I recently traveled for a wedding. While on that trip, I did something I didn’t think would intrigue me so much.
I listened to podcasts.
A few months ago, I downloaded quite a few not really sure when I would listen to them. I downloaded a handful of interviews from the Rhett and Link podcast Ear Biscuits. Rhett and Link are the faces of the ever-popular YouTube channel Good Mythical Morning.
And for those of you who may not know, I love YouTube. I would much rather watch a YouTube video than a hip Netflix show. As a result, I am extremely willing to support YouTubers in their endeavors outside of the platform as well, whether that be Rhett and Link’s podcast, Rosana Pansino’s baking line, or LaurDIY’s pajamas.
I am committed to watching someone’s channel and their professional pursuits take flight. Once I follow you, I am fairly invested.
Yet, truthfully, I did not think I’d really like podcasts because I am not really a fan of audiobooks. Granted, now that I think about it, they aren’t really the same. But, for the longest time, I thought, if I didn’t like one, I wouldn’t like the other.
I don’t like audiobooks because it is extremely difficult for me to follow them. As an English major, I much rather prefer a physical, tangible book over one via headphones. I often get distracted when listening to audiobooks.
And I can’t be that person who listens to something new while completing another task. Therefore, I think if I were to ever listen to an audiobook, it’d have to be one I’ve read a plethora of times, like To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
I can’t be surprised. It is too overwhelming. In order for me to intently listen, I have to completely devote myself to the task.
So, with this mentality, I didn’t think podcasts would work out well for me. But, after listening to Rhett and Link’s Ear Biscuits, I realized I’d been going about podcasts all wrong. My preconceived idea of audiobooks made me think podcasts had to be rigid and polished, like a textbook or college course.
But, that isn’t the case at all. Rhett and Link showed me that all you need for a successful podcast is someone willing to share their story with people willing to listen.
The relational person in me was instantly hooked. I was hooked to the chatty interview style, question and answer podcasts with the main goal of simply connecting with people.
But, even then, it wasn’t about Rhett and Link asking questions and shaping the interview. It was about hearing the interviewee bring their stories to life.
I loved the idea of getting to know YouTubers in an intimate one-on-one setting. I loved getting to hear their back stories and thoughts in their own words. For that hour, I was immersed in the dialogue and I just wanted to know more—so much so that I was sad when each interview ended.
So, now, I am hooked to podcasts. After listening to a handful of Ear Biscuits episodes, I’ve found my genre—people…as if that should surprise me!
In fact, as I write this post, I realize I probably liked podcasts even before listening to Ear Biscuits. I just didn’t know it! For, throughout my communication degree path, I have had to listen to a couple of podcasts called Serial and StoryCorps.
And listening to them were some of my favorite assignments because I am invested in getting to know people. I suppose back then it didn’t seem as exciting because it was required of me. Or, perhaps I refused to disbelieve my preconceived notion.
However, I choose to embrace this new truth now.
I choose to believe podcasts are no longer this conglomerate of boring informational textbook-like resources. Instead, they are just another resource for getting to know people. For hearing stories.
That isn’t intimidating to me anymore. In fact, it is exciting. It is reinvigorating.
So, now I find myself enthralled by the task of finding people-oriented podcasts, like Ear Biscuits, StoryCorps, or Serial.
Needless to say, I would LOVE to hear what podcasts you all gravitate toward. I am invested. The more options the better!
And as for you all, my call is this: Listen to one Ear Biscuits episode, especially one of the older ones back in 2014 or so. Even if you don’t like the style and format of the podcast, I challenge you to get to know any of the people Rhett and Link have interviewed, whether it be Justine Ezarik, Lindsey Stirling, Natalie Tran, or someone completely different.
If anything, listen to get a glimpse of why I enjoy YouTube so much. This call may seem a little selfish. But, trust me, it is worth it.
YouTubers are fascinating people. The platform may be evolving on a daily basis, but I believe the people who originally got started to simply make videos over ten years ago are some of the most genuine individuals.
Thank you dearly for taking time out of your lives to read my blog! Your support means the world to me. I praise God you found this blog, whether you stumbled upon it accidentally or sought it out intentionally.
I’d LOVE to hear from you all! Feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I pray God would bless you and be with you always, no matter where you find yourselves in life.
He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. – Romans 4:25 (NIV).