My guest for episode 20 is Don McAllister of Screencastsonline.com. A Mac fan who also makes his living by teaching others how to use the Mac, iPhone and iPad.
Don runs screencastsonline.com – a video tutorial service dedicated to explaining software for the Mac. He’s also a frequent guest on other podcasts such as Macbreak Weekly with Leo Laporte.
Don is a guy who first came on my radar through a video production podcast called Izzy Video – but he’s since become the home to the best video tutorials and screencasts on the Mac. He’s built up a business with a membership model where people currently pay $57USD for three months of membership – which includes access to all the videos he’s made, plus a new video each week.
We talked about the origins of his life in podcasting and how doing tech support for people proved to be easier with a screencast. Eventually Don developed enough of a following that people were wanting to donate to help improve the quality of the screencasts. We talked about the time it took to get membership support to a level where it could support him full time. We also go over a bit of his workflow and the time involved in producing each week’s screencast. And we talk about what Don’s learned in running a membership model website and the value you need to provide for people so that they’ll want to support you.
Show Notes & URLs Mentioned
- TextExpander for iOS
- TextExpander for Mac
- themacscreencastguy.com blog
- 2010 Setup and Workflow
- ScreenFlow – Telestream, Inc.
- Final Cut Pro – Apple
- Matrox MXO2
- OmniOutliner – The Omni Group
- OmniOutliner Pro for Mac – The Omni Group
- OmniOutliner for iPad – The Omni Group
- Follow Don McAllister on Twitter