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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Mar 10

42- From Paul Colligan’s book ‘HOW TO PODCAST’– a case study

In this episode of PodcastReporter.com, we deliver a chapter (really a case study) from the book by Paul Colligan titled:

How to Podcast 2015: 4 Simple Steps to Broadcasting Your Message to the Entire Connected Planet –Even if you don’t really know what Podcasting is.

HowtoPodcast on amazonThe book was actually released on 16 February 2015 in all the electronic and paperback formats.

This is an audio narration of the chapter of the case study. In the paperback edition of the book, this case study is told from pages 139 to 146. It is the story of Fred Castaneda — a New Media content creator and producer who is a podcaster, screencaster and video consultant for small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs.

The case study centers around how Fred makes his podcasts happen — of course, it is related to the 4 steps that Paul Colligan describes in creating, publishing and promoting podcast shows.

As you will hear in this audio episode, Fred has been podcasting since 2006, and the workflow and processes he adopted were from Scott Whitney’s podcast show in 2006 called Podcasting For Business. They were originally called “The 4 Ps of Podcasting.”

Although Fred had been publishing more than 14 podcast shows all at the same time in 2010, he has podfaded all but 7 of them today. There are several podcast shows for non-profit organizations (which are not in iTunes(R), as they are targeted for specific niches). But the key commercial podcasts are:

Skills in Screencasts and Podcasts

Podcast Reporter

Struggling Entrepreneur

Finance for Startups

Gain Control of Your Day

Boomers for Startups

and others.

This brief episode can give you an idea of the journey that Fred has traveled in the podosphere, and what some of the factors were for his success.

Our thanks to Paul Colligan for his content that includes this case study in his book.

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Copyright (c) 2015, Matrix Solutions Corporation and Paul Colligan. All rights reserved.