The beginning of The Spokesdude

I started blogging many years ago. My first post went out on the 6th of January 2010. It wasn’t the greatest post ever written since I had no idea what I was doing. I published a post whenever I felt like publishing one. Some posts are months apart and some are years apart. The reason for this, is that, I didn’t know how to do blogging.

In my first year of blogging (2010), I managed to collect 442 views and 4 likes.  Of course this was pathetic. Some of those views, were mine. Needless to say…and I am going to say it, even though it is needless to say. I continued to produce content which was interesting only to a very few people. I used to write very short posts and one of the friends I had met in 2011, advised to me to write longer posts. I noticed that he had a larger following and had many engagements on his own posts. I took his advice, thinking that people will be miraculously attracted to my posts and there was no much difference except that it took me much longer to write these posts and as lazy as I was then, I just couldn’t commit myself on any form of schedule to write and publish blog posts.

If you were to follow The Spokesdude blog then, you would have been confused as when to expect a new post. There was no particular order of publishing. If you were to ask me about the purpose for my blog posts, I wouldn’t be able to give you a clear answer. I was just passing time, or more like wasting it.

In 2014 I had an epiphany. What if I recorded messages and the put them on my blog and share them on Facebook.  I didn’t know that I was soon to be introduced to podcasting. I must admit that prior to 2014, the word podcast made no sense to me. I never even bothered myself to find out the meaning of podcast.

I figured out that my superpower was speech and my English which was somehow praised by many South Africans. They said my English was unlike the English that spoken by ordinary black South Africans. In that super English I began to record myself, using my phone and then I sent those recordings to my friends via WhatsApp and BBM. Later I found some computer headset which had a mouth piece for making skype calls. I used that to record my first episode of the Spokesdude in 2015. It was a work in progress.  That first episode, when I am listening to it today, it sounds absolutely terrible. It carried and important message but the sound was absolutely revolting. The problem with my earlier episodes is that, I had no specific day in which I published an episode. This was my undoing. In 2016, I enrolled at a Bible college and I had to put The Spokesdude on hold for 3 years. In 2018 I graduated from the Bible and I decided to relaunch the Spokesdude Podcast. On the 20th of December 2018, I published the first episode following the relaunch.

I followed the likes of John Lee Dumas, Cliff Ravenscraft and other top podcasters who were offering free advice and free courses which are related to podcasting. One of the things they taught and practiced and I noticed other podcasters do, is consistence in their posting activity. John Lee Dumas posts one episode seven days a week. I heard that he records, his episode back to back on a single day. I decided that I will post every Thursday, as long as my podcast exists. Hence today, is the 38th episode and the 38th week since the relaunch of The Spokesdude Podcast.

I realize that in the blogging and podcasting industry, no man or woman is an island. In order to make it you need to listen to other podcasters and read other people’s blogs. When you make well-thought out, meaningful and relevant comments on their posts, you attract visitors to your own site. Based on your comments some people will wonder about who you are and what you have to offer.

Recently I have many likes, views and follows on my blog because of my headlines, tags and categories. Had I not read other bloggers, I would not have known that I have to write tags on my posts as one of the ways attract traffic to my blog posts. Last week alone the tag “blogging” drew a large number of visitors. I was amazed when I saw this.

What I used to be 9 years ago have disappeared through the years. I have grown to focus myself on the needs of others and meet them somewhere. The thing I learn from fellow podcasters and bloggers can be applied even in business. You cannot making on your own. You need fellow human beings of like mind to help you reach your goal and also help them reach theirs.   

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What is a blog?

You may have heard people talking about a blog before and perhaps you have been wondering as to what on earth is a blog. If not, then you already know what a blog is and you will agree if I say, the word blog is short form of the word weblog. Basically a blog is website which is regularly updated with new posts on daily, weekly, biweekly or in some rare awkward cases, on yearly basis.

Why should you want to start a blog?

There are many reasons why people would want to start a new blog. Some of those reasons would be boredom. One would pass some extra time by putting a line or two out there for others to read and hopefully to comment on it. In short blog writing can be done as a hobby. A lot of people have started blogs as a hobby with no particular purpose in mind.

On the other parts of the world there are people who would start a blog for business purposes. One will start a blog to promote a particular service or product, hoping that, some lonely people who have extra money would be interested in reading and perhaps end up buying what he has to sell.

Some people write blogs just to inform the public about the events that have taken place in their local communities. Basically, these people are the pain in the butt to the news agencies. Instead of waiting for tomorrow’s newspaper, people will now go to Mindy’s blog and read about a tornado which stole Mr Smith’s car and planted it on Mrs Huckleberry’s roof top, just minutes after the events. Mindy will even have a picture or video which was taken as it happened.

Some will start a blog to entertain their readers. They would post fictional stories, poems, lyrics to famous songs and more.

The reasons for starting a blog are endless.

When you have resolved to start a blog and you don’t know how and where to start, this is your day to know. I am going show what you need to start a blog and how to start a blog.

What do you need to start a blog?

  • Idea

You need to have a good idea what your blog will be about and what do you want to achieve in the end. You need to determine what kind of a blog it will be. This will help you to know what to write about on regular basis. You may want to start a business blog, where you showcase your work. It could also be a place where your customers can actually book your services or make orders for the product you have on offer. My blog is where my podcast episodes are found. It serves as a go to place for my podcast listeners.

Before you publish your blog, you need to ask yourself these questions:

Who is your reader? Where is your reader located? Is your blog intended for men or women? What is the current situation of your reader? Are they in business? Are they employed? What value do you bring to them? Why should they read your blog? What is the cultural back ground of your reader? In which language are you going to write?

Most of the time we get a temptation of wanting to speak to the whole world, but in reality, not everyone will appreciate what we have to say. It is better to focus on a specific audience to which you can bring value. So, these questions will help you to narrow down to a specific audience. They will also help you to focus on a specific niche. Once you determine the reason for your blog and the people it is intended for and the value you wish to bring your audience, you will know what to write about. You will have a good idea on what to research and then present to your readers.

  • Name Your Blog

Every blog has a name. A blog name sets it apart from other blogs in the same genre. People cannot find your blog if you refer to it as a news blog. There are thousands of news blogs in the internet. You need to give it a good name. A name could be anything. It could be “Lungisa’s Blog” or “The Weed Man” or something that is befitting and available.

You need to have a good idea what your blog will be about and what do you want to achieve in the end.

  • Give It Domain Name

Your blog must have a domain name. A domain name will in most cases match the name of your blog, if it is available. For example, my domain name is: thespokesdude.com. It is easier for me tell people where to find my blog. When you start a blog with hosting companies like WordPress.com, the default domain name will be thenameyouhavechosen.wordpress.com and this is on their free hosting plan. In the case of my site it is thespokesdude.wordpress.com. This may work for you while you are starting but in the long run depending on what you wish to do with your site, it is better to buy a custom domain name. WordPress.com at this moment charges $18 for a custom domain name if you choose to stick with their free hosting plan.

  • Hosting Service

So you have a name and a domain name for your blog, now you need a hosting service. I currently use WordPress.com. WordPress.com has five different plans for blog hosting. There is a free plan which is very basic and restricted. This one is best for just getting started. There’s also a Personal Plan for just bloggers and for personal use. Then there is a Premium Plan which best for freelancers, they also have a Business Plan which is best for small business and an E-Commerce Plan which is best for online stores. Depending on your budget and the purpose for your site, you can choose from any of these plans and begin working on your blog.

  • Internet Connect

Without an internet connection you will not be able to do what I have told you. Your blog can be started using a smartphone, a tablet or a computer. These devices must be connected to the internet.

Tips For Publishing Your Blog

  • The Frequency of your posts

It is very important to commit yourself to your blog. Decide on the frequency of your posts. This mean you need to choose whether you will be posting daily or weekly?  If weekly, how many posts per week? If you decide to post on Monday, it is important that on each Monday you publish a post. Never skip an appointment with your readers. If you post on random days, your readers will not know when to expect your posts as a result they will be turned off and move on. Be consistent.

  • Stick to your Niche

It is important for the sake of your audience to be consistent with both the timing of your blog posts and with the content of your blog. If your blog is about gardening tips, then stick to gardening. Your readers will not appreciate it if one day instead of receiving a post on gardening, they find themselves reading about politics and the elections. Stick to your niche! Make sure that your posts are well researched and useful to your audience. This will build your credibility. You will be able to retain your current readership while receiving new readers.

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We are launching a new podcast on 9 September 2019 to 14 October 2019 4th of November 2019. New episode will be released every Monday. We will be testing the waters. If all goes well, Run Yourself Crazy podcast will published for 52 weeks.

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Today’s Episode is for those who wish to start a podcast but have no idea as to what they need in order to accomplish this dream.

To start a podcast you need these five things:

An Internet Connection

You will need an internet connection in order to have your files available online. After recording and editing your audio files, you will have to upload them onto the internet. Your listeners will access your files via the internet.

A File Hosting Service

On the internet you files will not be float in the air. They will be located on particular place. You will have to find a place where you will keep you files. Some people use Soundcloud, or Dropbox but I use Archives.org. This is because I am a cheap skate and I try my best to reduce the cost for what I do. There are some paid services which offer most professional assistance like Bluehost, Squarespace and many more.

A Website

You will need a website. A website is a home for your podcast. This is where your audience will find show notes and many other things you have to offer. A website is place where your audience get to know more about you. You can begin with WordPress.com

A Recording Device

You will need to record your audio files and in order to accomplish that, you need a reliable audio recording device. You can use a USB Microphone like I do.

The USB Microphone plugs into your Computer and you are able to use your Digital Work Station to record and edit your audio. Get one on Amazon.com

There is wide selection of portable recording devices. I will personally recommend the Zoom H4N PRO Digital Multitrack Recorder

This is the most popular and the most powerful portable audio recorder. It works for podcasters and also for You-Tubers.

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A Computer

When recording or after recording your audio files, you will need a computer in order to edit your audio and upload to the internet. If you are a traveling person I would recommend that you get yourself a laptop computer. For convenience Amazon.com has wide range of Laptops and Desktop Computers.

My Personal recommendation is HP 2019 Newest Premium 15.6-inch HD Laptop, AMD A6-9225 Dual-Core 2.6 GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, AMD Radeon R4, WiFi, HDMI, MaxxAudio, Bluetooth, Windows 10

These are the five things you need in order to start a podcast. So go on and start one. Record that first audio file and upload it. Afterwards pat yourself on the back for starting.

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In the past few weeks we dealt with the lessons I learned from politicians, from running and from the Bible. This week we look at the lessons I learned from nature. There are many lessons I have personally learned from nature first hand and through the convenience of a nature television show.

Today I will only give you three examples. I will discuss the lessons I have learned from the sun, from wild animals and from trees

THE SUN

There are certain qualities of the sun that have served as a learning aid for me in order to understand and to explain in anthropomorphic terms the intricacies of God’s TRIUNE nature. I admit that even the sun falls short in displaying in full the nature of the Trinity but it works far better than the three phases of water (Ice, water and water vapor) allegory.

I do not think to reduce the GODHEAD into a mere creation but I wish to use creation to further help us understand the invisible qualities of its Creator. After all the scriptures, which are the revelation of God and of Christ, do tell us that, “Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” (Romans 1:19-20) Herein it is affirmed that nature teaches us concerning things that can be known about God including His eternal power and Godhead.

Inasmuch as we profess that there is one God Being, we also believe for good reasons that in that Being of God there are three distinct persons, The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. These divine persons are eternally co-existing and co-equal. One is not without the other. One cannot be seen without the other. We come to know of God through His Son, His Son is proclaimed to us by the Holy Spirit, The Holy Spirit is given to us by the Father in the name of the Son. The scripture teaches that the Son of God is the brightness of God’s glory and the express image of His person (Hebrews 1:3,). It also teaches us that “He is the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15). The sun illustrates this relationship of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

There is one sun in the sky as far as the earth is concerned. There are three things we know about the sun and we recognize these things each time it makes its way across the sky from our perspective.

  • It is a disc
  • It is bright
  • It is hot

Here are the facts:

The sun disc

No one has seen the disc of the sun with a naked eye. Our eyes are unable to penetrate the brightness that cloaks the actual disc of the sun. We only come to know the disc of the sun through its brightness.

The brightness of the sun

The brightness of the sun proceeds from the disc. It is a perfect imprint or image of the disc. We know that the sun has risen when we behold the brilliance of its glory. The darkness flees at the appearance of the brightness that proceeds from and always exist in the disc that cannot be seen with a naked eye. All the instruments of illumination that were employed in the course of the night become invisible in the effulgent appearance of the disc of the sun.

The heat of the sun

The sun is hot. We cannot approach it and live. Its heat will burn to ashes anything that comes to it without a proper covering. Even our earth had to be shielded with an atmosphere and a very strong electro-magnetic field which is emitted from its poles and is generated by the rotating molten iron core. Through the brightness that proceed from the disc we get to know the presence of the sun disc, but through the heat that comes from the disc, we get to personally feel the presence of the disc.

The Disc of the sun illustrates the invisibility and the inaccessibility of God the Father. We cannot approach God, nor gain access to Him. The Brightness of the sun illustrates the way we can know God and learn of his character and such a way comes from Him alone. That way is His Son, Jesus Christ who proceeded and is forever in the Father. The Heat of the sun illustrates for us the means by which we relate to God after gaining access to Him by His Son. It is the Holy Spirit who help us to relate to God as our Father and He teaches us how to live and how to please Him.

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WILD ANIMALS

I will now show you the valuable lessons I have learned from observing wild animals. These lessons are critical for survival and general success in the work place, family and in live generally.

Together we can do more

This lesson I have learned from the pride of lions, a group of hyenas, the pack of wolves and a pack of wild dogs.

Lions

It is true that a single lion can hunt, kill and eat. There are many chances for that lion not get food as opposed to the event where it works in a team environment. Once a lion blows its cover when it stocks the prey, chances are it won’t succeed. But when cover is blown when working with a team all is not completely lost because the hidden team mates can still take prey by surprise while it is distracted but the lion whose cover is blown.

The advantage of teamwork is that a single lion cannot kill a buffalo and with the strength of more than five lions, a buffalo can be brought down and they would still be enough for everyone to eat and be filled and leave the leftovers to the scavengers.

Some situations in life requires one to employ the services of a team in order to save energy, money and time. There are things one should not do alone under any circumstances.

Hyenas

Hyena are like lawyers. They are opportunistic in nature. These disgusting creatures will laugh their way into a stolen meal. They would steal from lions or eat the leftovers from the lion’s feast. Sometimes they would kidnap lost baby bucks or neglected chicks. They would do crazy things to get a meal. Hyenas have no principles.

One daring hyena can be killed by an angry lion for trying to still the lion’s hard kill. Two hyenas can frustrate one lion but not a pride of lions while enjoying a meal. In order for hyenas to have a piece of the lions’ hard earned meal, they would join forces with any hyena they meet. This is of course a miscalculation. In great numbers they would bully the lions away from their meal and the downside of that is, due to their large number everyone must get a piece of meat and therefore all the effort to get food would be worthless if one wanted to his or her family.

With hyena there is strength in number but the results are not really worth it. Since hyenas have no principles they would settle for less even if it was just a drop of blood. They remind me of thugs. Thugs where I live, do not care about how much they work for, as long as they get paid and be able to get a drug fix.

Pack of wolves

The pack of wolves taught me about teamwork. Since wolves are quite small animals compared to some of the animals listed on their menu, it is always critical for the Alpha wolf, whether male or female, it doesn’t matter, to train the pack in the arts of hunting. If not, the pack will starve and their authority would be questioned. Therefore they must learn to hunt as a team.

A lone wolf is in grave danger. The same can die of starvation unless he or she surrenders to a nearest pack. Wolves have the tendency of receiving strangers into the pack if they prove to be submissive. It is understood that there is strength in numbers. If wolves hunt in numbers they have a chance of catching a large prey that could feed the whole pack.

Pack of wild dogs

Just like the other animals, the wild dogs displayed great coordination and team work. While they are chasing an animal, they would not sprint. They would do a marathon run. They would run in ranks. They do not bank on their speed but on they the fact that the prey will eventually get tired from running. So literally they chase their pray to exhaustion. While they do this the dogs in the back will be deployed to cover the right and left flacks up ahead so to steer their prey and guide it to where they want it to go. At the end, the prey gets tired and they tear it apart. They finally get their rewards for their long run.

I am always by the level of planning and coordination wild animals display. You could swear they can talk. You would be convinced that prior they hunting activity, they sit down and discuss their strategy and everyone agrees on it and then they execute.

It takes village to raise a child

When it comes to wild life, I find elephants to be the most intriguing creatures. They have strong family and community values. When one has a child they support her during child birth. They all participate in raising and protecting the child. When lions attempt to steal the child all the elephants become body shield for it and they fight off the vicious beasts. While elephants would die saving their children, human being are hell-bent to kill theirs from the womb.

It is not a shame to help a stranger when you can

One day I watched a video on YouTube. A leopard had caught a gazelle and was ready to have it killed and enjoy the dinner. Out of the blue a baboon came and chased off the leopard thus saving the life of the gazelle. That was the most awkward thing I had ever seen.

On another video, a wildebeest was caught on the foot by a crocodile. The struggle ensued as the crocodile tried to pull the poor creature into the deep waters. The wildebeest also fought hard to get out of the eminent grave. After sometime two hippopotamus came and drove the crocodile away and saved the life of the poor beast.  I was be wilded. Animals can save other animals though they are not related. This is so much more than can be said about most human beings.

THE TREES

I hadn’t paid much attention to the trees until I had a very interesting discussion with TChristian, a very talented young man. Trees are very interesting. He pointed out that the trees grow upwards with the roots going down. They don’t discriminate one against the other. They all exist in one forest, servicing the needs of the forest residents. They all share the benefits provided by the sunlight. No matter what sort of tree they are and where they are located they all look at the sun for survival. The sun remains the same no matter what the trees think about it.

Human beings are born the same way but they are constantly fighting and destroying each other. They fashion their own version of God, yet God does not change who He is, no matter what the humans think of Him.

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