Blogging Between Podcast Answer Man Podcast Episodes
I started my first blog back in 1996 back when Angelfire.com launched and gave people the opportunity to create individual html pages. I started out by editing my index.html page on a daily basis until I felt the page was simply too long. I decided to break down my posts by month and calling each of those pages something like 1996-10.html. Each time I created an html page for a new month, I would manually add a link to it in a file called archive.html. When people would come to my index.html page, they would see the link, on the side of my site, linking them to the archives.
Back then, I was calling it an “online journal.” About a year later, I adopted the term “web log.” Before I knew it, people started calling them blogs and tools like “Blogger” came along and made all this stuff so much easier. Today, I am using WordPress as my blogging/site platform of choice.
When I discovered podcasting, I fell in love with the concept of sharing my thoughts in audio form and have since created well over 3,300 episodes of audio podcast content. However, I still try to find time to occasionally blog between podcast episodes here on my Podcast Answer Man blog.
This vlog contains my most recent thoughts as to where I am finding value in the available social media platforms.
VERY IMPORTANT UPDATE TO THIS VIDEO: I don’t know how it happened, but when I was recording this vlog, I completely forgot to mention Youtube & Instagram. The following video is a new vlog that corrects my error.
Earlier today, I had one of my Podcasting A to Z students tell me that she now has cold feet about publishing her first podcast episode.
She’s spent the past two weeks tweaking her equipment setup and figuring out the audio editing process. She’s produced a sample audio file that I gave a “PERFECT” rating. (And most of you know just how much of an audio snob I am.)
During the first week, I asked her why she wanted to launch her podcast. She wrote… “My life’s mission, and the purpose of my podcast, is to share my experience, strength, and hope around recovery from compulsive spending, to help others who feel powerless over the obsession to buy, shop, and spend…”
However, today, while other students are submitting their first episodes to iTunes, she wrote to me saying… “So I’m having an identity crisis, Cliff….. I’m not sure I should be doing this particular podcast now. I know you cannot make the decision, but I’d like your feedback about my concerns.”
She went on to write about about how a few of her friends in recovery have cautioned her about some of the things that she was considering with her platform.
She then wrote… “I’m worried that people will get upset with me for sharing my experience, strength, and hope this way.”
And she told me that she had an idea for a different podcast that she might pursue instead.
This interaction inspired today’s vlog post!
BTW. After giving this student my feedback, she wrote back with the following….
Cliff, I cannot thank you enough for this amazing motivational response. I will be using it in the podcast, if you don’t mind. Your transformation is astounding. I read the FB post and comments, and was so struck by this exchange you had with someone:
THEY SAID: I know you won’t call out the hater who mocked you, but I hope he sees this and the profound support you so deservedly have received. Well done! Keep up the good work!
And YOU SAID: Yeah, funny thing is that guy made it into the most recent Keynote that I did. I used it as an example of how you can’t allow others, who don’t understand your vision, keep you from moving toward your goal as a result of their negative feedback.
Even though I’m using Snapchat to create these posts, which is easy enough, it is actually a lot of work to turn them into video formats that work for my YouTube channel, my video podcast feed and even to upload them Facebook.
I have a motto that I live by that says… “I don’t need easy, I just need worth it.” After two months of creating these vlog posts on a daily basis, I’m asking my community to help me answer the question… Is it worth it?
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