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Adventure

Started this discussion. Last reply by André Flett Dec 24, 2010. 15 Replies

I am looking for real answers, not stories here. What is your adventure? I live in Northern Wisconsin. I don't hunt. I enjoy fly fishing, but the bass clubs and walleye clubs aren't my thing. I don't…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Justin Lukasavige Nov 22, 2010. 2 Replies

So, here's the deal. I have a podcast, thefishwalkpodcast.com, and it is a ministry outreach. I own the name and pay for the site. It has a small audiance of about 55 downloads a week. I have an idea…Continue

 

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Francis Rose replied to Tom Ballard's discussion interesting notes on podcasting in the group Podcasting And New Media
"Some great points here! I have been hosting and producing radio shows for a long time, and the concepts you guys get are lost on even some longtime broadcasters. Today our competition is EVERYTHING. There is a difference between cutting the fat and…"
Aug 11
Bryan Entzminger replied to Tom Ballard's discussion No Follow Sponsor Links in the group Wordpress websites
"I typically "nofollow" affiliate links. I just think it makes the relationship cleaner and reduces the probability that someone would construe it as a "paid backlink." (I know...seems ridiculous). That said, I wouldn't…"
Aug 7
Jerry Stumpf replied to Tom Ballard's discussion No Follow Sponsor Links in the group Wordpress websites
"I am listening to one of you podcasts # 14 "Bikers, ..." which caught my attention. I sent you an email. Please look at it and shout back to me about the questions I sent. Thanks!"
Aug 6
Tom Ballard added a discussion to the group Wordpress websites
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No Follow Sponsor Links

Quick question for anyone with a sponsored site or podcast. My site is truckingpodcast.com. I have two affiliate links in the right side bar and disclosures in the footer. I also have my first podcast sponsor so I created an image with a link and placed it above the affiliates. The sponsor is also putting an ad in his sidebar to refer people to the podcast episode with his interview, so I created that image link code, too. Do these links…See More
Aug 6
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Ad Disclosure

Hi Again.This might have been better posted on the website group, but I am guessing a few of you have encountered this. Affiliate relationships are disclosed as affiliates. Sponsors are disclosed as sponsors. But what about cross promotion?As you know, I co-host The Trucking Podcast with my son. I went to a truck show last month and became friends with a fellow trucker/internet business owner and we've agreed to a 90 day cross-promotion…See More
Jul 27
Dennis Freitas replied to Tom Ballard's discussion interesting notes on podcasting in the group Podcasting And New Media
"Ji Joshua, I have to disagree with "Cutting the Fat" I really enjoy getting to know the person behind the mic. Audio books sound so robotic. Dennis"
Jul 24
Joshua Rivers replied to Tom Ballard's discussion interesting notes on podcasting in the group Podcasting And New Media
"I never thought about being compared to audio books, but you're right. We should make sure that our content is great. Probably need to work at being more concise and cutting the fat more, too. Getting right to the point and wasting time."
Jul 24
Camden Ross replied to Tom Ballard's discussion interesting notes on podcasting in the group Podcasting And New Media
"Hi Tom, Like Dennis, I listen to podcasts over audio-books more than 9 times out of 10. Main reason -- Free (even after the first month). I know audible has the "free" deal for folks when you sign up, but I don't think that you can…"
Jul 24
Dennis Freitas replied to Tom Ballard's discussion interesting notes on podcasting in the group Podcasting And New Media
"Interesting comparison Podcast vs Audio book. I was guilty of having audible as a sponsor on one of my old podcasts. Personally I would listen to a podcast over an audio book 9 times out of 10. There is much to be said for the interaction with a…"
Jul 23
Tom Ballard added a discussion to the group Podcasting And New Media
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interesting notes on podcasting

I just thought I would throw these out there to think about. I was talking about both of these with a podcasting friend of mine yesterday. Food for thought.Jack Spirko does The Survival Podcast 5 days a week. He's done it for 6 years and makes a good living at it. He's still using a $100 microphone, and records right into audacity. He has guests on regularly, but only by phone. He also compresses the crap out of his audio. I use Daniel J Lewis' editing method to make a smaller, mono file.…See More
Jul 23
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studio setup question

I'm in the process of overhauling my podcast studio. I've been using a 5x5 room, built in the corner of my garage, but now I am podcasting with a co-host. We've been sitting side by side, sharing the same microphone.I am getting ready to upgrade to a better sound board and a couple of ATR2100 microphones. I know the sound room will need to be a little bigger too. Moving one wall out is an easy task. But I'm not sure how far.How far away from each other do we and our microphones need to be? We…See More
Jul 13
Tom Ballard replied to Tom Ballard's discussion Doggcatcher in the group Podcasting And New Media
"Thanks Daniel."
Jul 6
Daniel J. Lewis replied to Tom Ballard's discussion Doggcatcher in the group Podcasting And New Media
"I thought I had this in my new resource, http://podcastplaces.com/doggcatcher, but it's not there yet. So I'll research this and post the instructions."
Jul 6
Tom Ballard added a discussion to the group Podcasting And New Media
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Doggcatcher

Hi again. I am having trouble figuring out how to get my podcast into Doggcatcher. I thought they scraped iTunes fir feeds. I can't find where I specifically submitted a feed for my older podcasts, but they are still in there, just not my new podcast. We are doing a weekly show, and we are up to episode 15. Any suggestions?TomSee More
Jul 5
Tom Ballard replied to Derek Olsen's discussion Spreaker.... What do we think? in the group Podcasting And New Media
"An interesting note, on  Libsyn's podcast, The Feed, they commented on how few comments they get from Spreaker.  This is a podcast with podcasters for an audience, and they get very few calls, but to not utilize the free account would…"
Jun 8
Tim Knox replied to Tom Ballard's discussion How NOT To Do Interviews in the group Podcasting And New Media
"Tom, After doing a ton of research before launching my podcast I found that - in my opinion - there are way more bad podcasts out there than good ones.  Honestly, I was repeatedly surprised not only by the lack of quality of the sound and…"
May 9

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How did you hear about 48Days.NET, and what do you hope to get out of being a part of this community?
I listen to 48 days podcasts while working as an over-the-road truck driver. I have tried a few other jobs, but trucking is a passion and I will stay connected with the industry as a career choice. I hope to build an internet presence and 48 days has a great community of people willing to share some of the things I need to learn.
What is your current work situation? Employee, self-employed, generating any income on your own?
I work for a small, family owned livestock company in Wisconsin. I deliver livestock throughout the mid-west. I also do some barn work, customer service and a little bit of buying and selling of livestock. I usually work 3 1/2 days a week so I have free time to build an internet ministry.
And then...what is your goal/dream for your work life?
I love the job I have and I plan on staying here for years. I would also like to start a website/podcast combining the Christian faith and trucking. I bought 2 domain names and I am just starting on the website.
How about your personal life? Any specific goals or achievements or dreams you are pursuing (or want to pursue)?
# years ago I had all of the answers. Now, the economy injured our financial portfolio, my wife's recent bout with a nasty cancer makes us take life in smaller bites. You still make long term goals, but you have to get the most out of every day.
What would you say are your strongest talents? How are you 'wired' and what can you offer to the world (it's OK if you don't know yet, but knowing is key to pursuing your dreams!)?
I love people and tend to be a natural leader. I leave an impression. I
Do you have a website presence anywhere?
http://truckingpodcast.com
If you have a product or service to promote (now or in the near future) this is your shot to state it! Say all you'd like:
Jesus Freak Trucker Radio is a weekly, Christ centered podcast focusing on the trucking industry.

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huge student loan debt.

Posted on October 12, 2010 at 5:25am 2 Comments

This is a rare treat. I have a morning at home on a week day. Monday through Friday usually finds me on the road. I could get used to this.
I just finished Dan's blog post about student loan debt. WOW. I never went to collage. I'm not proud of it, but it's a fact. I may get there some day but it's not a burning desire. I was born in 1960 and when I got out of the Navy in 1982 I had mouths to feed. Being the child of a blue collar family in the blue collar part of town I knew 2 things were…
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At 7:19am on May 15, 2012, Camden Ross said…

Hi Tom,

Thanks for joining Strengthen My Spiritual Life. I feel honored that you have joined our group and look forward to hearing/reading more about how I can help you.

As the 'leader', or launcher of Strengthen My Spiritual Life, I'd love it if you could take a few minutes to fill out a short survey (linked here) to let me know how I can best help you out on our shared journey together, and/or jump into the group by commenting on discussions and/or creating your own and sharing your thoughts, feelings, and reactions as they relate to anything spiritual in our lives.

Thanks again for joining us in Strengthen My Spiritual Life!

~Cam

At 10:27pm on November 29, 2010, Brandy Woldstad said…
Congrats on being the featured discussion this week.
At 10:27pm on November 27, 2010, Chuck Bowen said…
Hey there Tom -

So glad you're with us in my 'Growing Coaches' group! I'm delighted to see you joining the ranks of successful coaches. Be sure to dive into the discussions and let us know your questions and greatest needs.

I see your passion is to develop multiple income streams. What is your current interest in coaching for profit?

If / when you want more in-depth guidance, you might also check out our professional coaches group within Free Agent Academy (www.FreeAgentAcademy.com).
At 6:59am on November 27, 2010, Justin Lukasavige said…
Thanks for starting a great discussion on adventure, Tom! I'm going to highlight it on the home page for you this week.

I've fished Rice Lake, by the way. Had a lot of fun there!
At 5:07am on October 14, 2010, Jennie Arnold said…
Hey, Tom! My husband (also Tom) is also a trucker! He's burned out from all the very early morning hours of getting up and working for someone else; however, there is a fear that he can't get past when it comes to actually leaving that job and us doing something for ourselves to generate income. We keep praying about it but he's afraid that as the family provider, he worries about not having a steady income each week. How do we get past this?
At 11:02am on October 7, 2010, James Dibben said…
Thanks for reaching out to me through email, Tom. I look forward to getting to know you better!
At 3:41pm on October 6, 2010,
Group Leader
Kent Julian
said…
Hello Tom,

Just noticed you joined 48Days.net -- WELCOME! It's a great site with tons of great people.

If you happen to be a speaker or author (or want to become either), check out the following groups. They are two of the most popular groups on the site because of all the great conversation taking place.

* Speak It Forward -- REAL Success and Profit for Speakers!
* Write It Forward -- REAL Success and Profit for Writers!

One other thing…I want to offer you a gift. You can download my FR EE e-resource entitled Goal-Setting That Actually Works! by joining the REAL Success E-Zine community at www.liveitforward.com. It's a growing and dynamic community of people striving to live WAY BEYOND their average in the most important roles of their lives. I think you'll get a ton out of both the Goal-Setting product and the REAL Success E-Zine. And again, both are absolutely free.

Looking forward to connecting with you!

Live it forward,
Kent Julian
www.liveitforward.com
At 7:26am on October 6, 2010, Brandy Woldstad said…
Hi Tom,
Welcome to 48days. I hope you find this site to be as valuable as I have.

It sounds like you have some exciting plans. Good luck.

Have a great day.
Brandy
At 5:47am on October 4, 2010,
Group Leader
Rob Clinton
said…
Tom, just wanted to drop in and welcome you to this great community! As you’ll come to find, this is a place of inspiration, encouragement and tons of knowledge. I hope you find that and more as you pursue your endeavors.

One group I highly recommend is in the Coaching Compass.

Also, come out check out the group 180 Service Station. We have some great career and life transitional discussions going on.

And as part of my welcome to you, feel free to add your e-mail address to some more weekly inspiration by clicking below:
180 Weekly Inspiration

To your new and continued success!

~Rob Clinton

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This is your guide to re-entering the workplace… With PURPOSE!
www.180coach.com

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." ~Howard Thurman
At 3:07am on October 3, 2010, GREGG PECHMANN said…
Welcome Tom!

Just wanted to say hello and welcome you to this great website. You will not find a better group of people to help you get to a higher place of excellence.
I hope to interact with you in some of the groups.

Do you want peace in your life?

Join in and get inspired to become financially free with “Subscribe to Gregg’s Blog.....” and get common sense financial tips by joining The “Got Peace?” Newsletter on the right hand side of www.pechmanncoaching.com

Please let me know how I can help in anyway!

In His Peace,

Gregg Pechmann
www.pechmanncoaching.com
 
 
 

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