Spleeny Publishment

 
After much research and other tediousness, I found that despite the absence of any  official  podcasting support from wordpress.com, podcasting from here is entirely possible, and can even be quite yummy.   Aside from creating the spleencast itself and the artwork for it, this is the short version of my geeky details of publishing a podcast on wordpress.com.
 

 
I hope that was helpful.   Happy listening.   🙂
 

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13 Responses to Spleeny Publishment

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  2. iethnographer says:

    Thanks for that post. It helped me as I was setting up a proper feed for my podcast. The feed created by WordPress.com is adequate, but FeedBurner does more. I knew about FeedBurner but didn’t realize that it could work this way. So thanks for that tip.
    Thanks also for the description tip. Hadn’t even noticed the bug.
    And thanks for the tip on the shorter URL. Convenient:
    http://www.itunes.com/podcast?id=319487209

    One thing I wasn’t able to do is have a feed-specific title. Ended up using my main site feed and changing the title of my blog. Not sure how I’ll handle having an MP3 feed apart from the main one (meant to be AAC only).
    Another thing I notice is that my podcast icon isn’t showing up, maybe because my first episode doesn’t have an icon. Other episodes do have their icon.

    One thing which was surprising is that I sent my podcast for iTunes approval around 4am (EDT) and it was approved by 10am. Was expecting to have to wait a couple of days.

    So, thanks again for your help.

    • “One thing I wasn’t able to do is have a feed-specific title. Ended up using my main site feed and changing the title of my blog. Not sure how I’ll handle having an MP3 feed apart from the main one (meant to be AAC only).
      Another thing I notice is that my podcast icon isn’t showing up, maybe because my first episode doesn’t have an icon. Other episodes do have their icon.”

      As far as I know, the blog title is the only way to name your podcast, as you have discovered.

      The mp3 feed can be managed by creating a category for it, and burning a feed in feedburner for that category specifically, for example:
      spleencast.wordpress.com/category/mp3/feed/

      As for your overall podcast icon, where isn’t it showing up? Did you link to it on feedburner in YourFeedburnerFeed – Optimize – Smartcast ?

      You’re very welcome for the help, I really appreciate that you took the time to say so. 🙂

  3. iethnographer says:

    You took the time to write up this helpful explanation, it’s only natural that we should take time to respond. After all the social media economy is based on this kind of exchange.

    The blog title as podcast title is limiting. And I thought I could set my feedname in FB, but that didn’t work.
    Same thing for the icon, actually. Set it on FB’s SmartCast (several times) and it doesn’t seem to stick.
    I’ll probably use format-specific categories but one thing I don’t like is that the main feed will include all versions. FB does have media-specific features, but all audio is taken in the same way.

    Cheers!

  4. fusionsonica says:

    I appreciate you taking the time to set this tutorial up. I would be still going in circles if I hadn’t come across it. Quick question, I tried following iTunes instructions on how to add the duration of the podcast to an rss, but I can’t seem to modify this in Feedburner, and can’t find specific instructions on how to perform this. How where you able to add this info to your podcast?

    • Hello, I’m glad this was helpful to you. 🙂

      Unfortunately, I don’t believe that I was actually able to add the duration to my feed. Did you see it in mine? I had assumed from other wordpress forum posts that it wasn’t possible, so if you did see it in mine, then I have no idea how I did it, sorry.

  5. fusionsonica says:

    I apologize, I didn’t even realize you had replied. I’ve been going back and fourth with someone in the Apple forum regarding this and other issues. Is there a way to manually create a feed that is passed on from wordpress to feedburner to iTunes?

  6. fusionsonica says:

    Well looks like I’m playing hot potato with WP, and Apple, as both say this isn’t their issue. In any event, I’m still not able to display the Author, Artist, or podcast summary in iTunes. I have everything filled out in Feedburner’s Smartcast, but still nothing.

  7. ornitologia says:

    Hello,

    Any suggestions on how to have a enhanced podcast post with audio preview?

    Since the player doesn’t support m4a I have to give a mp3 version for the player. But then, the mp3 always gets in the feed as the first enclosure, no matter what I do. The podcast subscribers then get only the mp3 file, not the m4a.

    Regards,

    Ornitologia

    • My experiments with the audio player in the posts got the same results as you did, unfortunately. I don’t think it’s possible to have an audio player in a podcast post without that file ending up as the podcast.

      The only alternative I can think of is to do a page or pages with audio previews and link to those from the podcast posts, because pages are excluded from the feed.

      I hope that helped. 🙂

  8. enkerli says:

    Actually, I don’t have that problem with the player. Or, maybe, I misunderstood…
    I have both MP3 and M4A version of my podcast, as separate posts (with different categories). I used the [audio] shortcode in both cases. Both of these appear in the main podcast feed (in iTunes, say) and they both have a player.
    Here’s my latest m4a episode:
    http://blog.informalethnographer.com/2009/08/10/riep4-preparing-for-the-field-aac/

    Are we talking about different things?

    One problem I do have is that it takes a while for WordPress.com to send the correct content type in the feed so my enclosures aren’t recognized when I first post them.

    • I understand that the flash audio player only works with mp3 audio files. I tried yours and although the player is there, it endlessly buffers the m4a file and doesn’t play, although it works for the mp3 version. I’m supposing that your subscribers get the m4a version of your podcast (if they do) because in addition to the player, you also have a link directly to it. Have you yourself confirmed that your subscription, player, feed, and enclosures are all working as you want them to by subscribing to them using an RSS reader or a podcatcher?

  9. enkerli says:

    Yup. The m4a files show up where they should. Hadn’t noticed that the player wasn’t working. Thanks for the tip!

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