I swear I have a life aside from building websites. Not much, arguably. But right now, even as I type this I’m cooking some seriously yummy-smelling Black Bean Espresso Chili for dinner with Mr. Web Diva. The thing is…. much as I love to cook, etc., etc., it’s so much more fun when listening to geeky podcasts. To share the love, here’s a list of my five favorites for webmasters building sites for their congregations and faith communities.
This one is a no-brainer. Paul Boag and Marcus Lillington’s light-hearted weekly romp through the webmaster world is by far the most popular podcast for “all those involved in designing, developing and running websites.”
- WordPress Community Podcast
Far less obvious…. Hopefully your website uses some kind of Content Management System — and there’s a good podcast to keep you up to date with the latest. Thus, if you use Drupal, I’d suggest Geeks and God or the delightful Lullabots. My congregation uses WordPress and we love it. I’ve looked around for WP podcasts and this one is the best I’ve found so far. Its news section is particularly helpful, alerting you to security patches and plug-ins.
Web accessibility: it’s a subject near-and-dear to my heart, but more to the point, for a church webmaster it’s the right thing to do. WebAxe is a great podcast devoted to all aspect of website accessibility. Every episode I learn surprising and helpful tidbits.
- The Digital Marketer
Part of the excellent Quick and Dirty Tips set of podcasts, The Digital Marketer is “a social media expert offer[ing] tech tips and tricks and information on the latest social media tools to help you market your business.” As a webmaster, I’m actually wearing out with “social media experts,” many of whom seem to fancy themselves web experts too. But Aliza Sherman is an exception. She knows her stuff and keeps it mercifully short-and-to-the-point.
- This Week in Google
Currently, this is my favorite podcast — period. Google is infinitely fascinating and what a delight to have the wonderful outsider trio of Leo Laporte, Gina Trapani and Jeff Jarvis digging into the latest ups and downs with in hub of the web.
What other podcasts are there that would be helpful to webmasters serving their congregations or faiths? I’d love to know your favorites.