Hi Adventure Buddies! Angel here, producer and host of the Boldly Went podcast. Listening to a podcast is like listening to the radio, but you have complete control over what program you listen to. Pretty awesome, right?
If you're a long time listener, you already know how to listen to podcasts. Before you go, we need your help! I hope you'll help us demystify the world of podcasting for the 2 out of every 3 people who don't currently know how to listen to podcasts. You can do that by telling them about this show, but better yet, share this article with anyone who you think would like step by step instructions about how to start listening. And at the very end of this article, I've listed some of my favorite podcasts, and I'd love to hear your recommendations too!
Can you believe 2 out of 3 people are missing out on all this amazing content? For someone like me, this can be easy to forget because I spend so much of my time in podcast production, but I see the real-life evidence because people ask me all the time how they can listen. This is a great question, buddies, and I'm here to help.
It seems like there are a million ways to listen to a podcast, and I'm regularly learning new ways to listen myself, so no judgement here if you find this world to be full of nebulous sound waves that you aren't sure how to access. In this article I won't be covering all 1 million ways to find and listen to new podcasts, but this handy-dandy guide will get you started then you can help others along in their podcast discovery journey too by sharing this article with them!
Note to readers: You'll notice I reference the Boldly Went podcast in the examples given throughout this article. If you are trying to listen to any other podcast, just substitute the name of that podcast and that should get you where you need to go. Ready to ignite your adventure?
Welcome to the Boldly Went Podcast
The Boldly Went podcast is released every Monday morning (Pacific Standard Time). We do that on purpose because we know that you adventure buddies might be having an adventure hangover come Monday, and we want to do what we can to help launch you into your work week.
How do I find the Boldly Went podcast and start listening?
1. Through the Boldly Went Website
Many podcasts have a corresponding website where you can stream episodes for free. So the easiest and fastest way to find a podcast that you've heard of is to Google it.
At Boldly Went we have multiple ways you can listen through our website.
Here's the first way you can listen through our website.
Follow these steps (numbers corresponding to image below):
Here's the second way you can listen through the Boldly Went website.
Follow these steps and see picture below with corresonding numbers:
2. Use a Podcatcher
If you just said to yourself, 'What the --- is a podcatcher?,' join the club. I never hear this word in use, so don't worry too much about it. A podcatcher is commonly a podcasting app. What I want you to know is that using a podcatcher, after the initial set up, is the easiest way for you to follow podcasts you love so that you never miss an episode. A podcatcher tracks your listens and lets you pick up right where you left off. New episodes can be automatically downloaded and ready for you the next time you want to listen. Following a podcast in a podcatcher is way easier than listening through a browser.
In that picture just above, you'll see I added some blue stars. They're right next to Radio Public, Apple Podcasts, and Google Play. Those are podcatchers. You'll see links to some other podcatchers just below the web player including Stitcher and TuneIn.
Boldly Went is on a bunch of other podcatchers too, as many as we know exist, but it gets to be a bit much to list those out all over the website so that's why you'll hear me say, "or Search Boldly Went on your favorite podcasting app and subscribe."
To get started with a podcatcher, it's pretty simple:
What podcatcher / podcast app should I use?
Choosing a podcast app comes down to personal preference. (Don't you just hate when people say that? I'm usually like, 'Just tell me which one to get so I can get started.' I totally understand, so here are my suggestions...)
I recommend listening with Radio Public
Personally, I've started listening to all podcasts using the Radio Public app, because I like knowing that my listens are helping to financially support the shows I follow.
RadioPublic makes it easy to find and subscribe to podcasts and is available for iOS and Android. I only learned about this app over the summer of 2018. I wish I'd known about it sooner, because RadioPublic actually pays creators a tiny amount for every listen through the app. The Radio Public app is totally free to download and use so consider trying it out!
To start listening to Boldly Went using RadioPublic follow these steps:
If RadioPublic isn't really your thing, and/or you want to learn how to listen in other ways, here are my other suggestions.
Our episodes stand alone so you can start listening anywhere you want. Here are some suggestions for first downloads:
Other Podcasts to Follow
Some podcasts I enjoy listening to include:
I could go on, but please, I want to hear what you like! I'm all ears! (haha!) Leave your comments and suggestions below.
Tim and Angel
The goat in the picture lives in Silverton, CO, and tried to kill us. We survived to bring you this dirtbag wisdom for the ages.