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Paul Boag Posted by: Paul Boag On Thursday, 24th June, 2010

What am I meant to listen to now?

Although the Boagworld podcast will return with a new format in 6 months, the question still remains – what are you mean’t to listen to now?

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As you will have gathered we are taking a break from the Boagworld Podcast after 5 years of recording.

You guys have been so incredibly supportive about this decision. Many of you have expressed your sadness about the show ending, but equally understandd our desire to do something new.

However, Mike from New Zealand asked a very pertinent question…

What am I meant to listen to now?

Somehow this seemed a fitting question for the last listener segment of the show. So here is my answer…

We will still be putting out audio

Although we will not be publishing a regular show over the next few months, we will still be releasing the occasional piece of audio. In particular I am intending to produce the odd interview and release audio from some of my presentations.

Because these will not be ‘full shows’ I won’t be releasing them as part of the main boagworld podcast feed. Instead they will appear on the Bitesize feed, so if you aren’t already subscribed then now would be a good time.

or subscribe via iTunes.

Boagworld Audioboo

Also don’t forget the daily Audioboo’s I record where I give short audio tips on running a successful website.

Other web design podcasts

Obviously nothing is going to match the professionalism, entertainment and pure polish of the Boagworld podcast ;-) but there are actually quite a few web design shows out there.

In fact there are so many now that I cannot mention them all. We have come along way over the past 5 years. There was none when I started Boagworld.

Although I cannot mention them all I will highlight the ones I personally listen to…

The Big Web Show

This relatively new show is fronted by Jeffrey Zeldman and is shaping up to the a good one. Most episodes run to about 50 minutes and consist of an informal discussion with various ‘web celebs’.

The Big Web Show

Think Vitamin Radio

Produced by the guys at Carsonified this show feels more like a glimpse behind the scenes of their business. Hosted by Ryan Carson, Keir Whitaker and Mike Kus it focuses mainly on web design news and lasts about 30 minutes.

Think Vitamin Radio

Sitepoint

Recorded by various people from the Sitepoint.com community this show is essentially a round table discussion of web related topics and news. Shows tend to run at about one hour long and probably are the closest in style to Boagworld.

SitePoint Podcast

Spoolcast

Spoolcast is produced by Brian Christiansen and Jared Spool. This long running show focuses largely on usability and primarily seems to feature excerpts from various events run by User Interface Engineering. Because the show mainly consists of presentations most run for about 30-40 minutes.

SpoolCast

There are also loads of video podcasts which are worth mentioning. However, video cannot replace audio when it comes to commuting, walking the dog or going to the gym. Bearing in mind we are looking to replace boagworld I will leave the video shows for another time.

But if we are looking for audio education we do not need to limit ourselves to podcasts.

Audiobooks

I have become a massive fan of audiobooks. Rarely do I have time to sit and read a book, but there are always opportunities to listen to one. Whether mowing the lawn, driving to work or even doing the ironing, audiobooks are a great way of making mundane tasks more interesting and educational.

Although there are not many web design related audiobooks, there are some related titles which will help broaden your knowledge. What follows are a random selection of my personal favourites…

Made to Stick

Why do some ideas thrive while others die? And how do we improve the chances of worthy ideas? In Made to Stick, accomplished educators and idea collectors Chip and Dan Heath tackle head-on these vexing questions.

A perfect book for website owners and web designers who are striving to make their websites more engaging and to communicate better with users.

made to stick book cover

Crush it!

Do you have a hobby you wish you could indulge in all day? An obsession that keeps you up at night? Now is the perfect time to take that passion and make a living doing what you love. In Crush It! Gary Vaynerchuk shows you how to use the power of the Internet to turn your real interests into real businesses.

Because Gary narrates this audiobook himself, it bristles with energy and enthusiasm. If you want a crash course in how to make the web work as a marketing and business tool then this is a great place to start.

Crush It book cover

Nudge

Thaler and Sunstein show that by knowing how people think, we can design choice environments that make it easier for people to choose what is best for themselves, their families, and their society.

This superb book is so applicable to us as web designers. It shows us how to guide users through a website by nudging them in the right direction. I have learnt so much from this book and it has changed the way I design and run websites.

Nudge Book Cover

The Tipping Point

Like the best social dynamics professor you never had, Malcolm Gladwell deconstructs a wide range of phenomena (from the reduction of crime in New York to the rise of Sesame Street) to deliver a fascinating understanding of how “social epidemics” spread.

All of Malcolm Gladwell’s books are well worth a read but the Tipping Point is the most appropriate to us as website owners and designers. If you are looking to build brand online or spread the word about a project you are working on, then The Tipping Point is a ‘must read’.

The Tipping Point Book Cover

Conferences

Finally I wanted to mention conference talks. The majority of web design conferences now release audio versions of their presentations.

Although this is an amazing educational resources for any web designer or website owner, it does come with two inherent problems…

  • It can often be hard to find out who is releasing what. This means it is easy to miss incredibly valuable and free content.
  • A lot of these conferences stagger the release of their talks and fail to provide an RSS feed you can subscribe to in itunes or your podcatcher of choice.

Fortunately Jeremy Keith has solved these problems with his amazing Huffduffer app.

Huffduffer

Huffduffer provides a bookmarklet that can be used on any page with an audio file. The bookmarklet grabs the audio and add it to your own custom RSS feed.

You can subscribe to this RSS feed in iTunes and hey presto you have your own custom podcast made up of any random audio you find on the web.

However even better is the fact that HuffDuffer recommends content. It shows the most popular content and content from those who share a similar interest. It truly is a superb application and perfect for tracking down and listening to conference material.

But don’t forget us

Of course, all of this is only a stop gap measure! We will be back with something new and exciting very soon. We just want to experiment with some ideas before we do.

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