Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Just in Time for a Break


As I am in the process of publish my first book on tea, I plan for launching a tea party, a late summer break, and a kick-start of a new career path as an author and a guide on how to make the perfect cuppa.

I have created an account on CreateSpaceand I have ordered 10 International Standard Book Numbers (ISBN) from the National Library of Sweden. I will order a small print-on-demand batch from a local printer in Gothenburg. When I have a copy of the hardcover book in my hand, I will take some time and celebrate. I got very inspired by the episode, Taking Breaks, of Creative Minds podcast.

This has been a long journey from tinkering on the topic, writing, and self-publishing the book. And now it is time to think about the launch and marketing of the book. After I had published the latest blog post, Remembering the Copper Pot,  I watched a webinar with Tim Grahl. I had bought his first book, Your First 1000 Copies, around the same time (2013)  I got the idea to write a book on tea. I am now going through Tim’s course, Launch a Bestseller.

For your information, I have the following individuals in the pipeline as future guests: Carina RideniusBrian Phillips, and a follow-up conversation with Jon Ferrara. Please, check out the blog post with show notes with links to my guests.

I have come to the conclusion that I will shoot for at least one episode per month of this podcast, as I am involved in so many other podcasts at the moment (AvianiHemberedskapManagement StudioMenyPoddenPen Meets PaperProduktivitéetPoddRadio), as a host, co-host, and a producer.

With that said, and to show that I have a Message, I am planning a new podcast together with an individual, working in an industry that could be interesting for my fellow podcasters and other content creators. I will never stop learning, so I will also start another podcast on tea.

Talking about learning, I am eager to learn more about tea, but I am not sure that I will become a tea sommelier, or tea master in the near future... I am planning to take some more courses, e.g., by Being Tea, and participate in tea tastings. I will become a member of the American Specialty Tea Alliance.

My goal is to visit different tea plantations in North America, and other places around the world. I will visit Sweden’s second tea plantation (Greta’s tea) in the making later on this moth, and I want to visit Camellia Sinensis Gotlandin the near future. 

I want to end this episode and ask you to visit the support page on EGO NetCastand if you want to keep learning, get a free audiobook from Audible:

Audible is offering a free audiobook of your choice and a free 30-day trial membership. Just go to audibletrial.com/egonetcastand choose from over 180,000 audio programs – download a title free and start listening.

I recommend you to check out Never Stop Learning Stay Relevant, Reinvent Yourself, and Thrive, by Bradley Staats. Please, see the response by the author to my tweet:

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This episode (18 minutes) was recorded on August 7, 2018, by podcaster, Martin Lindeskog, with Boss Jock Studio appIK Multimedia iRig Mic Cast podcastingmicrophonePreSonus HD7 professional monitoring headphones, and SnapRecorder portable recording booth. Post-production through the podcast maker, Alitu. Notes written in Ulysses app. Bumper and jingle by Jim JonssonJTunes ProductionsUndersigned drank East Frisian black tea blendfrom Indiska Thé and KaffeMagasinet (Indian Tea and Coffee Store) Gothenburg, Sweden.

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Monday, May 7, 2018

EGO ANNUAL BLOG REPORT XVI

I have now been blogging for 16 years and published 2793 posts. Pageviews so far: 999,603.

I haven't been active on this blog during the year, but I will keep blogging here now and then. I have set up this blog as a destination through my podcast host, Libsyn, so new episodes of EGO NetCast will automatically show up here as blog posts.

I will do an update on my birthday on May 25 with a special podcast episode, celebrating 16 years as a blogger. I will also do a live streaming session, thanking the backers and supporters of my first book on tea, with illustrations by John Cox.

Have you read The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand? Recommended reading: Onkar Ghate's article, In a Tribal Age, a Voice for the Individual: On the 75th Anniversary of The Fountainhead.

Related: My post, Annual Blog Report XV.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

EGO Search on Sandra Aviani of Aviani Boudoir Boutique


In this episode you will learn how Sandra Aviani's passion for lingerie started from a personal experience as a customer. Sandra has created an unique atmosphere in her shop, and she is helping her customers to have a special moment in a comfortable way. Have you searched online and visited bricks-and-mortar stores, in order to find the perfect bra for your body? Sandra will guide you around in the underwear jungle! Listen to her plans for the future!
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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Call for Help and Call to Action


The future of podcasting is here and now! Time flies... It is now about six months since I published an episode. It is six months until the book fair in Gothenburg, Sweden. I am celebrating my name-day, with informing you about my upcoming birthday. This solo episode is a call for help, as I am entering a new career phase as a self-published author, in the near future.
During this show, you will hear plenty of shout outs and call to actions.
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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

BUILDING BLOCKS WITH MINTS

It is time for me to study numismatics again. Did you collect stamps as a kid? As an aspiring author, writing on my first forthcoming book on (black) tea, I want to use an excerpt from Ayn Rand's essay, Why I Like Stamp Collecting:

In all those years, I had never found a remedy for mental fatigue. Now, if I feel tired after a whole day of writing, I spend an hour with my stamp albums and it makes me able to resume writing for the rest of the evening. A stamp album is a miraculous brain-restorer.

I am often asked why people like stamp collecting. So widespread a hobby can obviously have many different motives. I can answer only in regard to my own motives, which I have observed also in some of the stamp collectors I have met.

The pleasure lies in a certain special way of using one's mind. Stamp collecting is a hobby for busy, purposeful, ambitious people ... because, in pattern, it has the essential elements of a career, but transposed to a clearly delimited, intensely private world.

(Minkus Stamp Journal, Vol. VI, No. 2 - 1971.)

Here are some photos from my collection of silver coins:  Money clip (silver coin) used as a tie-bar. Australian Saltwater Crocodile silver coin. #numismatics Britannia £2 silver coin. #numismatics Vienna Philharmonic MS 69 silver coin. #numismatics American Silver Eagle coin struck at West Point Mint. Early Releaes - MS 69. Libertad silver coin

If you are interested in learned more about collectible coins, check out this video by MintBuilder, LLC.:



If you want to support my blogging and a hobby as a numismatist, please use my affiliate link on MintBuilder.com. You could start your own coin collection today, by register now! [Editor's note: my sponsor ID 29688.]

I look forward to visit a mint someday in the future.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Future of Podcasting


[Editor's note: Please check out the blog post for the editorial cartoon by John Cox & Allen Forkum, Instagram photos, and my tweet.]
After doing some introspection, listening to fellow podcasters on different topics (e.g., hobby versus indie podcasters, and so called procasters / mainstream media radio broadcasters), and checking my book plan, I have decided to mix it up a bit and test a new podcast format and I will develop my workflow, over a period of time.
This post has been percolated for a couple of days, so I want to say cheers to the attendees at the podcasting conference, Podcast Movement.
As my thoughts on the future on my podcasting have been sinking in and I have "chewed" on the challenges with the workflow of EGO NetCast, I stumbled upon a transcription service called Trint, thanks to Fizzle's blog post (10 Killer Links for Entrepreneurs in 2017) for Fizzle Show podcast, episode 226.
After I have finished tinkering and pondering, I have to catch up with the backlog of my guests provided by PodcastGuests.com.

In the pipeline:
Through the grapevine:
  • A guy who picked my brain in a positive way asked me about the optimal length of a podcast. He will launch his podcast in September.
  • I have become Nita Silverspjuth’s web PT, and she will launch her podcast, Management Studio (in Swedish), in September.
  • I am working with a couple of members of the Swedish Civil Protection Association, in Gothenburg, as they will start their own podcast on the notion of being prepared for 72 hours
  • In November I will talk about the future of podcasting regarding new technologies, trends, and the potentialities for the podcast industry, at a podcast conference in Stockholm. The talk will be for 40 minutes with 5 minutes for Q&A. The target audience is communication professionals (marketing managers, public relation officers, etc.)
Shout out to:

You could say that this is the tangram puzzle of podcasting!


Call to action:
Related: My posts, I Have a Message and Independence Day.


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Friday, July 21, 2017

EGO Search on Addy Saucedo of The Podcaster Planner


This is the first episode (001) of the new podcast segment, EGO Search. For a background on how I came up with this kind of content, please listen to the pilot program (000), EGO Search on Triple Zero.
Here is a general outline of the EGO Search segment:
  • 00:00 Introduction of the guest via an ego search.
  • 00:01 How / When / Why do you do an ego search?
  • 00:05 Exploration (”Internet Explorer") of your product / service.
  • 00:10 Do you have all the ducks (”DuckDuckGo) in a row?
  • 00:12 Your magnum opus (”Opera”) moment?
  • 00:14 ”Hasta La Vista, Baby!” (”Altavista”)
  • 00:15 Call to action! Do an EGO Search, and please come back to me and my guest, with your findings… ;)
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Do you have tips on future EGO Search topics? Would you like to be a guest on EGO NetCast? How about supporting this new program segment with a "positive product placement" (including a full disclosure)? Please, don't hesitate to contact me for further inquiries.

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EGO Search on Triple Zero


This is a blog post on a new segment of my podcast show, EGO NetCast, called EGO Search. The pilot episode is called triple zero (000). Could this new segment become the UVP (USP) in the search of the perfect tag in The Feed?
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