385 Don’t Fall For The Latest Format Fad

by Cliff Ravenscraft on December 18, 2014

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What has made Serial and Startup so popular as podcasts?
photodune-7073493-bandwagon-this-way--xsI’ve heard a lot of conversations surrounding the popularity of the Startup and Serial podcasts. I’ve heard more than one person suggest that the main reason that these two shows are so popular is due to the format in which they tell a narrative story throughout each episode.

I’m shocked by the number of people who have already tried to incorporate this style of format into their own show or are contemplating doing so in the near future.

I’ll admit, I’m just as hooked to these two podcasts as the other hundreds of thousands of podcast enthusiasts out there. However, I don’t think it’s the format of the show that has drawn everyone’s attention. Yes, I do believe it is a part of the equation. However, I do there there is more to it than that. That is the main topic that I cover in this week’s episode of Podcast Answer Man.

 
 
Other topics included in this episode

  • iTunes will be slow to process podcsts through January 5th, 2015
  • Audio Branding Package – http://PodcastAnswerMan.com/audio
  • Facebook Category for Podcasting (Details here)
  • Telephone calls via Facetime Audio Calling (Details Here)
  • Sending and receiving SMS via Yosemity (Details Here)
  • Use iPad as 2nd Display without latency (Details Here)
  • PBS News Hour Story on Podcasting
  • Slate article on Podcasting
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    Special Thanks to my Patreon Supporters
    I am so incredibly thankful for those who have decided to show their support for Podcast Answer Man by becoming a Patreon supporter (list of supporters here).

    A few folks had suggested that I create a Patreon account because they wanted another way to financially support the content that I created here. They mentioned that as a result of the free content that I’ve created, they’ve been able to launch a successful podcast and/or take their business to the next level without neededing to purchase any of the products or services that I have offered.

    Special Thanks to Ana Melikian from the Mindset Zone Podcast for being the first Patreon supporter at $25 or more per episode.

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    384 – Celebrating Nine Years In Podcasting

    by Cliff Ravenscraft on December 11, 2014

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    This week’s episode is a bit out of the norm for Podcast Answer Man. I just retruned to the studio after being away for two weeks. I had a great Thanksgiving holiday followed by an eight day family vacation to Orlando, Florida.

    Unofortunately, I brought a case of bronchitus back home from my trip and my head was feeling a bit foggy this week. Rather than take the week off, I decided to share just a few things that I’ve been thinking about since the last time I recorded.

    Topics included in this episode
    - While I love the Yosemite OS for MAC, I don’t suggest that you upgrade.
    - The OmniDazzle software (Note: No longer supported)
    - Celebrating nine years of Podcasting.
    - My first ever podcast episode. http://gspn.tv/firstepisode
    - My thoughts on what my priorities will be for 2015
    - Michael Hyatt’s Best Year Ever Program
    - Patreon Update

     
     
    Special Thanks to my Patreon Supporters
    I am so incredibly thankful for those who have decided to show their support for Podcast Answer Man by becoming a Patreon supporter (list of supporters here).

    A few folks had suggested that I create a Patreon account because they wanted another way to financially support the content that I created here. They mentioned that as a result of the free content that I’ve created, they’ve been able to launch a successful podcast and/or take their business to the next level without neededing to purchase any of the products or services that I have offered.

    Special Thanks to Ana Melikian from the Mindset Zone Podcast for being the first Patreon supporter at $25 or more per episode.

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    383 Patreon – A Podcaster’s Perspective

    by Cliff Ravenscraft on December 4, 2014

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    What is Patreon?
    From their about page: “Founded in May 2013 and based in San Francisco, California, Patreon was created to enable fans to support and engage with the artists and creators they love. Empowering a new generation of creators, Patreon is bringing patronage back to the 21st century.”

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    In this episode of Podcast Answer Man, I share my thoughts on the Patreon service from a podcaster’s perspective. I share why I have decided to create an account for three of my podcasts, why I decided to set it up per episode rather than per month, as well as all sorts of other details about how the Patreon service works.

    Links to my Patreon accounts:

  • Podcast Answer Man – http://Patreon.com/PodcastAnswerMan
  • Pursuing A Balanced Life – http://Patreon.com/PABL
  • Family From The Heart – http://Patreon.com/FamilyFromTheHeart
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    Happy Thanksgiving
    I wanted to take a moment and tell you that during this Thanksgiving holiday, I am extremely thankful for each and everyone of you who have been a part of the Podcast Answer Man community.

    I was originally going to take the week off this week, due to Thanksgiving, and next week due to the fact that I’ll be on vacation with my family. However, I know that I recently took a week off, just two weeks ago, while I was out of town speaking at the Platform Conference. This on top of the fact that there isn’t an episode of the Serial Podcast, I thought I’d go ahead and put together and episode for you.

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    Journaling For Blog Content Strategy
    In this episode, I shared how beneficial journaling has been to me over the years. Recently, I’ve fallen in love with the Day One App for iOS and Mac computers. I’ve been journaling like crazy and publishing nearly everything I’ve written on my Tumblr account at gspn.tumblr.com.

    I share how I’ve also been using this content in my social media channels like Twitter and Facebook. More importantly, I’ve shared how this app has actually got me back into the habit of blogging as well.

    In fact, here are the links to the three blog posts I mentioned in this episode:

  • The Quick Question Blog Post
  • Creating Content That You Feel Called To Create
  • A New iTunes Description for Podcast Answer Man
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    michael-hyattAn Interview With Michael Hyatt
    Also in this episode, I share a conversation with my great friend, Michael Hyatt. Michael shared his thoughts on journaling and the benefits that he has seen as a result of the practice. We also discussed how he, also, is asking himself the question “What do I want to be when I grow up?” Michael shared his process for how he’s moving forward during this time of seeking clarity for the future direction of his brand. We also talked about the upcoming launch of his Best Year Ever Program.

     

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    A New iTunes Description for Podcast Answer Man

    November 25, 2014

    Today, I spent sometime updating the iTunes description of the Podcast Answer Man podcast. The old description used to start off with “This is THE PODCAST about Podcasting! Helping you take your show to the “next level.” However, this no longer accurately describes what each podcast episode is focused on. For this reason, I’ve changed […]

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    Creating The Content That You Feel Called To Create

    November 24, 2014

    I recently came across one of quote on the internet that says… “Some people will only love you as long as you fit into their box.  Don’t be afraid to disappoint.” As a content creator, you simply cannot expect to make everyone happy. I have come to the place where I believe it is detrimental […]

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    “Quick Question” I get emails with this subject line or that have this in the first sentence of at least 30 to 40 emails per day…

    November 21, 2014

    It’s Friday morning and I have about three really important things that I want to accomplish today. Things that I feel are really important and that I feel “called to do.” I’m talking about the types of things that if I were to ask myself at the end of the day, “Did I do, today, […]

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    381 The Serial Podcast – Stitcher Reviews – Disqus Comment System Plugin – And So Much More

    November 20, 2014

    Have you heard of the podcast, SERIAL? Serial (iTunes | Website) is a new podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial unfolds one story – a true story – over the course of a whole season. The show follows the plot and characters wherever they lead, through many surprising […]

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    380 Are Podcasters Narcissists? & New Interview Request Procedure

    November 6, 2014

    Are Podcasters Narcissists? From the time I started getting involved in social media, I began hearing people talk about Narcissism. Not that I was a Narcissist, but that just sharing about your life on social media seemed to be a very narcissistic thing to do. Someone had posted a comment on last week’s episode about […]

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    379 What Do I Want To Be When I Grow Up?

    October 30, 2014

    What Do I Want To Be When I Grow Up? Earlier this week, I created a post on Facebook that said… “I’m amazed at what has occurred over the past nine years of my life. Though, at times, I feel that the past nine years are just the introduction to the amazing journey ahead. I […]

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    378 – Beware of the Grow Big Quick & Get Rich Quick Podcast Messaging

    October 23, 2014

    BEWARE: The Grow Big & Get Rich Quick Messaging Lately, I’ve been seeing more and more messaging related to the benefits of podcasting that include the thought that folks can simply launch a podcast and quickly gain tens of thousands of listeners. Just this past week, I was invited to become an affiliate of a […]

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    377 Teaching Others About Podcasts

    October 9, 2014

    What Is A Podcast? (00:01:34) I enjoy introducing the world of podcasts to someone who has never heard of podcasting before. Not for the purpose convincing them to start a podcast, but actually start listening to podcasts. I am a firm believer that podcasts have a power to change people’s lives for the better like […]

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    376 The Popularity And Profitability of Podcasting

    October 2, 2014

    The Popularity of Profitable Podcasting It seems like everywhere you turn, someone is promoting how much money there is to be made from podcasting. This is not the first gold rush experience for the podcasting industry. Back in 2006/2007 there was just as much talk about how folks could start a podcast, and that if […]

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    375 – Slippery Slope

    September 25, 2014

    My Slippery Slope Moment I did it. I think I may have stepped onto a slippery slope. At approximately 29 minutes into this episode, I used the phrase, “You can’t see it if you are listening to audio.” I was doing something, that you could see in video, that would be of great interest to […]

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    374 – Charging Money To Do What You Do – Favorite iOS 8 Features – Kindle Voyager – Podcast Patent Update & More

    September 18, 2014

    New Video Promo & Thoughts It Evoked (00:01:36) In this week’s episode, I talk about the awesome video that Jared Elrod created for my brand. I fell in love with the amazing production value of the first 33 seconds and I really got a good chuckle at the humorous approach to the call to action […]

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    373 Building Relationships With Your Audience & Getting To The Next Level Involves Surrounding Yourself With People Who Are At The Level You Want To Achieve

    September 11, 2014

    Click Here To Register For The Next Level One Day Workshop! Getting To The Next Level Involves Surrounding Yourself With People Who Are At The Level You Want To Achieve I am excited to share a conversation that I recently had with my great friend, mentor and business adviser, Ray Edwards. (00:20:56) As I was […]

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    372 My Backup Solution And How It’s Changed with Dropbox’s Increased Storage Limit

    September 4, 2014

    My Backup Solution Explained (00:08:35) I have created a lot of audio, hi-res photo and HD video content over the past several years. I also run a sizable business which is 100% paperless. Having local and online backup of all my data is absolutely essential to protect my business. In this episode I go into […]

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    Do You Want To Create A Top Ranked Podcast That Generates Big Cash For You? If so….

    August 31, 2014

    Do you want to learn how to create a podcast that will instantly rise to the top of the iTunes ranking for your category? Do you want to learn how you can generate, thousands, tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars from your podcasting efforts? If so…. Podcasting A to Z IS […]

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    371 How Do I Balance My Business Life And My Faith?

    August 28, 2014

    How do you balance your business life and your faith? I’m often complimented on how well I consistently share my faith through the content that I create for Podcast Answer Man without ever sounding “too strong” or “preachy.” These comments tend to take me by surprise as I feel that I rarely talk openly about […]

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    Live Q&A Broadcast for August 21, 2014

    August 21, 2014

    This week, I decided to release the audio recording of my closing keynote as my episode for Podcast Answer Man. I knew that I would still have a live audience that would come to my live show Thursday chat room. For this reason, I decided to have an impromptu Q&A show targeted specifically for the […]

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    370 – Four Strategies For Changing The World With Your Podcasting Efforts – How you can make a powerful, positive, difference in the lives of those who listen to your show.

    August 19, 2014

    My Closing Keynote for Podcast Movement 2014 (00:06:25) In this episode of Podcast Answer Man, I share the audio recording of the closing keynote address that I gave to those who attended the Podcast Movement conference on Sunday, August 16th and 17th, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. In my talk, I explained that if you have […]

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    369 Twitter Analytics And Many New Media News Updates

    August 7, 2014

    Twitter Analytics (00:25:51) It’s been several months since we’ve had a social media segment with my great friend, Erik Fisher. Today, Erik joins me to discuss Twitter Analytics. This service allows you to review how many views your tweets are getting on Twitter’s service and how much engagement each tweet is getting. We also briefly […]

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    368 Six Tips For Dealing With Email Overwhelm & Shocking Podcasting Patent Lawsuit Update

    July 31, 2014

    Shocking Podcasting Patent Lawsuit Update (00:16:25) In this week’s episode, I share the story published by ArsTechnica that Personal Audio, LLC had attempted to drop the lawsuit against Adam Carolla, but Adam refused to drop his defence of the lawsuit. It seems that Personal Audio LLC, had dropped the other lawsuits that they had filed […]

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    Podcasters Can Change The World!

    July 29, 2014

    When I left my career in insurance to pursue podcasting full-time, my decision was not fueled by how much money I could earn or how much popularity I could generate. I decided to devote my life to podcasting because I realized that this was the best opportunity for me to make a positive difference in […]

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    367 What do you do when you know that what is needed to take your podcast to the next level is just outside your financial reach? And So Much More!

    July 24, 2014

    Next Level One Day Mastermind Event I’m very excited to announce my very first one day LIVE EVENT. I will be hosting the first Next Level One Day Mastermind event on Friday, August 15th in Dallas TX in the Galveston Room at the Westin Galleria. (pictured below) I describe this event in great detail starting […]

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    366 How Much Should I Charge My Sponsor?

    July 17, 2014

    How Much Should I Charge My Sponsor? Some recently posted this question… “I’ve been approached by an ad agency about advertising in my podcast. They have a client that’s very targeted for my audience. So they’re asking me for rate information. I have no idea what to quote them, as I’ve yet to have a […]

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    365 Growing Your Mailing List – Thoughts On Live Streaming & Video In General – And Much More!

    July 10, 2014

    Working Out The Kinks With My Live Stream (00:04:14) Some of you know that I have been broadcasting a live stream of the recording of my podcasts since 2006. Until recently, I never really talked about this a great deal. However, in the past few episodes, I’ve mentioned that I’ve been looking to take my […]

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    363 Permission To Relaunch Your Podcast And Much More!

    June 26, 2014

    Permission To Relaunch Your Podcast During my current session of Podcasting A to Z, I had shared the story how I once did a complete relaunch of my Help I Got A Mac podcast by deleting the first ten episodes that I had published and restarting the show with a brand new first episode. One […]

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    362 Podcasting App To Be UnRemovable in iOS 8? Three Ways To Read All Written Reviews of Your Podcast. Can You Fanscribe Your Podcast? And Much Much More!

    June 19, 2014

    Permanent Podcasting App in iOS 8? Special thanks to Troy Heinritz for alerting me to a Mac Rumors article noting that the Podcasts App, from Apple, is pre-installed in the new iOS8 beta 2 version of the software. If this remains in iOS8, it means that every iOS 8 user will have the podcasts app […]

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    361 The Next Level Studio

    June 14, 2014

    I’m In My New Studio! I know that I’ve been talking about getting ready to move into my new studio for a very long time. We started the building process, of our new home, a full year ago. I’ve been dreaming of the day that I would actually have all this extra space for all […]

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    360 Does Listening Via Stitcher Really Support Content Producers?

    June 6, 2014

    Why I Found Stitcher’s Last Email To Be Misleading! (00:34:32) Recently, the CEO of Sticher Radio, Noah Shanok, sent an email, to those who use their app, to apologize for “instances where their ad system performed in unexpected and sometimes suboptimal ways, for example by delivering ads at less than ideal times, serving repetitive ads, […]

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    359 Should I Rebrand & Relaunch My Show To Take Advantage of New & Noteworthy?

    May 29, 2014

    Immediately after recording this episode, I announced to those who were watching live, in the chat room, that I would personally rate this episode about a 6 out of 10 on a quality scale. Going into the episode, I was pretty excited about the content that I had planned for the show. However, I ended […]

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    358 Should I Use SoundCloud? Setting Boundaries With Your Audience? Co-Hosting Advice & More

    May 22, 2014

    Why Every Entrepreneur Should Become An Expert At Saying No! Recently, I received an email, from Gloria, that said… “I Just spent the day listening to your podcast! So valuable and I feel so blessed to have found it! In episode 321, you mentioned a talk you gave about four reasons entrepreneurs should say no. […]

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    357 How Do I Get More Feedback From My Audience? And Much More!

    May 15, 2014

        Catching Up On Voice Messages In this week’s episode of Podcast Answer Man, I share my latest thoughts as I continue to daydream about what life will be like when I am in my new studio space once our new home construction is complete. Also, in this episode, I answer six questions that […]

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    356 The Response To Last Week’s Episode & An Interview With Dane Sanders

    May 9, 2014

    Response To Last Week’s Episode Last week’s episode of Podcast Answer Man prompted a large amount of feedback related to three items. First, I had made a point to produce the entire episode without a single audio clip included. Second, episode 355 was the longest episode, of Podcast Answer Man, that I have ever published, […]

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