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.

Copyright (c) 2014, Matrix Solutions Corporation. All rights reserved.

Mar 20

79- Video courses – an opportunity for Podcasters – with Lon Naylor

This episode is from a presentation by Lon Naylor of www.ScreenCastPro.com and www.SkillsInScreencastsAndPodcasts.com. Also known in the industry as “Mr. LearnCamtasia,” Lon describes how online video training courses and tutorials can be a great opportunity for New Media Professionals — especially for Podcasters.

Skills in Screencasts and Podcasts-2014This content was taken from a webinar in which Lon Naylor was one of the presenters and instructors. This was not a sales pitch — in fact, this was delivered as a benefit for the New Media Community, and it was intended for those who were considering creating online video tutorials and training courses, but did not know if it was for them or where to start.

As you will hear in this audio episode, we have taken and delivered to you about 20 minutes of Lon’s content, in which he explains and describes:

– the benefits of video online courses and tutorials;

– the tools which a New Media Professional or podcaster will need to create professional courses (of course, he focuses on the recorder and editor product from TechSmith called Camtasia Studio);

– the requirements for creating the content for video online courses — especially for monetizing them; and

– the tools available for delivering the educational and training content of your courses to potential students.

NOTE: In the latter part of this audio episode, Lon describes some of the features that sets Camtasia Studio apart from other video tools which do not have built-in feature-rich multi-track editors. However, Lon does a very good job of describing in detail in audio what you would normally see on the screen, so that you can easily visualize and understand what he is explaining. Thus, it is not really necessary for you to view the video.

However, for those who wish to view the entire original 75-minute webinar in detail, there is a replay of the webinar available only for a very short time.

NOTE: you can get more out of the production of what was a free webinar by getting a free account at www.LearnCamtasia.com.

Then you can go to the video replay of the webinar

by selecting this link.

For any questions on the content of the webinar, you may contact Lon Naylor or the others on the webinar by going to the ABOUT section in www.LearnCamtasia.com.

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Copyright (c) 2016, Lon Naylor of www.LearnCamtasia.com and Matrix Solutions Corporation. All rights reserved.