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Podcast Answer Man PodcastI (Cliff Ravenscraft) launched the Podcast Answer Man podcast back in December of 2006, one year after I started podcasting. I had been approached by several people, asking me to help them to launch a podcast. Technically, I was still podcasting as a hobby at that time and I had decided to start doing some paid consulting work on the side.

One thing led to another and less than a year, after launching the Podcast Answer Man podcast, I became convinced that I could actually make a living doing podcasting full-time as my career. In January of 2008, left my full-time career as an insurance agent, in a family run insurance agency, to do what I love for a living! If you want to hear the full story of how this happened, I would encourage you to see the video on my about page.

Podcast Answer Man is perfect for the brand new podcaster and seasoned podcasters alike. My goal is consistently encourage podcasters to dream big and to always think about how they can take their podcast to the next level.

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405 – Crossing The Finish Line

by Cliff Ravenscraft on May 20, 2015

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2015-05-15 12.03.22

The Audio Journal Format
Alain recently asked a few questions about the audio journal format for my Pursuing A Balanced Life podcast. He said that he found it fascinating that I managed to record over 600 episodes in light of the fact that he never considered such an audio format to be one that would help generate income or business from such a personal podcast. He wanted to know if I felt that this was a winning formula for me due to the fact that I had already established myself within the podcasting industry. He wanted to know if I thought that such a format would work for someone who is just starting out and where this would be their only show. My response to these questions is the main focus of this episode.

 
 
Five Insights I’ve Gained Over The Past Six Months
Yesterday, I posted a significant blog post celebrating the first six months of consistently maintaining my commitment to putting my helath and fitness above all other life pursuits, including my business. Near the end of this week’s episode, I share five insights that I’ve gained over these past five months.

1. Putting Your Health & Fitness First and finding way to fit in your work
verses being more efficient in your work so that you can find time to fit in your Health & Fitness.

2. The importance of knowing what you’re going to say yes to and what you are going to say no to ahead of time.

3. Starting the day off knowing what the most important one, two or three things I need to accomplish today, that is above everything else.

4. The ability to actually say no to great opportunities that don’t fit within your current plans for the future.

5. Life is lived inside the margin you allow for yourself.

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311patentPodcast Patent Victory?
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), reported that they had successfully convinced the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to invalidate key claims in the so-called “podcasting patent.” You can read more about this on their site by clicking here.

 
 
Picking Up Where Serial Left Off
I recently subscribed to the Undisclosed-Podcast.
From their website: “The Undisclosed Podcast is a listening experience that reframes, enhances or otherwise shifts everything you’ve come to know about the State of Maryland’s case against Adnan Syed, especially as you’ve come to know it through listening to Serial. In order to do that, we intend to revisit the case from the beginning, looking at all the available evidence. Not only will we look at the evidence that was presented in Serial, but we will also provide new evidence that we’ve uncovered in our investigation. We have combed through police and court records that the Serial team did not possess during the podcast, and done much, much more to get to the truth. Accordingly, we aspire to present the best possible version of the events as we believe those events to be. We will also present theories that we believe the evidence best construes. Perhaps most importantly, we will provide you with all of our evidence as part of that process.”

 
 
Other Topics In This Episode:

  • More mainstream media attention given to podcasting.
  • Ijeoma lands her first paid advertiser. (Contract Example Mentioned)
  • Why I purchased the domain FitnessAnswerMan.com
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    In this episode of Podcast Answer Man, I give my full review of the Apple Watch after having it for nearly one full week. Find out what I am absolutely in love with this device. Keep in mind, I purchased the Apple watch as a fitness tracking device first and foremost. I used to be a fan of FitBit. However, several months ago, I broke up with FitBit to focus on Heart Rate based fitness training. In fact, I spent $200 on the Mio Alpha, that did nothing more than tell me what my heart rate was while I was working out.

    At any rate, in this review of the Apple Watch, I cover the following topics

    – The accuracy of the heart rate monitor.
    – The Workout App.
    – The Activity App.
    – Texting from the watch.
    – Phone calls on the watch.
    – The alarm app on the watch.
    – The battery life of the watch.
    – The reminders app on the watch.
    – The airline apps for the watch.
    – Checking into LA Fitness with the QR code on the watch.
    – The iPhone camera remote.
    – And more…

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    401 – Custom Podcast Theme Songs with Todd & Emily from Gifty Song

    April 23, 2015

    In this episode of Podcast Answer Man, I share an amazing new resource for securing a custom theme song made just for your podcast. I first heard of Todd & Emily Marriott, from Gifty Song, after they had created a custom theme song for my friend Dan Miller. After hearing it a few times, I […]

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    400 – Advice For Creating Your Own Mastermind Group

    April 16, 2015

    I always love celebrating big milestones. I am excited to present this 400th episode of Podcast Answer Man. For this special occasion, I wanted to share the one thing that I believe can bring about the greatest potential for taking your business and/or your life to the next level. I’ve talked, many times, in the […]

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    Las Vegas – Podcast Answer Man Community Meetup

    April 12, 2015

    I’m hosting a private, meetup for members of the Podcast Answer Man community who will be attending New Media Expo 2015. Who is invited to attend this event? Those who have listened to any of the podcasts that I have produced over the years. Those who have gone through any of the free tutorials on my […]

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    399 – A New Shift In Priorities

    April 9, 2015

    For the past several years, I’ve made it a practice to always keep a list, available in plain site, of the top five to ten priorities of my business pursuits. This list is always ranked with the highest priority at the top. When committing things to my calendar, I always attempt to find a way […]

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    398 – Meerkat Vs Periscope

    April 4, 2015

    In this episode, I share my thoughts on the new update to Meerkat as well as my thoughts on Twitter’s new Periscope app for live streaming to your audience. I also share my thoughts on the new “Becoming Steve Jobs” biography, my experience at Social Media Marketing World 2015 and the fact that Twitter now […]

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    397 – The Return of the Double Ender – Skype Everywhere – YouTube Cards – And Much More!

    March 23, 2015

    A Future Where Skype Is Everywhere? The Verge recently reported on Microsoft’s vision for the future of Skype, saying.. “Microsoft only just launched a preview of Skype for Business, but it’s already preparing for the future. In a new vision video released today, the software maker’s message is a clear one: it’s just the beginning. […]

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    396 – Live Streaming With Meerkat & Nine Income Streams To Consider For Your Online Business

    March 12, 2015

    Live Streaming With Meerkat I start this week’s episode talking about the new Meerkat Live Streaming application that is available for iPhone users. The ability to stream live video from your phone is not new. In fact, it’s been possible with Ustream for many years. However, this new app does make it easier than any […]

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    395 Snoop Dogg Taking Podcasting Further Into The Mainstream

    March 7, 2015

    Snoop Doggs’ Double G News Podcast I open this week’s podcast sharing my thoughts on why Snoop Dogg’s recently launched podcast will be great for podcasting, overall. I also share success tips that can be pulled from the most recent two episodes that he published.     Facebook Page owners may see a drop in […]

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    394 How Ijeoma Eleazu Found Her Voice In The World of Podcasting

    February 28, 2015

    The Inspiring Podcast Journey of Ijeoma Eleazu In this week’s episode, I share the story of how Ijeoma Eleazu came to find her voice in the podcasting world. Ijeoma is a clinical pharmacist who had gone through the May 2013 session of my Podcasting A to Z training course. Like many students, Ijeoma was not […]

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    393 Podcast Hijacking on YouTube & Shows I’m Subscribed To

    February 19, 2015

    What shows I am subscribed to… A few weeks ago, my friend, Ray Edwards, did a podcast episode where he listed the podcasts that he is subscribed to. This inspired me to share the list of shows that I am currently subscribed to and to also provide the reason why I am motivated to listen […]

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    392 Where To Find Fresh New Content For Your Podcast – And An Interview with 91.7 WVXU

    February 11, 2015

    Local Media Coverage I was honored to receive a significant amount of local media coverage recently. I was featured in the February edition of Cincinnati Magazine in a story written by Dave Ghose titled “The Voice of Pod.” As a result of that article, I was invited to be a guest on 91.7 WVXU’s Cincinnati […]

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    391 Six Reasons Why You Should Attend A Conference

    February 6, 2015

    In this episode of Podcast Answer Man, I share six reasons why I think that attending a conference this year can help take your personal brand and/or your business to the next level. I also share the conferences that I will be attending this year and try to help you understand the value that each […]

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    390 Are You So Busy Building Your Business That You Don’t Have Time To Work On Building You?

    January 23, 2015

    Are your business pursuits keeping you from living the healthy lifestyle you desire? If so, you are not alone. I am a recovering workaholic. When I went into business for myself, building my business from the ground up, I worked a minimum of 14 hours per day, seven days a week, without a single day […]

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    389 When Social Media Strategies Clash & Thoughts On When Someone Tells You That You Don’t Have Credibility

    January 15, 2015

    Thoughts On When Someone Tells You That You Don’t Have Credibility I recently had someone post a comment on episode 388 that said… “I’ve been following your Dayone Journaling. One thing is clear you’re not a health and fitness expert, not even close…” and “You’re pawning yourself off as legit in Health and Fitness when […]

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    388 My Thoughts After One Month With Patreon & The Response From My Mailing List Subscribers

    January 8, 2015

    A One Month Patreon Update In this episode, I share why I made the decision to cancel the Patreon accounts that I had set up for my Podcast Answer Man and Family From The Heart podcasts. I also share why and how I plan to continue moving forward with my Patreon account for PABL.   […]

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    387 Why I Decided To Stop Recording Video for Podcast Answer Man & Why I Am No Longer Doing Live Show Thursdays

    January 1, 2015

    Saying Yes To New Things Often Means Saying No To Exisiting Things I always get excited at the beginning of each new year.The weeks leading up to the first of the new year is a time where I reflect on what has been accomplished over the past year, a time to discern what it is […]

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    386 My Interview With John Kramp & David Atchison from Your Leadership Story

    December 25, 2014

    As I mentioned in last week’s episode, I’ve decided to take the week off to celebrate the Christmas holiday with my family and friends. However, I wanted to find a way to still provide an episode of Podcast Answer Man. I’m extremely thankful to John Kramp and David Atchison for allowing me to use the […]

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    385 Don’t Fall For The Latest Format Fad

    December 18, 2014

    What has made Serial and Startup so popular as podcasts? I’ve heard a lot of conversations surrounding the popularity of the Startup and Serial podcasts. I’ve heard more than one person suggest that the main reason that these two shows are so popular is due to the format in which they tell a narrative story […]

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    384 – Celebrating Nine Years In Podcasting

    December 11, 2014

    This week’s episode is a bit out of the norm for Podcast Answer Man. I just retruned to the studio after being away for two weeks. I had a great Thanksgiving holiday followed by an eight day family vacation to Orlando, Florida. Unofortunately, I brought a case of bronchitus back home from my trip and […]

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    383 Patreon – A Podcaster’s Perspective

    December 4, 2014

    What is Patreon? From their about page: “Founded in May 2013 and based in San Francisco, California, Patreon was created to enable fans to support and engage with the artists and creators they love. Empowering a new generation of creators, Patreon is bringing patronage back to the 21st century.” In this episode of Podcast Answer […]

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    382 Journaling For Blog Content Strategy And How To Make 2015 Your Best Year Ever – Interview with Michael Hyatt

    November 26, 2014

    Happy Thanksgiving I wanted to take a moment and tell you that during this Thanksgiving holiday, I am extremely thankful for each and everyone of you who have been a part of the Podcast Answer Man community. I was originally going to take the week off this week, due to Thanksgiving, and next week due […]

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    381 The Serial Podcast – Stitcher Reviews – Disqus Comment System Plugin – And So Much More

    November 20, 2014

    Have you heard of the podcast, SERIAL? 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 […]

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    380 Are Podcasters Narcissists? & New Interview Request Procedure

    November 6, 2014

    Are 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 […]

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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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    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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