My co-worker, Derek, is super techno-savvy. In fact, he's just an all around wealth of knowledge! I can usually ask him anything about anything (especially technology) and he can give me an answer or tell me where I can find the answer.
A couple of years ago, Derek posted on his blog that his wife and her friend started a podcast called Lipgloss and Laptops, "a blog and podcast about beauty culture, beauty products and the cosmetic industry.
At that time, I had my first generation iPod Shuffle (that Navarik gave us in December 2004) and I was using it occasionally to listen to music. I thought, "what are podcasts for and why would I download them?". Also, I didn't really think a podcast about cosmetics and the beauty industry would appeal to me. Those of you that know me know I am a woman of little cosmetics.
Last October, when Brian gave me an iPod Classic, I suddenly had 160 GB of space and decided I needed to do more with my iPod! I finally decided it was time to see what podcasting was all about. And Lipgloss and Laptops was a good place to start!
Firstly, podcasts are great! It's like a radio talk show, but better. You don't have to listen to them at any specific time. I download podcasts from my laptop to my iPod and I listen to them in the car or on the Skytrain. I find it much more stimulating than just listening to music.
Secondly, I am really enjoying Lipgloss and Laptops! Like I said, I'm not much into cosmetics, but the podcast is more than just cosmetic reviews. The hosts, Kerry Anne and Airdrie (Derek's wife), are just 2 girlfriends having conversations mostly about cosmetics, but they touch into movies, current events, health and many other topics. It's like having a conversation with your girlfriends (but they do all the talking! hahaha...).
Also, the podcast gives me an idea of what kinds of products are out there. I occasionally think to myself, "I'm going to try that stuff out!". Now, I haven't gone out and tried anything they've recommended yet (finances are still too tight for that kind of splurging). But I know the next time I decide to change one of my current beauty products, I will try one of their recommendations.
Kerry Anne and Airdrie just celebrated their 100th podcast of Lipgloss and Laptops. It's quite a milestone! Congratulations, ladies - I love listening to you guys!