Two REAL podcasts for freelancers

There are lots of howto books out there for those who want to be freelance commercial writers. Many of these books can be skimmed because, while quite helpful, they are also full of hype (or else they are simply trying to bulk up to be book length).

While this is quite do-able for reading, in my opinion, it is entirely insufferable in audio form. I have greatly benefitted from reading books that I think would have driven me insane if I had been forced to listen to them.

I bring this up, because it applies to my podcast listening. One essential element in starting a new (and it is still new to me) business, is feeling like one belongs to a new group. That is an intangible but highly necessary benefit which people crave, and it is the engine behind all sorts of networking, meetings, and professional associations. The attraction for these things cannot be explained simply by the purported value of the usable information one gains from them–even though without that information one might look elsewhere.

So I look for podcasts. And I have found that some types of formats are simply insufferable. Ultra-successful experts who claim they can solve all your problems simply don’t work for me. I want people who are still on the journey. Reasonably successful people who are honest about their lives their work and their needs for improvement are much more encouraging and helpful. (The other kinds of audio casts might be helpful if I could stomach listening to them.)

So, here are too “real” podcasts I have discovered recently and expect to keep up with.

  • Freelance Radio
  • Freelance America (warning: there is an “explicit” warning on this one in iTunes and, while that doesn’t seem exactly the right description, I would not listen to it with children in the room.)

Both of these are really encouraging and worth listening to.

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