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After Attending the 2019 Podfest Expo

After Attending the 2019 Podfest Expo

The difference between leveraging and pivoting.

After a safe and prosperous trip to Orlando, Florida where I attended the 2019 Podfest Multimedia Expo, I had a few new ideas on how to start profiting from my knowledge and skillset.

Pivoting is to turn from what you were doing and do something else. Leveraging is taking advantage of what you have and using it to move you further.

Podfest Multimedia Expo is an annual convention of online (digital) content creators. Experts in the YouTube, podcasting and social media mix and mingle with folks of all levels. This one was the fifth year and had over 1000+ attendees.

For me, it is like summer camp. I get to see people that are making 50K+ a month doing this stuff and encourage those that are newer than I at it. This year I got the opportunity to me the master of ceremonies for the keynote events and show off my skills.

FUN

I had a blast. I sang. I told stories and kept the keynote speakers on time. I presented them with sincerity and related to the audience. It was easy to do because I knew the audience really well. I know what it feels like to travel to a conference, sit for hours, anticipate and search for relevancy.

Podfest Expo is usually smaller than Podcast Movement which has grown exponentially. It has the same kinda of people in it with more sponsors and a corporate vibe. This year it will be in August, also in Orlando, Fl. I usually only attend one so they’ll have to miss me this year unless I get a special invite and a plane ticket.

The trip was prosperous for me because I got a chance to meet new friends, say hello to old ones and learn what I could do to “leverage” what I have and know to monetize a platform. It is my desire to use this to make Kenn Blanchard Co profitable.

I had a pivotal moment when I was explaining to my friend that I wanted to continue to grow my online ministry but was challenged by finances. He reminded me that God gave me everything I need to succeed. I had an aha moment.

I just need to focus my energy. I need to be deliberate in my social media post. I need to grow the audience where the business meets the media.

New Moves

I have a podcast editing business with no clients but that is ok. I am saving that skill set for the pastors and ministers I plan to help set up podcast under a new network called ApostleRadio.net coming soon. In the meantime, I am going to continue to edit and produce warriorcast.com my sons show and the new el Segundo Edicto (el2e.com) a Second Amendment and American Constitutional Rights podcast for Spanish speakers.

I pivoted from being a speaker at Podfest to being an Emcee. That was a complete change from the facilitator of learning, the sharing of ideas and passing on of knowledge I have gained from podcasting for 12 years. As the emcee I went straight into entertainment mode. This was entertaining with a purpose.

The leveraging part comes into play as I take my skills and experience as a recognized online media person known for gun rights and the Black Man With A Gun and start yet another show that will focus on sharing security information. It is a strength I never utilize. I’ve been protecting people all of my life.

Stay tuned as I build How To Prevail.

Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
3D Gun Printing Is BS

3D Gun Printing Is BS

Thoughts on the 3D Gun Printing Hysteria

I think a lot of what is put out about 3D Blueprinting guns is bovine excrement (BS).  I admit that some of the reports are true, but I don’t believe the hype is warranted.  It doesn’t represent freedom.  It doesn’t present a clear and present danger.  It is just another “thing.”

I say this because I see the folks that are benefiting from the attention.  This thing has been around since 2013 and is coming from what looks like to me a guy loving the attention with his ugly plastic gun called the Liberator. 250px-M1942_liberatorWhich looks a little like the real metal pistol (FP-45 Liberator manufactured by the US military during World War II for use by resistance forces in occupied territories. Comparatively, a zip gun from the streets is more dangerous than this 3D printed gun)

So what happened?

Cody Wilson, of Defense Distributed, came under fire after uploading code for the world’s first 3D printable firearm, a plastic single-shot pistol also called “The Liberator.”  It’s now out there for all.

As a responsible gun owner and lifetime activist, I know that except for gaining attention, and giving ammunition to politicians that will milk this thing for all they can— it’s a non-issue.

Glock 17

In 1982, when Gaston Glock put out his 17th version of his safe action pistol made of 33 parts, in polymer and steel, called the Glock 17, folks said the same thing about “plastic guns.”  It even made a mention in the first Die Hard movie.  The myth of the plastic gun is that it will be able to go undetected.  The truth is that bullets if nothing else are metallic.  The quality of gun that can be made with a 3D printer would not be economical, practical, or safe.  But that doesn’t stop anyone from hyping this thing.

What is 3D Printing really?

3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making three-dimensional solid objects from a digital file. The creation of a 3D-printed object is achieved using additive processes. In an additive process, an object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the entire object is created. Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the eventual object.

It starts with making a virtual design of the object that is to be created. This virtual design is made in a CAD (Computer Aided Design) file using a 3D-modeling program (for the creation of a totally new object) or with the use of a 3D scanner (to copy an existing object). A 3D scanner makes a 3D digital copy of an object.

According to the news, Cody Wilson is suing the U.S. State Department for his constitutional right to 3D print guns.  In May 2013, the federal government demanded that Wilson take down the instructions. They claimed that Wilson and his company Defense Distributed were exporting secret military hardware for anyone to take, which violates the International Traffic in Arms Regulations or ITAR.

However, Wilson believes that 3D-printed guns should be protected by not only the Second Amendment but the First as well. Technically all he created was a digital how-to guide, which is free speech, he says.

Wilson’s lawyers told the New York Times that the case was supposed to be settled two months after the State Department ordered the instructions removed. But after two years without a ruling, Wilson is counter-suing for having his speech restricted. As the Times noted, Wilson thinks his effort drew particular scrutiny because it happened shortly after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in December 2012.

ATF picture of Liberator

One of the things I learned after this podcast episode is that all of Cody’s files are already in the public and that 3D printing is not only polymers but you can also do it in metals like even titanium.

It’s not good for our community to side with this crap.  It’s not a threat.   It is feeding the attention whores on both sides of the argument.  Politicians are using this to scare people and galvanize their campaigns.

Don’t be fooled by the threat of a 3D printed gun.  A 3D printer can cost around $2500.  Any gun printed can be detected by TSA and almost all x-ray machines.

Criminals are not going to all that trouble, since the guns themselves tend to disintegrate quickly and traditional firearms are easier to come by.

Unlike traditional firearms that can fire thousands of rounds in a lifetime, these polymer ones usually hold a bullet or two and then must be manually loaded afterward. And they’re not usually very accurate.

3D printers can make parts for guns to make them un-serialized aka “ghost guns” but the BATFE is well aware of all of that.  A ghost gun is a firearm without a serial number.  To the uninitiated it sounds like the stuff movies are made of.  It’s not. In the US, under Federal law, it is legal to make a firearm for your own use. It has to be a firearm that is not regulated under NFA. That means it can’t be fully automatic, a short barrel shotgun, a short barrel rifle, or a disguised gun of some sort.

pipe zipgun
Zip Guns

The premise, however, is great for political grandstanding.  Case in point, there is a state attorney that is also suing the Trump administration for making the settlement with the guy that started this whole thing out of Texas.  In addition, their lawsuit asks for a nationwide temporary restraining order that’ll prevent him from uploading the gun design files online.

Last week, attorney’s general from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and the city of Los Angeles also threatened legal action in an effort to ban access to the guys’ website in their local jurisdictions.

My point is; 3D gun printing is here and possible but this is not a bell we should be ringing in celebration of freedom.   Don’t give the anti-freedom people a rope to hang us with using the support of the ignorant.

This video is pretty snazzy. And makes some points that I agree with and disagree with.

 

What do you think?

 

This week on the Black Man With A Gun Show Podcast ends a month long break I took to reassess and reflect on my success and failures of blogging and podcasting.  I attended the Podcast Movement and hobnobbed with successful podcasters and Content Creators.  I got a chance to remember why I do this thing that my wife still doesn’t understand called “podcasting.”  She is not alone though.

I plan to be more purposeful with the show.  It even starts with a new tag line, which is “The Responsible Gun Owners Podcast.”  I have decided to “stay in my lane,” and be the common sense guy.  That alone ought to ruffle feathers the way things are now.

Last week, I married a couple of great people under the Speak Life Church banner at Duke University Chapel but before going to Podcast Movement.  Michael J. Woodland reviews the Break Thru Clean product for us.

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Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
My Biggest Podcast Movement Lessons

My Biggest Podcast Movement Lessons

I’ve been podcasting since 2007. The Black Man With A Gun website has been around since 2000. I know 999 things that don’t work. I am still at it. Podcasting still is an awesome medium for marketing even if the firearms industry doesn’t know it yet as a whole. It won’t replace terrestrial radio but has its own space.  It has a long tail.  I love it.

The Black Man With A Gun Show provides a connection to the people I know and would hang out with if they lived next door, around the world. We know each other. I love the people in the gun community.

So before hanging up my microphone, (which I was considering) I decided to go to the largest podcast convention for content creators, movers and shakers to better my craft. My wife still doesn’t understand that I have almost 2,000,000 downloads in a niche. Nor exactly what a podcast is but it’s OK. She’s not the only one. Podcasting itself is less than 20 years old. I went to the 2018 Podcast Movement in Philadelphia. Here are some of my biggest Podcast Movement lessons.

The event started for me with an Ignite speech. It was a chance for me to deliver a five minute talk with (20) PowerPoint slides to showcase my gift of public speaking. I’ve been speaking for 20 years and pretty comfortable on stage. Although this crowd was not part of the gun community per se, communication is still key. I realized during this conference that maybe one of the things I could do to help others is to show how to be better on stage.

The next three days were full of presentations, media exhibits and meeting people. The most important thing was the development of those new relationships, and connecting with like-minded people from around the world. I got to talk to a handful of folks that are changing the world through their content creation.

I got a chance to ask the pros what worked in their markets. What was selling and what was not.

There were probably 1800 people there or more.  All of us had something in common. We had community. We had family. We have something to say.

It was an expensive week, but I think it was worth it. I’m going to spend more time making my show better for my community. Going to do more of what you like. I’m going to be more purposeful in my content. And continue to lead.

I met podcasters like  Entrepreneur On Fire, John Lee Dumas. I got to hang out with John Dennis and Chris Krimitsos.  Really nice guys that are like family to me.

 

 

 

 

 

I got a selfie with the lovable Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income.  Pat gave the Key note speech and even brought his son into the act (literally).  Nice.

 

 

We celebrated a Hall of Fame moment with my buddy Dave Jackson from the School of Podcasting.  He was actually inducted into the Podcasters Hall of Fame that week.

 

Dave Jackson School of Podcasting

 

 

 

 

UK master from Music Radio Creative‘s Mike Russell.

 

 

Mike Russell and Kenn Blanchard

I got the opportunity to speak to podcast editor great, Steve Stewart. And a boatload of positive people like Monica Rivera, from You Wanna Do What podcast.  It was a great week.

 

 

Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from.

I’m on it.

 

 

 

 

Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.

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