Podcasts about Love, Relationships, and Friendship



 

Podcasts about love, relationships, and friendship

Love, Friendship, and Podcasting

According to Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs, one of our most basic desires–after physiological (food, shelter, etc) and safety– is for love and belonging. To feel connected to another person, to be accepted by social groups. So, seeing as how Valentine’s Day is only a few days away, we thought we’d take a break from nerding out over podcast stats data and highlight some interesting podcasts about love, belonging, and friendship. In no particular order, here are a handful of love and friendship podcasts that might be worth a listen.

  • The Art of Relationships Podcast, Signs of a Healthy Relationship. “Friendships come and go, but what are the signs of a long-lasting, healthy friendship? Dr. Chris Grace and Dr. Tim Muehlhoff discuss the signs of a healthy friendship.”
  • This Is Love. “The creators of the popular podcast, Criminal, surprised everyone when they turned their attention to an investigation of a very different kind. This is Love explores perseverance, obsession, and what happens when we risk betting it all.”
  • Call Your Girlfriend, Friendship Dilemmas. Self-described BFFs, Amina and Ann, host this long-running podcast covering the gamut of all things friendship. In this episode, they highlight some audience questions about friendships: “friendships where privilege gets in the way. Friendships where one of you has moved on and doesn’t know how to talk about it. Friendships that are post-breakup. Friendships where fat shaming comes into play.”
  • Love is Like a Plant, The Valentine’s Day Episode. In this episode, Elle and Sarah talk about Valentine’s Day, why it’s a charged holiday and how to enjoy it even if you’re not one part of a couple.
  • So This Is Love. This. Is. Adorable. What if you could read someone’s journal about falling in love? Ok, that’d be a little awkward. But, what if they made a podcast about it? In this podcast, husband and wife, Aaron and Leslie, decided to invest in their relationship by hosting a podcast together and highlight entries from Leslie’s journals going all the way back to when they first started dating.

Here’s to you, dear reader, from all of us at Blubrry. We love you and appreciate the opportunity to help you share your stories with the world with our podcast stats, podcast hosting, and PowerPress WordPress podcasting plugin and podcasting websites.


Spotify In Talks To Acquire Gimlet Media? – YP50



Mike is joined by Jeff Hinz, Chief Growth Officer for RawVoice / Blubrry. Taking podcasting mainstream once again, they talked about the rumor that Spotify may be looking to acquire Gimlet Media and what that can mean. A popular podcast Nerd On! scored a great interview with a Star Trek actor/director, and they talk about the new RODECaster Pro.

Welcome to Your Podcast, THE official Blubrry podcast!  

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News:

Topic:

  • Get to know Jeff Hinz, long time hidden team member.
  • RODECaster Pro: Mini review, and remember they added multi-channel recording.
  • PodFest: Todd and Mike will be speaking separately in Orlando this March 6-9.

Support:

  • 301 Redirects: Why you need them when you change from one feed to another. Do things in the correct order to avoid losing subscribers.
  • How RSS works: Publish a post and WAIT for the directories to PULL your episode. Subscribers will get the episode quite quickly EVEN if the episode is not listed on Apple, Google Podcasts, Spotify, etc. We hate to keep saying this, but new people are unaware it’s a PUSH and it’s really a PULL. 24 hours is not uncommon for new episodes to appear.
  • PowerPress settings series: Website and Destinations tabs explained a bit more.

Todd should be back next episode.

To ask questions or to comment on the show, you can contact Todd or Mike here: yourpodcast@blubrry.com 


Podcast Stats Soundbite: Brazil In Bloom



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Podcast Stats Soundbite: Brazil In Bloom

BRICS “is the acronym coined for an association of five major emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.” They account for about 40% of the world’s population, 23% of the gross world product, and are forecasted to grow at a faster rate than the rest of the world. Kind of a big deal. And, when we took a deep dive into our proprietary podcast media download statistics–which go back a decade, we found pretty interesting factoids. In this edition of Podcast Stats Soundbites, we take a look at the Brazilian podcast market. Spoiler alert: it’s large and growing quickly. Might want to pay attention.

  1. In 2009, podcast downloads in Brazil didn’t even make the top 10. Floating somewhere between 13 and 20, Brazil wasn’t really on any podcast market radar. All that changed by 2012. Brazil podcast downloads grew by ludicrous triple digits year over year in 2010 and 2011. And, when they slowed down to only 70%+ in 2012, they had some serious momentum. Brazil’s average Q4 year over year growth rate for podcast media downloads is an astonishing 127% for the past decade.
  2. Brazil is now the second largest podcast download market in the world– bigger than the UK and Australia… combined. The US is still, far and away, the largest podcast market with 660M+ downloads in 2018. But Brazil saw 110M+ downloads in 2018.
  3. Brazil is huge. And growing. Based on our podcast stats, while Brazil saw podcast downloads grow by 33% in 2018, the other top five (USA, Canada, UK, and Australia) saw decreases of 3% – 12%.

The Brazil podcast market is huge and growing. Do you have a Portuguese language version of your show? Do you listen to any? Or, do you have any burning podcast stats questions you’d like us to answer? We have a wealth of data going back a decade.


Podcasting Equipment: 5 Drool-Worthy Pieces of Gear



Podcaster speaking into microphone

Podcasting Equipment: 5 Drool-Worthy Pieces of Podcasting Equipment

There are plenty of great podcasting equipment lists out there. Easy research, plenty of resources. Make sure you do yours. To produce a podcast you need something to capture the audio, and something to process/edit the audio. That could be as simple as your smartphone, or as complicated as a full-on recording studio. We’re going to assume, for the sake of brevity and sanity, that you have a smartphone, tablet, or computer of some kind with which to process your audio recordings. We’re putting the finishing touches on our office podcasting studio, which is pretty awesome. Check out a picture here. With that in mind, here’s our list of 5 drool-worthy pieces of podcasting equipment.

  1. Rode Podcaster USB Broadcast Microphone. Great for podcasting, this dynamic mic with cardioid polar pattern produces broadcast quality sound. The cardioid polar pattern minimizes off-axis noise. With the USB, you can plug this directly into your computer and begin capturing great audio.
  2. Audio-Technica ATH-M30x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones. What good is a great mic if you can’t hear it accurately? Audio-Technica makes some of the finest studio monitor headphones on the market today. These also have a ridiculously flat frequency response from 15-20k Hz, making it that much easier to get an accurate mix.
  3. Acoustic Panels Studio Foam Wedges. You’ve got a great mic, killer headphones, and… a very “bright” room for recording. You speak and those sound pressure waves go bouncing around your room– walls, ceiling, floors– muddying up your podcast audio with unwanted audio reflections. You might want to consider some acoustic panels to spot treat sound on walls in your studio or office.
  4. Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface. Don’t get us wrong: USB mics are great. But, sometimes, you just need something a little… more from your podcasting equipment. In which case, we are drooling over the Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB audio interface. It has 2 inputs (ever have guests on your podcast?) and 4 outputs. Plus it has the legendary Focusrite preamps and D/A converters. Pair this with your favorite (non-USB) mic and you’re in for a treat.
  5. Zoom H6 Six-Track Portable Recorder. Small but mighty. Mighty, mighty good. This handy little bit of kit will let you take the show on the road. 6 inputs. Records to two SD cards. What. Is. Not. To. Like?!

Forget the Podcasting Equipment and Get Going

Ok. Admittedly, we totally nerded out putting this podcasting equipment list together. It’s really fun to see what gadgets are available, or how prices have fallen. But it’s also easy to fall into the analysis paralysis trap where you go down internet rabbit hole after internet rabbit hole in search of the best deal on the best podcasting equipment in the history of humankind. One of the most important podcasting tips we can ever convey: start. Start podcasting with whatever you have. Your story is good enough to shine through even the muddiest of recordings. So get going. And, of course, we recommend Podcast Hosting, Stats, and PowerPress from Blubrry.


The Purpose of Your Podcast



People create podcasts for lots of reasons, such as to discuss their favorite whiskeys with their friends, or review the latest Cavs game. Others, are a bit more serious and every once in a while it’s important to evaluate the purpose of your podcast. Kendall Ann Byrd started her show, High Heels and Heartache, to help women recovering from all kinds of unhealthy, toxic or abusive relationships. Almost a year later she is sharing episodes about once a month on topics that range from therapy to the science of accepting trauma.

Before and after the discussion of why a podcast should have a purpose that you’re passionate about, they chat about an initiative from APM and social media trends. While they highly encourage people to check out the podcast pitch exercise, they’re not convinced all the social media trends will be for the greater good of the internet.

Again, apologies for the less than stellar recording quality this time around, but the new studio will be worth it for this episode. More pictures to come.

Thanks for listening and please subscribe via your favorite podcast app. If you’d like to be a guest on the show reach out to MacKenzie. She’s always looking for fun, new podcasters that use Blubrry services, specifically PowerPress.

Fan of PowerPress? Leave us a review here.

Show notes:

Are you an ideas person: Pitch your show to APM now!
High Heels and Heartache: Hosted by Kendall Ann Byrd, helping people understand the truth about relationships.
Social Media Trends in 2019: Top 5 that will take over the social media world.


Podcast Stats Soundbite: A Prediction About Apple Podcasts



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Podcast Stats Soundbite: A Prediction About Apple Podcasts

As part of our continuing series Podcast Stats Soundbites, this week we’re going to take a look at a treasure trove of podcast media download statistics. Specifically, podcast download clients–Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, etc.–some trends we see, and what that might mean for the podcasting space overall.

Podcast Stats Soundbite 1: Apple Podcasts Still Rules

Based on proprietary Blubrry Pro Podcast Stats data, Apple Podcasts, formerly known as iTunes Podcasts, is still the most used podcast download platform. In 2018 it was nearly 3x as large as the next nearest ecosystem (Google’s various devices and apps), and nearly twice as large as Google, Stitcher, Microsoft, Spotify, and Amazon combined.

Podcast Stats Soundbite 2: Apple Is Cannibalizing Itself

From January 2018 through December 2018, Apple Podcasts consumption moved from iOS to WatchOS in a big way. From January through August, Blubrry Pro Podcast Stats data show that Apple Podcasts on iOS grew from ~45% market share to ~50% market share. From September through December, Apple podcasts decreased to ~27% market share. That’s almost half. Where’d that market share go? Primarily Apple Watch, which grew from nothing to nearly 9% market share in that same period. What about the rest of that market share– where’d it go? Death by a thousand cuts. Everything from Stitcher (minor growth from 2.5% to 2.7%), to Spotify (grew from 0% to 1%), to CastBox.fm (which appears to be inversely correlated to Apple Podcasts: when Apple gains, CastBox.fm loses, and vice versa). As a market matures, it is common to see fragmentation as new entrants divide up existing market share. However, seeing such a precipitous drop by Apple Podcasts is not common.

Podcast Stats Soundbite 3: Apple Will Embrace Alexa

Based on the podcast stats data outlined above, we predict that Apple will create an Apple Podcasts Alexa skill as a way to hedge their podcast download market leader position. Amazon reportedly has 100 million Alexa enabled devices in the market. Among the primary use cases for these devices is listening to music and podcasts. So, just as Apple added Apple Music to the growing list of Alexa skills is 2018, it makes good sense, strategically, to have Apple Podcasts represented in this growing market. As an aside, while Google has more Google Assistant devices in the market, Google’s phones and Android also compete directly with Apple’s golden goose: iPhone.

Apple Podcasts is still huge, but it’s losing market share to… Apple Watch and a bunch of (relatively) new entrants. So we’re predicting that Apple’s going to produce an Alexa skill for Apple Podcasts. Bold or blah? What do you think, and why?


Your PowerPress Podcast – ppp81 and yp49



While the cat is away, the mice will play. MacKenzie is at PodCon and Todd is out at an undisclosed location so Mike and (guest host) John Hankins, from the the Blubrry support team, do a combined episode of Your Podcast and PowerPress Podcast.

Welcome to Your Podcast, THE official Blubrry podcast!  

AND PowerPress Podcast!

Thanks for listening to the show and please subscribe at PowerPressPodcast.com.

We love our PowerPress users, please leave us a review 😀

News:
  • Android Auto: Finally getting Google Podcasts added to your car.
  • Mobituaries: CBS’s latest podcast, hosted by Mo Rocca.
Topics:
  • Learn about John: a new member of our support team.
  • Independent podcasting: There is no rule that you have to make money, have ads, interview people or anything. Do your own thing.
  • Shawn’s PowerPress tip: Caching
Support:
  • Media file names: Keep it simple and keep it routine.
  • PowerPress settings: Focusing on the Apple Tab.
  • Relax, as long as your episode is in your feed, it will go everywhere you have it syndicated.

To ask questions or to comment on the show, you can contact Todd or Mike here: yourpodcast@blubrry.com 


Podcast Stats Soundbite: 3 Surprising Stats about Religious Podcasts



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Podcast Stats Soundbite: 3 Surprising Stats about Religious Podcasts

Maybe podcasting is a modern continuation of the prophets, town criers, and sages of old (which is pretty dang cool, if you think about it). Maybe podcasting is yet another channel where we create self-selecting “filter bubbles” lacking any diversity in life experience or perspective (but there are things you can do to fix that.) Whatever category, whatever reason over the past decade or so Blubrry has had the great fortune to be home to hundreds of thousands of podcasters in our Podcast Directory and our Podcast Stats & Podcast Hosting platforms. This year, we’re going to be focusing a bit on Podcast Statistics, making some predictions, and calling out what we believe are interesting factoids. We hope you’ll come along on this journey with us find some interesting, useful factoids.

The Inevitable Disclaimer

Let’s get this out of the way first: we are not here to promote one religion (or no religion) over another. This is simply looking at the production and consumption of religious-themed podcasts.

Podcast Stats Soundbite 1: Religious Podcasts Dominate

Of the 660,000+ podcasts in the Blubrry Podcast Directory, there are just over 92,000 podcasts in the Religious category. That’s almost half again as many podcasts in the Religious category than the next largest category, Culture & Travel which has nearly 65,000. Religious podcasts account for nearly 15% of total podcasts.

Podcast Stats Soundbite 2: Religious Podcasts Listenership Has Grown at an Astronomical Rate

Over the past decade, Religious podcast listeners (as measured by downloads) has increased by 85%. On average. Per year. 85%. That’s a phenomenal growth rate. Interesting side note: most of that enormous growth rate happened in 2015, when we saw a jump from roughly 110M downloads in Q4 2014 to nearly 680M estimated downloads in Q4 2015. If we remove that anomalous year, the growth rate still averages nearly 30% per year, which is nearly triple the average growth rate of all podcast estimated downloads.  

Podcast Stats Soundbite 3: Religious Podcasts Have Fewer Listeners Per Podcast

Ok. We’ve established Religious podcast have seen huge growth in both creation and listenership. But what about how many listeners each podcast can expect to attract? Well, Religious podcasts fall slightly below average on this measure. Religious podcasts attracted, on average, 8.75% fewer downloads per podcast (4,166 for religious podcasts vs. 4,565 for all categories) in Q4 over the past decade. This makes sense when you consider the massive number of religious podcasts that are created: it’s fragmenting the listener base. 

Not only are Religious podcasts the largest category–by far–but they’re also growing more quickly than average, both in terms of podcasts created and listeners (as measured by downloads). But they are slightly below the average number of listeners per podcast. Be sure to check back next week when we’ll be discussing Apple vs. Amazon and making a fairly bold prediction for 2019.


Promote Yourself Over Other Platforms – yp48



Welcome to 2019! Happy New Year from Blubrry podcasting! Diving into the year Todd and Mike discuss Todd’s recent guest appearance on a podcast discussing something he’s very familiar with, podcast statistics. If you’re someone that likes to podcast on the go or just doesn’t have an extensive studio, BackPack Studio might be for you. It replaced the longstanding BossJock app. In a world where more and more celebrities are getting involved, Kanye West will be a guest on a prominent podcast sometime soon. They end the show with a case study and what NOT to do when promoting your podcast. Also, Mike starts a new segment on PowerPress in-depth settings starting with the Feeds tab.

Welcome to Your Podcast, THE official Blubrry podcast!

Thanks for listening to the show and please subscribe at PowerPressPodcast.com.

We love our PowerPress users, please leave us a review 😀

News

Topics

  • What’s coming to Blubrry in 2019? Get an idea of some of the things we are working on.
  • NEVER promote something you don’t own. Create your corner of the internet that encompasses other platforms such as Apple, Twitter, etc. Now on to a case study we did ourselves.
    Case Study
    Popular podcaster interviews a well-known person. Said interviewee promotes the episode on several websites, social media and publications. So far so good. Right? BUT, interviewee promoted the Apple link and not the podcaster’s website (with RSS feeds and such on it). Meanwhile, this podcaster wasn’t following best practices, ie author keyword stuffing. With the new found popularity of this podcast, it popped up into the top 200 at Apple… you guessed it, POOF. The podcasters link was shut down at Apple (the listing was down for 2 weeks). The trouble is all the publicity he got is worthless (or nearly so) because any link in any story was from Apple and it no longer works. Moral of the story: promote yourself, not someone or something else. Stay in control, 100%.

Support

Lots of new people are immersing themselves in podcasting. This is great, but not always a great, but not always easy when it comes to support.

  • Tweaking the tech in PowerPress.
    The Feeds tab settings that are important to set.

    • Enhance feeds: Really doesn’t matter which of these options you check if you are using the main podcast-only feed.
    • Podcast feeds: Check both boxes, “Do not allow other plugins to modify podcast feeds” and “Accelerate feed.”
    • Feed discovery: Check the box “Include podcast feed links in HTML headers.”
    • RSS2 image: Check that box.
    • Emoji: New feature from 2018, but use as desired.
    • Feed title (Show Title): hint, this is where you change the title of your show. 
    • Feed Description.
    • Podcast Mirror feed URL: Set only if you use Podcast mirror or some other RSS service.
    • Show most recent: Set this to more than 10.
    • Feed Episode Maximizer: Turn this on if you set the above to more than 10.
    • Basic Show Information: Optional, but recommended.
    • TV Rating: Due to the V-chip rule in the U.S., you should really check this for set-top boxes, aka Roku, Apple TV, etc.

To ask questions or to comment on the show, you can contact Todd or Mike here: yourpodcast@blubrry.com.


2018 Podcasting Tips, Year in Review



Most Popular Podcasting Tip Posts in 2018

2018 Podcast Tips, Year in Review

As 2018 draws to a close, we wanted to take some time to reflect on all that’s happened this year in the world of podcasting. The thing we are proudest of (other than the privilege of having all of you amazing podcasters using Blubrry services) was becoming the first–and, so far, only– independent podcast host to have our podcast statistics platform certified as IAB Compliant. It’s kind of a big deal, and we’ll totally toot our own horn about it. But, rather than add to the echo chamber of 2018 podcasting year end reviews, we wanted to let you choose. So, here are the top podcasting tips 10 posts, as measured by pageviews in 2018.

  1. Number of podcasts showing up in iTunes or Feed. It’s a podcasting tips oldie but a goodie. From way back in 2011, this perennial favorite addresses one of the more common questions we get: why am I only seeing 10 of my podcast episodes in Apple Podcasts? Not to worry. It’s a quick read and an even quicker fix.
  2. Most Popular Apple Podcast Categories and The Importance of a Podcast Site. Coming in at number 9 is a PowerPress Podcast episode from March where we discussed the most popular content categories on Apple Podcasts. The trends weren’t really all that surprising, but the fun part is what the podcaster chooses to do with that information. Click through and listen also for an interview with John Wilkerson of The Wired Homeschool.
  3. 5 Things Podcasters Need To Know About Taxes. Taxes: no fun, but necessary. From 2016, this post gives podcasters things to consider when filing taxes, and making sure you get it done right. And, of course, the obligatory disclaimer: we at Blubrry are experts in podcasting, but not necessarily tax preparation! To make sure you’re protecting yourself and your podcast, be sure to consult IRS resources and/or speak to a tax professional if you have any questions.
  4. What Does “Fair Use” Mean When It Comes To Podcast Copyright? First taxes, now legal terms? Why, yes. Because it’s important… and we didn’t choose these, our readers/listeners did with each pageview. In this podcasting tips post, Blubrry CFO & General Counsel, Barry Kantz walks through an example of possible fair use and gives you some questions to ask when considering if your use could be considered fair use. Another obligatory disclaimer: we’re podcasters, not your attorney, and none of this should be considered legal advice. That’s what your attorney is for.
  5. Are Podcasts Downloaded or Streamed? We’ve Got The Answer. Spoiler alert: they’re downloaded for playback on demand. Another spoiler: there are a ton of great stats and insights in this post such as mobile vs. desktop, native app vs. browser, etc. Check it out.
  6. How To Take Advantage of Google’s Plan To “Double” Podcast Listening. Ah, Google. The 8 hundred million pound gorilla in any market they choose to enter. In this podcasting tips post from March, we give some ideas for leveraging Google’s plan to double podcast audience listenership.
  7. 4 Smart, Streamlined Options For Live Streaming Your Podcast. You all seem to really like some of our posts from 2016. This post is a primer on live podcasting– what platforms to consider, how best to use them, etc. For what it’s worth, we have a more recent take on live podcasting as well.
  8. Google Podcasts App is here! – YP34. Official Blubrry Podcast, Your Podcast, episode in which Mike Dell and special guest host Dave Clements, from the Blubrry Support team, and host of the GeekThis Podcast, discuss the long awaited, much anticipated Google Podcasts App.
  9. 3 Copyright Myths That Will Sink Your Podcast. Another long-time favorite, consistently bringing in readers, this podcasting tips post discusses some common podcast copyright misconceptions. Do yourself–and your podcast–a favor and give this post a quick read.
  10. What’s In A Name (And Logo?) How To Register And Protect Your Podcast Trademark. Consistently one of our top performing posts, but it makes sense: if you’re going to invest the blood, sweat, and tears creating and building a podcast, you want to make sure you can protect the intellectual property you’re creating. This post has some great tips for trademarking your podcast. Hint: “You obtain a podcast trademark when you first use your branding in commerce. When you pick a show name and logo and you publish a podcast using that show name and logo you have created your trademark. Of course your show name and logo must be unique and not a copy or something similar to another podcaster’s show name and logo.”

2018 has been a great year for Blubrry, and we are incredibly, eternally grateful to you: the podcasters who use our hosting, stats, and websites to bring your voice and story to the world. Here’s to 2019, and making it even better!