5 Reasons to Start Listening to Podcasts


Since I'm almost caught up with my book reviews, I wanted to share with you something different today. Lately, I started listening a lot to podcasts, and surely they have become part of my everyday routine that I wanted to share a little bit about this new addition to my routine and why I think it's something you should try as well.

5 Reasons to Start Listening to Podcasts by Lourdes Montes. December, 2019
Picture by Juja Han, through Unsplash

I began listening to podcasts thanks to one of my favorite authors sharing an episode in their Instagram stories. The episode belonged to First Draft with Sarah Enni and and I was writing the first draft of Dark Keeper that I felt curious about the journey of some of my favorite authors. It was inspiring.

Anyways, I will get to the lists of podcasts I listen to in another post, but for now, I will share with you why you should give podcasts a try:

1. Inspiration

Whatever topic you're interested in, you can probably find a podcast about it. I found inspiration by listening to stories of my favorite authors in First Draft, and I seek inspiration for my writing in the historical podcasts I started listening to. It's not only about getting inspiration for my writing, but for my lifestyle. The information I receive is inspiring, and the people on the other side of the microphone, providing stories and dedicating their content to smart questions that open the discussion of interesting topics definitely fuel my ambition for knowledge and the search to make of my life something I will be happy with always. Listening to others speak of what they love is motivating, and that is something I found that I didn't know I needed.

2. Knowledge

I have learned so much while listening to podcasts during my commutes and while I do other activities that allow me to listen and take in new information. There are so many historical podcasts out there and I found some that really drew me in. There are also educational podcasts that cover so many topics that include finance, science, language learning, between others. Truly, receiving information through small episodes, one topic at the time, is really a great way to keep learning and educating ourselves while we go about our lives.

3. Entertainment

Podcasts are a form of entertainment, just as books and music. Podcasts are the in-between. To me they're like a broken-down audiobook of a nonfiction book. As long as there is an interesting topic, a great narrator, and short episodes that get to the point, I am the happiest and I feel productive. I'm amazed by the diversity in the topics I've found and the types of podcasts I've come through.

4. Relaxation

At the end of the day, before I go to sleep, I listen to podcasts to relax.


There are sleep podcasts that play the sound of rain falling over a rooftop, waves crashing on a shore, sleep meditation and storytelling meant to help you fall asleep. The best part is that Spotify lets me put a timer that will automatically stop the podcast from playing, allowing me to fall asleep as I listen without having to worry about my phone \.

It is a super relaxing and satisfying way to drift off to sleep.

5. Worldview Exposure

There are so many perspectives we can get exposed to by different podcasts. People create content meant to share with the world how they see it, through their experiences, points of view, research of topics that matter to them. I have encountered a little of everything in search for something that'll resonate with who I am and what I want to be. Sometimes I'll go out of my comfort zone and try an episode of a podcast to see it might be what I'm looking for and I still don't know it. It has been worth the try.

I appreciate you reading this post, and I hope you get curious and search for a podcast you might get to love. I will share a list of my favorite podcasts in another post.

If you have any recommendations, please post them in the comments! I'm always open to exploring new content.

Love, Lourdes

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