My digital hoarding of podcasts continues to spiral out of control. As of now, my podcast queue is over 200 episodes deep.
Some of these are over a year old. Most are at least a month old. That number in the red bubble has only grown over the last 6 months. I continually tell myself that I will someday get caught up. But with 265 hours of content, if I didn’t download a single new episode from this point forward, it would take me about 2 months of listening about my average amount each day to get through just the backlog.
Other than the fact that I am constantly staring at that number and wondering if it will every go away, I am also not really trying any new podcast because my current list is already so long. I knew I needed a strategy so get back on track, and while I have never been a fan of the nuclear option, it make a lot of sense here.
The crux of the plan is that I will blow everything I currently have away, and start with just a single podcast. When I run out of new episodes and I need to fill some podcast time, I will subcribe to something new. And so on the strategy goes, only subscribe to a podcast when there is literally nothing to listen to. This should do a much better of job of making sure that I am not missing the shows I care about not, but also not listening to year old episodes either.
One twist I am going to implement is that one out of every 5 podcasts I subscribe to must be something that I haven’t already been subscribed to. That way I an ensure that I am being exposed to new stuff.
The first selection is an obvious one, the BS Report with Bill Simmons is my favorite podcast. I am an unabashed Bill Simmons’ fanboy and enjoy the cross between pop culture and sports that he covers.
I will post more updates on my progress as I go.