Wrapping up the podcasts series which started with Podcasts 1: Your Learning Made Easy, we´re dealing with trying out new podcasts and getting rid of the old.
So you´re happy with your podcast selection, the balance of subjects and none of them annoy you too much. So why do you need more?
Because the world of podcasts is a constantly changing place, and if you don´t review your selection once in a while your list will slowly dwindle.
Old podcasts stop as life moves on for the podcasters, podcasts on new subjects come out and others change direction....I normally add a few podcasts every couple of months...
In with the New
New podcasts can be found easily, and you´ll often tell a few minutes in whether it´s one you´ll keep or not!
Firstly you can find different podcasts by your existing podcasters. Many podcast hosts belong to multiple podcasts and searching on the presenters can easily highlight more. If you like one of their offerings it´s likely you´ll like more of them.
Recommendations from people interested in the same things yourself are good, as are some of the online lists for a particular topic.
You can also search on some of the podcast libraries for interesting sounding titles. Itunes, Stitcher and PocketCast are a few libraries among many.
Getting rid of podcasts is sometimes hard, but without doing so you may get overwhelmed as your list of podcasts grows.
Sometimes you may just rotate a podcast out, returning to it when you want it once more.
Two main reasons why you might find yourself choosing to discard a podcast.
Out with the Old
First up is that you have changed your focus. Perhaps you are looking at new subjects, feel you know enough about an existing one or simply don't need it as you have changed job or interest.
Secondly the podcast itself may no longer be fit for your needs. Perhaps they publish only occasionally, one of the hosts has changed or they have shifted focus slightly. Or something that only annoyed you before may have become a major distraction!
In this case it's best to stop listening or rotate the podcast out for another time!
Thanks for Listening!
Well this is the final part of the podcasts series for now. Hopefully you've got a collection of podcasts and you've found the time to listen to them!
There will no doubt be a follow up article in the next year, looking at podcasts new and old, or a new area of podcasts (possibly Cloud or DevOps).
In the meantime, if you have any suggestions for podcasts or any other topics I've missed, leave a comment or contact me on Twitter @DuncanThom