P.P.T Week One: Results!

Last week, I discussed my new plan for figuring out which podcasts I'm going to listen to weekly. I listen to a decent amount of podcasts, as I have a job that lends itself well to listening at work.

You can read about my plan here: http://www.crazycatnerd.com/everythingelse/2018/8/1/personal-podcast-tournament-week-1

My first 10 in the "Considering Pool" (aka what I listened to last week)

  1. The Harry Strange Radio Drama
  2. No Sleep
  3. The Lift
  4. Criminal
  5. Tanis
  6. Pod Save America
  7. Wooden Overcoats
  8. Subject: Found*
  9. In the Dark*
  10. Tunnels*

The Results:

I highlighted "The Harry Strange" podcast in a blog post last week: http://www.crazycatnerd.com/everythingelse/2018/8/3/ppt-week-one-the-harry-strange-radio-drama

The podcast that is getting the bump onto the... "Not now, maybe later" list is....

Pod Save America

Why? This week was surprisingly challenging. I expected to have to make difficult decisions, but not so soon! If I didn't throw out "Pod Save America", it would have been one of the smaller, just getting started, fiction pods. I wasn't ready to toss Tunnels or Subject: Found out the window just yet. I want a few more weeks to decide. Pod Save America isn't completely gone, it may come back if I have room later. However, I have a clear listening preference for fiction, it seems.

The podcast going on the "KEEPING! UPDATING WEEKLY!" list is....

The Lift

Sadly, "The Lift" doesn't post every week, but I will be checking for new episodes often. In addition, I will be highlighting this pod later in the week!

I had PLENTY of extra time this week to work through my backlog on my MP3 player. Therefore, it is clear that 10 podcasts is too few. This week, we'll have 12 pods in our "considering pool".


  1.  The Lift

Considering... List

  1. The Harry Strange Radio Drama
  2. No Sleep
  3. Criminal
  4. Tanis
  5. Wooden Overcoats
  6. Subject: Found
  7. In the Dark
  8. Tunnels
  9. Alice Isn't Dead
  10. The Truth
  11. We're Alive
  12. Lore

Not Now. List

  1. Pod Save America

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P.P.T Week One: The Harry Strange Radio Drama

“Magic and magical people — the ‘unnatural order’ is all around us. There are white witches, black witches, demons, vamps, werewolves, shape shifters, ghosts; it’s a protoplasmic party of creature features out there. But unless you know where to look, you won’t find them. I know where to look.

My name is Harry Strange.”

From their website: " Harry Strange is an award winning radio drama that tells the tale of a private investigator whose beat takes him into the supernatural. Harry's adventures bring him face-to-face with demons, succubi, vampires and all manner of 'unnatural' and the occasional 'natural' evil. "

Check it out here: http://www.harrystrange.com/

Harry Strange isn't the most beautifully produced podcast ever, but they seem to be self aware of that. In fact, they seem to play it up a bit with their acting and sound effects. It's often over-the-top and it fits. So well. It has its own style and flair that makes it different from other pods.

Certain aspects of it...the self-awareness, the embracing of it's style, the fact Harry is immortal and has a slew of people who assist him (and whom often end up in danger)...reminds me very much of Doctor Who. Just PI-noir style (with a supernatural bent), and not sci-fi.

While I've made no decisions yet, I think The Harry Strange Radio Drama will survive another week in my personal podcast tournament.

Personal Podcast Tournament: Week 1

It's no secret that I'm a fan of "elimination" games. For example, my favorite Sims challenge is The Bachelor Challenge.

I like to do this with my everyday life too. I'm planning my next Disney trip and we're selecting restaurants by eliminating the ones we don't want, round by round, until we are left with the amount we need. It makes me feel more sure of the decisions I make. I can be indecisive, and it is easier to decide to eliminate one and keep the rest than to just choose one. At least in my brain.

Which is why I'm doing my own personal little podcast tournament to decide what shows I will listen to each week.

My list of podcasts that I listen to is way too long, and I end up listening to episodes weeks, months or even years after they are aired. I'd like to do a better job of keeping up with my favorites. My new plan is to update my MP3 player weekly, and only download just enough to get me to the next week.

But...which ones to choose?

And...how many to choose?

That's where the fun happens!!!!

Each week, I will have a selection of shows that I am "considering", as well as a growing pool of shows I keep up with weekly. The pool of "keeping" weekly shows is starting at 0. The pool of "considering" is starting at 10. (If I run out during the week, I have a bunch of things I downloaded already that I need to clear out of my MP3 player, so I will just listen to that).

At the end of each round, one show will be moved from the "considering" pool to the "keeping weekly" pool, and one show will move from the "considering" to the "not now" pool. Those that remain in the "considering" pool will stay for another week in that same pool. I will replace the two I removed from the considering pool with new podcasts from my "need to try" list.

Okay, to recap...

  • Pods start out on a list in my Bullet Journal of pods I want to try or am currently listening to.
  • Pods will move from that list to my "considering" list
  • Pods will stay on the considering list until one of two things happen:
    • Either they get added to the "keeping" list that I will update weekly.
    • Or they will get rejected, for now, to the "not now" list.

Meanwhile, I will keep you updated on my progress here. Why? So you can get some podcast recommendations, of course! Also, please leave comments with your own recommendations if you have any!!!

My first 10 in the "Considering Pool"

  1. The Harry Strange Radio Drama
  2. No Sleep
  3. The Lift
  4. Criminal
  5. Tanis
  6. Pod Save America
  7. Wooden Overcoats
  8. Subject: Found*
  9. In the Dark*
  10. Tunnels*

* These three podcasts are entirely new to me. The others I have listened to several episodes of (at least).

I will take the time to detail out these podcasts in the future- giving you my reactions, recommendations, and a general description of what they are about. Discussing them now would take far too long!

I started this yesterday, so I already have some comments. I will post those tomorrow!