendations of restaurant and recipes. They joke about it but I hope they actually to get a cookbook together full of the guest’s recipes. I’d buy it.
My ‘must-listen’ episodes would be the ones with Sandi Toksvig, Russell Tovey, Alan Carr and Stacey Dooley.
Wobble is hosted by presenter Sarah Powell and Jules von Hep (of tanning brand Isle of Paradise) and discusses many issues that many of us have that make us ‘wobble’. Whether that’s body confidence issues, self-esteem, mental health etc. Wobble is an off-shoot from the popular ‘Jules and Sarah The Podcast’ which I can’t say I’ve listened to but is on my to-listen list. Jules and Sarah have an infectious joyfulness to them but are still able to tackle serious issues without leaving you feeling depressed. Guests so far have included the likes of super-instagrammer Lorna Luxe, beauty expert Nadine Baggott and YouTubers and bloggers Anna Newton and Lily Pebbles.
Wobble is an enjoyable feel good podcast that makes you realise it’s completely normal to have your own ‘wobbles’.
The Fringe Of It
Created by bloggers Liv Purvis (What Olivia Did) and Charlotte Jacklin (Betty Magazine) The Fringe Of It is a weekly catch-up between friends covering all sorts of topics including telly talk, recent purchases and general pop culture chit-chat. In more recent episodes they have introduce guests to cover some more in-depth topics including money management and women’s health. Amongst the discussions expect plenty of chat about Bake Off, First Dates and at least one mention a week of Mamma Mia 2. I still haven’t seen it… *hides under blanket*
It’s like going round your friends house for a weekly catch up over tea and cake.
Stevie Martin and Tessa Coates are the hosts of Nobody Panic which is described as ‘your guidebook to being a fully functioning adult without screaming all the time’. Stevie and Tessa are funny, silly, relatable and genuinely good advice givers, most of the time. Listening to them discuss topics that we all face as we find ourselves suddenly having to become a real life responsible adult makes me smirk to myself whilst walking down the street. Basically I want to be in their gang. Each week they celebrate each other’s ‘adult things you’ve done that week‘ which could be anything from moving house to keeping a plant alive.
Stevie and Tessa previously hosted The Debrief podcast before the website closed earlier this year. I didn’t listen to it at the time but I’m glad that Nobody Panic came out of it.
OK, so at the time of writing there has technically only been one episode of this but I already know I’m going to be eagerly anticipating each new episode. Exciting Emails is a podcast created by blogger, and now blogging coach, Vix Meldrew. In this podcast Vix shares her blogging tips and advice to beginner and established bloggers looking to grow their online brand and audience.
After listening to a couple of other ‘blogging’ podcasts you think you’ve heard it all but Vix breaks thing down in to simple steps and makes it easy to visualise your goals and how to achieve them. I feel like I learnt a great deal, and felt very motivated, after just one episode. If you have any interest at all in entering the blogging world then listening to this should definitely be one of your first steps.
The Female Struggle Is Real
Emma Jo Real-Davies is the host of my new podcast discovery ‘The Female Struggle is Real’ which delves in to the many different issues women may face from heartbreak to periods to weddings and the best ways to deal with them. Emma does her research and features experts on the topics so you finish listening feeling like you’ve really understood more about the issues whether it’s something you have been through yourself or not.
Have you listened to any of the above? Or have any podcast recommendations yourself? I’d love to hear them!