The website is currently being worked on. The basics are still here and the podcast has been changed back to Magician on a Shoestring as well.
Ah yes, another Monday has now arrived and over the weekend I did do a few updates on the site here and there. One thing I am disappointed about is the lack of clicks from the reviews. I was looking forward to getting a few sales but alas it seems that this is now not working as I wanted.
I have put out many social network posts and also have WordPress.com auto post any blogs I do as well to try and maximise the “footprint” of the site.
I do seem to get some traffic but not as much as I would think ? I would like more but I don’t want to spam everyone with this but rather share the info I have.
Perhaps its time to rethink the blog and website and see what I can do to improve this.
To help move things forward and as I explained on the podcast which you can find HERE
I have now found a quality based Affiliate platform who offer UK based company’s which have been chosen for their quality and customer service. Of course I will still do all the background work and make sure they are going to look after you, as I said, customer service is key and I will only promote company’s I can trust and feel comfortable with.
Welcome to another podcast which you can find by clicking HERE
It’s just an update about the work I will doing over the next few weeks.
Enjoy and many thanks from me.
Yep, the button has been pushed and I have started my VO and Voice acting gig on fiverr. Now, we wait and then share everywhere…
By Gareth Witty, Thursday, 04 February 2021
It has been said that 2021 will be the year of the pod style of vaping (or electronic cigarette) from many sources. I have been vaping since 2008 where I started with cig-a-like, mouth to lung kits that had 0.7ml capacity and 180mah batteries. These kits would look very much like a normal cigarette, but the tip would glow blue or even red on some early kits. My first decent style of this product came from E-cigarette Direct. You can still even today by this product, alas the kit has gone but the batteries and cartridges are still avalible.
In fact, not that much difference from today’s pod mods in terms of relative size and function, well there is much more of a difference and I will try and explain why. Today’s kits have a lot more up to date technology and far more modern and efficient design, but they work the same as our old friends from 2008. They have become a little bigger for more battery life and eliquid capacity usually 2mls.
There seems to be two main shapes, round and cigar like and square box like designs. Some are flattened box shapes, and it seems many manufactures now have a variety of shapes and sizes for this area. My advice here would be to see the devices in your local vape shop, you may be lucky and be able to try the devices before you buy. If the devices are more comfortable in the hand and fits easily into the pocket, then you are halfway there. You will want something that is going to fit your lifestyle and even workspace. If it is too bulky, then you may not carry it around.
There are currently three styles of pods on the market, prefilled disposables, where one the tank is empty you throw it away and break out a new one. These are great for a smoker who wants to try vaping, as they are cheap to start with and it will allow you to see if vaping is for you.
The next is AIO or All in One, this is a larger device where the tank fits into the device and tends to leave the mouthpiece exposed for use, some may even come with a cap as well. These come in disposable tank versions and refillable tank versions with a small push to fill hole or a rubber clip that you remove to fill.
The last one is a kit where the device and tank are all removable. These often use screw on connector called a 510 which allows the tank to be removed in one whole unit and then screwed onto a new device. These are still popular even today and most devices back in the day where made this way.
Of course, the devices can come in all shapes and functions around this area of Pod Mod, this means there are units to fit all lifestyles. Small devices are great for “stealth vaping” where you can vape indiscreetly, or much larger Pod Mods where you enjoy the cloudier vape. The larger devices are good for everyday use and will require recharging less often. Currently my main vape is the Aspire Nautilus Prime which is a 2000mah battery and uses the very popular Nautilus Coils and I use this around the house and car.
For eliquid I would go with a 20mg Nic Salt or 18mg normal nicotine to start. Starting too low with make you vape more, rather than less. Most Pod Mods use the 50/50 PG VG ratio of eliquid. Thicker eliquids at a 70/30 VG/PG are more for bigger clouds and most pod mods have smaller coils and lower wattage output. Starting too low with make you vape more, rather than less.
Hang on I hear you cry, what’s Nic Salt? Well one of the reasons for pod mods is that Nic Salt, a type of nicotine blend that uses a crystalline based nicotine) has hit the market. This used to create a eliquid that has a high milligram strength but has a much smoother hit rather than the harsher hit from a normal nicotine based liquid.
The other style of pod is a refillable pod, much like the disposables but you can refill with your choice of flavour or nicotine strength. This means you will have a much larger flavours and with time bring the strength of the eliquid down to slowly wean yourself off the nicotine.
Also, there are pod tanks where you can change the coil itself, these tend to be push in fits which make it easier to replace the coil, but some still do screw in.
Some pod device can also be inhale activated or may have a button to press. The technology of the auto draw as it is called has come a long way and this also adds an element of safety to these pods. The button style can sometimes be activated in the pocket or handbag unless you lock them. An auto draw device has no such problem.
My current “Stealth Mod” is the tiny Aspire Minican, this is a tiny 350mah device with disposable tanks but can be filled with the eliquid of my choice. It can fit into a shirt pocket and I use mine for work.
While the range of pod style mods is now exceptionally large, this does allow the user to find a size and design that works for them. I know of many “cloud chasers” and users who build on RDA or Rebuildable Dripping Atomisers but even they will often carry a pod mod for work or play. They are simple, effective and make life much easier for news vapers and are a great place to start.
For the lack of posts over the last few days. I have been busy with Udemy study and it looks like I may have found a niche in the freelance market.
I am not going to say what it is just yet, I need a little time for seting up.
Still liking this new tablet Jelly Comb keyboard and makes using the tablet almost like a laptop, but one of my goals is to still get a new laptop in the next few months.
So, more posts soon and a few updates over the next few weeks, one of my Udemy course is about blogging so that should help me as well.
Spreaker versus Anchor Podcasting Platforms
I have been using many podcast services over the last ten years. I have found these two platforms to work very well for new podcasters. The first one is Spreaker and this is one of the oldest on the current market. They have a free option as well as a paid option for different tiers of usage. However, Anchor is a relatively new platform with ties into Spotify, is free to use with no paid plan.
So, let us start with Spreaker first. This platform has both web and app-based accessibility. From the Studio app you can use you phone or tablet to record and publish podcasts on the go. There is also a Windows App so you a program to run your show as well, from the dashboard on the website, you can upload recorded files so if you use a studio or home setup you can use many file formats. On the free plan, your podcasts can be fifteen mins long and you have storage for five hours total. Now, they do allow you to run extra shows from the same platform, so you can access and maintain these from just one dashboard.
This is fine for new users to start learning about podcasting, but the real benefits will come with the three tiers for more functionality and larger storage. They also have an Enterprise version, this one comes with all the bells and whistles, really a case of the more you pay, the more adverting and reach you will get.
Now onto Anchor, this one is a little different, it has all the same functions as Spreaker such as an app version and a web base console. As far as I can see there is no Windows or Mac program unlike the Speaker one, but to be honest I can see only the app and webpage version needed. There are a few features of the platform that stand out from the Spreaker system. There is no subscription costs, there is unlimited time and size on the podcasts you upload and the big one is now being part of Spotify, which does access a very large audience.
However, there is one thing to be aware of is that you can only have one show with the account. This means you have more than one show, each show would need a separate account to run. Also, you would have to log out each time to work on a different show. That would not be a real problem as most podcasters tend to have one show, but a few of the bigger podcast networks do often run several shows such as TWit who have many different shows.
So we have very good podcasting platforms and which one would you choose? I would say for new podcasters that Anchor is a standout choice, easy to use, linked with Spotify and free unlimited files makes it a no brainer. If you need to run multiple shows then Spreaker is a good choice. There is nothing from trying both and see which one suits your needed to be fair.
Thanks for reading and more very soon