Now Listening: Current Podcasts

Much like its interesting (to me) to occasionally snapshot my iPhone home screen, it also seems relevant to log what podcasts currently have my attention. They seem to fall into three listening groups:

The Must-Listens in a Timely Fashion

Amplified – a weekly look at Apple-related news and related topics, hosted by Jim Dalrymple, his beard, and Dan Benjamin. The first 3/4 of the show is usually Apple, with a topic change to music for the last segment.

The Fizzle Show – the three guys behind Fizzle explore a variety of topics related to building online businesses.

The Ihnatko Almanac – hard to classify this show other than “things Andy Ihnatko finds interesting.” His interests overlap with mine, so it’s a great show.

Marketing Over Coffee – a short weekly marketing update from Christpher S. Penn and John Wall. Come for the news about big industry players, stay for the Google Analytics tips.

NBN Radio – I’ve been enjoying Dave Delaney’s new(ish) show about networking. Via interviews with guests, he explores the factors to business networking success.

Smart Passive a Income – Pat Flynn talks business with a variety of topics and frequent guests that talk about successful techniques for building a company with the goal of passive income.

Usually-Listen, Eventually

The Digital Story – a weekly roundup of the photography world, hosted by photographer and writer Derrick Story.

The Lede from Copyblogger – a very short weekly show about writing more betterer.

Let’s Make Mistakes – allegedly and occasionally about design, Mike Montiero and Jessie Char chat about modern digital life.

Mac Power Users – all things OS X and iOS, with David Sparks and Katie Floyd share their favorite tips, tricks, and apps that make life great. If you’re into productivity and apps, the series of workflow episodes (where they interview a guest) are excellent.

Mikes on Mics – productivity, writing, and banter with Mr. Vardy and Mr. Schechter.

New Rainmaker - thoughts on modern business and content marketing from the folks at Copyblogger.

On Taking Pictures – a photography podcast cohost by Jeffery Saddoris and Bill Wadman, exploring the art side of the photo world. They make me think as they explore a variety of often-philosophical questions about art and life.

Systematic – a look at processes, workflows, and learning via conversations between host Brett Terpstra and guests from all walks of life (

Running from the Law – legal topics and distance running. No, they don’t really have anything to do with each other, but the host pairing of Gabe Levine and Erika Hall is great.

The Talk Show with John Gruber – opinionated Apple nerdery at its finest.

Occasionally-Listen

Beyond the To Do List – Erik Fisher interviews guests about productivity. I tend to listen based on the topic or guest.

The Grid – the podcast version of the weekly photo talk show hosted by Scott Kelby and friends.

Hanselminutes – Microsoft developer and technologist Scott Hanselman interviews guests about any number of topics. Episode 107 was kind of neat.

Home Work – a show for people who work from home. Hosted by Aaron Mahnke and Dave Caolo, the topics are frequently applicable to anyone who wants to get more done.

Manager Tools – the show is about being a better manager, but I find that Horstman offer up a lot of great thoughts that apply to any sort of interpersonal interaction.

Martin Bailey Photography Podcast – usually-stimulating photography chat by everyone’s favorite Japanese British photo guy.

The New Disruptors – Glenn Fleishman interviews folks who are breaking traditional molds in various creative fields.

Quit! – originally framed as quitting your day job, it’s evolving more into a show about making smart choices for a better life regardless of employment situation. Hosted by Dan Benjamin and Haddie Cook.

This Week in Photo – A mix of timely topics as well as broader, more evergreen photo discussions. Hosted by Frederick Van Johnson and a rotating cast of cohosts.

So now you know my interests… what else should I know about?

I Don’t Read Fiction

I don’t read fiction.

There, I said it.

The statistics show I’m not all that different than the average American.

I didn’t say that I don’t read. In fact, at any given moment I’m in the middle of at least one nonfiction book, with several more on deck. Right now I have two unread books in my Kindle library along with six unopened bits of nonfiction book reading of the dead-tree variety.

Why no fiction, Aaron? Why do you hate stories?

I don’t hate made-up stories. I enjoy my stories in other forms. I’ll watch them on Netflix. I’ll read the occasional bit of fiction online. I’ll read the press releases from PETA[1].

I’ve never read any Harry Potter books. I’ve never read the Lord of the Rings. Am I missing something beyond water cooler conversation topics? There’s value in that… but…

Diary of a Part-Time Indian…why would I spend my time on fiction and fantasy when there are lots of “real” nonfiction things that I can learn and study and use? If I get pleasure from reading a book of Scott Adams’ thoughts on the world would I gain more pleasure or have more benefits from reading about a hobbit or a wizard or such?

Maybe. I don’t know.

I mentioned this to my friend Justin earlier this week and within an hour he gifted me the Kindle version of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

I have no idea what this book is about, but I trust my friend so I’m going to read it.

Will it lead to reading more fiction? Maybe. I’m totally okay with either a yes or a no answer to this question. But I’m pretty sure that my nonfiction world makes me some sort of aberration among my normal circles.

Is that so wrong?


  1. Sorry, easy target. But seriously, WTF?  ↩

Portland Boil Water Notice

The city of Portland is currently under a citywide Boil Water Alert due to E.Coli in the water.

Don’t worry Portland, we’re laughing with you.

The Return of the (My) Personal Blog

I’ve been missing the ability to share longer personal writing, quips, or thoughts that didn’t fit neatly into my other online ventures or a particular social network.

Hence, resurrecting the usage of this site (and the Interesting… from Aaron list… sign up below). Look for short-to-long pieces on a variety of topics. Subscribe via RSS or leave your email address below to get updated a few times a month via that method.

Where else am I right now?

Welcome back.

WTF Hockley, or Facebook and Instagram Redux

tl;dr I (re)joined Facebook and Instagram.

I used to be in both places. Then, almost a year ago, I wrote a bit about deciding to leave both social networks. Without rehashing that entire post, I’ll say that it came down to being opposed to the behaviors of the company.

In the past year we’ve seen that Facebook and Instagram have continued being less-than-perfect. Alternatives have sprung up such as Pressgram1. Google has started using personal data for explicit advertising, a la Facebook.

We’ve learned that the NSA is watching everything, regardless of company.

By the numbers, most folks are still on Facebook and Instagram when compared with alternative networks. Popularity isn’t everything, but it is something.

In the past several months I’ve had a few personal and a couple professional opportunities missed due to my non-Facebook and non-Instagram stance.

I’ve changed my mind. I’ve decided that while I still disagree with many things about how Facebook / Instagram does business, I suspect that the benefits of having a presence will outweigh potential downsides.

Was I wrong a year ago? Maybe. Am I right now? Maybe. Am I confident in those answers? Maybe.

We’ll see. Let’s be all social networky.

Follow my mobile photography on Instagramn (@hockleyphoto), or add me as a friend on Facebook.


  1. Which I will continue to use. 

Seattle Talk on November 14th: From Domain to Fame

WordPress has that famed five-minute install, right? Right. And with most modern web hosts, it’s much quicker than that by using their control panel.

But installing WordPress is but one step in the overall process of launching a new website. Regardless of whether your new online venture is for a hobby or a business, there’s a lot more ot launching a new site than just making WordPress run.

That’s the topic for a talk I’m giving in a couple weeks at the Seattle WordPress Meetup. Join me on November 14th at TechStars.

Seattle Skyline as seen from Gas Works Park

Before the launch, you’ll want to think about how the site is structured and the design. You’ll need to plan for the initial content (both static and dynamic) that should be ready to go while still under wraps. And there should be some preparatory work to ensure that when you launch, someone knows.

On launch day, several things need to happen, and if they’re done in the wrong order it’s not hard to make a potentially embarrassing mistake.

Immediately after the launch, you’ll want to be ready with additional content and promotional steps to bring folks to the site and convert them in some way… whether that’s to a subscriber of some sort, a buyer, someone who’s sharing your content, or whatever other action it is that you hope for your visitors.

We’re going to walk through this in Seattle. Be there… or don’t. :)