Eating lunch yesterday at work, we were discussing car mileage. I mentioned that I put about 20,000 miles a year on my car (15,000 just for my commute). Then, as I usually do, I broke out the calculator on my phone and started figuring things out.
One way, my commute is 30 miles and takes about 50 minutes. That’s makes the weekly time in my car at about 8.5 hours. OVer the course of year, I spend over 18 days in my car. This gives me plenty of time to take in some podcasts. Also, while at work, I can wear headphones so I occasionally listen to some shows throughout the day (though I usually listen to Pandora).
All this commute talk inspired me to share what podcasts I listen do. There was a time when I couldn’t fill my weekly commute. However, over time, I’ve accumulated a nice little stable of horses that make my drive time fly by quicker.
I currently use my Android phone as my player. I have BeyondPod to manage everything. It integrates with Google reader. It is a little pricey for an app ($6.99). I got it a couple years ago when it was just $2.99. The main reason I paid for the upgraded version is that it refreshes the feeds nightly and downloads any new episodes while I’m sleeping.
Below is a listing with some comments on the most of the podcasts I listen to. The list is in my order of preference meaning if each of these had a new episode Monday morning, the first listed would be the first one I’d listen to. Also, though this site focuses on my journey in making money online, many of the podcasts have nothing to do with MMO.
First off, Spencer Hawes from NichePursuits does not have a periodic podcast. However, if some other podcast interviews him, this podcast would vault to first on the list.
- This American Life – I enjoy documentaries and stories about people. I love the way Ira Glass and crew present the stories.
- Freakonomics – The tagline explains it all – “The hidden side of everything”
- RadioLab – In the same spirit as This American Life and Freakonomics.
- OnlineIncomeLab – Trent has interviewed many people who are making money online. Sometimes, he pushes his interviewees to give more information than they probably thought they would be sharing (that’s a good thing for us listeners)
- SmartPassiveIncome – Pat was on the first podcast that I remember listening to (With Yaro Starak in Nov. 2009). Pat has been a great inspiration to me. Why is 5th on this list? Pat now mainly focuses on branding and traffic which doesn’t fall in line with what my current goals. But I still love listening to him talk.
- AdsenseFlippers – Joe and Justin have an awesome business model in flipping websites. They’ve built up a nice following that I call the ATM. Anytime they want to make some money, they just put some sites up for sell and watch the money come in. This is not a negative statement as some people want to build sites to sell to others who hopefully turn into something bigger. I think I’m just jealous because haven’t been able to buy one of their lower price sites yet.
- MasonWorld - Mark’s podcast was one of the original ones I started listening to but then it fell off the face of the Earth. Now he’s back and committed to a weekly podcast.
- PlanetMoney – Interesting stories/information about current events relating to economics and finance.
- StrayBlogger – Nate makes his money through affiliate sites. On his podcasts, he shares lots of what he’s doing and what he’s going to do.
- Mohr Stories – You either love Jay Mohr or you hate him. I listen to his podcast.
- How Did This Get Made – Show about awesome crappy movies. Big fan of Paul Scheer and El Cunado.
The Best of the Rest (I’m tired of ranking these, so here’s the rest)
- Make Money on the Internet – Chris Guthrie puts on pretty good interview.
- PodcastAnswerMan - I just started listening to Cliff again (thanks to Mark Mason’s interview). Cliff can be inspiring and sometimes that’s all you need.
- The Blog Program – David Risley’s new podcast. Focuses mainly on branding and helping people make their own blog the best it can be.
- This Week in Tech – Leo Laporte’s flagship podcast. I used to listen to The Tech Guy, Mac Break Weekly, Windows Weekly, and This Week in Google. However, for various reasons, I’ve stopped. Time was one factor.
- Affiliate Buzz – James Martell – Generally has some good information. Plays it very white hat.
- Harvard Business Review – Don’t listen to all of these, but some of topics are interesting.
- The Nerdist – Chris Hardwick talks to various celebrities. If the person is somebody I want to listen to, I’ll check out the podcast.
- Internet Business Mastery - This was the second podcast I started listening to. (Thanks to Pat Flynn mentioning it on Yaro’s podcast)
- Mixergy – I love the way Andrew Warner conducts an interview. I don’t listen more often because he interviews a lot of entrepreneurs that make millions in revenue – true business people. Since I’m more interested in the passive/work from home type of income, I skip many of the interviews.
- BlogCastFM – I hesitated putting this one on the list as, well, I’ll keep that to myself. Sometimes, the people being interviewed are people I want to hear their stories.
- Income Press Podcast – I actually just listened to the first one today. There’s two more ready to go. We’ll see if I stick around, but it could be interesting.
So, there you go. Wow! That’s a lot of podcasts. Many of these are not weekly, so it’s manageable for me. There are several others that I’ve listened to one or two but did not mention here.