All About Podcasts and Why I Love Them

I’ve never been a podcast enthusiast, I never listened to the radio because I just wanted to listen to music rather than people talking and hearing annoying ads. But then my favorite bloggers and YouTubers started their own shows and I decided to give it a try a couple of years ago.

Initially, I listened to my favorite podcasts on my laptop, because I found it easier to just click the play button in the embed player on the browser, but then, after consuming all my data with Spotify (I don’t have Premium) during my commute, I decided it was about time to test some apps. I didn’t want to pay since I didn’t want to fully commit before testing all the free options. But it turned out that free podcast apps suck. They are full of ads, you can’t decide where downloading the episodes (if you aren’t an iPhone user you usually have the option to have an SD card with additional memory space in your smartphone), and most of the time they crash or stop playing if your screen goes on standby.

After struggling for months, I caved and I purchased Pocket Casts…the best 2,99€ I’ve ever spent! The app works very smoothly, no ads, you can save the downloaded episodes in your memory card, the widget is awesome, the search bar works amazingly well. The list could go on and on!

Now the podcasts. My subscription list looks long, but I don’t usually listen to every single episode of every single show. I prefer to pick just the ones that interest me after reading the blurb and the show notes. My top favorites:

Tea and Tattle is a recent discovery and, well, I do listen to every single episode of this podcast because Miranda and Sophie are my favorites. I love the topics they discuss and I also love that the episodes are around 30 minutes, the perfect length for my commute.

Portrait of a Freelancer is a nice show by Ariel Bissett, my favorite booktuber. She chats about her life as a freelancer and now as an MA student.

The Lavendaire Lifestyle is the podcast by Aileen Xu, probably my favorite YouTuber ever. I have to admit that I don’t care too much about the interviews because I never know the guests, I prefer the episodes where Aileen shares her own thoughts and advice.

The Minimalists show was added to my library after watching the Minimalism documentary on Netflix. Despite the length of the episodes, I really enjoy them, so many great advice.

The four podcasts above are my top favorites and I usually listen to all the episodes, the other 2 rows are all about productivity and I basically just pick the topics I really care about. What Should I Read Next is all about books and Elise Gets Crafty is probably the very first podcast I ever listened and the host, Elise, usually invites fellow creatives I know (like Ali Edwards and Emma of A Beautiful Mess). The Tolkien Professor is my dose of Middle-earth nerdiness and I can’t wait to listen to his new series Exploring The Lord of the Rings. MuggleCast is the very first podcast about Harry Potter, it’s been around for years but I discovered it just a couple of weeks ago, so I still have to listen to it. Finally, a couple of podcasts about LOTRO, my favorite computer game ever, to keep myself updated on all the new things and in-game events.

Not being able to afford audiobooks, podcasts have been a game changer lately. I don’t listen to them only during my commute, but also when I play LOTRO or when I have some free time but I don’t want to stay in front of a screen. I love this medium because the episodes are usually around 30 to 60 minutes and I can choose to learn something new or just listen to someone chatting about my favorite topics. YouTube is great for the same reasons, but I it makes me fall into the comparison trap and want to purchase expensive things (journals, geeky merch, stationery, and so on), not the best if you’re trying to live a more intentional life.

Do you like podcasts? What are your favorites?

2017 Reader Survey Results!

Hey, friends! I finally decided to publish the results of my mini reader survey. Not sure if you care about it, but it’s usually nice to see what others voted on a poll for me.

So here we go.

I’ve been a little bit surprised to see that you’re mostly new readers at first, but then I realized it must be because of moving from Blogger to WordPress this Summer. However, I’m happy to know there are new readers willing to contribute with their opinions. Thanks, guys!

The answers to this questions weren’t surprising since I know the WordPress subscription feature works very well (one of the reasons I moved since I can’t have a newsletter). I’m sorry to disappoint those of you who received notification of new posts through Facebook but I closed my page. The only reason why I created it was to link to it on my profile and let people know about my blog (since I joined many groups), but Facebook allows you to add a short bio now, so I added the link to my blog there. To be honest, I was hoping to get more Instagram answers rather than Twitter since I completely automated the last one, but it’s okay 🙂

This result was a bit surprising to me since I basically stopped book blogging because I don’t read as much, but I still like to talk about books in general so I may write more posts about that in the future, but I can’t promise it. The other answers made me smile because it looks like you enjoy a little bit of everything here. It’s nice to see you’re interested in my productivity posts too because I really like to write them.

Well, that’s it! I’m so grateful for each one of you who took a couple of minutes to answer to my little survey. Thank you! ❤

Summer Photo Diary

My Summer hasn’t been a memorable one. Three unbelievable heat waves, exams until the end of July, my cat having health issues (along with myself) and other personal stuff, made me wish to see Autumn very soon. But I don’t want to only complain, I have to be grateful for what I have and for the things I managed to do, so I decided to put together a photo diary of my Summer. Mostly for myself since many photos have already been shared on Instagram during the last few months.

My mother and I managed to see the Titanic Artifact Exhibition in my hometown! I’ve been such a huge fan of the movie since it came out when I was only 7 years old and being able to see the exhibition was a dream came true, another thing crossed off my bucket list. That day, there was also a car exhibition. I’m not into that, to be honest, but some designs were incredible and we ended up having lunch in the park nearby.

June ended pretty quickly because of the exams and my days spent studying.

The highlight of July was definitely a night spent at the Palace of Venaria with my friends. We got tickets for the special evening openings and attended water and light games in the park of the palace. We really enjoyed it and the place is so beautiful, it feels like to be inside a mini Versailles.

After finishing my exams, I wanted to enjoy my free week, but we experienced the worst heat wave ever and so I ended up spending all the time at home with the AC. Such a boring way to spend my few days of vacation!

Finally, the second half of August I went back to work at the library where I volunteer. The photos above were taken just outside the National Library (not where I work), they always show amazing flower arrangements and I love to sit there reading my book before going to work.

I’m looking forward to my favorite time of the year and I really hope things are going to be better before the end of the year. In the meantime, I journal journal journal to calm my nerves. It’s such a helpful practice that doesn’t require any special knowledge nor money. Just open the notebook and write down all the words in your head.

How was your Summer, friends? I’d love to catch up with you! I feel like I’ve been a bit too much absent lately.

2017 Reader Survey

Happy September!

One of my goals for the rest of the year is to dedicate more time to my blog and less to social media. In order to do that, I’d like to get you know better since I noticed many of you are new here and not everybody followed me here after moving to WordPress. I don’t care about numbers, but I’d like to get a couple of information to make our experience smoother and, most importantly, simplify.

The survey is only 3 questions long so it would take you too much time. I’d really appreciate your help! ❤

And, whether you're going to take the survey or not, thank you once again for your incredible support, it means a lot to me!

If We Were Having Tea | August 2017

This series is inspired by the Weekend Coffee Share posts, with the difference that I don’t drink coffee anymore, so I just switched to tea!

If we were having tea I would tell you that I have so much to say that I don’t even know where to start. The last few months have been tough for me, I didn’t have a properly relaxed Summer and I’m so ready for Autumn, more than ever, since we’re going to experience another heat wave next week. Ugh.

I would tell you how much I’ve been worried for my cat lately. After taking her to the vet for her annual vaccine, she experienced some episodes of glycemic imbalance making her acting (and feeling) as she was diabetic. We learned it can happen when cats stress out or get a shock. We’re currently trying to cure her avoiding insulin injection but it isn’t easy. I really hope it won’t turn out in actual diabetes. I didn’t share this with many people because I was feeling too sad to talk, to be honest, it’s also one of the things that kept me away from the blog lately.

On a positive note, I would tell you that I finally decided to be more intentional with the TV shows I watch. My plan is to tackle one season at a time, watching no more than 3 TV shows at the same time. Currently, I have to finish season 2 of Lost, season 1 of The Good Wife and finish Downton Abbey. Next on my queue I have:

  • Star Trek: I never watched it, so I’m a complete newbie!
  • The Musketeers: my friend Lily recommended it to me and I can’t wait to start this series! When I was a child, I used to be obsessed with the 1993 movie with Charlie Sheen and I also enjoyed the most recent one (2011) with Orlando Bloom.
  • Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: Netflix recommended it to me and it looks like such a cozy nice mystery with Agatha Christie’s vibes that I can’t pass it.

I would officially announce that I opened a bookstagram account as @alicethelibrarian! I toyed with the idea to switch full-time to bookstagram on my main account, but, after a couple of months, I realized I really missed sharing non-book related photos, so I switched back to random topics. But, at the same time, I missed my bookish days, so I decided to open a secondary account! I’m planning to use it to keep track of my readings and share my latest acquisition, nothing too demanding (just to avoid burnout!).

I would tell you how happy I am to work with Megan of Page Flutter as a regular contributor on her blog! It’s nice to see your own work truly appreciated and she’s such an inspiration to me. In case you missed it, here is the list of posts I wrote so far:

I would totally recommend you a new podcast I stumbled upon, Tea and Tattle. Miranda and Sophie chat about “culture, style, happiness boosters and more” every Tuesday. I always look forward to a new episode, because I know it won’t disappoint me.

Finally, I would admit that I’m still looking for the perfect planner for 2018. This year I changed my mind too many times and I just want to purchase a good diary and stick to it for the whole year this time. I would also ask if you’ve already thought about your own planner for 2018 and what’s your choice.

 

Your turn! If we were having tea (or coffee, if you prefer), what would you tell me? 🙂