Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide are addicted to gambling. They carry this burden with them each and every day. They take their hard earned money and gamble it away. Upon realizing what they have done, they venture into debt trying to make up for the money they have lost. While trying to make ammends, they manage to deceive themselves into thinking that they can win and so they take the money they have borrowed and gamble it away. And this is just a beginning of their miserable life.
Unless intervention is made many will either be killed by illegal loan sharks for failing to pay or they will end their own lives. This is a life one should avoid altogether, should they wish to have a promising life .
Another financial virus which in a way is illegal, is pyramid schemes. These things were formulated by clever people who wanted to get hold of people’s hard earn money. They offer great earnings or profits without any work involved. They turn their victims into perpetrators of the crime by ordering them to recruit other people with the promise of getting a los of money.
This episode is not scripted. Lungisa Joctrey is just talking freely about the ease of starting a podcast.
If you have a voice and you wish to be heard, start a podcast. You may think that starting a podcast is expensive but it is not. The basic need for starting a podcast is a recording device and you don’t have to look further than your smartphone. You can use your phone to record your podcast episodes. After recording them, upload them to sites like Archive.org or Soundcloud and start promoting your show episodes on Facebook and other social media platforms.
Some people would prefer to record on a microphone instead of a phone in order to achieve high quality sound. If you are one of those people, I recommend the Samson C01U Pro Condenser microphone. This microphone connects directly to the USB of your computer. I recommend this because it is a Microphone I am currently using. You can also try the Heil Sound Pr40 which is a very popular dynamic microphone.
Just give it a shot. It only takes that first step of getting out of your comfort zone and start recording your first episode. Come on just do it, you’ll thank yourself later.
Today we are talking about a subject that touches us all in different ways. The subject of death. Death is an event that will eventually happen to all of us within the next 120 years from now. unless the Lord Jesus Christ returns and end the mortal life as we know it, we are all owing to die someday.
We are not commissioned to know that day of our death, however, we are commanded to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ so that we may obtain eternal life.
The truth is, none of us is worthy of ever going to heaven or to live in the new earth. We can only enter therein by grace, through faith, in Christ Jesus alone. Should death happen today and we are not in the right standing with God, we are doomed. The only right standing with God there is, is Christ Jesus alone.
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.
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?
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.
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.
start a blog to entertain their readers. They would post fictional stories,
poems, lyrics to famous songs and more.
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?
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
publish your blog, you need to ask yourself these questions:
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
We are launching a new podcast on 9 September 2019 to 14 October 20194th 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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