This is How to Get 200 Hours of a Free Blogging Education Every Year. In this post, you’ll learn my secret to getting hundreds of hours of free training and education, all while driving to work.
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Free Education on Your Commute
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a way to get 200 hours of free education per year without taking a single minute away from the time you spend at your full-time job and raising your family? If that sounds good to you, then you are going to love this post.
The average person spends 25 minutes on their commute to work each way, totaling 50 minutes a day, or 250 minutes a week. This comes out to about 216 hours of time spent just driving around in your car on the way to and from work each year.
Instead of listening to the radio and hearing the same songs over and over, you can turn that time into a growth acceleration project for your blog.
There are so many great podcasts about every different aspect of blogging that you can listen to them for years and never run out.
This can become a daily habit that helps you learn more about your craft.
Listen to Educational Podcasts
Podcasts are easy to come by in a lot of different ways, and you can use your cell phone to play them while you’re driving. This is no different than listening to the radio as long as you get everything set up before you actually start moving.
I definitely don’t recommend messing around with your telephone while you drive, especially because it could take your mind off the road and cause a dangerous situation.
Instead, get all of your set up done after you get in the car, and then while your podcast is playing you can drive away completely hands free.
Now, on your way to work and on your way home, you’ll learn lots of great ideas, tips, and educational resources about blogging. This can help you quite a bit, especially in the beginning as you’re trying to learn all the different aspects of the craft.
Why This is So Important for Busy Bloggers
Busy bloggers need ways to turn a waste of time into productive time without taking away from everything else that you do. Using the time you would just be sitting in your car for something more productive is one of those techniques.
You’re already going to be there, you already have a severe limitation on what you can actually do while driving, and it’s time you’re already spending. In a case like this, getting 200 hours education is a gigantic win for productivity.
If you haven’t started writing posts on your lunch break yet, you can start to break the unproductive cycle of wasting time at lunch by listening to podcasts. After that, you can start writing at lunch instead.
Finding the Best Blogging Podcasts
The easiest way to start this process is to start looking for blogging podcasts. You can do a simple internet search for best blogging podcast and then read what people have to say. As you learn a little bit about each post and their style, it will help you pick your first few shows.
As you listen more and more, you’ll naturally run into more shows that are also about blogging and you can try those as well. Listen to a few episodes and see if you like them, and if you do, subscribe and listen to their entire catalog of content.
You can even find new podcasts from recommendations in the podcasts that you already listen to. The podcasting app can also recommend additional shows in the same genre, and you can check those out as well.
Before you know it, you’ll have a whole list of podcasts that you subscribe to, and you’ll have so much free blogging education and content that you’ll never run out.
My Personal Favorite Podcasts
There are a few podcasts on blogging that I really like, and that helped me grow and shape my blog from the very beginning. Each of these have been helpful for different reasons, and they are all very good.
The first is The Blogging Millionaire by Brandon Gaille. He was one of the very first podcasts that I ever discovered, and his shows are all packed with actionable tips and tricks. He’s very analytical, and does a lot of research into his posts.
Another podcast that I like is The Pro Blogger Podcast with Darren Rowse. He’s a lot of fun to listen to, and he is very common sense oriented. He gives you great advice, and he also showcases real bloggers just like you.
I also spent allot of my early time listening to The Smart Passive Income Podcast by Pat Flynn, and he also does quite a bit about podcasting as well. You can definitely feel the excitement in his voice as you listen to him talk about his online business, and you can’t help but feel excited yourself.
What Device to Use
There are a lot of different ways to listen to podcasts while you drive to work, but by far the absolute easiest is to use your cell phone. There are several podcasting apps that you can use, though the podcast player on the iPhone is my personal favorite.
This is the original source for everything to do with podcasting. There are tons and tons of shows, and they cover lots of different parts of blogging. These topics can be marketing, business, writing, and many more.
After you get a firm grasp on blogging, branch out to the areas you need help with. These are easy wins, and you can keep advancing your knowledge as you listen.
You can also listen to podcasts on a computer, but it’s very difficult to get that going in your vehicle. My absolute top recommendation is to just use your cell phone, and you can download the podcasts while you’re on Wi-Fi before you head out of the house, which will help save your data.
How to Get Set Up for Listening While Driving
This is my recommendation to help you get set up for listening to podcasts while you commute. The first thing after identifying some of the shows that you like is to go into their archives and download a bunch of the episodes to your phone.
Once you have all of the content on your phone, at least a few hours worth, then it’s simply a matter of selecting and playing one of the shows when you get in your car, and before you start driving.
Hop in your car, put on your seat belt, and get comfortable for the ride. Then, turn on your phone and select one of the shows.
If you don’t have a Bluetooth stereo system in the car, where you can just listen to the podcast through the speakers, all you need to do is tuck your phone in your visor.
Make sure it’s secure of course so it doesn’t surprise you while driving, and this is easily one of the best places to listen. The phone will be nice and close to your head, so you’ll be able to adjust the volume to a comfortable level very easily.
Your Blogging Assignment
Your assignment is to go on your phone and find several blogging podcasts to try out. Give yourself about an hour, and listen to the first 10 or 15 minutes and a few different hosts.
This will give you an initial idea of what podcasts are like, and it will also help acquaint you with some of the more popular shows.
At this point, you’ll be able to select a couple that you like, and download at least enough of their content to make it to work tomorrow and then back home without running out.
For the next week, prepare yourself enough episodes to cover your commute and listen to podcast about blogging. I guarantee you that you’ll find several good ideas and you can implement right away on your blog to make it even better.