Saturday, November 28, 2015

Cleaning House Before the Next Podcast




Dear readers and listeners.
I know how annoying it's been to come to this site and have multiple embedded episodes of the WTSCF Podcast start playing at the same time. I tried and tried, but every time I'd think I'd fixed the problem, I'd receive another complaint.
Sometimes I'd receive a complaint about the problem in the same week that I received a thank you for fixing the problem.
So I was utterly confused and, I admit, I turned my back on the problem, because why fix old problems when there are so many new and interesting problems--I mean podcast episodes-- to create?

But knowing it existed would eat away at me. Still I ignored it. Like knowing your fly is unzipped in public but just hoping no one notices rather than ducking down a corridor to discreetly zip up. Not that that's ever happened to me. But I'm sure SOME hapless loser has experienced it. Douche...

Then I thought about how MOST curious podcast surfers aren't going to take the time to find and turn off each offending embedded player. MOST folks will jump at the sudden cacophony, close the tab, say "%$*&&%!!" and cross this podcast off their list of ones to check out and possibly recommend. And I'll lose potential fans each day that I don't fix it.

That thought would haunt me at night and yet I couldn't seem to summon the strength to do something about it. I'd followed the instructions the Podomatic folks gave me, but it didn't always work.

Then, just yesterday came the thought: less is more. Embedding is a luxury. Links are no hardship. You can follow links, can't you?

So I went back and took out all the embedded players and replaced them with links to both the Podomatic player page and to the iTunes page.
You have a choice, as always, but now they're laid out for you.
Podomatic or iTunes.
Listen or download. Or both.
You can subscribe.
It's all free.

And once in a while I even link to my Facebook Page, which I urge...no, it's not that important...politely suggest that you "Like".

This housecleaning gave me a great opportunity to fancy some things up too. Some of the episodes didn't include a photo. Or tags. I fixed all that.

I also listened to some snippets which was weird because I never listen to the episodes once they're up. I felt reconnected to the guy who started this podcast. And I think I now have the fuel to keep on going.

Yes, perhaps this was a stall tactic. But one that benefits us all!

You'll be hearing from me soon....and we'll listen to many versions of a song which is sung by a man who admits to his crime from the beyond.

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