#PodcastsWorthHearing : TL;DL Pods I Love but Never Listen To
Podcasts are crippleware by nature; crippled by time. If you are interested in a book or an article, you can speed read & skim. Or, if a work of fiction, see the movie. But with podcasts, even if you train yourself to listen to podcasts at 2x or greater speeds, you are still constrained by:
- Length of the podcast,
- The podcaster's respect for your time,
- Your Interests & Choices, &
- Your Available Time & your Commitment to listening
So, now at the end of the year, when dedicated podcast listeners are skipping "best of" compilations & other time & attention-wasting retreads, to get to those podcasts dwelling at the bottom of their playlists, my list of my favorite podcasts I never listen to:
Too Long, Didn't Listen
Congratulations to Tim Ferriss for creating one of iTunes best podcasts of 2014 & 2015. It's a terrific podcast! I almost never hear it. I always intend to listen, but I look at the regular 2-hour play length and push it to the bottom of my Playlist. I'll save it for a road trip. Someday, I tell myself, I'll get to it.
I lie like that to myself all the time.
Today, all but three of Tim's superb podcasts dwell, neglected, at the bottom of my playlist.
So, at Midnight UTC, 31 December, my birthday [thank you very much], they'll be purged along with the rest of the podcasts that are just too long to listen to, but too important to delete out of hand.
I'll feel regret and move on. Of course, Tim salved my guilt by publishing:
One of the great tech podcast of all time. Another podcast that runs about 2-hours, destined, like Tim Ferris, to be bulldozed into a mass grave of unheard podcasts this week.
And One Long podcast I ALWAYS make time for
More like a classroom lecture series than a podcast, I grit my teeth, lower my head, & bull my way through each and every one of Dan's superb series. Tellingly, of the four podcasts listed above, Dan's is the only one I support with donations.