Blogging Between Podcast Answer Man Podcast Episodes

Podcast Answer Man PodcastI 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, my blogging/site platform of choice.

BLOG RSS FEEDWhen I discovered podcasting, I feel in love with the concept of sharing my thoughts in audio form and have since created well over 2,700 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 and my gspn.tv Community Blog.

Podcasters Can Change The World!

by Cliff Ravenscraft on 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 the lives of other people around the world.

I hope this doesn’t seem arrogant. However, I have a strong desire to live a life in such a way that after my time has passed, I want the world to be a better place because I was in it.

I believe that every podcaster has the opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of others through their podcasting efforts. This will be the focus of my closing keynote address for the Podcast Movement conference.

Please watch the video below to see how you can help me take this message to the next level.

The Three Types of Stories I Am Looking For

1. Has your life been positively impacted because of a community environment created by a podcaster? This could be a live, in person meetup, an online forum, a facebook group, a live show chat room, etc. I’m looking for stories of people whose lives had been changed after meeting other people who shared their passions, who they would not have ever met had that community environment never been set up by the podcaster.

2. Do you have a story about how your life has been positively changed as the result of podcaster who took the time to interact with you personally, one-on-one? I’m looking for stories that emphasize the importance of genuinely caring about each individual listener rather than always being so focused on the number of people downloading their shows.

3. Do you have a story where your life has been positively changed as the result of a podcaster who authentically and transparently shared their own struggles, their own weaknesses, etc?

These are the types of stories that I am looking for. If you would be willing to share these stories in the comments section below, I would be honored to hear about them. I may share some of these stories in my Podcast Answer Man podcast and I will certainly consider incorporating some of these stories into my closing keynote.

Note: If you think your story will take up more than two paragraphs, I suggest writing it in a text editor where you can save your writing progress and then copy and paste it into the comment box below.

Thank you, in advance, for sharing your story!

Update July 29, 2014 10:36 AM: I had posted a link to this on Facebook and in response, Christina Canters asked “Apart from you, Cliff?” Below is how I responded…

Obviously, I’d be honored to hear stories of how I’ve personally helped people. I imagine that there are many that I am not aware of.

However, I’m looking for any stories related to any podcaster’s podcasting efforts that has helped make someone’s life better.

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Most of you know that I flew to San Diego this week to speak at Social Media Marketing World. I had the incredible honor of being invited to promote my talk on KUSI TV’s Good Morning San Diego new show. The following is the video recording of that segment.

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VLOG – New Home Construction Update March 2014

by Cliff Ravenscraft on March 24, 2014

Every day, I thank God for the opportunity to create a business that serves others, makes a positive difference in the lives of people all over the world and that brings a great deal of personal satisfaction and fulfillment into my own life. I am incredibly blessed.

On my ABOUT PAGE, there is a video that describes our journey (my wife and I) of how we got into the world of podcasting. If you have seen that, you know that my story is not one of “overnight success.” That video, however, was recorded on May 2011.

While things were really starting to take off when I gave that talk, I never could have imagined all the blessings that have come our way over the years since that time. To get just a glimpse of what I am talking about, feel free to read the blog post that reveals my personal income from 2010 through 2013.

The following images show some of the evolution of my podcast studio over the past few years.

There was the time when I used to set up all my equipment, once a week, in the floor of our living room.

There was the time when I actually talked my wife into giving me a dedicated corner of our family room for my podcasting efforts.

Over the years, my studio space grew quite a bit.

Many of you are already aware that Stephanie and I are building a new home. Our entire family is extremely excited about all the new space that we will have.

One of the things that I am most excited about is that the entire finished lower level (basement) of our new home will be 100% devoted to my business. The square footage of the basement, alone, in the new house is actually larger than the square footage of our entire existing home.

In this VLOG post, I give you a walk through of what our new home looks like as of March 23rd, 2014, after I had just finished wiring all the rooms with RG6 and Cat5e cabling.

If you want to continue following the progress of our new home and my new podcasting studio, I encourage you to check out my New Home Facebook Photo Album.

Again, I want to say how incredibly thankful I am to have chosen the path that I did to leave my career in insurance to pursue the work and life for which I truly felt that I was created. It has never been easy. However, one of my greatest friends, David H Foster, once said… “I don’t need easy, I just need worth it.”

Thanks for taking the time to watch my VLOG post above and for reading this accompanying post.

Until next time, I encourage you to take everything you do to the Next Level!

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Why You Should Create An Audio Podcast Within 90 Days!

by Cliff Ravenscraft on November 7, 2013

pam-itunesAre you seeking clarity on which channel you should choose to launch your online efforts? Do you already have a loyal online following and seek clarity on what you can do to take your online efforts to the next level?

In this video, I will make it crystal clear that the single greatest investment you can make to take your online efforts to the next level would be to create an audio podcast within the next ninety days.

This video is from the talk that I gave at the Platform Conference in Dallas TX on Monday, November 4th, 2013. I hope you enjoy…

After watching this video, are you convinced that you need to create an audio podcast within the next 90 days? If so, I encourage you to start, right now, with my free Learn How To Podcast Video Tutorial.

I would be honored to work with you in the next session of my Podcasting A to Z online training course. If you go through this course, you will have a podcast up and running by the end of the four weeks. Simply go to PodcastingAtoZ.com for full details.

Update 01-08-2014 – Click Here For The Audio Only of The Talk!

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Free Informational Podcasting A to Z Conference Call

September 12, 2013

Many online marketers will create a webinar that they offer for free in an effort to get you fully engaged with them and their brand so that they may make a huge sales pitch at the end of the call with some sort of manufactured deadline that you must accept their offer by. If you […]

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What Is Triberr And How Can It Benefit You?

August 24, 2013

Each month, I host a webinar for the members of the Podcast Mastermind. In this month’s webinar, I interviewed Dino Dogan, co-founder of Triberr.com. I was very impressed with what I have learned about Triberr and felt compelled to go ahead and share this 1 hour 25 minute webinar publicly here on my blog. If […]

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A Proven Podcast Workflow

July 18, 2013

Many of you know that I teach a four week Podcasting A to Z course where I have helped hundreds of folks launch extremely successful podcasts. I wanted to share a quick video tutorial that I created for my Podcasting A to Z students. In this video, I show you my step-by-step podcasting workflow. When […]

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VLOG – Live Show Thursday!

May 30, 2013

For the past few years, I’ve been doing “Live Show Thursday.” Basically I turn on a live streaming camera in my studio at 9am Eastern Time and keep it on until about 2pm Eastern Time at http://gspn.tv/live. I have done this to give folks a peak inside the studio to see how I produce my […]

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VLOG – In front of the computer all day

May 28, 2013

This is my first “official” vlog post! I have recently been inspired by Fr. Roderick Vonhogen’s Vlog posts. I figured that I would give this a shot to see folks from my community had any interest in short video clips that show what happens when I’m not behind a microphone. If you like my vlog […]

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4 Reasons Why Podcasting Is The Single Best Investment For Taking Your Platform To The Next Level!

May 17, 2013

Do you have a message that you want to get out to the world? Do you want to take your brand exposure to the next level? In this short video, I share four reasons why creating an audio podcast is the best investment you can make to stand out in our online world! This video […]

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How To Market Your Business With A Podcast Without Directly Selling Anything!

May 13, 2013

As a member of the Podcast Mastermind I have had the privilege of watching, first hand, as Cesar Abeid effectively integrates the marketing of his business within the Construction Industry Podcast. What I love most about Cesar’s approach to integrated marketing is that he has not turned his niche podcast into full out commercial for […]

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How I Became A Confident Public Speaker!

May 11, 2013

Over the past two years, I have made a decision to put a great deal of focus on getting more involved in public speaking. In a short amount of time, I have made it to the place where I am being paid to speak at events. I have already given my first Keynote address, where […]

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GSPN Community Disney Dream Cruise Information

March 9, 2013

GSPN Community Disney Dream Cruise: Please click play above to listen to the informational call that will give you the full details of our upcoming GSPN Community Disney Dream Cruise. You are invited to join the online community experience of a lifetime. In February of 2011 Stephanie and I took our family on the No […]

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Final Opportunity For Podcasting A to Z At This Cost

February 25, 2013

I wanted to let everyone know that that my next Podcasting A to Z course is set to launch this coming Monday, March 4th. As I am writing this, there are only eight spots left and three individuals who have already informed me that they intend to register later this week. There are two reasons […]

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How I use plain txt files to manage a great deal of information.

January 28, 2013

In this video blog post, I wanted to share how I have been managing a great deal of information within a multitude of plain .txt files. I originally recorded this video back on December 19th, 2012. I was so excited about the setup that I had configured, I simply couldn’t resist creating this tutorial. However, […]

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Two gspn.tv Shows Have Been Nominated – PLEASE VOTE!

November 3, 2012

While I am very excited, I am going to keep this very brief! We have two gspn.tv shows that were nominated for the 8th Annual Podcast Awards this year. Authentic Life Radio was nominated in the Entertainment category. Encouraging Others Through Christ was nominated in the Religion Inspiration category. The podcasts with the greatest number […]

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Feedburner – Is The Sky Really Falling?

September 21, 2012

Update: I recorded episode 278 after posting this blog post. Click here to listen. I typically get between 40 to 100+ emails each day with quick questions. However, today may just break a record. This morning, I returned from my walk only to find an unusually high volume of emails, Twitter notifications, Facebook messages, etc. […]

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Podcasting Never Died! There Is No Need of a “Resurrection”

September 5, 2012

This afternoon, I sat down to do some work, hoping not to get distracted by too much. However, against my better judgement, I decided to make a quick post on Facebook and Twitter. While on Twitter, I saw the following post that was directed to myself and a few friends. Intrigued by the message, I […]

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Podcast Acquisitions – A Seriously Bad Sales Pitch

August 14, 2012

So a representative of a company recently sent me an email saying, “I would like to learn more about the acquisitions of GSPN podcasts.” I wrote back and asked, “Do you have any documentation about what is involved in this program?” He wrote back with a lengthy response, but it is summed up with the […]

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Why Did I Purchase Two Canon EOS 60D Cameras?

July 1, 2012

Why did I purchase TWO Canon 60D Cameras? It’s no secret that when I develop a new passion, I typically dive in head first and stick with the motto of Go Big or Go Home! That’s what happened to me when I was bit hard by the Photography Bug. Here’s the deal, for some reason, […]

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254 – How To Grow Your Audience And Market Your Podcast! Facebook Interest Lists And More!

March 24, 2012

So You Have A Podcast… Now What? One the questions that I am asked most often is “How Do I Grow My Audience?” Many times it’s phrased something like, “I’ve been podcasting for (insert number) of months/years and I only have (insert number) of people who are consistently downloading each of my episodes.” Those who […]

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MIXERGY INTERVIEW

March 13, 2012

Folks, I recently had the honor of being a guest on Andrew Warner’s, MIXERGY podcast. If you have not yet heard of Mixergy, you really should check it out. The mission of Mixergy is to introduce you to doers and thinkers whose ideas and stories are so powerful that just hearing them will change you. […]

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SoundCloud – Would It Work For Podcasting?

March 7, 2012

In this video, I share a call that I had with Ben Fawkes From SoundCloud.com. Ben wanted to tell me about how they are opening up their platform for podcasting. I figured that the podcasting community would be interested in hearing what I learned on the call. I asked Ben if I could record the […]

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246 Podcast Answer Man – The Podcast Mastermind

January 26, 2012

UPDATE: On February 6th, 2014, I announced that I had shut down the Podcast Mastermind after two years. I have left this post here, to serve as an archive of how I announced this organization that I led for two years. If you would like to hear why I shut down the Podcast Mastermind, even […]

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Ustream.tv And HTML5 Chat Working On An iPad!

January 11, 2012

I am so excited to share that I have found a way to create a live show page that will play both my Ustream.tv live video feed and an HTML5 chat room on the same page. The fact is that I’ve had the ability to do both the video and chat on the same page […]

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243 Podcast Answer Man – Producing Less Good Content To Focus On Producing More Great Content – Podcast Series or Seasons – And Making A Dent In The World!

January 5, 2012

Producing Less For The Purpose of Greater Production During the open of last week’s episode of Podcast Answer Man, I hinted that I was considering the thought of producing less shows moving forward. As I share in this episode, the reason is that I want to maximize the value of any of the work that […]

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Interview with Watch.TV

December 12, 2011

While I was at BlogWorld LA, I had the chance to catch up with my good friend CC Chapman in the Watch.tv booth on the expo floor. While we were there, we recorded this interview. Any thoughts/questions? Leave a comment below.

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237 Podcast Answer Man – Video Blog Update – November 2011

November 28, 2011

A Video Blog Style Update: Every now and then, I like to sit and think about all the wonderful things I have experienced on my journey in pursuing the work that I love and feel called to. If I were to talk about all the blessings that have come my way in 2011, the video […]

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236 Podcast Answer Man – Leo Laporte Interview – The Power of Podcasting

November 17, 2011

My Interview With Leo Laporte Folks, I am so excited to share this interview with with you. There is no doubt that this will forever be one of my all time favorite episodes of Podcast Answer Man. I’d encourage you to watch the interview via the video that I have embedded below. At the same […]

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We Did It! We Made #OccupyTWiT A Reality!

November 9, 2011

Only those on my Podcast Answer Man Mailing List will be able to fully appreciate what the following video represents. About a week before I left for my trip to the West Coast, I had sent an email explaining that I was going to host two gspn.tv community meetups. One in Los Angeles and one […]

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Pat Flynn Shows How To Recover, With Style, When Your Slides Are Messed Up!

November 8, 2011

My great friend, Pat Flynn, and I had the awesome privilege of speaking at BlogWorld Expo LA. What could have turned into a disaster for many speakers actually worked in Pat’s favor because of how he responded to the situation. Imagine spending hours on your presentation, carefully choosing the perfect fonts, colors, and sizes for […]

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Meeting Leo Laporte

November 7, 2011

It has been a dream of mine to get to meet Leo Laporte of the TWiT Network for several years. In the Wikipedia article on GSPN, you’ll read that it was Leo who first introduced me to the world of podcasting and who has been my greatest source of inspiration. This dream was fulfilled on […]

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How To Replace A File In Libsyn Without Forcing New Downloads

September 26, 2011

Have you ever published a podcast episode where you made a simple little mistake that you really wanted to fix, but you didn’t realize it until after half of your subscribers had already downloaded the episode? This has happened to me on several occasions. In my current Podcasting A to Z session, one of my […]

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How To Change Your Podcast RSS Feed In iTunes – iTunes Redirect

August 27, 2011

Occasionally, I will have a client who has set up their own podcast, before finding me, where they had submitted the direct rss feed from their blogger, podbean, Blog Talk Radio, or any other 3rd party account to iTunes. These people typically call me when they are ready to take their podcast to the next […]

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Is It Possible To Generate Income Directly From Podcasting?

August 26, 2011

Have you ever heard anyone say the following? “Nobody makes money from podcasting!” “It is impossible to generate income from podcasting!” I hear these statements, and others like them, all the time. Recently, I was involved in a forum discussion where someone posted an idea they were considering for a music podcast that would include […]

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New Studio Redesign – July 2011

July 27, 2011

I have spent the past two weeks, between several projects, working on a complete redesign of the gspn.tv/Podcast Answer Man studio. I am happy to announce that the studio redesign is finally complete. I took a few hours this morning to shoot and edit the following video to give you a look into what has […]

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