Edited on 7/8/2012 to include WASAPI. Thanks to Dan Moxon for asking about it!
In Windows (and Mac, and Linux) you want to plug something in, launch a program, and have it “just work”. Most of the time this happens. When it doesn’t, you find yourself unplugging, replugging, rebooting, and screaming at the Internet until you find a solution.
Assuming your equipment is working, did you know that it’s possible that it could be working better?
Yep, mark the date – we have a steady stream of spam getting caught up in the filters! I take this as a good sign that the Google juice is flowing. Thanks for the shares and links to the site. If you haven’t had a chance, adding a note about the site on your blog and in your social streams will help bump us up the search engine charts so that more listeners and podcasters can find us.
Other than spam, we’ve got over twenty great promos covering a dozen categories of interest so far. This is a great start!
Things are a little chaotic here as we negotiate the labrynth of gatherings and commitements during the US 4th of July Holiday, but soon there will be some announcements on people joining in to run things as well as our first PPI promo to help get the word out about the site.
If you’d like to help out with the site, please use this nifty Contact Form to let us know.
And keep posting those promos!
There comes a point when a podcaster wonders “How should I be encoding my mp3s? What’s the right quality vs. file size trade off?” Hopefully this thought occurs before releasing Episode 1, but it is common to read a podcasting tutorial or book and just go with whatever that source is recommending. There’s really nothing wrong with that — the golden rule of audio production is if it sounds good, then you’re doing it right!
I’m only talking audio podcasts here. Video is out of the scope of this post.
A day… four days… who’s counting? The site is now declared “live” and promos are starting to roll in – so we appreciate any posts, links from blogs, and shares on social sites!
Lots of changes to the site. Some template tweaks to stop the streaming player buttons from getting covered up. All of the pages and category feeds are up now. We’ve added a placeholder for an actual podcast where we’ll interview creators and service providers, as well as a form to request to be interviewed.
On the sidebar we’ve added links to some of our favorite podcasting destinations and added a link to see a random promo (thanks to Kreg Steppe for the idea).
Apparently we’re still talking in the third person, but volunteers are starting to step up, so that will change soon as well.
Yep, it’s up. It’s ugly, but it’s up.
- The main firehose feed of all podcast promos is live. I am working on category feeds that you can subscribe to if you don’t want to see them all.
- I chose a template that works OK, but once things are rolling I’ll design a new one that better presents the information.
- The “About” page and contact form is up and working.
- I’ve created a custom template so that there is an easy form to fill out to submit a new podcast promo
- Two issues I see are podcasts with multiple promos as well as an older podcast that has a new promo available. Right now, I think the best way to handle it is for people to just create multiple posts. They’ll all show up on a search for the podcast name.
- I will work on a better form as I feel the current post method is a little cumbersome. In a perfect world I would build a completely custom site, rather than rely on WordPress. If there is enough interest, I will pursue it (let me know on the Contact page).
- I will create a “How To” page that shows how to list your podcast since it’s a little fiddly
- I will create a page that clarifies licensing, privacy issues, and “the rules” of using the site
I think that’s it for now. I hope you find the site useful.