Creating The Content That You Feel Called To Create

by Cliff Ravenscraft on 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.

Focus On The Positive Concept

As a content creator, you simply cannot expect to make everyone happy. I have come to the place where I believe it is detrimental to your brand, and your overall health, to even attempt to make everyone happy.

Recently, in episode 379 of my Podcast Answer Man podcast, I opened the show by letting my audience know that this episode was going to be out of the norm, that I would be spending the entire episode sharing some thoughts that I had about the direction that I may be heading with my personal brand. I shared some pretty aspirational visions that I had about what that future might look like.

The feel that this was a perfect episode for Podcast Answer Man as my target audience is made up of people who are building personal brands and businesses around those brands.

I felt that it was good to share my journey of how I’d achieved far greater success than I have ever anticipated with Podcast Answer Man and the vision I have for future that may contain success far greater than I could even imagine at this point. I had stated I have a sense that if I knew where I was going to be in ten years from now, I’d be scared to death, because it’s so far beyond what my current confidence level would allow me to pursue.

I also shared that the majority of the impact that I have, in the future, may be completely unrelated to my consulting and coaching work in the area of podcasting.

I received a lot of very positive feedback as the result of this episode via email, face to face conversations at a recent conference, etc. The overwhelming majority of the feedback could be summed up with what Kathleen Thompson shared as a comment on the show notes posted to my website for this episode.

  • I listened to your podcast while cooking dinner. It’s amazing to me that someone like you who has already accomplished so much is thinking so many of the same thoughts, with big, scary, and fuzzy dreams for your future. When we say we want to change the world, we really do have to be prepared for it to be a much larger piece of the world than we currently influence. And that is downright scary. I think you have the potential to reach many more people than you currently reach. As I think it was Todd who stated, your heart, accessibility, and passion for helping others is what draws us to you. Where you’ll go – who knows? So I suggest you keep you mind, heart, eyes, and imagination open. Can’t wait to see what the future will look like in the life of Cliff Ravenscraft! All the best – Kathleen Thompson

Of course, I love it when I get feedback that supports what I’ve been feeling in my heart, when the feedback seems to confirm my thoughts about the direction that I’m heading.

However, it never fails. I could have over one hundred people tell me how much they love something that I’ve recently done or said, and if I get one person who posts something negative or critical, it can cause me to take pause and question my own motives. This happened when Rob Flores posted the following one line comment on that episode.

  • Narcissistic personality disorder is a condition in which people have an excessive sense of self‑importance. Lay off the Kool Aid – Rob Flores

Here’s the deal, when I hit the record button, I wondered if people would think that I seem arrogant by sharing these thoughts of such a lofty vision of the future. However, there was absolutely no question in my heart as to whether or not I should share what was on my heart at that time.

The next week, I recorded episode 380 of the show and titled it “Are Podcasters Narcissists?” Again, I felt that this content would be a great topic for those who are building a personal brand. Too many of us already struggle with questions like “Who am I, to say that I’m an expert?”

During the episode, I went through a personal evaluation of each of the symptoms listed for someone who has Narcissistic Personality Disorder. I shared my authentic and transparent thoughts on how I felt I ranked with each of those symptoms. At the end of the episode, I suggested I feel that most podcasters need to be more bold and do more things that may seem narcissistic to many. Overall, I felt very good about that episode.

Once again, I got a lot of overwhelmingly positive feedback about this episode. Here are just a few things that people said about this episode…

  • Hi Cliff, as a new podcaster I REALLY enjoyed this episode. Your authenticity and honesty in sharing who you are and your wisdom on how to deal with that kind of feedback. Thank you for encouraging us to share our message without making excuses or feeling like we have a narcissistic disorder :-) Besides. its your show, why can´t you talk about what you want? I am a new listener to you on podcasting tips, but this was just as helpful. Thank you from a new regular subscriber. God bless you. – The Goals Coach
  • I loved the discourse on narcissistic personality disorder and you addressed the Rob Flores comment in exactly the right way. Two words came to mind as I listened to you: authentic and human. Authentic for not straying from who you are, and recognizing there are traits in your personality that could lead to issues if they were expressed in excess, which they are not. Humanness (is that a word?) for sharing feelings that we all experience – occasional jealousy and envy, and an enjoyment of praise. To me, and to many of your listeners I am sure, your openness is refreshing and honest. – Heather Bayer

Not only did I feel confident in episode 380, I had more than than 50 people who went out of their way to tell me that the most recent episodes of Podcast Answer Man have been the most meaningful to them in their journey of building their platform.

However, yesterday I received my weekly email digest of all new written reviews posted to my iTunes listing for the Podcast Answer Man podcast. There was one written review with a two out of five star rating under the name “Dr. Arcane” posted on November 18, 2014. The written review says…

  • I just spent more than an hour listening to Cliff explain how he’s not a narcissist. He admits, he doesn’t want to talk about podcasting any more, he just likes to hear himself talk. Every once in a while, he’ll actually have an episode that focuses on the technology or procedures of podcasting, but more and more, he just focuses on motivational self-help-feel-good stuff. The good episodes are getting further and further apart. I know what podcasting is. I know what they are good for. I’m sold on that already. Quit talking about why podcasting is wonderful and talk about something USEFUL!

I will tell you that after eight years of podcasting, this type of feedback still packs a hefty sting. However, I’m happy to report that I was able to read this, ponder what was being said, and then make a decision of whether or not I agreed with this feedback. Thankfully, I had the overwhelming, positive, feedback from others that have confirmed the direction that I’m heading with my show.

By the way, I’ve never stated that I don’t want to talk about podcasting any more. I’ve simply stated that I no longer want the focus of the Podcast Answer Man podcast to be only be on the technical procedures of how to set up a podcast. My target audience, for Podcast Answer Man, is made up of those who already have a podcast and who are looking for education, encouragement and inspiration that will help them take their message, their business and their life to the next level.

For those who are looking for the technical procedures of how to podcast, they only need look at my website to see where I’ve devoted thousands of hours to making all that content available.

I see where Dr Arcane and others are coming from. I understand the appeal for folks to have a podcast that does nothing more than focus on technical procedures that have to do with audio equipment, RSS feed configurations, product reviews, etc. However, that simply is not the type of show that I have in my heart to create. I’ll never be able to make these people happy and as a result, I must remind myself that many of these people are going to post negative feedback in iTunes, in my show notes and in my email inbox.

What I’ve learned, that works best, is to keep a record of most of the positive and encouraging feedback that you receive. Keep creating the type of content that you have in your heart to share and that is confirmed by the feedback of people who tell you that this is the type of content that is making a positive difference in their lives.

Don’t get me wrong, I believe there is a great deal of value that can be gained from negative and critical feedback. My show has certainly improved over the years as a result of some painful and honest feedback. Even some of the most scathing and hurtful words have helped me see where I’d lost my focus in the past.

Yet, when it comes to the recurring theme of negative feedback from those who simply disagree with the type of content that I feel called, deep in my heart, to share, I simply choose to focus on the positive feedback.

In fact, this entire post was inspired both another piece of written feedback regarding the past two podcast episodes that I’ve mentioned above.

(BEGIN QUOTED FEEDBACK)

Cliff,
I really appreciate these past few episodes. (I appreciate them ALL, but I’m also very thankful for the topics you’ve shared recently.) You shared some very inspiring updates on your personal journey, and what you feel you might be building towards. Your words didn’t sink in right away when I was listening to your episode yesterday, but for some reason, today while I was working around the house, some of your words jumped back into my thoughts. For example, you mentioned (I think in last week’s episode) that you could foresee yourself speaking to a very large group, perhaps in a venue the size of a stadium. To be absolutely honest with you Cliff, I don’t doubt that at all. There’s something about you that is much larger than simply being Podcast Answer Man (not that I’m saying that’s simple – don’t get me wrong!) Also, I don’t typically listen to PABL, but I’m so intrigued by what you mentioned in episode 381, that I’m going to download it right away!

You occasionally bring up faith in some of your episodes, and I’ve been more attuned to that in the recent couple of months. I was raised in the Roman Catholic faith, but I do not feel I have practiced my faith wholeheartedly in more many, many years. My wife and I were married in the Catholic Church just over 5 years ago, and we occasionally attend mass, but we both come up excuses that make us feel like it’s ok for us to stay at home on Sundays. Truthfully, I feel a bit lost in my role in my faith. I’ve never really known how to talk to God. I just try to be a “good person” and love/serve others, but when it comes to practicing faith, I just feel like I’m “going through the motions”. This is something that I’ve felt some guilt for many years, but never knew quite what to do about it.

I’m really not sure where I’m going with this, but I felt compelled to reach out and tell you that I resonate with your intuition, that in your lifetime, God truly does have much larger plans for you. I do believe your recent successes, as deserved as you are of them, are simply God’s plan in action to set your environment and lifestyle to exactly where you need to be to pursue the next level. (Ok, those words fit a little too well together!)

I’m so grateful to be a follower of yours, to listen to your show week after week, and to be an alumni of yours. Your journey is amazing and inspiring beyond words, and you inspire me to want to be a better Christian.

Thanks Cliff!

Darcy Sabatino

(END QUOTED FEEDBACK)

This feedback confirms that I’m creating the content that is according to my mission and purpose in the world.

Whatever you do, create the content that is in your heart.

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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, what matters most?” The answer would be yes if I got one, two or even all three of these things accomplished.

The cool thing is that my calendar is WIDE OPEN and free from any commitments today.

However, before I get started on the first of these three projects, I want to go through my email and get to Inbox Zero. My goal is to finish responding to all emails by 11:30 AM. That’s about an hour from now.

I’ve been working on my email for about 20 minutes now and I’ve spent most of this time time explaining to a friend why I’m not going to be able to hop on Skype within the next few days to “catch up” and sending pre-written messages that explain why I’m not able to devote much time answering these technical “quick questions” via email.

There are days where I am a true ninja in the art form of “saying no.” Other days, that people pleasing side of me creeps up and temps me to say yes.

Here’s what I know.

  • I know that I have several big projects to work on between and the end of the year.
  • I know that I just returned from a trip to Colorado where I spoke at a conference and held a one day business mastermind.
  • I know that this coming Thursday is Thanksgiving, we have a guest staying with us for the next week and there are all sorts of family commitments.
  • I know that immediately following Thanksgiving, our family is hopping on a plane to Orlando to spend eight days on a family vacation.
  • I know that there is very little work week time between our return from Orlando and the Christmas holiday.
  • I know that during the first week of January, I’m going to Nashville for a one day personal mastermind event.
  • I know that on January 12th, I launch another four week session of Podcasting A to Z, which I have to market between now and then to fill up that class.
  • I know that just one week after that A to Z session ends, Stephanie and I are going on a seven day cruise with Dan & JoAnne Miller, Mike & Gail Hyatt, Michael Stelzner and his entire family as well as a large group of other like-minded folks.

That’s just my calendar into the third week of February. I have a nice yearly calendar where I can see how many work days I have between each of these events listed above. I know that my time is extremely limited when it comes to working on the most important projects that I know that I should be focused on. Projects that are most in line with what I am called to do and that will allow my work to benefit the greatest number of people with the most powerful amount of impact for each person influenced.

Here’s what else I know.

  • I know that I am committed to spending quality time with my wife.
  • I am committed to spending quality time with each of my three children.
  • I am committed to creating awesome memories with intentional family time moments.
  • I am committed to eating healthy and to working out, being intentionally physically active, six days a week.
  • I’m committed to going to bed early and waking up early each morning.
  • I’m committed to reading on a daily basis to keep my mind fresh with new ideas and inspiration.
  • I’m committed to journaling and creating content that inspires others.

If you put all that into the calendar over the next three months, it is very clear that I am not going to be able to commit to quick calls or Skype chats and to answering the myriad of “quick questions” that flood my email inbox each day.

Is there a temptation to keep them there and try to get a response to some of these folks when I have some free time? Yes. That temptation is there. However, I know, based upon my commitments listed above, if I say yes to all these emails, I going to have to start saying no to one, or more likely many, of the commitments I have above.

Knowing what you will say yes to helps make it easier to give a no response to things that you simply do not have the time to do.

I heard Andy Stanley once said… “When you get to a certain level of success, you’ll have to come to the place where you do, for some, what you wish you could do for everyone.”

Each day, I try to pick about five or so of these “quick questions” and give them a carefully crafted response that I hope will help them take what they are doing to the next level.

For everyone else, I send them the following message.

(BEGIN QUOTED PRE-WRITTEN QUICK QUESTION RESPONSE)

Thank you so much for reaching out to me!

I receive between 100+ emails each day and most of them contain quick questions just like this.

One of my most valuable resources is my Podcast Answer Man Podcast found athttp://PodcastAnswerMan.com. There are over 300 episodes of this show and I do take questions that are submitted in audio form, as long as the question, and its answer, would apply to multiple people. The voice mail feedback hotline number is 859-795-4067. Or you could record the question as an .mp3 file and attach it to an email sent to feedback@gspn.tv. I do ask folks to limit questions to one per call. I do get about 15 questions submitted for the show each week. And as you might imagine, not every question makes it into the show.

I have also created an amazing, free, tutorial on the basic foundation of podcasting at http://LearnHowToPodcast.com.

Unfortunately, my commitment to other projects keeps me from being able to spend much time with technical questions via email.

If you are looking for a more immediate response, may I suggest that you reach out to the larger collective of podcasters that gather online in an online community like the one found athttps://plus.google.com/communities/102333709604116814839

If you feel like you’d like to work with a podcast consultant, one-on-one, I have a referral network of hand selected consultants that I trust. Their rates start about $150/hr. If you would like me to refer you to someone you can work with, please just reply and ask for a referral.

I hope you don’t find this too off putting. I am just trying to make sure that I maintain my ability to keep up with the other clients, students and projects that I have already committed to and make sure that those who contact me, via email, get a timely response.

Sincerely,

Cliff

Ps. The best offer that I have to offer is my Podcasting A to Z course. I encourage you to check out http://PodcastingAtoZ.com to see the full details of what I offer during this four week course. The greatest benefit of the course is that it provides a place where you can ask as many questions as you want during a four week period of time, and I am committed to answering every single question.

(END QUOTED PRE-WRITTEN QUICK QUESTION RESPONSE)

If you’ve ever received this pre-written response from an email that you have sent to me, I hope this post will help give some insight as to the reason why it was sent.

Okay. So I’m now headed back to my email inbox. I need to paste that, and a few other, pre-written response to about 15 of the 38 other emails in my inbox. The rest are all business action items that I need to handle.

After that, I’ll close my email for the day and only focus on the three projects that I have planed to work on this afternoon.

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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 twists and turns.

Sarah won’t know what happens at the end of the story until she gets there, not long before you get there with her. Each week she’ll bring you the latest chapter, so it’s important to listen in, starting with Episode 1. New episodes are released on Thursday mornings. Serial, like This American Life, is a production of WBEZ Chicago.

Earlier this week, The Verge reported that Serial had broke the iTunes record for the fastest podcast to reach 5 millions downloads and streams.

 
 
Other Topics Covered In This Episode:
- My Podcast Reviews will now notify you of Stitcher reviews.
- I changed commenting system over to Disqus.
- Is Spotify going to add podcasting to its app?
- By 2020, 90% of the world’s population will have a mobile phone.
- Check out InterviewConnections.com to get booked on other shows or to book guests for your show.
- Personal Journey Update

 
 
Most Important Links Mentioned In This Episode:
- Support Podcast Answer Man via Patreon – http://Patreon.com/PodcastAnswerMan
- Affiliate Link for My Podcast Reviews – http://podcastanswerman.com/podcastreviews
- Video Tutorial for setting up Stitcher Reviews – http://podcastanswerman.com/stitchersetup
- Serial Podcast – (iTunes | Website)

 
 
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Man holding up a picture frame around his headAre 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 Narcissistic Personality Disorder and suggested that episode 379 was a bit over the top.

I’ll admit that I do feel that I can go overboard when sharing my own journey. However, I genuinely struggle with that and feeling called to share my life, online, in an authentic way that can help benefit others. With that said, I figured I’d take a closer look at symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. In this episode, I share the thoughts that I had as I was reading through these symptoms.

 
 
New Interview Request Procedure
I have been blessed to have gained quite a bit of attention and exposure for my business over the past several years. As a result, I am often presented invitations to be a guest on other podcasts to share my story. In this episode, I share why being a guest on other podcasts is among one of my favorite things to do and why I have done so few podcast interviews so far this year.

More importantly, I share how I intend to get back into a regular routine of making myself available for these opportunities with my new podcast interview request procedures. If you want to hear all the geeky details, click play now.

 
 
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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

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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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355 Why You Should NOT Start A Podcast – My Thoughts Regarding Spencer Haw’s Blog Post On This Topic.

May 1, 2014

This week’s podcast episode is unique in several ways. First, I made the intentional decision to not use any audio clips within the podcast from beginning to end. I did this as a means of motivation for brand new podcasters who may be struggling to find the right music or audio branding for their podcast. […]

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354 The New New Twitter – Book Recommendations – And Much More

April 24, 2014

The New New Twitter Is Getting Close It’s been a few years since Twitter had a major overhaul of their web user interface. Twitter recently rolled out a redesign of their User Profiles. The change to the new design will eventually happen for all users. However, you can click here to get the new design […]

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353 Can I Make Money If My Podcast Is Not A Business? How Long Can I Still Answer Every Email? Why Do I Not Recommend Using Your Media Host’s RSS Feed? And How To Avoid Interrupting Your Co-Host

April 17, 2014

Why Do I Not Recommend Using Your Media Host’s RSS Feed? Several people have been emailing me, recently, telling me that they have been getting a lot of conflicting advice regarding which rss feed they should use. Specifically, there have been many folks that have been told that the best option for new podcasters, who […]

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352 Twitter Photos – Photo Tagging – Skype TX – Patreon – Naming New Studio And More!

April 10, 2014

Twitter Photos & Tag Spam In this week’s social media segment, Erik Fisher joins me to discuss Twitter’s new ability to upload four pictures to a single tweet using their mobile application. We also talk about the ability to tag people in the photos you upload form the mobile Twitter app. This led us into […]

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351 On Air Signs – Shark Tank Podcast – And So Much More

April 3, 2014

Remote Controlled On Air Sign I don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner. However, it recently occurred to me that I could use one of those WeMo switches by Belkin to operate a plugged in On Air Light/Sign that I could place just outside my studio. In fact, I may place a second […]

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