Filling my free time with podcasts

We’re all a little bit chronically busy in this day and age aren’t we? I’ll put my hands up and say i’m one of the many who tweet “there aren’t enough hours in the day” on a regular basis; however i’m also a lover of doing nothing.. or to phrase it better, someone who understands the value of switching off to make the time you spend switched on, even more valuable. 

There are periods during the day where you can switch off entirely, like when you’re having a bath or doing your skincare routine, i think it’s really important to have at least even a small amount of time devoted to yourself during the day to, (in a way) remain sane. However there are also points during the day where you can switch off but not entirely, typically during journeys or while i’m doing something like making my lunch. During this time i would usually listen to music or catch up on social media, but recently i’ve been turning to podcasts to be able to really gain something from my pockets of free time. 

Here are my four favourites, basically a “you should definitely subscribe to these” list..

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“At Home With..” a conversation.

“At home with…” was the first podcast i ever listened to (since 2008 anyway), and was recommended to me by a good old blogging friend Sophie, a self confessed Lily and Anna obsessive.  

I’m usually very democratic with lists and don’t do them in a specific order, but i had to put “At Home With…” right at the top of this one. This combines so many of my interests into one podcast, generally learning about the career’s of some of the beauty industry’s most interesting characters – from brand creatives to familiar blogging and youtube voices, a nod to interiors and y’know .. being a little bit nosy..

Lily and Anna seem to have the best guests, there wasn’t a single episode i wasn’t interested in listening to – and that’s usually how i judge podcasts on my scale, so i’m desperate for a second series.  They manage to find a balance between asking questions and actually getting unfiltered answers, but also being a tiny bit “fangirly” when they meet some of their guests, which is one of my favourite things because you can tell they are just as excited about them as we are. Within that balance they also bridge the gap between interview questions and just generally having a chat with someone; usually when you’re reading or listening to something about a brand you hear from a representative, but with At Home With.. you hear from the person behind it all themselves. (even better that you hear it from their living room, and what colour chair they’re sitting on while they’re at it)

They have a seriously impressive guest list that i’m almost worried for them for the second season, i mean how the hell do you top Lisa Eldridge, Liz Earle and a Zoella finale to finish it all off? I’m sure they’ll manage it though, and i’ll keep commenting on a Caroline Hirons interview until it happens.. 

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“Hashtag Authentic”, information.

Hashtag Authentic is the podcast you have to listen to if you’re a blogger, instagrammer or even looking to get into the online world. Sara Tasker seems to be filled to the brim with instagram knowledge, if something goes wrong she’s the account i turn to for information, and you can pretty much guarantee if there’s an Instagram topic of conversation happening there will be a Hashtag Authentic podcast about it in the future. Sara is the only reason i had any explanation about my account hack last month, and her podcast is where i actually learned what everyones favourite term “shadowban” means. 

Hashtag Authentic features a lot of interviews with people that shine a light on certain topics, they’re not always necessarily a name you’ll know but they seriously know what they’re talking about. My favourite has to be one of the most recent episodes where Sara meets Pete Lewin to talk about the rules behind influencer marketing. So much of the online world is new and unwritten but here you can hear from an expert in the industry, who clears up any confusion around disclosing sponsorships and the like. 

This is a podcast designed not only to help you grow your following but but as the title suggests, doing it authentically – which is especially important in the world of instagram bots, shadow bans and social blade. 

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“Keeping it candid”, more relaxed pop culture with a hint of blogging.

Can i just say i’m realising how varied all of these are as i’m writing this, when i originally thought they were quite similar *pats self on back*. “Keeping it candid” is one of the most casual podcasts in this list, while series like Hashtag Authentic are really information heavy, Keeping It Candid is more like listening to two of your friends. This might be more on the casual side but don’t be fooled, Millie and Sophie tackle some really important issues which somehow manage to be right on the pulse of what’s happening right now. 

The Kardashians and fashion week might be some of the topics mentioned, but they link them to real topics of conversation, like where bloggers fit into the industry and on the other side of the scale the ever more relevant revenge porn issue. Most people would link topics to do with the Kardashians and fashion to being fickle, but i think it should be seriously commended that the girls mange to use on trend topics to spark actual discussion. 

This is the podcast i turn to when i’m not looking for blogging tips as such, but want to listen to a relevant discussion in my free time. 

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“Made Online”, an inspirational one. 

Online careers are such a new thing, something that can now be described as someone’s stable career often didn’t even exist a few years back. It means there’s a whole generation of people who have made their life online and those are the people who are interviewed in “Made Online“, i mean you can’t get a more fitting title really.. 

Made Online is the type of podcast to listen to if you’re in the mood to be motivated, it’s so exciting hearing about people who have turned an idea into a business all with the use of the internet, and the fact that we (in the uk), nearly all have access to it leaves you feeling like you too can put your mind to something in the ever changing online world. I love that Hayley has a really varied guest list too, you’d think something like this would feature heavily on bloggers but you also get social media managers, writers and my favourite, my friend Albertine being interviewed on behalf of Blogosphere Magazine. 

Have you got any podcast recommendations?




  1. October 6, 2017 / 7:24 pm

    Such great recommendations, I also put Youtube videos on and end up only looking up occasionally so podcast are a great way to listen and still have a chance to do other things simultaneously. I will definitely check these out x

    • October 9, 2017 / 2:45 pm

      omg same!! Thats exactly why i started listening to them, i wanted something that i didn't have to actually watch so i could get along with doing other things! x

    • October 9, 2017 / 2:45 pm

      Omg you have to give it a listen if you like the others! x

  2. October 7, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    I absolutely loved the At Home With.. podcast, I'm the same I can't wait for Season 2 of it – let's hope we don't have to wait too long! Great Post x


    • October 9, 2017 / 2:46 pm

      It's definitely my favourite, let's hope it comes along soon! x

  3. October 8, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    I am very here for this post. I've been really getting into podcasts lately, trying to expand my listening. These all sound amazing, especially at home with. I will definitely be checking these out. Thanks for sharing x

    • October 9, 2017 / 2:46 pm

      yay!! They're such a good pastime, i hope you manage to find a new one you like! x

  4. October 9, 2017 / 3:41 pm

    Loved this blog post Maria! Lets hope Lily and Anna will do a round two of there podcast 👌🏻

    Sophie Kate //

    • October 17, 2017 / 8:44 pm

      Thank you Sophie! Fingers crossed, i think they will x

  5. October 9, 2017 / 9:51 pm

    I'd love to listen to some podcasts but my phone is not working with me and I somehow can't. However I listen to some transferred to youtube 😀
    I think I'll like hashtag authentic 😀 thanks for sharing 🙂

    xo Honey – blog Royal LifestyleTwitterInstagram

    • October 17, 2017 / 8:45 pm

      aww no i hope it gets sorted soon, podcasts being put onto youtube is a great idea too thats how i listen to some as well! x

    • November 3, 2017 / 12:23 pm

      I'm desperate for season 2, i just keep checking! x

  6. November 4, 2017 / 12:53 pm

    These podcasts sound really good! I've downloaded a few that I always mean to listen to, but I never get round to them. I feel like I'd zone out to it if I was doing something else while listening to them, but I'd feel like I'm wasting time if I sit and do nothing but listen. I still need to make more of an effort to check out the ones that have caught my eye, though. 🙂

  7. November 25, 2017 / 6:11 am

    Made Online sounds awesome and I love At Home With as well, I love Lily and Anna so the combo of both of them is even better. I really like true crime podcasts so at the moment I've been listening to In The Dark and Serial.

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

  8. November 29, 2017 / 11:48 am

    Good suggestions, looking forward to try them out. I have just subscribed to all of them. 🙂

  9. December 23, 2017 / 2:23 am

    Great blog post also how did you find the podcast with Zoe in it I've been looking for it everywhere

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