Podcasts have been popular for a good number of years now, but I only properly discovered them in early 2015.
I started commuting by car from Exeter to Taunton and looked for a useful way to occupy the drive and someone suggested listening to podcasts.
I loaded up a couple of tech podcasts (Hanselminutes and .NET Rocks) and never looked back!
Learning at your Convenience
Podcasts don't require much beyond a smartphone (tablet or desktop also work) and some time to listen. Because of this, you can consume your favourite tech shows during activities that require little or only some concentration.
I've listened to podcasts while driving in the car, gardening in the back, cooking or walking around Exeter.
Mentors at no Cost
Many podcasts are produced by experts in their field, or interview specialists on narrow subjects.
Because of this, you get access to some of the best knowledge and experience without doing anything more than listening to the right podcasts.
In effect you can have your own mentors, picking and choosing your subjects and teachers, tailoring your experience.
How to Appear an Expert
With the ease to learn and knowledgable speakers, podcasts are good for picking up new disciplines or broadening existing skills.
At the moment I'm wading into the world of Data Science, and although many of my skills are transferable, several of the data science podcasts help me understand Machine Learning, Neural Networks, Data Visualisation and many of the themes and topics of Data Science in general.
Finding Your Favourite Podcasts
There are many podcasts on a multitude of subjects, some to educate and some to entertain.
Some feature heavy advertising, some are technically-focused, some like to chat and others go deep on subjects. Listen around and try different podcasts, delete the ones that don't suit you.
In upcoming blog posts are be covering my favourite podcasts for particular areas.