I was recently checking out how much of my computer memory I've used, and, well, it's a lot. Most of that is thanks to the podcasts I have downloaded here.
Ah, my podcasts. I use iTunes as my podcast/mp3 library. And I'm one of those crotchety old people who just likes things they way they used to be. I kind of wish I had never updated iTunes, ever. I used to be able to delete episodes of podcasts I'd listened to. However, not only did the update of iTunes delete a few years' worth of a couple of my podcasts (The Splendid Table and The Dinner Party Download), it also made it freaking impossible for me to actually delete some of my listened-to podcast episodes. I delete them and the next time I open iTunes they start downloading again. This doesn't always happen, but it does it enough to make me batty. If I keep deleting and it keeps downloading, I have a hard time keeping track of what I've actually listened to.
Anyhow, back to the whole podcasts-eating-all-of-my-computer-memory thing. I've been trying to get rid of podcasts I know that I won't listen to. I recently deleted several hundred episodes of Slate's Culture Gabfest (pretty sure that's what it was called). I don't know why I even think I might listen to pop culture podcasts. I'm always years behind and I pretty much never know what they're talking about (for instance, I'm still not sure who exactly Amy Schumer is...or whether I spelled her name right). So I took the entire podcast out of my library, unsubscribed. That opened up some space.
But then, as I was planning our homeschooling, I subscribed to four new podcasts.
I like to think of my podcast library as aspirational. I might eventually one day get around to listening to all I have. I keep up with very few of them pretty regularly. In the meantime, I have over 10,000 episodes I haven't listened to. Sheesh. Kind of like my books: I'll never get to them all. (If only I could figure out how to live without sleep....)
Speaking of podcasts and decluttering: There are two elements of two different podcasts I really like and am thinking about adding here. (And now I wonder who I am talking to at the moment. Other than myself. No one. Spambots. Yep.):
NPR Politics Podcast does this segment "What can't you let go of?" about something political or not that has stuck with the podcasters that week.
Tsh Oxenreider of The Simple Show (previously The Art of Simple) ends with "what's making me happy?"
So my "what I can't let go of" is actually something I just read (I'm in the middle of the article), but that is probably going to stick with me for a few days. In "Marie Kondo and the Ruthless War on Stuff," Taffy Brodesser-Akner writes about going to the US's National Association of Professional Organizers conference: "At Conference, I met women who organize basements. I met women who organize digital clutter. I met women who organize photos. I met women who categorized themselves as 'solopreneurs,' which, what’s that now? I met a woman who organizes thoughts, and please don’t move onto the next sentence until you’ve truly absorbed that: I met a woman who charges $100 per hour for the organization of thoughts."
Given what I started this post with, I could probably use a digital organizer. And I can't help but wonder how the thought organizer works, but I also can't help but wonder if it's not something akin to a therapist (without a degree?).
Ok, finally, my "what's making me happy" thing is actually another podcast: What Should I Read Next? which I actually learned about from The Simple Show. Anne Bogel, the host, talks to various people (hmm, I guess I don't pay much attention to who the people are or how she comes across them...I'm guessing they're her friends) about, amazingly enough, books. Each episode has a guest. Bogel asks the guest to list three books they love, one they hate, and what they're reading right now. Then she recommends three books for them. (She did recommend a Twitter account to someone). I'm listening from the beginning and am only on episode nine right now.