286 How My Production Quality Has Evolved Over 3000 Episodes And Why I Don’t Like Anything On Facebook

by Cliff Ravenscraft on November 29, 2012

How My Production Quality Has Evolved Over 3000 Episodes
I received a question from Matt on the voicemail feedback hotline. He said that he’d love to have a link to my first episode and possibly have me put together a montage of my production quality evolution over the years. In this episode I actually do share some of the audio from my very first episode EVER which you can find at http://gspn.tv/firstepisode.

I also include several other first episodes from many other shows that I’ve produced. It was a lot of fun to actually go back and hear these things again myself, and I hope that it encourages all of you that you have to start somewhere. You’ll never come out sounding just like the Podcast Answer Man does in episode #286. In fact, if you listen to this episode, you’ll find out that even I didn’t start out sounding like I do today.

In case you don’t know, I have a lot of other podcasts in addition to Podcast Answer Man, so be sure to check out my episode guide to see a list of more than 3,000 podcast episodes that I’ve produced.

Personal Plug of The Week
This weekís personal plug of the week is for James Dering’s Better Piano Podcast. I love the way that James took his gifts, talents and passions and created a podcast around that. He’s done a wonderful job of bringing high-quality content both in terms of of audio quality as well as the type of content he’s producing. I encourage you to listen to episode 003 of his show and if you like it, be sure to let him know that you heard about him from Podcast Answer Man.

Get Notifications From All Posts to Fan Pages You Like!
This week’s Social Media Segment was inspired by this blog post by Mark Cuban. In this episode I share this favorite quote from the article:

But this over-complication via algorithm…creates a financial problem for brands. By trying to be an incredibly efficient information delivery source, they confine our ability to organically reach most of our followers to using Sponsored Posts. They also significantly increase our costs because if we create a post that doesnít engage our followers to the level the algorithm expects it to, it can impact our ability to be seen in the future. Talk about pressure. Put up a post , but be sure that Edgerank doesnít think it sucks.

Erik and I also talk about an article that one of our listeners, Sarah, shared about how you can now be notified whenever posts are made to fan pages you like. All you have to do is hover over the “like” button on the page, and then select “get notifications.” Special thanks to Sarah for sending us this story!

I also share some of my obsessive-compulsive decisions that I’ve recently made regarding my Facebook personal profile and I also explain why at this time, I no longer like any brands on Facebook.

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The Podcast Mastermind
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I am so incredibly thankful to those who have recently gone into my listing in iTunes to provide a five start rating and a written review of Podcast Answer Man.

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  • GSPN

    @blogdiabetes it’s actually a play on words. I recently “in-liked” every fan page on FB. I do love connecting with people there though.

  • GSPN

    @blogdiabetes hope you are doing well.

  • marianpl

    Great podcast! Loved the social media discussion. I didn’t know about that Get Notifications option. The travel back through time listening to your growth as a podcaster was very encouraging for those of us just getting started. Thanks for sharing all those clips. It’s good to know I will improve with time!

  • @marianpl Marian, thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment here on the site.  So glad that you enjoyed the episode.  And yes, be encouraged, we all have to start somewhere!  Just keep creating that content!

  • mattbye

    Cliff. Thanks for the retrospective of your sound evolution! It was all that I imagined it would be when I put in the request. It really is encouraging to know that I can improve, even if I sound like a dork the first time out.
    BTW, I went back to the first episode of @PatFlynn – he sound pretty darned good, right out of the gate!

  • @mattbye  Matt, I’m so glad that you enjoyed the episode.  Thank you for submitting the question and for taking the time to leave a comment here in the show notes. 
    I hope you have have an amazing weekend! Sincerely, Cliff

  • It was fun hearing those old clips and I like the graphic for this show.
    I do not need to manicure my Facebook page as detailed as you mentioned, but knowing I can is good.
    Being able to hide some people on is nice as I already follow them on Twitter, but still want to promote/link to them for my Facebook friends.
    Gracias Cliff and Erik.
    K, bye

  • @Christopher Battles Glad you enjoyed the episode.

  • Cliff, this is actually about the post and not the podcast. I just wanted to say that I think your “Rate and Review in iTunes” graphic at the bottom of the post is an absolutely brilliant idea. It’s such a simple concept, but it had never occurred to me to link an image to the iTunes review page – or to do this in a post footer. I’m going to have to “borrow” this idea 🙂

  • @Loren Pinilis Feel free to duplicate! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment!

  • Cliff! I was both honored and shocked to see that you mentioned my little site and podcast in your “Personal Plug of the Week”! I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate everything you said in the episode, as well as the help you have given me in the past. You and your podcast are an inspiration to people like myself. I know I have a long way to go, but you’ve helped so much in showing me that it’s possible. And your recognition of my show will definitely go down as one of the biggest personal milestones for me and my podcast so far. I don’t know if other podcasters go through this, but I things somehow felt a little “unreal” when I first started my podcast, as if it was all sort of a dream. (I guess this is an extension of the feeling of “I uploaded it, but will anyone care to listen?”). Now that Cliff Ravenscraft mentioned it, well, it must really be happening! I am a podcaster!
    I am so sorry I didn’t acknowledge this sooner. I was finishing an extremely busy semester around the time this episode first aired, and I had gotten a little behind on listening to some podcasts. In getting “caught up” over the holidays, imagine my shock to run across my own name! Thank you so much once again, for this and for all that you do.
    Most sincerely,
    James Dering
    The Better Piano Podcast

  • @James Dering It was my pleasure to give your show the exposure it deserved.  You certainly are a podcaster.  You put it out there and made it happen.
    I wish you continued success as you provide consistent content and build your online community.

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