Learning to “app”reciate the world wide web

As we attempt to encourage our readers to our newspaper as an introduction to our web presence, we thought we would begin by introducing some of the really cool things one can find while surfing the web.  Today we are going to focus on podcasts.

noun pod·castˈpädˌkast – a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically.

So, a podcast is pretty much like a DVR for TV in that you can listen to it whenever you want and if it is a series, like TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design), you can start at the beginning, pick a certain topic or listen to the whole thing.

Where do you find these and what do you listen to them on? Back in the “old days” one would require an Ipod for such things. Today however, like most things, you can download an app that will not only allow you to listen to podcasts, it will find them for you , store them, and alert you when there is a new one.

The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast is a wonderful series and is available at player.fm, just one of many, many great shows available and you can download the app on App Store or Google Play on your phone. There are more Health and Fitness podcasts than you can shake a Kale stalk at like “The Minimalist” and “Start Cooking”.  Job hunting? Flexjobs, Jobmonkey and the Muse are right at your fingertips.

Just about anything you want to know more about is being talked about by someone. Keep in mind though, this is a cautionary tale. When we say anything and anybody…check your sources. I don’t care how many podcasts one might listen to, a kale and pineapple upsidedowncake is not going to be a hit at anyone’s birthday party!

Till next time, this is the Digital Diva signing off.

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