Everything You Need to Know About Podcasts

Everything You Need to Know About Podcasts

by Darchelle Vajen (@books_and_planners)

As you may know, I love to read and listen to audiobooks.  But when I'm not listening to an audiobook, my new favorite thing is listening to podcasts!  They seem to be all the rage right now and there is a podcast for almost ANY topic!

As you may know, I love to read and listen to audiobooks.  But when I'm not listening to an audiobook, my new favorite thing is listening to podcasts!  They seem to be all the rage right now and there is a podcast for almost ANY topic!

Podcast Newbie

I listened to my first podcast sometime last summer.  I had heard of podcasts, but never listened to one.  I am a fan of Busy Philipps and I follow her on Instagram (if you don't you should - she's hilarious and so are her kids)!  I saw via her IG that she was co-hosting a podcast called 'We're No Doctors'.  Being in healthcare myself, this intrigued me!  I listened to the first episode one night at work and was cracking up!  It is two non-medical people talking about their medical journeys and their crazy phobias and google search-induced "illnesses".  

We're No Doctors Podcast

Another cool thing about this podcast is that sometimes they read e-mails from listeners and they actually read MY email on an episode!  I about died!  It was so awesome!  My friend told me she heard Steve start reading about my health condition and with my name being rare, she knew it was me!  The episode I was featured on was "Itchy Lung" and although the title has nothing to do with my story, you can listen to it here.

Branching Out

Another podcast that I love to listen to is one by our very own, Paige Tapley along with Chrissy Antoniotti, from Pretty on Paper Co called Confessions of a Girl Boss!  Although I'm not a girl boss (used to be), I still enjoy listening to these boss babes chat about their business!  This podcast would have been extremely helpful if it was around back when I ran my own photography business.  They focus around sticker shops, since that's their specialty, but any business could benefit from their tips and tricks! 

Confessions of a Girlboss podcast

Where to Listen

If you're new to podcasts, you may be wondering, "Where can I listen to these podcasts?"  One option is Stitcher, which is where the links I posted above go to.  However, my preferred way to listen is through iTunes or the Podcast app on my iPhone!  If you have an iPhone, look for this icon or go to your app store to download the app.  The best part is it's free!


Alternatively, if you have an Android phone, you can find podcasts on Google Play.  Some podcasts may be available on Soundcloud as well, but I don't have any experience listening there.  

Podcasts + Planning

I love keeping track of the podcasts I listen to in my planner.  Creating & Co has these amazing podcast icon stickers that are perfect for this!  Do you listen to podcasts?  If so do you keep track of them?

creating and co podcast stickers

Another podcast that I've been listening to a lot is The Worst Bestsellers (thanks Paige!) where they discuss popular books that we all have a love-hate relationship with.  It is very funny!  And, if you're looking for another bookish podcast, The Babysitter's Club Club is two men who are re-reading the famous Ann M. Martin book series that debuted in the late 80s.  I grew up reading these books so it is absolutely hilarious to hear these guys read & dissect every book in each episode.  Did anyone else read this series as a kid? I have listened to other podcasts here and there, but those are definitely my favorite. 

What are your favorite podcasts?  Where do you typically listen to podcasts? 


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Podcasts are the best!! I tend to listen to podcasts when I’m driving to work. Sometimes I’ll listen to them while I’m planning as well.

Like Sarah, I love true time podcasts- I mostly listen to My Favorite Murder, but I’m definitely looking up the ones she mentioned (and the ones you recommended). I also love Happier, Happier in Hollywood. Happier is self helpish but I love it! And Happier in Hollywood is all about Hollywood and I love it. I also listen to a Dungeons and Dragons podcast called The Adventure Zone.


I am so excited that you wrote this post! I LOVE listening to podcasts. I tend to favor True Crime podcasts. Some of my favorites are The Generation Why, True Crime Garage and Sword and Scale (this one is VERY intense and I have to skip some episodes because it’s just a lot). I also love a podcast called The Peripheral which is where guests are interviewed about issues that are considered taboo.

I will listen to podcasts anywhere and everywhere. I listen at work to make life a little more interesting (ps. I love that you had a photography business! I work for a photography studio but I’m only in the studio – I’m the studio manager – so it can be boring and monotonous as I’m sure you can imagine), I listen at home when I’m cooking or doing anything that needs background noise and I listen in the car.

I obviously immediately ran to that podcast and listened to your story. How terrifying! And how frustrating to go 30 years without knowing what was wrong. I’m so glad you figured it out though! And also, I HAVE to listen to the Babysitters Club Club.

I have been a fan of podcasts for so long and I’ve always wanted to start one but I don’t know if I’m interesting enough, ha! I have been a guest on a podcast once and listening to myself talk was pretty excrutiating so I’m not quite sure if that will ever come into fruition!


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