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Rev. Kenn Blanchard, internet radio broadcaster, online advertiser, veteran, concealed carry activist and harley davidson motorcycle enthusiast shares whats on the minds of hunters and concealed carry permit holders.

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Is Freedoms Network for You?

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February 12, 2013 | Posted in Blanchard Media Group | By

Today I realized that the Freedoms Network is not really a network in the sense of funding, and business.  It’s like a prepper version of Facebook.  I say that lovingly.  Its a secret hidden bunker.  If Facebook got anti-gun or died a violent death, we’d have a place.  Business wise its sleepy. Facebook still has a million plus people in it so if your are trying to get folks to find you, that is still the spot to be in.

It was created to grow the blogs, podcasts and reach out to other patriots. It allows the admins to create pages, blogs, forums and discussion threads, as well as share pictures and audio in support of their blogs and podcast.  Blogging and podcasting’s special sauce today is in relationships or connecting with others online.  It was created it after seeing how much Facebook manipulates personal data, spams and sells information of the millions that are on it.  It is small and self policing so it doesn’t have the trolls of forums.

I was recently talking to Jake Challand creator of the new Firearms Radio Network, and learned what a true network is supposed to be.  If you are looking to monetize your podcast, you might want to see if they are a good fit for you.  Freedoms’ Network is a duplication of Facebook without the traffic.  (boo)  So if you are trying to grow your audience you still need a presence on other forums.

Oh me, I am ok.  Kinda in a Miracle on 34th Street Kris Kringle thing right now.  I just want the best for you.  I won’t hold a grudge or think less of you for bailing, or whatever you decide.

Freedoms Network was launched officially on August 1, 2012.

It launched with just over 100 friends that are fans of the shows, podcasters and bloggers. I created this to try to help content providers achieve their goals – highlight their best work – encourage them – and if need be go out of my way to work on their terms.

The success of the site is dependent on the users.  The good news is that the people that are on it are great people. They are men and women you wouldn’t mind introducing to your family, or having a meal with.

Some of the members include:
• The Gun Fighter Cast
• Gun Owners Radio Podcast (now syndicated on the radio)
• Road Gunner Podcast 
• Modern Self Protection 
• Slow Facts Blog
• Armed Lutheran

 

 

For now, for the FN, the key for your success is to put your RSS feeds here so that folks on this site can find your products if they didn’t already know about them.  I paid for a year subscription to this social media platform, along with the domains.  It might be a bust or it might not be.  I could always re-name this bad boy.

 

What do you think?

 
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Rev. Kenn Blanchard, internet radio broadcaster, online advertiser, veteran, concealed carry activist and harley davidson motorcycle enthusiast shares whats on the minds of hunters and concealed carry permit holders.

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Old Guys and Guns

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November 29, 2012 | Posted in Urban Shooter Podcast | By

Urban Shooter Podcast #297

 

This week on the Urban Shooter Podcast, Kenn takes a look inward and remembers “when he wore a younger mans clothes,” (Billy Joel lyric) and then gets a little down until a conversation with a Jamaican business man also lamenting about being fifty, snaps him back to reality.  Life is good! 

You will hear a rant in defense of folks born in and around 1962, younger shooters, old gun guys, and references to Bob Marley.  Kenn talks about compensators and Malcolm from Nova Armament shows several rifle versions they have for sale in the shop in an accompanying video.


Kenn gets a coffee grinder and makes a discovery. 

 

We are going to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery because whilst others might free the body, none but ourselves can free the mind. Mind is your only ruler, sovereign. The man who is not able to develop and use his mind is bound to be the slave of the other man who uses his mind.  Marcus Garvey

 

 Barbara Baird reminds us about Christmas with her Question of the Week that is now of the facebook pages of The Urban Shooter and Black Man With A Gun. 

 

Interview with actor, (another old guy) Brian Dragunuk.  A really nice guy. 

 

Redemption Song and No Woman/No Cry – Bones Hooks by request.

 

George Burton Adams said:

“There is no such thing as a ‘self-made’ man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.”

 

 

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How To Make Your Podcast Not Suck, Pt 3

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September 19, 2012 | Posted in Urban Shooter Podcast | By

Part 3

Monetization of a podcast is the goal of many a producer.  Not everyone that produces a podcast does it for free.  Most hope to at least break even on hosting, domain registrations, graphic work and even legal fees.  Some even dare to desire compensation for their performances and time.  That is why it is a bummer when I found out that one of the pet peeves of my listeners is podcast that have too many ads.  That is like too much sex.  I guess you can have too much of anything.

I think my friend didn’t like about the ads is the distraction.  It is distracting when the product doesn’t relate to the last topic or theme of the show, like tear gas spray concealed in a lipstick tube or an abrupt ad for suppositories.  Transitions are important.  I think you can go anywhere if your folks are ready for it.  Warn them before you change directions and keep them with you on the “journey.” 

Podcasting is different in that people form a personal relationship with you to subscribe, download and listen regularly to you.  If you are talking and then all of a sudden BAM!, here comes and ad for TROJAN MAN®, it is like a splash of cold water on a hot day in July.

Like most things, balance works best.  I know how hard I try to get sponsors for my show and how equally hard I try to satisfy them and my audience with the commericial I create for them both.  Sometimes I vary the ad, the time it is played or skip it altogether to put it someplace where a natural break is needed.  So far so good.  If you think about it the production of your show as a stream of consciousness, a flow of a conversation or even a TV talk show like I do, your audience may be ready for a break when you are.

Quality is important for audio as well.  The longer you listen to a show the less you notice some things and the more you pick up on others.  Your audience has a choice.  You want them to choose to stick it out with you.  You are battling for their attention and to do that quality counts.  Quality is not money spent on equipment necessarily either.  I think quality is really how much thought about your audience you have put into your product.  Have you asked yourself the right questions?

  •         Does my show sound rushed?
  •         Is it irritating to listen to?
  •        Do I have a rhythm?
  •         Am I providing good (fill in the blank)?
  •        Can they get this somewhere else?

 

Do you know your audience? 

This last question is the most important.  If you know who or what your audience looks like, it is easier to talk to them.  The secret sauce in this world is communication.  When you don’t have a clue what makes another tick, you run the risk of offending them or wasting their time.  It pays to listen. Ask your listeners for feedback.  It is even better when you receive and can heed it.  Communicating will help all your relationships (married guys–hint, hint).  Don’t talk at, talk to.  After you find out how you are doing, adjust accordingly.  The quality of your show will improve because you’ll know what to fix. 

After I started writing this I realized that “quality” is HUGE!  It touches on production.  It touches on content. Quality in this area also touches on equipment.  People will allow for an irritating voice, poor equipment, background noise and a whole bunch of stuff that will make a audiophile nuts, but they will not tolerate a host that doesn’t respect them.  Respect their time, and what they come to your show for.  Give the people what they want and they’ll be more apt to forgive you for your goofs.  They may even pay you so that you don’t have to have ads, but you’ll have to ask.  Remember you are doing it for your listeners and quality happens.

 

Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care. –Theodore Roosevelt

 

 

 

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Rev. Kenn Blanchard, internet radio broadcaster, online advertiser, veteran, concealed carry activist and harley davidson motorcycle enthusiast shares whats on the minds of hunters and concealed carry permit holders.

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Podcast #282

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August 18, 2012 | Posted in Urban Shooter Podcast | By

Against All Odds

Despite a lack of a many things we persevere. it’s the American thing to do. This week, I tell what happened in Detroit, MI. There is a Cigar of The Week. Barbara is happy about the rebirth in the interest of the outdoors. I got a chance to go fishing with the Old guys and reflect, rest and refresh. The gun grabbers in California, Colorado and Chicago are making thing tough but don’t let up my friends. The Freedoms Network is growing and its there to support podcasters, bloggers and patriots communicate. I got a new Viridian Laser and Light combo. and there are pictures. Hang in there and enjoy the rest of the summer and your life, even if it is Against All Odds.

 

Cigar of the Week,

The Cigar of the Week comes from TitanCigars.com, The Village at Waugh Chapel, 2634 Chapel Lake Drive, Gambrills, MD . It is was a 15th anniversary Power 5.5” x 55 gauge, Felipe Gregorio. It was a big sucker but it was smooth as butter. No bitterness. It’s a premium cigar with a Costa Rican wrapper, derived from authentic Cuban seed. Full bodied. Rated a 91 by Cigar Aficionado. Think it was rated top 25 in 2001. I splurged. www.felipegregorio.com it’s in my to be my top three so far.

 

Legally Armed In Detroit, 2nd Annual Open Carry Dinner

On a Monday night, August 13, 2012, gun rights activist and firearms instructor, Rick Ector successfully hosted an open carry dinner for a few less than 100 people outside of Detroit, Michigan. This was Rick’s second annual open carry dinner. It was successful because it happened without a lot of outside help. It was successful because it happened on a weekday, after a rain, and it this day in time apathy, ignorance and competition within the gun movement is high. The dinner had live music, southern styled cooking and three speakers.

“It was the safest place to be in Detroit.”

The venue was called “the Upper Room” and is utilized by several church groups. It was a great place to hold this event because it was not connected to a group connected to politics. The musicians came in a little late but he had them. For the target audience, this was spot on.

The majority of the events participant’s openly carried more than one pistol– exercising their right to do so, with glee. It was such a positive gathering that it might have prevented mainstream media from venturing out to cover it. There was no drama, no controversy, just law abiding Americans in fellowship that just happened to be armed.

The food was good and so were the conversations. There aren’t many things as nice as being with freedom loving, gun rights activist. There were some great people present that night.

Michigan Open carry president, Phillip Hofmeister opened the evening of speakers to be followed by Erich Pratt, Communications Director of Gun Owners of America. John Pierce of Open Carry.org then spoke and before a musical interlude by two songs made famous by Aretha Franklin, Fever and Dr. Feel Good. The band was amazing and was truly Motown.

Mr. Ector, the force behind, Legally Armed In Detroit (L.A.I.D.) and Rick’s Firearms Academy has used social media better than most people and organizations you are familiar with. Through it, he as maxed out of “friends” allowed on Facebook several times and is able to push pro-gun messages to an untraditional audience.

As the night progressed, and I was being set up to speak last, I took the opportunity to inspire those that stuck around in a conversation called a “Change Is Gonna Come.” And I believe it is– both in Michigan and where you are for us in the gun movement. At the end, I gave out for free copies of my book Black Man With A Gun and autographed all that wanted them for their support of Mr. Ector’s and the event.

Shout outs to all that attended and blessed me with a few minutes of their time. And brother Poindexter, Ms Kim and the band, photographer Crew, Mr. McMurray and Ms. Stewart of the THEUSRAC.com, brother Cortez, attorney T. Johnson, and brother Robert of It Takes A Village, Y’all.com

 

Viridian Green Laser and Tactical Light

I bought a tactical light and laser combo for Nadine. I wrote to Viridian and asked for a test and evaluation model that they wouldn’t miss. They sold me a brand new X5L fullsize laser and light. AND if it works, I am keeping it. Its got 160 lumens on the light and a zombie stomping green laser too. It fit smoothly on my LoneWolf Glock 35 clone. It was easy to install and I can wait to try it out. It takes a CR123A 3v lithium battery that was included. Now I have to buy a new holster for this puppy but that is all right.

 

 


 

 

 

 

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Rev. Kenn Blanchard, internet radio broadcaster, online advertiser, veteran, concealed carry activist and harley davidson motorcycle enthusiast shares whats on the minds of hunters and concealed carry permit holders.

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