Jan 23

95- From early podcaster to downsized podcaster

For over twelve years, I have been a very prolific, enthusiastic, passionate podcaster and content creator.

I have not only published up to 16 podcast shows at the height of 2010, but also have participated in various events — e.g., New Media Expo, Podcast Movement, etc.,¬† and other podcast events. I have also led the Austin Podcasters Group from 2008 to 2011 and have presented at various Podcamps and ProductCamps across the nation.

However, there is one thing we cannot stop as we pursue our passion of podcasting — declining health with age.

As a combat veteran of the Vietnam War (who also suffered a terrible parachute accident in 1972 with a concussion and injury to the neck, head, back and shoulders), I have had complications that resulted from both injuries and exposure to Agent Orange (including deformities that made me so self-conscious that I chose not be in video presentations).

The result in all this is declining health, which has affected my podcasting.

Since September of 2016, I took a leave of absence and published an episode of my departure (with an undetermined return date) to take care of my poor mother who was suffering from both dementia and Alzheimers. I now have to accept reality and understand that I, too, may be suffering from the early stages of such diseases (note: Alzheimers is one complication resulting from Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam war).

So, I have decided to podfade and withdraw many of my podcast shows and end them, since no episodes have been published for at least 16 months due to family and health problems.

As of this post, my total number of podcast shows has diminished from 8 shows in September, 2016, to 5 currently. I have lost the JUNGLE WARRIORS, 82nd AIRBORNE ALAMO CHAPTER and COMBAT INFANTRYMEN’S podcast shows (published while respecting the military service organizations). The remaining 5 shows will also decrease, as both FINANCE FOR STARTUPS and my past flagship podcast show, STRUGGLING ENTREPRENEUR, will both be removed from iTunes.

There will remain only 3 shows:

  • a podfaded show ARRIBA (since 2006);
  • Podcast Reporter; and
  • Skills in Screencasts and Podcasts.

I do not know how long I can keep these shows going.

But, in the meantime, I plan to progress and deliver episodes to the shows to which I can still publish my content.

This also means that I must scale down on my media host, Libsyn. From 4 different accounts that had seen over 1.6 million downloads, we will only have one or two accounts, based on content availability.

And, there are other management tools and resources that will be disappearing, as well. This is the price a podcaster pays when it is time for him to stand down and podfade more as time (and disease complications) increase.

For those whom I have met and dealt with, I am truly grateful for the opportunity to know them and communicate with them and experience the podosphere with them. These include Dave Jackson, Daniel J Lewis, Paul Colligan, Rob Walch, Gary Leland, Ray Ortega, Mike Stelzner, Doug Welch, Tee Morris, Evo Terra, Chris Brogan, Lon Naylor¬† and Todd Cochrane — just to name a few.

The next few episodes will deal with some of the experiences that I will be going through in podfading not only my podcast shows, but my presence in the podosphere. I hope this serves a positive experience for other podcasters who may find themselves in the same situation soon.

I also will be posting content that will be worthy of podcast news, although my health will not permit me to travel to any more remote podcasting events.

In the meantime, I wish the greatest success to all the podcasters in their endeavors (for either business or passion) in the world of podcasting.

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Aug 07

58- Issues that can negatively impact your podcast and business- 2 case studies

podcast_reporter_albumartwork1400There are 2 case studies of actual podcasters who are Entrepreneurs that had to face the problems of health issues — including stress, tension, pressure, anxiety, frustration and “burning the candle at both ends” (leading towards burnout) — which negatively impacted their business, and their lives.

One case study is your Podcast Reporter.

The other case study is our respected Podcast Coach from the School of Podcasting, Dave Jackson.

Both have what we refer to as “wake-up calls.” Both had to deal with the negative impact of these issues. However, only one really facing the dilemma and avoiding the critical problems that can result for self, for business, for family and for life.

We hope that you yourself will be able to recognize the symptoms of being overwhelmed, where you are trying to do more than you have time to do, and thus have these issues.

The FREE resource that is mentioned is an online course that will help you:

– accomplish more,

– in less time,

– with better quality

– and with REDUCED STRESS.

It is a FREE course called Gain Control of Your Day, and you can get the free podcast audio episodes, along with the free workbooks and pdfs for the lessons at:

http://www.gaincontrolofyourday.com/podcast

and start learning from episode 14 and go to episode 59 to get all the free materials for the course (you can get to the archives and start with February, 2013).

 

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Jul 30

54- Podcast Movement 2015 Conference – Some reflections

podcast_reporter_albumartwork1400In this episode, there are regrets and apologies, along with reflections from this Podcast Reporter.

Regretfully, I will not be able to attend the Podcast Movement 2015 event due to major health issues, which have been caused by complications resulting from Agent Orange (the toxin used in Vietnam, and which negatively affected the combat infantrymen on the ground when they were in the jungles and rice paddies and mountains in Vietnam and Laos).

So this episode covers the following topics in the theme of REFLECTIONS:

– Having to miss the networking, personal communications and re-energizing and reinforcing the relationships I had with various podcasters that have become good acquaintances and friends. Among them is one of the co-founders and organizers of the Podcast Movement Conference, Gary Leland (he had a booth in 2014 with the old “Podcast Pickle” who is now re-branded as the “Podertainment Pickle”) — for Gary had a booth for his Podertainment Magazine in the exhibit area:

– Having to cancel my live interview scheduled on 31July2015 with Doug Foresta of the CoachZing podcast show;

– Having to miss Paul Colligan’s meetup;

– Having to miss the workshops which I had signed up for earlier;

– Having to miss the exhibits and announcements;

But most of all, HAVING TO MISS THE PODCASTING HALL-OF-FAME ceremony for the inaugural inductees, as well as the Podcaster Awards ceremonies — scheduled for 31 July 2015.

In speaking about the Hall of Fame ceremony that is scheduled for 31 July 2015, the first inductee is the “PODFATHER” himself — Adam Curry.

Adam CurryAs you will hear in this audio episode, we also cover the question of whether the Podcast Movement conference can repeat the success of 2014.

In addition, there is some feedback from other podcasters about the selection of speakers and keynote speakers for this event.

Finally, we recommend that you listen to the following podcasters and their shows AFTER the conference to get summaries of the event and their perspectives:

Paul Colligan and his The Podcast Report;

Dave Jackson and his School of Podcasting;

Todd Cochrane and his New Media Show;

Adam Curry and his No Agenda Show;

Daniel J Lewis and his Audacity to Podcast show.

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