I deleted PocketCasts from my iPhone today with no intention of replacing it with another podcast client. I used to be an avid listener of a handful of shows. Back to Work, Roderick on the Line, Build and Analyze, Hypercritical, Accidental Tech Podcast, Bionic, The Prompt, Ruby Rogues, the list goes on and on.
It’s not that I’ve stopped enjoying the shows. They’re still providing great content. I just can’t find enough hours in the day to listen. When I had a normal job, this wasn’t a problem. I had headphones on all day, the work was uncomplicated—it was the perfect environment.
But these days, I’m working from home, and Mir and I are either constantly collaborating on stuff or sharing child care duties. The work is more challenging, and because I have such short periods of time in which to work each day, I have to give the work my undivided attention. Occasionally I’ll have a few minutes to myself where I can throw on headphones, but I end up listening to music, as it’s less distracting.
I miss the days when people just had blogs. Content was much easier to keep up with. I’ve ended up feeling guilty for not keeping up with the podcasts I subscribe to, which is a needless source of stress. And the continuity between episodes means you can’t easily mark-all-as-read and try again next week like you can with RSS.
I’m sad to let them go. Some of the shows I listened to were gathering points for like-minded nerds, and I’ve made some in-real-life friends from places like the 5by5 chat rooms. They provided a sense of community, which is something that’s getting harder to find on the Internet every day.
Eleanor and I watched a good chunk of The Lego Movie last night while Miriam took a surprise nap (one of the consequences of third-trimester exhaustion). We’re only two-thirds of the way through it, but I’m enjoying it so far. The social commentary is sharp—it reminds me a lot of WALL·E. The reveal of The Kragle was hilarious.
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to go buy all of the movie tie-ins. I spent a lot of time as a kid building crazy things with Lego, and some of my favorite mornings with Ellie have been spent putting together castles or houses or farms with her Duplo blocks. I’m anxious for her to be old enough for us to switch to regular Lego blocks, but at the same time, I don’t want those years to go by so quickly.