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School of Podcasting

784 EpisodesProduced by Dave JacksonWebsite

You want to start a podcast, but you’re not sure where to start. You need advice on how to grow or monetize your show, and stop being so scared that it won’t work! I can help by showing you what mistakes NOT TO MAKE and much more. Subscribe to the show and soak in the 16+ years of podcasting experie… read more


Revealing Secrets from 800 Episodes - Keeping Your Sanity While Podcasting

We hear of podcasters getting these big deals for big bucks, and congratulations to all. However, this is not the norm. Just because you start a podcast does not mean you will end up like Rich Uncle Pennybag from Monopoly.

If you're a regular listener you've heard me mention how I received a 10-minute voicemail, and one of the points of that voicemail was that maybe we all have some slightly blurry expectations when it comes to podcasting (and in their case how long it takes to create one). Today is my 800th episode and like all of my milestone episodes, I'm going to break my format, and not talk so much about gear, downloads, promotion, interviews, etc and instead I want to talk about some of the more stressful sides of podcasting.

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My first episode from 2005

Book: Profit From Your Podcast

School of Podcasting

Besties in Bed

Affordable Podcast Editing

The Grief Recovery Handbook

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255

Question of the Month: How Long Does It Take You to Create an Episode - SURVEY

This 60-minute podcast took 8 hours to create from idea to pressing publish. We all know podcasting can take more time than we thought. I'd love to hear how long it took to go from "Idea to Publish" for your last episode. You can answer at 

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00:58  Question of the Month 03:43  Origins of Episode 05:06  Podcasting Can Change Your Life 07:35  Everything Works for THE Dave Jackson??? 08:26  Podcasting Played a Part in My Divorce 09:29  Lesson 1: Realistic Expectations 11:40  Separating Work From Home 13:15  Tip 2:Date Night on Steroids 15:00  Relationship  Advice from the Divorced Guy 15:10  When to Argue 17:07  Tip 3: Guys - JUST LISTEN 17:31  Tip 4: Ladies Tell Them What You Want 17:55  Tip 5: Make Sure You're Giving Them What They Want 18:46  Stereotypes are Fun! 20:02  Comparison is the Thief of Joy 21:33  The RIGHT Downloads 23:14  Refocus When Comparing Yourself 25:04  So Why Does Dave Podcast? 30:44  Suicide Disclaimer 31:32  Does Being a ProPodcaster Leave You Susceptible to Thoughts of Suicide? 32:58  When Did the Word Hobby Become Derogatory? 34:29  You Are Allowed to Do This For Fun 36:15  Podcasters Can Be Impulsive 38:06  Podcasters Are Isolated 39:07  Realistic Expectations 41:25  We Might Feel Trapped 43:10  The HUSTLE Mentality 44:20  Suicide Rates in America 48:10  It's OK To Ask For Help 49:55  Dealing with Grief 53:51  The Pain of Suicide 54:22  Keep Your Good Emails

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