How To: Finding New Podcasts To Listen To.

There are, as you might already know, numerous podcasts out there on a variety of different platforms. Some are exclusive to a certain platform like Spotify or Stitcher but according to the site ‘Podcast Insights’, there are more than 660,000 shows (as of March 2019) and more than 28 million episodes (as of February 2018). Sorting through more than half a million podcasts to find what shows you might like to listen to can be overwhelming and with some platforms, it can be really hard to find more indie shows.

Apple Podcasts, for example, is notoriously bad at providing an easy way to find new shows, especially ones that don’t have a massive audience. But there are other ways to find new shows to listen to! If you’re looking for more shows to fill your feed, here are some great places to look:

Social Media

Places like Instagram and Twitter allow users to search for hashtags and specific words. Creators and fans alike (both folks who are both!) often share their own podcasts and their favorites on social media.

Plus, you can always ask for suggestions on social media platforms! Asking this way also allows for others to explain why they might be recommending a show, which allows for a really personal understanding and recommendation.

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Find a Podcasting Community and Ask for Suggestions

One great reason to find your own podcasting community of fellow creators and fans is to ask for suggestions! I’ve started listening to several shows because of conversations with friends about the shows they listen to. And like on social media, there’s a really good chance you get a better understanding of the show through conversations with friends and others.

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Podcasting Blogs

There are so many amazing blogs and sites that write about podcasts from all sorts of angles. You can find many lists and show reviews here on ‘…Wherever You Get Your Podcasts’ but there are many other writers that share their takes on different shows! Here are some great sites and writers to follow:

  • Bello Collective – this is a newsletter and blog about audio storytelling and the podcasting industry.
  • Discover Pods – this site is a great way to discover new podcasts! There are show reviews and resources for creators, making this a great resource for fans, creators, and folks who do both.
  • Tuned In, Dailed Up – this is a biweekly podcast hosted by Wil Williams and Gavin (The Podcast Report) all about podcasting. They cover issues around hosting and producing your own podcast, puns, and show recommendations.
  • Wil Williams Reviews – Williams is an amazing writer and has been writing about podcasts for the last few years. In addition to writing about the industry, she has written recommendations, news, and so much more.

There are, of course, so many other amazing sites and blogs to follow, read, and support and many other ways to find new shows. As the podcasting industry grows, the community around it grows as well and there’s a really good chance you can find your own space! One thing I’ve learned over the years, especially with PodCon 2, is just how wonderful the podcasting community can be. Reaching out in some way can make all the difference, even if it’s just asking for a recommendation!

Author: Andrea Merrill

My name is Andrea Merrill and I created Animals of the Pacific Northwest and '...Wherever You Get Your Podcasts', where I write about animals, both domesticated and wild, and podcasts respectively.

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