Less Shows Moving Forward?
One of the thing that puzzles me is the number of people who seem to want to follow in my footsteps of creating a large number of podcasts. Since I started podcasting in December of 2005, I have launched at least 24 of my very own podcasts. At one point, I was producing an average of 15 to 17 podcast episodes every single week.
In this episode, I mention, for the firs time in public, that I've been thinking about drastically decreasing the number of shows that I am actively producing. Just this past week, I've updated my gspn.tv show description page to show that I am currently only actively producing ten shows at this time. Even with this reduction, I'm still producing a minimum of six shows each and every week.
I recently ended the Almost Daily Devotional podcast after 166 episodes. I decided that the content of that podcast should fit perfectly into another show that I had been producing called the “About The Church” podcast. Since I in the mood to make changes, I made the decision that I would go ahead an rebrand the About The Church podcast so that it would become the “Encouraging Others Through Christ” podcast from this point forward.
This is a perfect example of how I took two shows and combined them into one single show. The same content will continue to be produced, but in a single show instead of two. In 2012, I'll be evaluating all the shows that I am actively producing to see if there is a way that I might be able to do something similar to reduce the number of shows so that I may focus more time and energy on making each show the best it can be.
Mission Statements and Core Values
I did a significant edit on opening of this episode before I uploaded it to the servers. I did leave enough of the original content to let you know that I have been inspired to take some time to develop a mission statement and to write down what my core values are, both for my business, and my personal life. I did this for gspn.tv several years ago and it helped me tremendously. However, I never got around to doing it for my consulting/coaching business. I was reminded of just how important this is while I was listening to where my good friend, Dan Miller, was being interviewed on episode 10 of Dave Ramsey's EntreLeadership Podcast.
Facebook Thumbnail Previews
Special thanks to Bill who called in and left some feedback to explain where Facebook looks for the images it chooses for the Facebook Thumbnail previews on shared links. This is extremely valuable information to those of us who hope our community will share our content with their friends on Facebook.
Daniel from the Special Chronicles podcast called in to ask about how might best track his podcast downloads since the new version of feedburner seems to show a slightly different number than the old version. In my response, I mention Podtrac.com.
Blue Host Hosting
I quickly mentioned that I have an affiliate relationship with Blue Host Hosting. I’ve had a relationship with Blue Host for several years and have hundreds of clients who are hosting their WordPress powered podcast on their hosting platform. If you want to read my full thoughts on podcast hosting, I encourage you to check out http://PodcastAnswerMan.com/hosting.
Random Plug of The Week
This week's random plug of the week goes out to Tommy G. Kendrick from ActorsTalkPodcast.com. Tommy has done an amazing job on launching a great looking website and an AMAZING SOUNDING first episode. If you know anyone who is an actor, director, or otherwise involved in this industry, please consider telling them about Tommy's new show.
Getting Your Podcast Into GetGlue
Wayne called in to ask if it was still possible to get a podcast listed in the Get Glue social network. This is a social network that was designed to allow you to share what music you are listening to or what movies or tv shows you were watching. However, some folks found out that you could also share what podcasts you were listening to.
While I do have several of my gspn.tv shows listed in the Get Glue directory, I am not responsible for getting them submitted. It was my friend, Geoff Gentry, who added these shows. I've reached out to Geoff and he told me that he would be willing to explain if this is still possible in the comments section below. Please check the comments section for that update.
Listed On Stitcher Radio
I briefly mention that you can now find Podcast Answer Man and many other gspn.tv shows in Stitcher Radio. I hope to get around to inviting the folks from Stitcher onto an upcoming episode of Podcast Answer Man to learn a little more about this company and what all they have in the works.
In the episode, I share that I have a few reservations about the service, as it stands today. However, I am excited about anyone who is making way in the realm of getting podcasting built into car radios of the future!
You can download the Stitcher App at http://stitcher.com/gspn. If you sign up, please do use promo code “GSPN” to let them know that you heard about them from me.
Where Are They Now?
In this week's Where Are They Now interview, I talk with Scott Iardella from StealthBody.com. Scott had produced twenty episodes of the “Smart Fitness Coach” podcast and things were going pretty well until he got hit with a Cease and Desist Notice from the legal department of a company that stated he was infringing upon their trademark. In our conversation, you'll hear how Scott dealt with this shocking blow.
It is my hope that Scott's story does not do anything to add to the excuses of those of you who have not yet launched your show. In sharing my own personal trademark issue from a few years back, I hope that you come away from this episode understanding that in both cases, Scott and I did not allow this to knock us out of the race. In fact, we are both extremely thankful that things turned out the way that they did.
I think it's also important to note that out of well over one thousand podcasters that I personally know, I am only aware of three that have ran into such a trademark issue and actually received a cease and desist letter from a lawyer. Scott and I are two of those three.
I also hope that our conversation provides other valuable insights for you to apply to your own podcasting journey as well.
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— Cliff Ravenscraft (@GSPN) December 30, 2011